Monday, January 6, 2020

Preorders now available for "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper"

As it says on the box!

"The Voyages of Cinrak The Dapper" from Queen of Swords Press will be released on April 6, 2020. Three months to go!

If you'd like to be ready to have your copy drop to your reading device of choice on the day, you can preorder via Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and Angus & Robertson. A universal link to all retailers is available here.

Lesbian capybara pirate! Found fam! Adventures! Pirate unions! Krakens! Beards! Set sail with my rodent maties.

Cover of "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper"
Capybara silhouette in purple and blue, with a starfield and pirate ship

Thursday, December 12, 2019

For Your Consideration

It's that time of year again, to WillSmith dot jpg at my stories from 2019 for award consideration, including the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, and the Otherwise Award (formerly Tiptree). In a lovely piece of serendipity, I will be able to attend the award ceremonies for all of them next year!

These are listed in chronological order:

  • "Hearts Made Marble, Weapons Shaped From Bone" - Apparition Lit, Issue 5 "Resistance", January 15, 2019
    Unicorns aren't as put together as myth makes them out to be - it takes near annihilation for them to find their truth, strength, and anger.
  • "Hunger's Truth" - Giganotosaurus, April 2019
    People with an X chromosome - not just women - have evolved a taste for man-flesh. Their sharp teeth have been blunted by the patriarchy, and Danyor must struggle with dentures, detainment, and daddy as revolution rises.
  • "With God As Our Witness" - Lackingtons, Issue 19 Voyages, May 14, 2019
    Knights with genital embossed armour fly by dragon to meet God on the moon. Every mission before has failed, until Ser Serena comes along with A Plan.
  • "Power Chord" - Capricious, July 31, 2019
    Punks in space! Surl must play the performance of her life with a guitar keyed to ignite the giant fusion engines of the Gilman, a generation ship taking an anarchist collective to the stars. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

News roundabout these parts

It's been a busy couple of months in these here writerly parts.

Edits for "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper" and "No Man's Land" have been completed and handed in. "Cinrak" is now heading into the formatting stage and ARCs will be made available soon. If you'd like an eARC for reviewing purposes, contact me or editor Catherine Lundoff at Queen of Swords Press.

I'll have more details soon about my World War 2 land girl shapeshifters novella "No Man's Land", I'm just waiting for ducks to line up. When I have release date (hopefully May 2020), cover art, and ARCs to share, I'll be shouting about it.

Recent events I've done Word volunteering duties for include Zadie Smith and Behrouz Boochani. Working crowd control for Zadie Smith was enlightening, giving me the chance to watch a star author at the top of their game interacting with readers. And the Boochani event was incredibly emotional - I hope New Zealand can find it's way to grant asylum to him.

In October, I traveled to Wellington to be a part of the double book release by Paper Road Press for "Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Speculative Fiction Volume 1", which includes my story "Logistics", and Andi Buchanan's brilliant "From a Shadow Grave". A good time was had reading in the shadow of the Beehive, and both Year's Best and "From a Shadow Grave" made the following week's Top Ten New Zealand Fiction Sellers.

I was flattered to be part of a group of local wordsmiths creating the Word Up Cabaret in late November. Local storyteller The Unicorn brought together poets, spoken word artists, songwriters, and authors to perform a buffet of beautiful prose over a few nights. The night I performed, I read one of my unicorn stories (not related to our generous host). It was a fun experience, one I need more practice at for next year!

I've started planning a big travel event for May 2020, including Wiscon (finally!) and the Nebula conference. I'm hoping I'll be able to do a book release and readings at Wiscon. Let me know if you're going to be at either conference.

Worldcon 2020 planning is also underway. At least I don't have to travel so far for this major event! I hope to take part in some interesting panels and readings. I'm looking forward to sharing Wellington with all my writer friends, and Aotearoa New Zealand speculative fiction with the world.

Overall, 2020 is going to be a big year of travel, promotion, and book releases, a big new step for me. And I have to fit my regular writing schedule in there too! I'm looking forward to the challenge. I really want to up my game.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of my cat Bug:

A black and white tuxedo cat sits on a window ledge enjoying sunshine

Monday, October 7, 2019

Why Capybara?

Since I've started giving the quick pitch on my upcoming short story collection "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper" (Queen of Swords Press, April 2020) - dapper lesbian capybara pirate captain and the magical adventures of her queer found family - one of the first reactions is delighted chuckles at the idea of a capybara protagonist.

Why a capybara (latin: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris; reader, remember this because there will be a test!)?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Blogging Revival

Kick it in the guts, Trev.

2020 is shaping up to be The Year of Everything, and I gotta be prepared for it.

A few years back, I used to blog about anything my mind settled on, and I found it used to take up a lot of writing mental energy I should have been directing towards my fiction work. So I cut this blog back to the information basics only.

Next year I'll have two, TWO, books out, will be be travelling to Wiscon, attending Worldcon in Wellington (hooray for a Worldcon in my backyard), and doing all sorts of book release and promo (personal and NZ community) things. And that's outside of my writing plans for the year!

So I've decided to revive this blog to help out with the publicity, and put me on that marketing learning curve, for "The Voyages of Cinrak The Dapper" (Queen of Swords Press, April) and "No Man's Land" (Paper Road Press, May). I aim to post at least once or twice a month. I've yet to decide whether I keep content on this blog or create a newsletter, but I'll have something in place in the next week or so.

If there's anything you'd like me to post about, drop a suggestion in comments. I plan to put out my first post up at the start of October.

To quote Rik the Anarchist, let's get on this last freedom moped to Nowhere City!

[Image: a silver and white kitten playing a red guitar]

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Cover: "The Voyages of Cinrak The Dapper", coming April 2020

Baby's First Cover Reveal!

I feel like I've hit the jackpot on my first book cover art. An enormous thanks to Dian Huynh for my beautiful star lit Cinrak. Lettering by Terry Roy.

"The Voyages of Cinrak The Dapper" will be released in April 2020 by Queen of Swords Press and is a collection of stories about Cinrak and her Ratdom pals. There's Loqui, her marmot soprano diva lover, the rat queen Orvillia who is the other part of their ethical poly triad, Benj the trans boy chinchilla and his kraken friend Agnes, a mysterious rainbow whale, and lots of unionized pirate shenanigans.


Cover for "The Voyages of Cinrak The Dapper". A silhouette of a capybara
stands against a blue and purple star field, with a pirate ship floating through its center.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Baby's First Year's Best

Reprint sale!

Coming November 2019, Paper Road Press will be publishing 'The Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume 1'.

My tampons in the apocalypse story 'Logistics' has been chosen to appear in the collection. Check out the rest of the awesome ToC here, a line up of great NZ short speculative fiction authors working today.

The cover art is by Emma Weakley, whose work I love.

Cover For Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasty: Volume 1
Dark yellow and blue organic machinery intertwining.