“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.

Parsec Award Nomination!

Earlier this year, “A Non-Hero’s Guide to the Road of Monster” was narrated and podcasted by Podcastle. Earlier this week, I found out this episode has been nominated for the Parsec Award in the category of Best Speculative Fiction: Short Form!

The Parsec Award was first started in 2006 to honor Speculative Fiction Podcasting. Every year fans submit their nominations and from them, a steering committee chooses the finalists. Then, a panel of judges chooses the winner.

I’m so excited that this story has been nominated! Special thanks to Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali and Jen R. Albert, the editors of Podcastle and the narrator, Mike Flinchum.

It’s uncertain when winners will be announced, but I’ll keep you posted! (The pun, of course, is intended.)

Publishing Updates, Fundraisers, and Readercon!

In my typical fashion, I have neglected this blog and so I’ve had a few announcement pile up since my last post.

Publishing

  • The contract has been signed so I can officially announce that my story “Heavy Lifting” will be published in Uncanny Magazine‘s special issue of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction! It’s scheduled to come out in the September/October issue.
  • I also had a story accepted by Fireside Magazine! This is my first story to appear in this magazine and I’m so thrilled. Not sure when it’s scheduled to be published yet, but I will update the blog when I know.
  • Lastly, my story “And Yet” published by Uncanny Magazine back in March has been translated into Chinese by Science Fiction World. This is my first translation and I’m told this is one of the most read science fiction magazines in the world!

Fundraisers

  • Clarion West – the workshop I was fortunate enough to attend last year – is running its annual writing challenge to support current and future students. I’ve signed up and am looking for sponsors. If you’d like to read about my goals and the rewards I’m offering sponsors, here’s the information.
  • And if we hit our sponsorship goal, my class is doing a joint project with the prompt “Mars is Burning”.
  • Woman Up to No Good is an anthology project that has a current for funding. It’ll have my story “Five Meters Ahead, Two Centuries Away”.  Check it out here.

Readercon

This is just to say I will be at the conference this year. Feel free to come say hi!

And that’s it! Until next time, lovely readers.

New Story: “Graffiti Guardians” in Mythic Delirium

I’m very pleased say that “Graffiti Guardians” is now available to read in Mythic Delirium’s 20th anniversary edition!

I wrote this story a few years ago when I was feeling hopeless about writing and wondering if it was worth all the time and energy I was pouring into it. This story was a reminder to myself that art is important, unexpected, and unpredictable. And I hope that if you’re facing similar struggles now, it will encourage you of that too.

Soundtrack: I wrote this story to Sharon Van Etten’s “Serpents” on loop.

Thanks for reading!

“And Yet” Now Live at Uncanny Magazine!

I’m so excited that my story “And Yet” is now up and free to read at Uncanny Magazine! This is a story I care deeply about, though it’s not personal. I’ve never been to a haunted house and my parents have always been super supportive. But it’s important to me because I want there to be more disabled characters in fiction that aren’t viewed through the lens of their disability. Who are individuals, first and foremost.

Also, I’ve been having a lot of fun lately bending time in my stories and I love having protagonists that are problem solvers to the core.

This story started its life as my week 2 Clarion West story while Kij Johnson was teaching. It was also revised frantically this fall while I was house hunting. I can now say from experience that you probably shouldn’t work on a haunted house story while trying to pick out your next home. It just adds another weird layer of stress to the process.

As always, I listened to one song on loop while I wrote and revised this piece. So thanks Woodkid for “Land of All

Hope you enjoy the story!

ETA: Oh, I was also interviewed up at Uncanny Magazine where I talk about the story and other things with Caroline M. Yoachim!