Monday, May 20, 2019

Coming in 2020: The Adventures of Cinrak, Capybara Pirate

The character who started out as a prompt for a competition is going to become a book!

I'm delighted to announce that Cinrak the Dapper, Lesbian Capybara Pirate is being turned into a collection of short stories which will be published by Queen of Swords Press in May 2020.

Cinrak and her crew of furry mammalian misfits first appeared in "The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars", Beneath Ceaseless Skies,  May 2018. Then she made new friends in "Search For The Heart of the Ocean", Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) from Queen of Swords Press, December 2018.

Editor Catherine Lundoff was so enamored by my rodent rapscallions, she wanted more!

I'll have more details later, like the title and book cover reveal. And if you're going to Wiscon 2020, there is a distinct possibility I'll be there to love up my newly released collection.

Get ready for lots of queer capy and ratties, interspecies kraken-whale love, strange magics, pirate unions, and sentient falling stars, with Cinrak the Dapper, Lesbian Capybara Pirate, May 2020!

A dapper capybara. Not Cinrak, but I love this art.
Artist: Ryan Berkley

Saturday, March 23, 2019

This Week In our Terrible History...And I Made The Tiptree Award Longlist.

It's been a devastating week in the history of my city, country, and the world. The undercurrent of white supremacy in Aotearoa has been writ large upon our local Muslim community.

I stand with the people of my city who have had this violence and pain inflicted upon their lives, and thoroughly reject Islamophoba and racism. I have been speaking (nay, raging) about the history, ignorance, and carelessness that created the ground on which this hate flourished on other platforms and venues. Basically, everyone is getting their ear bent whether they like it or not because it's about damn time Aotearoa had a reckoning with their racist white colonialist roots and the hegemonic system they are a part of. I am in no way perfect, but I am always learning and bettering myself.

Listen to the Muslim voices on this subject, as they have long been speaking about the hate and violence, the marginalization and dehumanization they face.

I am encouraged by the swift steps the government has taken to ban various guns and accessories. The quiet, firm leadership Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown is a model of kindness and compassion other world leaders could learn from. I am heartened by the love and support my country has shown our fellow citizens in the Muslim community. And I'm gearing up for some hard arguments and big reckonings; from the media, to politicians and the system at large, to the everyday person, there will be accountability and change for good.

The sunshine behind the thunderstorm is something I've had on my Writing Things list. This year's Tiptree Awards winner, honours list, and long list has been announced, and "Logistics" made the long list. I am thrilled to be a part of the award that recognizes excellence in the "exploration and expansion of gender", and is named after one of my author heroes.

Congratulations to this year's winner Gabriela Dami├ín Miravete. From the honours list, I'm stoked kiwi editor Andi Buchanan has been recognized for their work on the Diverse Pronouns issue of Capricious Magazine, and Keffy Kehrli tapped for his work on Glittership Year Two (which contains my Freddie Mercury tribute story "Granny Death And The Drag King Of London").

Yay me!

And Be Excellent To Each Other.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fighting The Power With Stories

The last two years have been a rough ride politically, what with *gestures at the world*. As I expected. And didn't expect. I thought I was ready for the resistance, but it's been a hell of a 99 degree uphill climb.

I've been in two writing modes. Writing stories of resistance against the kyriarchy, or writing fun fluff which somehow ends up with themes of fighting the kyriarchy anyway.

Recently on the fun fluff side, I've had another River City story published in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, issue 73. "Alexandra, Braiding A New Life Beside The Old Braided River, Wigs and Silks And All" carries on the tradition of long, fun titles from River City, and tells the story of the circus's favourite stylist, tea connoisseur, and bearded lady as she starts a new career.

Also in River City, I DID A THING. In 2018, I set myself the task of bringing River City together into a full book-length collection of stories, fleshing out different characters and adventures with Chifwe, Ba Luen, and the crew. I delivered the first draft to myself a week late, but it is DONE. Now all it needs is good editing, rewrites, and a place called home.

2019 has got off to a great start, as I've recently sold three resistance stories.

"Hearts Made Marble, Weapons Shaped From Bone" has just been released in the January issue of Apparition Lit, aptly subtitled "Resistance". My stabby stabby unicorn tale was written in the week after the inauguration in 2016, and it shows.

"Power Chord" is a 2 minute 30 second scream ode to punk anarchists in space. It will appear in an issue of Capricious SF this year.

And "With God As Our Witness" has been picked up by Lackingtons for their "Voyages" issue. Knights riding battle snails with their armoured dicks out to meet God on the moon? It's an absurdist piece I wrote after seeing a Twitter discussion about weird motifs in medieval tapestries that get no literary love. I chucked in dragons and the matriarchy for good measure.

