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New Stories and Poems for April

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog, novelocity, online publication | 2 comments

New stories! New poems! New interviews! Shiny new galleys! Here’s the latest news.

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Novelocity:
– My advance copies of Breath of Earth decided to play with my cat and climb trees

Stories:
“The Souls of Horses” in Clockwork Phoenix 5 (out today!)
The Human is Late to Feed the Cat” in Nature Magazine

Podcast:
“Stitched Wings” republished in audio at The Overcast

Poem:
– “View From Above” in Space and Time, issue 125

Interviews regarding The Clockwork Dagger series:
Beth Cato on WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE and Historical and Cultural Accuracy at SF Signal
Catching up with Beth Cato, author of Wings of Sorrow and Bone, and the Clockwork Dagger series at My Bookish Ways
Steampunk, Gremlins, and Maple Sugar Cake: My interview with Nebula nominated author Beth Cato by Ruth Vincent

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A reminder, too–my next Clockwork Dagger story is out in three weeks! It can be preordered now for just 99-cents.

Final Flight story

Final Flight story

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Catching up on June

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog, holy taco church, online publication | Comments Off on Catching up on June

I’m an introvert. I like my cozy cave and routine. June was filled with book release and family and travel, and I feel like I’m still picking out things from rubble. Therefore, here are publications I had going back to June (other than Clockwork Crown) and other stuff.

At the Holy Taco Church:
– my recipe for this month is Porter Beer Chicken Thighs in the Slow Cooker!

From Phoenix Comicon:
– I posed for a picture for the great group Kids Need to Read. (Of all the shirts I had to wear that day…)

In the media:
– Michele Brittany wrote up a great article on my San Diego Comic-Con “Romantic Adventure” panel for Bleeding Cool.

At SF Signal:
– I took part in a Mind Meld on great detectives stories in speculative fiction! If you love mysteries mixed with scifi and magic, check this out and add to your to-read pile.

New story:
– “Headspace” in the Cats in Space anthology; on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This story is pure fun: about a kitten named Trouble who ends up on a very interesting ride through deep space.

Niteblade

New poetry:
“What Happened Among the Stars” in the latest Niteblade; my poem is also featured as the cover illustration!

“Leaf Dragon” in New Myths

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Story Behind the Story: “Roots, Shallow and Deep” and the Mussel Slough Tragedy

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog, nostalgia, online publication | Comments Off on Story Behind the Story: “Roots, Shallow and Deep” and the Mussel Slough Tragedy

My newest story is a special one for me: a magical twist on a real historical event that took place near my hometown. It’s called “Roots, Shallow and Deep” and it can be read at Urban Fantasy Magazine.

I was in 3rd grade when another 3rd grade class visited to perform their own dramatization of the Mussel Slough Tragedy. It was described as a local incident straight out of the Old West: settlers facing off against the greedy railroad. The kids pretended to shoot each other and writhed in death throes on the portable’s carpet.

I rushed home that day, indignant.

“MOM. HOW COME YOU DIDN’T TELL ME ABOUT THE MUSSEL SLOUGH TRAGEDY?” I was seven or eight then, already keenly interested in history, and I felt like she had withheld some grand treasure from me.

Mom stammered out an explanation, and the end result was a detour that next Sunday to visit the site of the tragedy on our way to church. It made me even more livid when I discovered it was literally a few miles north of the house were I grew up, a straight shot on 14th Avenue.

Mussel Slough Marker near Grangeville, California

Mussel Slough Marker near Grangeville, California

I never forgot about the tragic shoot-out that took place almost exactly a hundred years before I was born. In recent years, I’ve collected numerous books on San Joaquin Valley history through that era, some specifically about the Mussel Slough Tragedy. It remains a contentious event with lots of he-said, she-said debate. Settlers claimed that the Southern Pacific was stealing their land from beneath them; the railroad claimed the settlers were squatters. The settlers who survived the incident were later hailed as heroes by the press, like valiant knights against “the octopus” of the mighty railroad conglomerate. I figure the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I made a quick visit home last weekend. Some things don’t change; on our way to church, I begged my mom to make a detour out to the Mussel Slough site so I could take pictures for my blog. The ancient house behind the marker was in the process of being torn down. Almond trees stood in sentinel rows behind the hard-to-read state historical marker. So much of the original fight versus the railroad was because of the settlers’ efforts to irrigate the land, and to be compensated for their efforts. Now, with the drought, there was no water flowing through those ditches.

Home still looks beautiful and green to me, in contrast to Arizona, but it grieves me to see how the land and the people suffer. I look at my story and how people fought to bring water to the valley, and I shake my head. Things never really change.

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#TwitterFiction LIVE

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Blog, online publication, public speaking | Comments Off on #TwitterFiction LIVE

TwitterFiction

It’s time! Come over to my Twitter account, @BethCato, for two hours of poetry and story-starters. Reply, favorite, retweet–and, hopefully, enjoy!

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#TwitterFiction Tomorrow!

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog, online publication, public speaking | Comments Off on #TwitterFiction Tomorrow!

TwitterFiction

The #TwitterFiction Festival is ongoing through May 15th! My slot is tomorrow, Wednesday, from 11am-1pm Pacific Time (2pm-4pm Eastern). You can look up other time zones, too.

It’s very easy to follow along live. My Twitter account is public so you don’t need an account to read along. I’m doing two things: posting poems (with some repeated in graphic form), and also posting tweet-sized stories designed to act as story or creative prompts. Be inspired! Posts will go up every few minutes and the subjects are diverse.

The good news is that this is Twitter and if you can’t follow along live, that’s no big deal. The whole archive will be on @BethCato and will also be on TwitterFiction.com.

I hope some of you will follow along and retweet your favorites! I’m excited to see what will happen.

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Links and Things

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog, clockwork dagger shorts, online publication, poem-a-day | Comments Off on Links and Things

It’s end of the month catch-up-time here. I spent the weekend revising a big batch of poems I wrote during November Poem-A-Day–yes, I’m that behind on things. The next order of business will involve sending out poems (poetry editors: brace yourselves). I have a month until Phoenix Comicon (my panel schedule is online!) followed by the release of Clockwork Crown, so life will soon escalate in craziness.

And hey, there’s a lot of other cool stuff to share, too.

– Have you ever wondered what a literary publicist actually does? One of my fellow Harper Voyager authors interviewed our publicist!

– Author Teresa Frohock invited me to her blog, where I discuss medicine and magic in “The Deepest Poison” and The Clockwork Dagger series. If you want to read about World War I medicine, I list the books I used as sources!

– Editor Rhonda Parrish revealed the cover for B is for Broken. I have a flash story in here for the letter K. There’s also a Goodreads giveaway to win a copy of the book.

B is for Broken

I have two new, very different interviews up:
– AFE Smith asks me about the books and goodies I’d bring to a desert island.
– Rhonda Parrish questions me about my story in the FAE anthology over at World Weaver Press.

Tomorrow is the release day for “The Deepest Poison!” Whee!

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