Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipina writer currently residing in the Netherlands. In 2009, she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle and was the recipient of the Octavia Butler Scholarship. She has been published in a number of publications including Apex, Fantasy Magazine, Interzone, Weird Tales Magazine and Realms of Fantasy. She is working on a novel that derives inspiration from the culture of the mountains where she grew up.

Alternate Girl’s Expatriate Life

In Springtime, her garden yielded a hundred wisteria blossoms. White English roses climbed the pergola. Digitalis purpurea, lavender from the South of France, mint and thyme, rosemary and tarragon, basil and sweet marjoram—they all grew in Alternate Girl’s one-hundred-percent super-qualified housewife garden.

59 Beads

Air limousines floated by like ghosts in a night filled with a jangle of sounds. A mad juxtaposition of chords, wailing voices and crooned-out tunes mangled by the sound of honking horns, curses and the cries of the desperate filled the dark streets.