Halsted M. Bernard


When Halsted was four years old, she wrote a story about a giant rabbit that haunted her dreams.

The rabbit went away, but she kept writing.

Stories Halsted enjoys reading and writing are the ones that skulk around the edges of themes and genres — stories with puzzles and patterns and hints rather than answers.

Her formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in the structure and culture of the English language as well as a master’s degree in library and information science. Informally, she taught herself how to whistle like a train.

Halsted lives in Portland with her husband, their cat, a few gadgets, several fountain pens, and many books. She joined Writers’ Bloc in 2012 and had a wonderful time performing with them before she had to head back to the States.

  • Visit Halsted at cygnoir.net, which contains her fiction as well as her musings on expat life, fountain pen ink, and virtual reality.
  • She is also quite enamoured of Twitter, bemused by Google+, and downright hostile toward Facebook.
  • Halsted loves interactive fiction, and recently started writing her own. Play “Departures”, a brief interactive story about the ways we leave. (Jam requirements: 300 words or less.)

Photo by Chris Scott.