2017 Highlights

It has become something of a tradition in SFF to post a recap at the end of the year so that friends and readers know what work is eligible for awards, etc.

More so, I like the opportunity to reflect.

Late in 2016, I got back into writing and submitting short fiction after a long hiatus. I had been in school (twice), but I also struggled with what to do next and how I wanted to approach my stories in the years after my MFA.

I took a workshop, spent time on revisions and reading around the markets, and decided to jump in re: submissions.

And I am thrilled to say that this year (2017), I made my first professional sales:

My cyberpunk short story, “Whatever Tower, However High,” appeared in Escape Pod in April.

Then, Clarkesworld published my biopunk novelette, “My Dear, Like the Sky and Stars and Sun,” in June.

(Yes, I really like punk.)

In addition, my deep-space Lovecraftian gothic, “In Strange, Far Places,” found a home in Luna Station Quarterly.

And Jersey Devil Press featured my slightly cracked Frankenstein reimagining, “In Which Liz Frankenstein Lives,” in their Victorian Mash-Up issue.

Lastly, I was delighted to place my Poe-inspired flash, “A Girl’s Guide to Being Buried Alive,” with NonBinary Review; they were, as noted, kind enough to nominate it for Best of the Net.

Interested readers can check out my other publications and get a jump on 2018 here. Thanks, as always, for reading and for your support.

Review

Sara L. Uckelman of the newly launched SFF Reviews recently did a write-up of my story, “In Strange, Far Places,” which appeared in issue 30 of Luna Station Quarterly. Thanks, Sara!

You can read her review here and the story here. And if you want to know more about how “In Strange, Far Places” came to be, my story notes are here.

Story Notes: In Strange, Far Places

LSQ 30 COVER

Luna Station Quarterly 30 cover art by Kmye Chan

Like many contemporary speculative fiction writers, I have a complicated relationship with Lovecraft. His influence on the genre is as undeniable as his flagrant racism. And I am, I find, always more interested in what other writers do with Lovecraft than Lovecraft himself. (The Ballad of Black Tom is an incredible recent example.)

So I was intrigued when a call for submissions asking for queer takes on Lovecraft appeared a year or so ago. I decided to try my hand at it. I focused on a few of my particular interests: Lovecraftian urban decay, the potential consequences of galactic expansionism, and gothic narrative structures (especially the “as told to” construction we see in The Turn of the Screw and many, many other tales).

I also wanted to include aspects of Western queer subculture at the turn of the last century. But in space. As you do.

“In Strange, Far Places” was the result. And while it originally found a home with that queer Lovecraft anthology, the project sadly fell through, as happens from time to time. It can be a challenge to place stories written specifically for special issues or anthology calls, so I was delighted when Luna Station Quarterly accepted it for issue 30.

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