On this page, I’ve linked to stories, essays, and poems I’ve written that you can read for free online. You’ll also find links to some of my blog posts. Feel free to browse! And if you want to read more of my poetry, take a look at my poetry blog: Theodora Goss: Poems.


A Country Called Winter
Conversations with the Sea Witch
Queen Lily
Snow, Blood, Fur
Come See the Living Dryad
To Budapest, with Love
Red as Blood and White as Bone
In Autumn
Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology
Estella Saves the Village
England under the White Witch
Beautiful Boys
Christopher Raven
Fair Ladies
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Child-Empress of Mars
Catherine and the Satyr
Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon
Singing of Mount Abora
Pip and the Fairies
Her Mother’s Ghosts
Lily, with Clouds
Sleeping with Bears
Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold
The Rapid Advance of Sorrow
The Rose in Twelve Petals


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Art Nouveau Elvenlands
Professor Tolkien and the Fairies
The Invention of the Modern Monster
Planting a Magical Garden
A Brief History of Monsters
Writing My Mother’s Ghosts
Hungarian Fairies


The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly
Persephone in Hades
Seven Shoes
Rose Child
The Bear’s Wife
Swan Girls
The Witch-Wife
The Elf-King’s Daughter
My Garden
The Fox Wife
Fairy Tale
The Witch
The Changeling
What Her Mother Said
The Bear’s Daughter
The Ophelia Cantos


Planting a Garden
The Fox and the Hedgehog
Putting My House in Order
Discovering Women Artists
Morning in Budapest
When I Used to Make Things
Death of a Writing Teacher
Loving the Work
Reevaluating Your Values
Dealing with Burnout
The Mystery of the Missing Doily
Maybe Your Scale is Broken
How to be Elegant
Writing as Myself
Lost in Transition
Writing Fairy Tales
Home from the Sea
The Horns of Elfland
Love, Home, Work
The Thrift Store Rules
What Will You Serve?
The Problem With Screens
Living With Grace
Writing Without a Net
The Path of Most Resistance
Trying to Recover
Writing Girl Monsters
Template Stories
Taking it Slow
Writing in Troubled Times
The Politics of Narrative Patterns
Miss Fisher and the Female Gaze
Learning to Hide
The Three of Me
How We Live Now
Writing Is/as Work
Sabotaging Yourself
Health and Happiness for Writers
Research for Writers
The Caretakers
The Mythic Arts
Studying Adaptations
Writing with Density
Being a Changeling
Shabby and Chic
Glamour and the Struggle
Creating Rituals
Victorian Virtues
The Overwhelm
Keeping It Real
Stasis and Stability
Teaching Writing
Writers and Money
Writing Your Stories
Deep Magic
Magic and Realism
Becoming That Woman
Becoming Yourself
Pacing Yourself
Value Yourself
Looking Within
Crafting a Life
Being Photogenic
Being a Heroine
Incorporating Failure
Beauty, Meaning, Purpose
Choices and Consequences
After Depression
A Simple Diet
Finding the Joy
Thoughts on Love
Being a Soulmate
The Best Revenge
Selkie Women
On Bluebeard