Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


September 22nd 2017

Yumi met her teacher and classmates out at the site to present her design: a round independent living habitat that sat securely on its own platform high above the ground. “The ladder retracts,” she explained, using the remote to drop it down. “Two at a time, please.” For the next hour, they toured the little […]

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September 5th 2017

After the evening news, the texts began. Several arrived by port key, traveling light; others were flying in by more traditional means and would report for a shift when they arrived. Uniforms were distributed at Headquarters so that they would fit in with the rest of the Forest Service teams seamlessly. “Thank you so much […]

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September 2nd 2017

“Timmy, I’m really concerned about this very sudden propensity to cause trouble,” Mr. Hilgarr said, looking across his desk with a serious expression. “You’ve been a straight A student and a model of behavior for the other kids, and now … Well, help me understand what’s going on.” Timmy took a deep breath. “You’re not […]

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August 12th 2017

“It’s just … really hard to fit in,” he said, looking down at his lap. “Sometimes, being an outsider gives you a broader perspective on the world,” the guidance counselor said gently. “It’s not a bad thing.” “But I don’t … have any friends,” he said, pained. “You have yourself, and coming to terms with […]

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July 20th 2017

“There is a kind of seduction in numbers – a wholeness that is everything it could possibly be … and yet … ,” Waters said quietly. “There remains an infinite landscape of exploration, a way of courting a different outcome, urging a deep union of disparate ideas.” The room was silent. “We move into position […]

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June 14th 2017

Mrs. Hornath looked around nervously. “Leslie Kingman? Is Leslie here?” Leslie stepped forward. “I’m here, Mrs. Hornath.” She was elegantly dressed in a grey satin gown with her hair in loose curls about her head. “You look lovely, my dear,” Mrs. Hornath said. “Really lovely.” “Thank you,” Leslie replied, smiling. “Is it okay if I […]

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February 7th 2017

“What are YOU going to be when you grow up, Dora?” Mrs. Schultz asked sweetly. “An explorer – duh,” she replied to everyone’s delighted laughter. Mrs. Schultz gave her a thumbs up and moved on to ask Patrick and then Teresa. “Are you really going to be an explorer?” Ruiz whispered to Dora when the […]

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February 4th 2017

“The transformation is not romantic,” Warren told the newbies (who were hanging on his every word), “and you will not have omnipotent power. The full moon does not beam your sorry behind into a high budget Hollywood film. Your bones will break; your cartilage will explode in order to reconfigure; your skin will shred; it […]

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November 10th 2016

Mario sat reading in the small park next to the school, arms propped up on pillows, legs and feet wrapped in a flannel quilt. It was irresistible. Ramon and Wong stole up behind him silently, and Irina positioned herself off to the side to capture it on camera. They reached the wheelchair at the same […]

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October 20th 2016

“I was thinking of taking heavy philosophy and rhetoric the first year – get right into it,” Johnson said, leaning forward excitedly. “We are aware of your aspirations to bureaucracy and in no way wish to hinder you, although you tested low on the Greek and Latin language competencies necessary to “get right into it” […]

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