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?

Baltimore Book Festival 2019 Schedule

It’s not really a convention per se, but I love the Baltimore Book Festival. It brings in a great draw of writers from up and down the East Coast. I adore seeing my friends there and always meet new people every year. If you’re a speculative fiction writer and in the area, I recommend checking out the Science Fiction Writer of America events at the festival. They have a constant stream of panels Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here’s the full schedule.

This year, the festival will be from Nov 1st-3rd. I’ll be on two panels on Saturday, Nov 2nd. They are:

2 PM — Blind Swordfighters & Wheelchairs on Starships: Making Space for Disability in SFF
An #OwnVoices panel of writers discussing disability in SFF worldbuilding.
Panelists: Day al-Mohamed, AT Greenblatt, Victoria Lee, Sunny
Moraine, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

5 PM — All Fiction in A Day: The Beauty & Brilliance of Commute-Length Reads
Panelists make the case for why short fiction, whether in magazines, podcasts, anthologies, or collections, encapsulates the best of the SFF genres. Find out who you should be reading!
Panelists: Nino Cipri, AT Greenblatt, Barbara Krasnoff,
LH Moore, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Nibedita Sen, AC
Wise

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

“On the Other Side of the Line” Now Live at Fireside Magazine!

I’m very excited to announce that my story “On the Other Side of the Line” is now live and free to read over at Fireside Magazine! It’s narrated by the fantastic C. S. E. Cooney and it has an amazing illustration by Amanda Makepeace.

This isn’t a happy story, but it’s one I felt I needed to write. It was fueled by loss and the looming grimness of our future. It was heavily influenced by some traveling I did where there was an international fence line and witnessing people on the other side standing of it, staring through the wires.

It’s not a happy story, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

The dog in the story is based on a real one. He name was Tiger and he was the best. We lost him over a year ago and I still miss him dearly.

Picture of Tiger

Oh! I almost forgot. The song I listened to on repeat while writing and editing this story was Now and Not Yet by Hammock.

Give your loved ones a hug tonight.

“Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend” Now Live at Clarkesworld!

I’m a few days late in posting this, but I have a new story out! “Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend” is now available for your reading pleasure over at Clarkesworld Magazine!

With every story I write, I always try to do something that I haven’t tried before. With this piece, that meant writing a story from the point of view of a much older protagonist than myself. It took me a few drafts to get right.

My soundtrack for this story was Empiricist by Typhoon. (Their whole album “Offerings” is great though, I highly recommend.)

If you like this story or any other story Clarkesworld has published, please consider supporting them.

Happy reading!

“Before the World Crumbles Away” Live at Uncanny Magazine

A new story is up and free to read online over at Uncanny Magazine! “Before the World Crumbles Away” is a bit different from most of my other stories. It’s near future focused and centered around a relationship of two people with different world views. There’s also an interview posted where I discuss the story in more detail and talk about its influences.

I listened to two different songs on repeat as I wrote this story. The first was “Gone” by My Bubba and the second was “Forgive Me” by Sky Gienger.

This is the third(!) story of mine that Uncanny Magazine has published. Uncanny and other magazines rely on readership support to continue publishing short fiction. If you like this story or any story they have published, please consider supporting them.

Lastly, a podcast of “And Yet” should be up later this week at Escape Pod. I’ll post an update here when it is!

Happy reading!

Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4 + ICFA Schedule

So, my first bit of exciting news is that my story “Heavy Lifting” is going to be republished in Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4! This story first appeared in Uncanny’s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and it’s quite dear to me. It was also my attempt to learn how to write better science fiction stories, since I naturally gravitate towards fantasy.

Second, 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 there. Also, I’m going to be reading with some awesome people!

Schedule: Author Reading 9 – Thursday March 14th – 4:15pm-5:45pm

Hosted by Mimi Mondal. Authors are Sarah Pinsker, Julie C. Day, A. T. Greenblatt, and Jean Lorrah.

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

“Give the Family My Love” Live at Clarkesworld Magazine!

I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Give the Family My Love” is now free to read over at Clarkesworld Magazine! In a few weeks, it will also be narrated by Kate Baker and on the Clarkesworld podcast. I’ll post a link when that’s available.

This is my first story to appear in Clarkesworld and it took me years to write. For a long time, I didn’t quite have the skills to tell it and frankly, the future Earth in this story is based on climate change research, and it terrifies me.

I don’t remember what I was listening to when I was working on the first draft of this story (it was that long ago), but for later drafts is was Florence + The Machine’s Big God on repeat.

Hope you enjoy the story!

Story Live at Podcastle and New Story Sale

Brr, it’s cold out there. Actually, I shouldn’t be complaining because from where I sit, it’s only freezing and not the extreme subzero temperatures that other parts of the country are dealing with today. But it’s an excuse to stay inside and write a blog post.

Well, actually my reason for writing this is that I have more writing news.

First, in my previous post, I mentioned that Podcastle – the fantasy fiction podcast – was going to be narrating my story “A Place to Grow”. That podcast is now live and you can listen to it here! They did a fantastic job with the story!

My second piece of news is that I had another story accepted by Clarkesworld Magazine! (Yes, two acceptances in a month. Yes, I’m still stunned.) It’s called “Give the Family My Love” and I believe it’s coming out very soon. I’ll do my customary companion post here when the story is published and available to read online.

Honestly, I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve had so much good news in the last few weeks.

That’s all for now. For those of you in winter climates, stay warm. For those of you who aren’t, enjoy the sun for us.

Story Link Love 11/17/18

It’s been a while since I did one of these. I’ve been reading a bunch of short fiction lately and a friend asked for some recommendations and links. For now, I’m just recommending three stories because I read somewhere that no one really checks out recommendations past the third one. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I find long lists overwhelming sometimes.

So, in no special order:

Thirty-Three Percent Joe” by Suzanne Palmer

‘[CC] Welcome online, Cybernetic Elbow Model CI953-L. This is your introductory Initial Boot orientation. You are currently in a locked and muted configuration while external medical systems run diagnostics to see that your replacement procedure has been fully successful. If so, you will fully join the collective cybernetic units that currently comprise—with your addition—approximately thirty-three percent of the biological unit known as “Joe.” ‘

The Oracle and the Sea” by Megan Arkenberg

‘When she plays, it’s the old songs—not her heavy concertos but brisk two-fingered melodies, folk tunes and old hymns, the first songs her youngest students would master. Every month when the soldiers bring her supply of flour and milk, they also bring waterproofed parcels of manuscript paper and cool bricks of ink. She always refuses them.’

How to Swallow the Moon” by Isabel Yap

‘Tonight, as in every night, she smiles when the door opens. Her arms loop over your neck; she leans in and rests her head against your cheek. She looks down at the basket between you. “Is this for me?”’

Hope you enjoy!

New Story Sale and Women Up to No Good Anthology Preorders

So, I have two bits of publishing news to share with you today.

First, Uncanny has accepted my story “Before the World Crumbles Away” for publication! I’m so excited this story has found such a great home and this will be my third (!) fiction publication in Uncanny.

Second, the anthology, Women Up to No Good, which contains my story “Five Meters Ahead, Two Centuries Away” is now available for pre-order, which you can get for Kobo or on Amazon.

So basically, it’s been a good time for stories that have titles that ends in “Away”. Maybe I should title more stories that way.