Crista Ayers

I hate socks.


I plan on using this as a list of all my favorite short stories and poetry that I want to share with people. When possible, I’ll link to somewhere you can read the piece on the internet (legally). If a link is out of date, please let me know.

Books on Writing

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle

On Writing by Stephen King

Short Stories

“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal

“Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal

“Queen of Atlantis” by Sarah Rees Brennan

“Valley of the Girls” by Kelly Link

“Prior Restraint” by Orson Scott Card

“Unaccompanied Sonata” by Orson Scott Card

“The Originist” by Orson Scott Card

“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. LeGuin

“Orange” by Neil Gaiman

“N-Words” by Ted Kosmatka


“To a Little Invisible Being Who is Expected Soon to Become Visible” by Anna Lætitia Barbauld

“Goblin Market” by Christina Rosetti

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

“The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth

“Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Little Gidding” by T.S. Eliot

“When I have fears that I may cease to be” by John Keats

“Curiosity” by Alastair Reid

“The Flea” by John Donne

“Holy Sonnet XIV” by John Donne

“The World” by Henry Vaughn

“The Lady of Shalott” by Lord Alfred Tennyson

“She walks in beauty” by Lord Byron

“There is no frigate like a book” by Emily Dickinson


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