Year End Eligibility 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, writers and readers in the science fiction/fantasy world start looking back on what was published over the year. In terms of writing, 2018 has been a good year for me. I was extremely fortunate to have two stories come out in Uncanny and a story in the final issue of Mythic Delirium.

And Yet– Uncanny Magazine, March 2018 (4,600 words)

Heavy Lifting – Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction! (Uncanny), September 2018 (5,000 words)

Graffiti Guardians – Mythic Delirium, April 2018 (1,800 words) 

“Right now, there’s a silent monster roaming the city, and though Adwin has never seen it and doesn’t know exactly what it is, he can’t pretend not to see the damage. The blocks full of empty houses and empty people. Like a parasite has gorged on their insides but kept the façade intact. And lately, that emptiness has been spreading.”

That’s what I got. What have you read this year that you’ve enjoyed? 

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!

“Heavy Lifting” Now Live in Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction!

As soon as I heard that there was going to be a Disabled People Destroy anthology series last summer, I started plotting.

If you’re not familiar with the Destroy project, it’s a series that started with Women Destroy Science Fiction when critics said that woman writers were ruining the genre. Since then, there’s been Queers Destroy Science Fiction and People of Color Destroy Science Fiction (As well as Destroy Fantasy and Destroy Horror editions). Everyone working on these anthologies, from the writers to the interviewers to the editors, are part of the marginalized group of that particular anthology. Most of the characters in Destroy stories are too, because the idea behind this series is not so much to destroy, but to normalize narratives that have often been left out (or worse, badly handled) in the genre.

Disabled People Destroy was a project I’d hoped to be part of for a very long time.

So, I’m pleased to announce my story “Heavy Lifting” is now free to read online. It took me many drafts and much pacing and wringing of hands to get this story right. But it’s important to me to create disabled characters who are well balanced, otherwise healthy, and are perfectly willing to go on an adventure.

Sort of like me.

I always write to music. Strangely enough, I never found the perfect song to be the soundtrack of the story while I was writing it, but settled on “Shadow Preachers” by Zella Day because of deadlines. Also, I liked the song.

Hope you enjoy!

P.S. My personal essay for the Disabled Destroy series is also free to read here.

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!

Year End Eligibility Post 2017

So it’s that time of year again, where some of us are trying to catch up on the stories that we’ve missed in the last 12 months. As it happens, I’ve had two stories come out in 2017 that I’m quite proud of.

The first is “A Place to Grow” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

“She knew what the rational decision was. She understood that letting this world go was the safer choice.

But.

There was a small, insistent part of her that wouldn’t let her give up so easily.”

The second is “Listen and You’ll Hear Us Speak” in Flash Fiction Online.

‘“I have what you’ve lost,” you whisper in my ear when I serve you your drink, all sugar, all lies. “We’re going to be good friends.”’

I’m also looking for recommendations! What have you read this year that you’ve enjoyed?

New Story is Up at Flash Fiction Online

Won’t lie, publication days are awesome. Technically, “Listen and You’ll Hear Us Speak” went live yesterday, but I was too brain fried last night to be trusted with stringing words together into coherent sentences. So here we are.

This very short story was an experiment to see if I could weave two parallel story lines with two separate points of view into a cohesive whole in a thousand words. I think it worked.

The song that was on repeat while I was writing/revising this story was “My Medea” by Vienna Teng.

Hope you enjoy!

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and Other News

So I’m home from my adventures in Seattle. I’ll have a post up about my Clarion West experience tomorrow, but first, I wanted to point to a Kickstarter that’s happening right now and a contributing essay that I wrote for it.

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of an anthology series focused on underrepresented authors and characters in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Previously, there have been Destroy anthologies for women, people of color, and queers and they’ve all been excellent. Now it’s time for disabled artists to destroy stereotypes in speculative fiction too. Here’s my personal essay on why disability representation in fiction is important.

Okay, so that’s one big piece of news. My other exciting announcement is that my story “Graffiti Guardians” will be published in Mythic Delirium! I believe it’s going to be in Issue 4.4, but I will post an update when I know for certain.

That’s all for tonight. Post-workshop thoughts to follow shortly!

“A Place to Grow” is Live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

I’m happy to announce that my story “A Place to Grow” is now free to read at Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

I’m pretty excited about this one. It was a huge technical challenge for me and took many, many drafts to get right. I’m not exaggerating when I say it took years for me to learn how to pull this story off. (I think I wrote the opening paragraph back in December 2013?) I’m extremely grateful to my very patient friends and very patient editor who help me through the iterations.

The song I played on repeat as I was writing and revising this story was “Outro” by M83. Because, naturally, my characters needed an epic soundtrack as they were trying to rebuild the world around them.

Hope you enjoy!