Tor.com is holding a sweepstakes–you could win one of three copies of Daughters of Frankenstein by entering here! Read Brit Mandelo’s generous review also. My story “Eldritch Brown Houses” appears in this anthology–my first, and likely last, engagement with Lovecraft, all mashed up with analog photography, loneliness, and witchcraft. Enjoy! […]
Readercon and all things Long Hidden!
Readercon is all about Long Hidden for me this year! Wondering where to find me, editors Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, and many of the other authors? Here are a whole bunch of places you can meet us, get books signed, ask questions and celebrate: Friday, 3pm, Embrace Room: Group ReadingRose Fox (leader), Claire Humphrey, Michael Janairo, Ken Liu, Sunny Moraine, Daniel José Older, Sarah Pinsker, Sofia Samatar, Sabrina VourvouliasCome and watch me read from “The Witch of Tarup”, which begins, “Every town has its witch, or so the Midsummer Ballad says, but I had only lived in Tarup a fortnight and I did not know who the witch might be.” Saturday, 3pm, Enliven Room: Editors Rose Fox and Daniel José Older will delve into their work editing the Long Hidden anthology. Saturday, 9pm, Envision Room: Long Hidden Party! Open to everyone, and there will be food, including vegan and gluten-free snacks. Where else you can find me: catching up with all the amazing people at this amazing con. It’s become one of the high points of my year for as many reasons as there are attendees. […]
Release day for Long Hidden!
Long Hidden is one of the most amazing projects I’ve had the pleasure to participate in. I’m honoured to be in the company of such great writers–and so excited that the book is finally available to purchase. I can’t be at the launch party in New York tonight, but maybe you can–it’s at Alice’s Arbor, from 4-6 pm, and a number of the other writers will be there! Check out this gorgeous Julie Dillon cover: My story is called “The Witch of Tarup”. It’s set in Denmark in 1886. I was lucky to have a fantastic primary source: a memoir written by my great-great-grandmother, and translated by one of her sons. (Disclaimer: none of my family are witches, as far as I know!) Here’s how it begins:Every town has its witch, or so the Midsummer Ballad says, but I had only lived in Tarup a fortnight and I did not know who the witch might be. […]
Tenea D. Johnson and Steve Berman have announced the table of contents for Heiresses of Russ 2013, and guess what…I’m in it. “Harrowing Emily” by Megan Arkenberg“Reality Girl” by Richard Bowes“The Witch Sea” by Sara Diemer“Saint Louis 1990” by Jewelle Gomez“Narrative Only” by Kate Harrad“Nightfall in the Scent Garden” by Claire Humphrey“Elm” by Jamie Killen“Beneath Impossible Circumstances” by Andrea Kneeland“One True Love” by Malinda Lo“Winter Scheming” by Brit Mandelo“Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints” by Alex Dally McFarlane“Nine Days Seven Tears” by JL Merrow“Oracle Gretel” by Julia Rios“Otherwise” by Nisi Shawl“Chang’e Dashes from the Moon” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew“Astrophilia” by Carrie Vaughn“Barnstormers” by Wendy Wagner I was also really happy to note that last one, Wendy Wagner’s “Barnstormers”, which first appeared in Ideomancer. (I was the slush reader who caught that one–for some reason this always makes me feel extra-pleased when the story goes on to do well!) Strange Horizons makes a great showing, too: several of these stories first appeared there, including mine, plus work by editors Brit Mandelo and Julia Rios made the list. I’m proud to appear in this company. Go here to look at the cover! […]
Novel Enduro: Day VIII
79,000 words. Two new scenes left to write, maybe three. Not with a bang, but a whimper (from the author, who’s continually surprised at how fucking emotionally draining it is to end a book!) Horrible things: how hard it is to write romantic scenes without slipping into Hollywood tropes. I haven’t had much practice, I guess… in my previous novel, there wasn’t a central love relationship, just a bit of dating. Beautiful things: getting one of those scenes right, I think! Also, some more bits with magic, always fun. Tonight’s homework: going through a year’s worth of notes from my writing group because I’m almost positive there’s a great suggestion in there about a specific missing scene I should write, and I can’t remember what it is. And being a very orderly person, I’d like to write that missing scene before I write the two final scenes, because once those are done I’d like to go celebrate, instead of messing around some more. Also, today’s win: Beyond Binary is nominated for a Lambda Literary Award! […]
Best Canadian Speculative Writing
Imaginarium 2012 is coming to bookstores in July! I’m pretty excited about this–I’ve never been in a Year’s Best Anything before, and holy mackerel, look at the other names on that table of contents. David Nickle! Amal El-Mohtar! Gemma Files! Cory Doctorow! Peter Watts! A great day for Ideomancer all round: honourable mentions also went to Ian Donald Keeling’s Ideomancer story, “Broken”, and to publisher Leah Bobet’s “Stay”. I also find it strange and hilarious that both of the anthologies I’ve been in this year have cover images featuring a face with an eye full of binary code: […]
Good editors. Also, preserved lemons.
Cool news from Strange Horizons this week: Julia Rios has joined the already-fantastic editorial team. I already loved reading, and selling to, Strange Horizons, and I think they’re set to continue their excellent track record. It’s also fascinating to realize how much more a part of the SF community I have become. In 2009 when I made my first sale to Strange Horizons, I didn’t know anyone there–I just knew they were consistently publishing stories I loved, and even more importantly, stories that made me feel welcome. (I don’t mind telling you, oh entire world, that when I made that sale I was so happy I actually wept.) Now, I’ve worked with all three of editors in different ways and I hope to do so again (as soon as I finish the next damned story, damn it). I became acquainted with Julia through the network of Viable Paradise alumni who gather at cons. Julia did an amazing podcast of my story “Who in Mortal Chains”. The other new editor, Brit Mandelo, is also the editor of Beyond Binary, and so of course I have a very high opinion of her editorial sense. Senior editor Jed Hartman was the one who […]
This anthology is now available for order! Featuring stories by me and a whole bunch of people even better than me. […]
In which I show off a book cover
Look! It has my name on it. […]
In which I will be anthologized!
Brit Mandelo has made the official announcement of the table of contents for Beyond Binary here, and I’m in it! This looks like such an awesome collection of stories: “Sea of Cortez” by Sandra McDonald“Eye of the Storm” by Kelley Eskridge“Fisherman” by Nalo Hopkinson“Pirate Solutions” by Katie Sparrow“‘A Wild and a Wicked Youth’” by Ellen Kushner“Prosperine When it Sizzles” by Tansy Rayner Roberts“The Fairy Cony-Catcher” by Delia Sherman“Palimpsest” by Catherynne M. Valente“Another Coming” by Sonya Taaffe“Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot” by Claire Humphrey“The Ghost Party” by Richard Larson“Bonehouse” by Keffy R. M. Kehrli“Sex with Ghosts” by Sarah Kanning“Spoiling Veena” by Keyan Bowes“The Metamorphosis Bud” by Liu Wen Zhuang“Schrodinger’s Pussy” by Terra LeMay Beyond Binary will be coming out in May from Lethe Press. […]