I’m delighted to announce another short story sale: “Even the Clearest Water” to Fireside Magazine. Fireside was absolutely one of my target markets, and I was very happy to get an acceptance from them.
“Even the Clearest Water” is a story about water fae, autistic families, bargains, and love. You’ll be able to read it in April next year.
I’m excited to announce my upcoming novella release. From A Shadow Grave will be published this October by Paper Road Press.
From a Shadow Grave is inspired by the story of a true crime: the murder of seventeen-year-old Phyllis Symons, whose ghost is still said to haunt Wellington’s Mount Victoria tunnel. It’s the story of the lives and stories she should have had; stories of survival, adventure, recovery, love. Stories in which she is both rescued and rescuer. Stories of family and music and magic.
From crime fiction to urban fantasy, from Wellington to war-torn Europe, it’s a story I began writing with rage but ended up buoyed by the love and determination the characters developed – seemingly all on their own. I’m delighted Paper Road Press has picked up this weird creation of mine and am very much looking forward to launching it later this year.
Direct pre-orders are available from the Paper Road Press website; pre-orders from other retailers (including ebooks) will be up a little closer to the time.
Tomorrow I’m heading off on a multi-city trip, including two conventions in two weekends: GeyserCon in Rotorua and Continuum in Melbourne.
Here’s where (other than the bar) to find me:
At GeyserCon I’ll be talking about socio-political themes in SFF on the Handmaids and Other Tales panel (Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm). I’ll also be at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards ceremony on Sunday night where my short story, “Girls Who Do Not Drown” is shortlisted.
At Continuum I’ll be on panels about Illness in SFF (Saturday 8th June, 10:00am), secondary world settings analogous to the 19th or 20th century (Sunday 9th June, 2:00pm) and post-capitalist societies (Sunday 9th June, 5:00pm).
Come and say hi! And if you’d like to arrange to meet up, Twitter is a good way to get hold of me. Look forward to seeing you there!
It’s been a while since I sold a new short – I’ve been mostly focused on longer works this year – so I’m delighted to announce that “Henrietta and the End of the Line” will be published in Translunar Travelers Lounge, a new publication which explores the fun side of SFF.
The story is about a squid train, a lizard girl, and how we keep going when everything has changed. I look forward to sharing it with you.
It’s almost the end of 2018 so here’s my much-procrastinated-on list of award eligible work for 2018.
Before I get to the full list, there are three things that were absolute standout experiences for me this year, and probably the best things I’ve ever produced in each area. If you have limited time or don’t know where to start, these are them:
“Girls Who Do Not Drown” (fantasy, 2900 words, content notes for suicidality, implied misogynist inc transmisogynist violence, drowning) was published in the December issue of Apex. It’s one of those stories which is at once fantastical and yet deeply personal; it’s about hopelessness and survival, about the strength of history and the communities you come from, about pushing back against them and about pushing back with them, about the sea, and the myths that still live within it.
“Design a Spaceship” (non-fiction, 2500 words) was published in the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue of Uncanny. It’s the essay in which I was finally able to articulate ideas I’d been exploring for a number of years. It’s about the futures we imagine for ourselves, whether we have a place in those futures, and why science fiction is so important for understanding – and changing – our own world.
Capricious Issue 9 was a double-length special issue containing stories using gender diverse pronouns. It was an honour to edit this issue, and I’d love it if you would consider either the issue as a whole, or any of the individual stories – or the cover art – when making award nominations.
And here’s the full list of my fiction or fiction-related publications for 2018:
“Under this Strange Sky” (science fiction, 3000 words – Aurealis)
“Design a Spaceship” is about accessibility, spaceships, and imagining different futures. It brings together ideas I’ve been working on and with for several years now, and I was so pleased to be able to finally work them into a coherent essay, and even more so to have it accepted for publication in Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. I’m only part way through reading the issue but there is some incredible work in there and I’m honoured to have mine alongside it.
I’m delighted to have a short story, “Blaze”, included in the second issue of Vulture Bones. Blaze is a story about community, survival, intrusion, love, and a lake of fire. You can read the story online or purchase the full issue.
My latest short story, “Under this Strange Sky”, has just been published in Aurealis #112.
“Under this Strange Sky” was inspired by Robin Hyde’s 1938 novel Nor the Years Condemn, and thus it has space forestry, the devastation of previous wars, job creation schemes, economic collapse, and trees that aren’t exactly what they seem. I’m delighted this piece of cynical weirdness has found a home at Aurealis.