“One Time, A Reluctant Traveler” Out Now at Clarkesworld!

Hello all! I’m excited to announce that I have a new story out. It’s called “One Time, A Reluctant Traveler” published in Clarkesworld Magazine!

This is a story I wrote during the pandemic and consequently, it was a difficult story to write. Partly because global catastrophes tend to atrophy your creativity. Partly because it’s a story about depression and the cyclical and generational nature of it.

But it also includes things which I had so much fun writing, like a sarcastic park ranger robot and stories within stories. It’s been years since I’ve ridden a bike outside, but I had a great time reimagining what that would feel like in a strange landscape.

In terms of music, a weird thing has been happening to me lately. When I write, I usually find one or two songs that act as a soundtrack to the story, then I listen to them on repeat. That hasn’t been the case lately. Instead I’ve been listening to playlists or entire albums. But I think of all the songs I listened to while writing this, Jordan Klassen’s Virtuous Circle and Surprised/Not Surprised are the two songs I associate most with this piece.

As always, I hope you enjoy the story. And more importantly, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

Story Hour Reading 6/24 and Clarion West Write-A-Thon

Hello everyone! Once again, this should probably be two separate blog posts, but I only have the energy to write one today. Which is to say, I have two pieces of news to share with you today.

First, I’ll be doing an online reading for Story Hour this Wednesday at June 24th, at 10pm EST/7pm PST. I’ll be reading with Dawn Vogel! It’s free to anyone who’d like to tune in!

Second bit of news, I’m participating in the Clarion West Write-A-thon again this year. This is an annual fundraiser for the workshop where donors are encouraged to sponsor their favorite writers. If that’s something that interests you, here’s my profile,

That’s all I got for now. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope you had a lovely summer solstice. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, I hope you’re staying warm.

Reading at the Philly Free Library + New Story Day!

This should probably be two separate blog posts, but it’s been a busy few days, so both announcements are going into one lump sum. Basically, I have some exciting news!

1) I’ll be doing an online reading for the Philadelphia Free Library this Friday, June 5th at 7pm with Molly Lazer. It’s part of an ongoing reading series by local authors and you can stream it for free here.

2) I have a new novelette available at Uncanny Magazine today! It’s called “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super.” You can read it OR listen to the podcast. At the end of the podcast there’s also a short interview with me.

This story is very dear to me and it took me a long time to get right. Seven years, to be exact. There were many, MANY drafts of this piece and many points when I thought this story was the best it could be – when it wasn’t.

It was only when I reread the story last August, after a few years of it collecting dust on my hard drive, that I understood what it was missing. The story wasn’t weird enough. So, characters’ abilities were made stranger and wormholes were added.

The songs I listened to on repeat while writing this was “Lion’s Roar” by First Aid Kit and “Welcome Home” by Radical Face. This story also takes place in the same universe as “Team Work” published in Fireside last year

The world is a scary, scary place right now, but I hope stories continue to bring you relief and joy.

Stay safe.

“Give the Family My Love” Wins a Nebula Award!

So, this happened. “Give The Family My Love” published in Clarkesworld Magazine won the Nebula award for Best Short Story last night. Honestly, I’m still completely stunned and I would love to say something profound here, but I’m really, really tired tonight.

So I figured I’ll transcribed my acceptance speech here instead

But before I do that, if you like to see the awards ceremony you can watch it in its entirety here. If you only want to see the short story category and my speech, skip to the 34:30 minute mark.

Here’s the speech:

Um, so, wow. This is a shock and surprise. Thank you all so, so much for this amazing honor. It is truly a dream come true. Writing is a lonely process, but nothing is created alone.

So, I’d like to thank Neil Clarke for taking a chance on this story and to Kate Baker for her amazing narration. Thank you to my fabulous critique group who saw a half finished draft of this story several years ago and understood what I was trying to do.

Thank you to all my friends, online and in-person, who have been my consistent support network. And thank you to my family who have always been supportive and encouraging through the ups and downs in my career. Who don’t mind that I disappear for hours on the weekends to write. I love you very much.

Finally, thank you to all the readers who believed in this story. These are truly terrifying times where tomorrow is not necessarily guaranteed. But being human means we’re complicated creatures with complicated emotions and opposable thumbs. Which means we can hold our fear and our dread in one hand and our hope in the other.

And I hope you hold tight to that hope, that desire to make good art and make the world a bit better, even when things look bleak.

Especially when things look bleak.

Thank you so much.

Here’s a list of all the winners.

Schedule for the 2020 Nebula Virtual Conference

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe these last few months. I’m one of the lucky ones who is able to work from home. It’s both great and lonely and I’ve never been so grateful to have a dog. Tilly is making sure I’m getting up for walks a few times a day and going to bed a reasonable times because there’s no better alarm clock than an alarm clock dog.

Most of the conferences I was planning on going to this year have been cancelled. Fortunately, the Nebula Conference put on by Science Fiction Writers of America is going to be virtual the weekend. In addition to the awards ceremony on Saturday night (which will be streamed live and free to all), they have put together a wonderful list of panels.

I’ll be on two panels on Sunday:

Moving the Line: Advanced Imposter Syndrome – May 31, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST

Panelists:Mike Chen (He/Him), G. V. Anderson, K.M. Szpara, A. T. Greenblatt and Karen Osborne (moderator)

Authors discuss strategies to cope with their own Imposter Syndrome as their careers evolve and they branch out into new areas of writing.

