Din Ba Din

Din Ba Din

Din Ba Din

Short Story by Kate MacLeod

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Sohaila never knows in the morning what the day will bring. Four babies desperate for attention or the long, empty days of a lonely widow? 

Since she made that wish for more time her days come at random. Babies, adult children, willful teenagers, every day a surprise. How to keep track of it all?

Sohaila wants her days in sequence again.  

Unwishing a wish, like unblowing out a candle. Not an easy task.

This short story appeared on the 2013 Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List, was given an honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection, and was recommended reading in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2014 Edition.


Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a cat, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore.

Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Stranger Horizons, Abyss & Apex, A Fly in Amber, Aoife’s Kiss, Beyond Centauri and Allegory as well as the Warrior Wisewoman 2 anthology.

Her short story “Din Ba Din” was an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 31st Edition as well as The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2014 and was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list for 2013 and is will be appearing in the Bulgarian magazine Terra Fantastica.