When an idea is is startling and original, we say “it comes out of nowhere”.  But the best of those ideas feel like they did in fact come from somewhere, someplace that had been previously hidden.  It’s a thrill not so much of innovation as it is of discovery; you [read more…]

And it’s a doozy: her story “The Hungry Ghost” will be appearing in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress XXVI, edited by Elisabeth Waters, from Norilana Books. The Sword & Sorceress series has been running since 1984, and over those years has been one of the few places to find strong [read more…]

My Clarion classmate Kali Wallace’s beautiful story “Botanical Exercises for Curious Girls” is out in the March/April issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  Kali write the first draft at Clarion, and it was both lovely and creepy in just the right measures.  Do what I am doing now: shut down [read more…]

As I mentioned in a recent post, my friends in the class of Clarion 2010 continue to amaze and astound.  As further evidence, I submit this story from Tamsyn Muir at Fantasy Magazine.   The first draft of this was workshopped at Clarion, and it was so sweet and honest [read more…]

All fiction is speculative fiction. And all writing is fiction.

Check out my cousin Bonnie Norman’s blog “A Working Title”.  It’s filled with insightful interviews of Science Fiction and Fantasy authors, reviews, and other good stuff.  Be prepared to spend some time reading!

I’ve finished my fourth story, and first proper short story, The Wind Sall Blaw.  It’s an historical fantasy set in the Debatable Lands between Scotland and England around 1644.  The inspiration—and the odd title—came from a traditional ballad called the either The Three Ravens or the Twa Corbies (which means [read more…]

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