Forming and Sustaining a Successful Writing or Critique Group – May 31, 2020 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EST

Panelists:A. T. Greenblatt, A.C. Wise, Vylar Kaftan, Curtis C. Chen and Rebecca Gomez Farrell (moderator)

Panelists will discuss the factors that go into building a successful group, both online and in-person, and what they’ve learned about keeping one going.

I’ll be around at the con all weekend “hanging out.” If you’re going to be there too, please feel free to say hello to me.

Weird Dream Society Anthology!

Things have been quiet on this blog for a while, but then again, life has been fairly quiet since I started quarantining mid-March. I’ve been writing. Slowly. But I’ve also been taking time to take care of myself. (Lots of walks, yoga, good cooking, and books.)

Which is all to say, that I do have some news to share today. I’m excited to say I have a story in the Weird Dream Society anthology! What’s particularly exciting about this project is that it’s a charity anthology benefiting RAICES. And it’s available for pre-order right now. It contains many, many amazing writers and benefits a fantastic organization. It also has a reprint of my story “They Said the Desert” with was originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

That’s it for now. I hope you are all safe and healthy and finding some time to do the things you love.

ICFA Schedule 2020

I’ll be attending the International Conference of Fine Arts (ICFA) again this year. I’m excited and looking forward to meeting new and old friends. Also, I’m going to be reading with some awesome people! Here’s the schedule:

What: Author Reading!

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m

Where: Vista A

With Who: Grace Wagner, Gregory Bossert, Stephanie A. Smith, A. T. Greenblatt

Yes, it’s a very early reading on a Saturday morning, but I’m planning on bringing some cookies as lures.

If you’re going to be at ICFA, please feel free to say hello!

“Give the Family My Love” Finalist for Nebula Award

I’m beyond excited to announce that my short story “Give the Family My Love“, which was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, is a finalist for the 2019 Nebula Award!

If you’re wondering what the Nebula Awards are, they’re like the Oscars for science fiction and fantasy writers. Members of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) nominate works in several categories and vote on the final ballot. There’s an awards ceremony and everything. Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on May 30th, 2020.

I’m so honored to have this story listed among such good writers and their amazing work.

ConFusion 2020 Schedule

2020…that’s a strange thing to type. The future is here, I guess.

Anyway, on January 16th-19th 2020, I’ll be at ConFusion in Detroit, MI. This will be my second time at this convention and I’m so excited! It’s a smaller convention with a great SFF writing track and lots of excellent people in attendance. The schedule was announced a few days ago and here’s mine:

Saturday, January 18th, 1:00 pm – Reading: A. T. Greenblatt, Stephanie Malia Morris, Patrick Lofgren

Saturday, January 18th, 3:00 pm – Mass Autographing Session

Sunday, January 19th, 11:00 am – Panel: The Epistolary Resurgence

Epistolary fiction is experiencing a renaissance: Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar’s This Is How You Lose The Time War, K Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter, and other titles are showing modern audiences just how much depth and range letters can have as a storytelling device. What do we love most about the epistolary format, and where would we like to see it take us next?

Panels: Emma Törzs (m), A. T. Greenblatt, Alexandra Manglis, Scott H. Andrews, Sarah E Gibbons

If you’re planning on being there, please feel free to come say hello!

Year End Eligibility Post 2019

It’s that time of year again where writers and readers start looking back at what’s been published in the last 12 months. I think I say this every year, but I really mean it this time: 2019 was an INCREDIBLE year for me in terms of publishing. I had 6 short stories come out in professional markets and my first nonfiction essay, as well as a handful of reprints.

Here’s the list. Some stories have an audio version too. They can be found at the link.

THE FICTION STUFF

Give the Family My Love – Clarkesworld Magazine (with an audio version) – 5,300 words

I’m beginning to regret my life choices, Saul. Also, hello from the edge of the galaxy.

Before the World Crumbles Away – Uncanny Magazine – 6,000 words

The lakeside painter is lying, but no one seems to care.

It’s a beautiful lie, even Elodie will admit that. There are two lovers on the pier with the painter, sitting for their portrait, and she’s honest about the way the light of the setting sun catches their hair, the way the breeze ripples their clothes, how they lean into each other. She gets so many details right that even Elodie doesn’t notice what’s missing at first.

On the Other Side of the Line – Fireside Magazine (with an audio version)- 1,700 words

My dog is longing for something just out of reach.

Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend – Clarkesworld Magazine (with an audio version) – 2,400 words

I lost my favorite fingers as I was walking to the library. Spotting it first from the corner of my eye, I glanced down. A gasp seized up in my throat. Instead of the long, beautiful, expertly manicured prosthetics that Sonya made me, there were ten empty nubs. And the grief I’d been carrying these last few months grew heavier

Team Work – Fireside Magazine (with an audio version available) – 1,000 words.

I was never an amazing Super. I only joined the team because I wanted to be with people like me. I never thought I’d, you know, try to save anyone.

The Gods of Empty Places -Pantheon Magazine – 1,500 words

Jamie was the first of us to give a piece of herself to the gods of empty places. She started by trimming the tip of her left ring finger.

THE NONFICTION STUFF

How to Send Your Disabled Protagonist on an Adventure in 7 Easy Steps – Uncanny Magazine 1,200 words

And that’s the list! I’m always looking for recommendations. What have you read this year that you enjoyed?