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K.J. Kabza

Scales Made Manifest, fiction, March 1, 2011

K.J. Kabza’s work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and others. He encourages you to visit for links to more, or follow him at

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Get to know K.J...

Birthdate? It was the early 80s. A time of high-waisted pants; a time of jean jackets. A time of regret.

When did you start writing? You mean seriously? Age 14. To this day, my conception of what most teenagers do for fun is a little hazy.

When and what and where did you first get published? "You Make Bathtimes Much More Fun" was taken by Tyree Campbell at Sam's Dot Publishing to appear in the September 2002 issue of Kisses for Kids (now called Spacesports and Spidersilk). I had it reprinted in all its old-school glory on my website for a while. (I'm sorry you missed it.)

Why do you write? I've never been able to figure this one out. Hasn't appeared to stop me, though.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I'm not too sure about this one either. I have some tentative theories, but when I type them out they sound supremely pretentious and stupid, so let's just say that I think it's fun.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Your questions are really hard. I am beginning to feel out of my depth.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Okay, now I am definitely out of my depth. I know what I'm trying to say with each individual story (assuming I'm trying to say anything at all--and sometimes I'm not, because people, sometimes a story is just a story), but I can't say I've ever nerded out and created a database of all my stories' concerns and themes and compared and contrasted all the... wait. Actually, that might wind up being really interesting.

Do you blog? Where? At the time of this writing, I do not, but I have the sad, foreboding feeling that I will in the future, because everybody tells me I must. I dread this day, because I don't think my life or opinions are interesting enough to sustain an entire blog, and I worry endlessly about what the hell I'm going to put there.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "He Rocked Pretty Hard."

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