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Some news:

1 - Reminder that my story "Baggage Check" is elibigle for various best short story awards this year.

If you like it, please consider giving it a spot on your ballot.

2 - Fierce Family is now available, and contains my story "Come Away to the Water."

15 exhilarating stories of QUILTBAG families experiencing adventure, disaster, and triumph make up Fierce Family. They are families of any constellation: all sizes and configurations, families of choice as well as families by birth. They are caring and connected – when outside conflict arises, they come together to defend and aid one another. Fiercely, and without hesitation.

3 - I'm going to attempt updating my WordPress blog, such as it is. You can find it over here: Life's An Open Book.
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I have not updated in far too long. Not for lack of things to post about, but rather for lack of time and inclination.

So about that anthology I co-edited...

Since I last posted, Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction was released, and I attended Arisia 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed the panels I did get to, and I should at least make note of what they were, but I don't have the list handy at the moment. I didn't bother with panel notes, though, so there won't be any panel writeups. Boston was cold. Yes, colder than Toronto.

Menial seems to be going over well. You can find it here on GoodReads, and there are interviews scattered around the internet that I really should collect up, but haven't yet.

And then there's FISH...

The FISH anthology is now available! It includes my flash fiction, "I Know a Secret." There's an interview with me up on the web site. (Which, yes, is what reminded me to update over here.)

Other writerly news...

I sold a short story to the Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0! My first pro sale! Look for "Baggage Check" in June.

And I've been struggling with De Quervain's tenosynovitis (tendonitis in the thumb) which has made life extra challenging. But it seems to be improving finally.


Oct. 1st, 2011 02:24 pm
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My flash story "I Know A Secret" will appear in Dagan Books FISH anthology, to be released on February 8th, 2012.
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Been meaning to post this for a while, since I found Terry had put it up on an open forum.

The TOC for The Monster Book for Girls, slated for launch at FantasyCon 2011 in Brighton at the end of September.

TOC (including me!) )
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Short story entitled "Turning" to The Monster Book for Girls (edited by Terry Grimwood), forthcoming this year from theExaggeratedPress.

From the Editor: While helping a friend clear out her parents' effects, recently, I stumbled on a tatty old pre-war tome called "The Monster Book for Girls". It was adorned with pictures of jolly school lasses wielding hockey sticks and was full of “thrilling adventure stories for girls”.

I loved the description of how Terry came up with the idea, and ended up with a story I really loved, but didn't know where else to submit. Turned out it was a perfect fit for this anthology.

Story sale

Jun. 11th, 2010 02:50 pm
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Sale! (Yes, yes, I've known for several days a week and been lax in updating.)

"Carefully Constructed" to Crossed Genres, for the July issue, "Lies".

This story is set in the world of my (first draft finished, don't ask how revisions are going >.> ) novel, The Node.

That working title has been the working title for about ten years. I don't know how I will ever adjust to calling it anything else, if the need arises.

Angst about the novel aside, it is still really exciting to see one of my boys and some of the world finally making a public debut. It is a little weird that it's Jaz and not To'mei, but maybe that makes sense given that To'mei gets an entire novel (or two) and Jaz is always secondary.
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So on a whim, I flung a story at AE's Micro Contest, and I am a runner-up! They're going to publish my teeny little 200 word story, along with four others.

You can read it here (PDF) -- "Detuned", and see their commentary on the winners here.

This rather counter-balances my decision not to drive myself crazy trying to finish a story for the midnight deadline for Crossed Genres' current issue. The story will keep, and expand, and grow into itself.

Meanwhile, I need to start edits on the (already 1st draft complete!) story for May's theme - Lies.


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