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.

Story Notes: In Which Liz Frankenstein Lives

JDP 92 cover art: “Satan Sowing Tares” by Felicien Rops

What can I say about this story?

For one, writing it was a kind of therapy.

A year or so ago, I completed and defended my Master’s Essay: an exploration of how Rousseau’s theories of education and personhood manifest in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This is not to speak negatively of that experience–it was overwhelmingly  positive–but I definitely needed some time to process my feelings about how gender plays out in Rousseau’s treatise, Emile (grrr), and subsequently in Shelley’s novel (I argued, as a kind of commentary and/or satire).

What better way to purge said feelings by rolling out a time travel story for Jersey Devil Press‘s Victorian Mash-Up special issue?

In addition to giving some neglected women characters just a little bit of justice, I’m always delighted to turn Victorian queer subtext into actual text. Frankenstein is one of the subtextiest of them all, so this is as gay and bi and gender fluid as I could make it in 3700 words.

Also Nikola Tesla. How do you write a mad-as-all-hell Victorian adventure without Nikola Tesla?

(And, yes, if you’re wondering, I did dare myself to include references to as many Victorian or Victorian-adjacent works as I could. I won’t provide a list–where’s the fun in that? But do tweet me how many you found.)

Ultimately, though, sometimes we just write things for fun and out of affection for other things. Because I do, and have always, loved these stories, whatever their flaws and my frustrations.

Rousseau on the other hand…

“In Which Liz Frankenstein Lives,” appeared in the Victorian Mash-Up special issue of Jersey Devil Press. Support their unique flavor of weird fiction by donating or by purchasing one of their anthologies.

New story

Jersey Devil Press released their Victorian Mash-Up Special Issue today. It includes my short story, “In Which Liz Frankenstein Lives, Makes New Friends, Saves Nikola Tesla, and Fixes What She Can” (“In Which Liz Frankenstein Lives” for short).

You can find it, Dan Morey’s delightful Little Women/Moby Dick mash-up, and Jen Fawkes’s excellent meditation on Professor Moriarty here.

Thanks for reading!