And nomination reminders: The Nebulas, Hugos, and SJVs are now all open for award nominations. If anyone is considering any of my 2018 work, check out my bibliography. Links are all there. I am ESPECIALLY proud of "Logistics" from the April Clarkesworld.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Nomination Worthy 2018

We're coming back round to the time when nominations for a variety of awards opening up. The Nebulas are already open, the SJVs will be around soon, the Tiptrees have reading recs all year long, and we'll roll on into the Locus, Hugos, WFAs...phew. It can be tough keeping up with them all every year.

2018 is a year I feel I have done some incredibly worthy work. I am very proud of the story I had appear in April's Clarkesworld, "Logistics". Trans person searching for tampons in the apocalypse ftw!

My first Cinrak the Dapper, Lesbian Capybara Pirate story was in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the second will be in "Scourge of the Seas Of Time( and Space)".

My Freddie Mercury tribute story was published in Glittership (now also available in Glittership Year Two anthology form!).

There were also stories published in Giganotosaurus,  "Battling In All Her Finery", and Three-Lobed Burning Eye.

If you thought any of my stories from this year you're more than welcome - nay encouraged! - to nominate them for your favourite award.

Nga mihi nui.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gnus: WORD Christchurch, two anthos, and a narration walk into a blogpost

Me, with green hair, crewing the signing table
with Dame Anne Salmond at work.
Photo Credit: Official Word Photographer

  • The Word Christchurch Writers And Readers Festival weekend was an absolute delight! I spent a hectic three and a half days sharing my time between performance, volunteering, attending, and hanging out with some awesome people. And got to sleep in my own bed every night! There was a fantastic buzz around the whole event, people saying it was the best yet. Rachel King, special program director Tusiata Avia, and all the Word team put together a fabulous event that I enjoyed every minute of.

    My small part in the plot was reading at the New Regent Street Pop Up Festival on the Thursday night with Ted Chiang, Karen Healey, and surprise guest Juno Dawson. I read two segments from my Clarkesworld story "Logistics". Our three sets were recorded for podcast by Plains FM and are available to listen on download now. Thanks to Ted, Karen, and Juno, and to everyone who came along to listen. Moata Tamaira also did a neat write up here for the Christchurch City Libraries blog.

    I spent the majority of Friday volunteering at The Piano, which I would do again in a heartbeat. Everyone, volunteers and attendees, were in such good spirits. I got a bit of an education in artist communication just being able to quietly watch authors at work on the signing table.
  • "Battling In All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders" from Mad Scientist Journal will be released on October 16, is now available for pre-order. It includes my story "There Is Only The War". You can see the cover and ToC at the link.

    I also did an interview with MSJ, which you can read at this link.
  • "Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)" from Queen of Swords Press is coming in December, and includes my Cinrak the Dapper story "Search For The Heart of the Ocean". You can see the cover and ToC at the link.
  • A narration by me is up in the latest issue of Glittership. I read Megan Arkenberg's "The City of Kites and Crows".

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Word Christchurch: Science Fiction, Triple Feature, Thursday August 30th

I'm gonna be speaking some of my words at Word Christchurch!

The New Regent Street Pop Up Festival is happening once more, and this year I'm hosting Science Fiction, Triple Feature at Rollickin' Gelato on New Regent Street, Christchurch, Thursday August 30th.

I'll be in the same room as Ted Chiang (!) and my Writers Lounge Lizard friend Karen Healey as we read from our work in three sets from 6pm. It's the perfect place to grab a dessert and enjoy modern speculative fiction.

And hey, ENORMOUS WILL SMITH DOT JPEG gesture at Ted Chiang. Author of "Story of Your Life" which became the movie "Arrival". The man is a modern master, you can't get better than his work. And I'll be on the same podium as him. GET OUT OF HERE.

And my pal Karen Healey is that hard working NZ YA author of "Guardian of the Dead", "When We Wake", and "While We Run". You'll find her everywhere on Word weekend, including interviewing Ted Chiang, Juno Dawson, and part of The Nerd Degree.

For more info on the Word Christchurch New Regent Street Pop Up Festival, here's the Word programme link, and here's the Facebook event link.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

News Update

It's been a while since I've checked in, so here's what's going on in Pickled land lately.


  • I've sold "There Is Only The War" to Battling In All Her Finery: Historical Accounts Of Otherworldly Women Leaders from Mad Scientists Journal. The anthology will be released later this year, with ToC to come.
  • I've sold "Search For The Heart Of The Ocean" to Scourge of the Seas of Time (And Space) from Queen of Swords Press. ToC available here. This is another Cinrak the Dapper, Lesbian Capybara Pirate story. Will be out in December.
  • Pacific Monsters has been short listed for Best Anthology in the British Fantasy Awards. The anthology from Fox Spirit Books includes my story "From The Womb of the Land, Our Bones Entwined". 
  • The Word Christchurch festival is coming up at the end of August. I'll be hosting and reading at the free speculative fiction pop up reading in New Regent Street on Thursday August 30th. Come grab a drink and listen to some locals get all sfnal.
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