It’s been a busy year for me, even though it might not look that way in the context of posts here. Between attending Clarion West, continuing work on my interactive fiction game The Tunnel Crew, and juggling a writer’s life with all the other grumbles of living, I’ve managed to release a couple of stories. I’d be honoured and thrilled if you considered them for whatever awards you might be submitting nominations for!
- “Midway on the Waves” (8,200 words – Novelette) – originally in Analog, May/June 2019
Twenty-five years after Titan won its independence, a woman who witnessed a city shattered is still trying to come to grips with her trauma in the shards of her world. Here, I wrestled with how a bolt from the blue can transform your world forever in ways that take a lifetime to unfold.
- “A Square of Flesh, A Cube of Steel” (5,500 words – Short Story) – originally in Analog, September/October 2019
On a cold, small moon inhabited by giant women, a young trans woman grapples with the possibility of losing her girlfriend along with everything and everyone she knows when a starship arrives to take her back to Mars. This is a story of isolation, self-determination, and giant queer ladies, and I’m so happy to see the response it’s already received.
I admit, it’s been a slight year for me – but I’ve got high hopes for 2020, in a lot of respects.
One of the things that’s irritated for a while is how much science fiction loves empires. I mean, looooooooves them. Sure, they’re frequently portrayed as the villain, but portrayal is only half of the equation. So I wrote a non-fiction article about this, “A Vaccine for the Virus of Empire?” and it’s now live on the Future Science Fiction Digest website, right here! Check it out!
It’s been a quiet month for me, creatively speaking, but if you’re interested in more details about me and how I identify, I’ve just had an interview go live at Asexual Artists. I do identify as being on the asexual spectrum, and this interview is full of pretty frank statements that I’ve never said publicly before.
If you’re interested, check it out on WordPress or Tumblr!
If you’re interested in reading more of my work but have seen my bibliography page, you’ve probably realized that one big hurdle between here and there is that the vast majority of my work isn’t available online. That’s starting to change now, thanks to Curious Fictions — a website set up to support authors in my situation, where reprints can be posted and readers like you can read them and even subscribe to authors you especially like.
So far, I have three long-since-unseen stories available for reading there: A Violent Wind, First of the North, and Three Years of Ashes and Twenty Years of Dust. Curious Fictions’ interface provides an estimated reading time, as well, so if you’ve got the time, consider checking them out!
Thanks for the visit – I appreciate it! In the future, this will be where you can find timely announcements of what I’m up to. For now, here’s a seven-year-old photo of the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco, because I think it looks nice. All that water, all that sky.