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.