I’ve got two new stories coming out soon. Twelve and Tag is in the March issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine—a deep-ocean Europa crew play a dangerous game—and A Fine Cup will be appearing soon at Stupefying Stories.
I’ve had four stories published this year, all online and free to read. The last—”The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light”—is my own favorite of everything I have yet written.
I’ve got two new stories out.
The second time I woke up this morning, the shotgun was gone from between my teeth.
Bridie’s fingers were on my cheek. She was behind me, and my eyes were still closed, but there was no mistaking those hands, soft from the spinning and warm with the winter smell of the wool.
“Shhhh,” she said. “You just sit there, now, Billy Beg, and don’t be moving.”
A little before dawn I make five little cages of white bone tied with ribbon and strewn with marjoram and rue and with the setting of the moon a bird of my remembrance flies in the window to land on the edge of my hand. She’s a wren, frail and faded as she has come the furthest.
“Hey, Jenny Jenny,” I sing to her, and feed her crumbs soaked in a little blood and honey and then a plump green spider I have been keeping in the windowframe.
PodCastle’s audio version of my story The Telling is online! It’s free to listen, but please consider donating a buck or two; the Escape Pod team pays its authors and their work is fantastic.
Thanks to Cian MacMahon for a great performance, and to Dave Thompson, Anna Schwind, Ann Leckie, and everyone at Escape Artists!
I’m delighted to report two new sales. My fantasy novelette The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light is going to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and my SF novelette Twelve and Tag is going to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
Also, my World Fantasy Award-winning story The Telling will be adapted to audio by the talented folks at Pod Castle. Their sister podcast Escape Pod did a fantastic version of my story Freia in the Sunlight, and from what I’ve heard so far, they are going to do wonders with The Telling.
I am also excited that The Telling will be appearing in the upcoming collection The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five. This will be the first time the story has been collected for an anthology, and will be available in all the standard e-book formats.
And my horror/dark fantasy/gangster story Spinning the Thread should be coming out soon from Kaleidotrope.
Release dates for all of the above are yet to be determined: watch this space!
I am delighted and honored to discover that my story “Bloom”, which was published in the December 2013 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, is a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year.
My first horror story Smartmob is out at Schlock Magazine, along with a story by the fantastic Nathan Ballingrud and some more great looking stuff. Schlock previously did an interview with me, my first interview, in fact! They’ve just overhauled their web design, and it’s a beautiful site, full of great stories!
Here’s an excerpt from an interview that will be appearing at the Journal soon:
I wrote the first draft of Two Things About Thrand Zandy’s TechoThèque in the final sixth week of the 2010 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Though, overall, Clarion was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, this story was a struggle.
My fifth week story had not gone over well, and so I was determined to nail my sixth and final draft. I was determined all that week…to no avail: by the end of the week, with a Sunday night deadline, I had no ideas and no words. So Saturday morning I took refuge in a local cafe with Kai Ashante Wilson and just started frantically dumping whatever came to mind onto the page. I worked pretty much continuously right up to and a little past the deadline the next day: thanks goodness Kai reminded me to occasionally eat and drink.
I usually do most of my real writing in revision, but this one went raw into the Clarion grinder… and came through it pretty much unscathed, and with some encouraging comments. I’ve done a fair amount of revision since, for the most part in understanding Halo and clarifying her voice. The comments of my Clarion-mates have been invaluable during that process, particularly in helping me avoid the pitfalls of my writing a female character. But at a plot and paragraph level, this is pretty much what I wrote that weekend.
Before the Nebula Awards last year Sheila Williams, editor-in-chief of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and brilliant fantasy writer Lisa Goldstein visited me to take a tour of Skywalker Ranch and ILM. Here’s Sheila’s Asimov’s editorial on that visit, and Lisa’s account. What a wonderful day that was, ending with a reading by two of my favorite authors, Connie Willis and Gene Wolfe!