Emily C. Skaftun

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Emily C. Skaftun

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What I Write

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The jar contained one of Lizzie’s oldest skinsuit babies, which looked a little too much like a human fetus floating upside-down in a phlegmy beef stew.

It was, of course, vital to keep several skinsuit starters alive in various stages of development, in case one of them failed. The key was keeping them alive without encouraging them to grow too fast, not until the time was right. This one was pretty ripe. It was right on the edge—time for her to either recycle it into a new set of starts, or begin the maturation process for real. 

To do the latter, she’d need to start feeding the baby in earnest. That, and giving it more space to grow, would yield impressively quick results. Skinsuits were a little like goldfish that way.

What I Write

I like to call it “delightfully absurd,” and hope no one notices it’s a smokescreen covering my distaste for details like “how things actually work.”


OMG OMG OMG, my debut collection, LIVING FOREVER & OTHER TERRIBLE IDEAS, is coming out this fall from Fairwood Press!

Full list at ecskaftun.com

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

I’m working on a novel collaboration with CW alum Andrew Penn Romine. Everyone knows that high society lizard people rule the world. But what do middle class Reptilians do? Here’s hoping we’ll find out by the end of the write-a-thon!


If I do any extra-novellular writing, there are two short stories in my brain wanting out, both set in the same universe as “Only the Messenger,” which was published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies this spring. (Another story from this universe will be in my collection coming out this fall.)

Fundraising Goals

Sponsor me with money! All sponsors paying over $20 will receive a one-of-a-kind postcard story on an actual postcard from an actual foreign country (Iceland, Ireland, Cuba, Norway, or Israel primarily). To read my famous* story postcards, visit ecskaftun.com/postcards-from. These may or may not be cryptid themed.

If you donate $25 to either me or Andy Romine, you can name a minor character in our novel, who will probably come to an ugly end.

*I say this tongue-in-cheek, but I’ve noticed the concept spreading since I started posting my story postcards in 2012. Other write-a-thon-ers may offer story postcards, but do not be fooled! These are the originals! 🙂