Uncanny Magazine just published a poem of mine that is near and dear to my heart. “Deeper Than Pie” is about a granddaughter’s love for her grandmother… and pie. My own grandma is in her 90s, and I rejoice in every moment I get to spend with her on trips back home. I cannot take that time for granted. I channeled a lot of that emotion into “Deeper Than Pie.”
My poem wasn’t simply published online, either. It’s also included in Episode 10a of the Uncanny Podcast, sandwiched between an extraordinary story by Seanan McGuire and an interview with Seanan. (Oddly enough, I was featured in a Far-Fetched Fables Podcast with Seanan a while back, too! I greatly admire her work, so this trend leaves me rather awed.)
I’m delighted to have a story included in Artemis Rising II, a month-long celebration of female and non-binary authors in genre fiction across all three Escape Artists podcasts. My story is in PodCastle, and it’s one of my favorite stories I wrote last year: “Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel.” It’s a tale of strong women and war pegasi.
I have my first-ever holiday story posted over at Every Day Fiction: “Rootless.” It’s a peculiar sort of love story between a dryad and its tree, and when that tree ends up being chopped down for Christmas purposes, well, that’s bad.
One of my wintery stories has just been republished in podcast form, too. “Hat Trick” can be heard (and downloaded!) over at Cast of Wonders. Just your average story of hockey, kids, and superpowers.
If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a joyous day on the 25th. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still hope you have a joyous day. Peace to all.
Oh yeah, and with all the crazy food and sweets being offered up this week, be sure to…
Two of my older stories just debuted in audio. “Bless This House” was first published at Daily Science Fiction in 2010; it’s now on Far-Fetched Fables alongside a story by Seanan McGuire!
Next, I have “A Lonesome Speck of Home” at StarShipSofa. My space opera crossover of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Up is there for your listening pleasure along with Rachael K. Jones’s “Makeisha in Time” (one of the best stories published last year) and an interview with the Director of SETI. My story starts at about 21:30.
The first publication of “A Lonesome Speck of Home” is somewhat frustrating for me, even years later. It was accepted for the first issue of Blue Shift Magazine. The story was published online, but the publisher crumbled before the full magazine was ever printed. So, it was published in part, but likely not read. It feels good for “Lonesome Speck” to be in audio now, at a place where people can finally discover it. Yay!
I turned in my Breath of Earth edits to my editor last week. That took a huge burden off of me, but I haven’t been able to take it easy. Revisions ate my brain and my time, so I fell behind on everything else: short story and poetry re-submissions, story edits for myself and for other editors, my web site, general organization… and let’s not even talk about the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of my house. It’s a good thing we have therapists here a few times a week since that forces me to keep the main living areas in decent shape.
I have also, belatedly, jumped into Thanksgiving prep. I made and froze a couple batches of my soft dinner rolls and soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie dough and compiled ingredients for two different kinds of dressing and some other sides to feed company. I love doing all this, but I confess, this year I feel flustered and frantic as I ready myself for the holidays and catch up on everything else.
As part of that catch up, here are my latest publications and tour spots:
SFSignal interview with Beth Cato, by Patrick Hester; recorded at Sasquan/WorldCon
Reading and Writing Podcast discussion with Beth Cato
“Riders of the Apocalypse: Death” and “Hera Herself, at 8’clock Tonight,” Grievous Angel
Reminisces of a Kraken Caretaker, Devilfish Review
Holy Taco Church:
Yummy Marinade for Chicken
Advice for NaNoWriMo as Posted on Twitter
As part of the Wings of Sorrow and Bone tour:
GeekMom’s Geek Speaks… Fiction! with Gremlins Galore! Geeking Out About Hideously Adorable Sidekicks
The Writer’s Life eMagazine interview with me
If you’re not able to attend my reading at WorldCon today, you can still hear my weird, raspy voice. I’m in the latest episode of the Skiffy and Fanty Show Podcast: The Wonders and Politics of Steampunk w/ Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh.
It’s an interesting discussion. We talk about representation, whitewashing on covers, and some of the political issues around steampunk. There are a LOT of issues. We could have talked for hours on the subject, I’m sure, and as it is, the full broadcast is over an hour!
If you want to read my words instead, I talk about some books I recently read and enjoyed over at the What Writers Read. Particular favorites: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard.Read More