shameless other people promotion

The talented and charming Jason Kimble has a story out over on Cast of Wonders:  “If Only Kissing Made It So,” for your reading and/or listening pleasure.  The podcast version is read by Max Gladstone (yeah, I know, right?).

The first lines, so not even a spoiler:

This afternoon, the boy I’ve had a crush on for years told me two things: he loves me, and he’s a time traveler. I’m not sure if I feel crazier believing the first or the second.

This is a lovely story.  This and “Blood and Water” are the ones Jason’s then-boyfriend (now-husband) asked me about when we met:  Have you read those?  They’re amazing–he’s so brilliant, isn’t he? and I just grinned and agreed and thought, Yeah, I like this guy, Jason can keep him around. :)

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the obligatory awards post

Through the fiery blushing and imposter syndrome, I give you my list of stuff that was published in 2017 …

The Lost Languages of Exiles,” in Metaphorosis

Safe As Houses” in Gallery of Curiosities*

“Four Cassandras” in The Cassandra Project

And apparently Dropping Slow could be nominated as a novella, but that seems a bit weird.

*I’m not entirely sure what category this would fall under?  But I’m putting it in, anyway.


 

It feels slightly less uncomfortable to aim you at work from 2017 that I liked a lot and is not by me:

Jason Kimble has three stories eligible for awards, all of which I love for different reasons.

Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde, which is so weird and creepy and cooooool …

Seanan McGuire published and posted a lot of great stuff last year–“From A to Z In the Book of Changes,” via her Patreon, was a great story.

I admit, I’m not entirely through all the stories in The Best of Metaphorosis 2017, but “The Illuminator Leaves” by Molly Etta was lovely.

The Murders of Molly Southbourne  by Tade Thompson–this should win awards just for remembering that if blood is An Issue, a female protagonist will have That Issue to deal with once a month.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells–oh my god, I loved this and cannot wait for the next one.

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White–again, I loved this book and cannot wait for the next one.

A Queen from the North by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese–this is AU British history romance with magic; I dug it.

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan–disquieting and haunting like all of Kiernan’s work.

 

 

 

 

So a little bit of self-promotion …

“The Lost Languages of Exiles” has been chosen for The Best of Metaphorosis 2017!

It will be coming out February 1st, and I’m thrilled to have “Exiles” included.


Two artists whose work survives into the universe of “Exiles” and Dropping Slow are Tom Jones and Ursula K. LeGuin.  There’s a reason Lia reads A Fisherman of the Inland Sea in “Exiles,” and of course the reason is the last story in the collection.

I wrote this on Facebook today:

She was a difficult, thinking, demanding writer whose books taught me a lot about earned endings and the intricacies of tracing people’s interior lives. She was not afraid to look at her old work and grapple with it to make it better. She was a foundation of my genres, better than just about anyone else in them—the world is better because her books are in it, and lessened by the loss of her.

I think everyone seems to be linking to “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” and that is an amazing story.  But I would send you to “Another Story OR A Fisherman of the Inland Sea,” The Tombs of Atuan, Four Ways to Forgiveness, and The Word for World is Forest.

shameless self promotion UPDATE

Hey, if you followed the link to The Cassandra Project  and felt that she shipping cost was a little … much–there was a bit of confusion there that has since been fixed:

Those of you who have bought chapbooks from me before will know that I usually do free shipping on them and just factor that into the cost.  I hadn’t wanted to do that with this one because I felt like it would overly complicate things with wanting to donate the whole cost of the book to RAINN, and that it would be easier just to have you guys pay shipping to Etsy.  And while I was at it, why not have them calculate the costs of the shipping?  Nice.  Simple.  Easy.

IT TURNS OUT – Etsy goes for the expensive shipping with tracking and stuff that costs way more than the book, and that feels pretty damn weird to me and apparently it felt weird to some of you guys too.

SO.  I went back and figured out how to enter flat-rate shipping.  If you’re in the U.S., it’ll cost you $1.50 for shipping.  You won’t be able to track it, but I don’t think anyone’s lost a package so far, and everyone seems to get theirs in a few days.  So for anyone who looked at the book, looked at the price, and then looked at the shipping and had a minor heart attack – go back.  Check again.  It’s better now, I swear.

So, yes, if you were interested in this one, please head back over to the Etsy site and order the book now that shipping has been changed.

Shameless self-promotion!

My story, “Four Cassandras,” is in this chapbook anthology: The Cassandra Project!

The description, from the ordering site:

The Cassandra Project was born out of a frantic post-election desire to do something, anything, to make the world a little brighter. I settled on the very sensible solution of compiling, editing, and printing an anthology about the mythological figure of Cassandra (as you do), and using it to raise money for charity. A little over a year later, and certainly much to my surprise, The Cassandra Project is a real, honest-to-goodness chapbook, featuring: poetry by L.S., Moriah Norton, Emily Bascom, Kimberly Beverage, Rowan Burns, and myself; fiction by Naomi Tajedler and Laura E. Price; art by Naderegen, Heather Bain, and myself; and this thing Alyssa Fowers did involving graphs and statistics that I can’t even describe but goddamn it’s cool. Every penny raised by the sale of this book is going to benefit RAINN, the United States’ largest anti-sexual violence organization.

I’m so happy to be a part of this, and I cannot wait to see that cool graph and stats thing, it looks amazing.  I’ll be posting a little bit about the story in the next couple of days, too.

So please click on the link to order your copy; all proceeds go to RAINN.

Story promotion: “The Lost Languages of Exiles”

“The Lost Languages of Exiles,” at Metaphorosis for your reading pleasure, is a romance.

Romances are new territory for me.  I used to say I don’t write romance–not in any sort of superior way; in an ‘I have no idea how to do it’ way.  And now look at me–two romances!  Two!  And a time travel story, sort of, so my father should be pleased with me.

Metaphorosis is going to be posting a brief explanation of where this story came from in the next few weeks, so I don’t want to say too much about it here.  I do love it; I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s found its home and that people can read it.  If you liked Dropping Slow and wondered about Javi’s ports or what his childhood/adolescence was like with IWT, this story will give you more background on that.  And there is probably one more story set in this universe currently taking shape in my notebooks (it’s one Jason has said he wants to read, so I’m determined to figure it out).

So, yeah–head over and read.  I hope you like it.  And yes, that character is named after exactly who you think he is.  But he doesn’t look like him.