Toasted Cake 58: Between Truth and Life by Shira Lipkin
Toasted Cake 58! In which we wind up a bird with hammered-copper wings.
When Rivka was eight years old, she built her first automaton.
(First appeared in Steam-Powered: Steampunk Lesbian Stories, ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft)
Shira Lipkin has managed to convince Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Chizine, Interfictions 2, Mythic Delirium, and other otherwise-sensible magazines and anthologies to publish her work; two of her stories have been recognized as Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and she has won the Rhysling Award for best short poem. She credits luck, glitter eyeliner, and tenacity. She lives in Boston with her family and the requisite cats, most of whom also write. She also fights crime with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, does six impossible things before breakfast, and would like a nap now.