Support me in the Clarion Write-a-Thon starting June 23rd!

The Clarion Write-a-Thon starts on June 23rd this year, and runs the six weeks of Clarion 2019, when a small group of writers will attend the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop—a workshop that changed my life, gave me a circle of fantastic writer friends, and opened so many industry doors for me.

“You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych” may never have worked had I not gone to Clarion. It, “The Faerie Tree,” and “The Butler Effect” were sold as a result of attending Clarion, and “The Ocean That Fades Into Sky” was written and sold as a result of those publications. I cannot stress enough how much attending Clarion improved my fiction and accelerated my writing career. If you can attend Clarion, do.

I was the Clarion 2016 class’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar. That scholarship, funded by the Carl Brandon Society, paid my tuition and made the expensive workshop far more financially manageable for me. The Octavia E. Butler Scholarship is available to people of color, however, so not every student is eligible.

The Write-a-Thon raises money to fund scholarships available for any student who needs financial aid, however, which is why it’s so important. You can sponsor participating writers with a single donation, or pledge to pay an amount based on how many units of their writing goal metric they achieve.

My writing goal is to write at least 100 words a day for the 30 weekdays of Clarion, which runs June 23 – August 3, 2019. My fundraising goal is to raise at least $100 for the 2020 class scholarships. I did well with both my goals last year. I’d like to do better this year.

I hope you’ll sponsor me and the other writers participating this year! If you’d like to support me, click “Donate” on my writing profile page, select the amount you’d like to contribute, and the site will walk you through the rest.

"Turtle Rider" illustration by Julie Dillon

“The Ocean That Fades Into Sky” and other updates

First things first: my novelette “The Ocean That Fades Into Sky” went live on Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108, on May 2nd! It was written for the beautiful Julie Dillon illustration above, of a regal black woman riding a flight of turtles through the sky. You can read it at the above link, as well as find links to the podcast version of the story and an interview with me about the writing process behind it (spoiler: it was tricky).

Charles Payseur has an excellent review of the fiction in Lightspeed Issue 108, so do check it out!

Also exciting: The Locus Awards Finalists have been announced, and two anthologies I’m in were nominated: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, edited by N.K. Jemisin & John Joseph Adams (Mariner); and The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Twelve, edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris US; Solaris UK).

Convention news: I sold books at OzCon in April (during Avengers: Endgame opening weekend, to be precise) with my friend the writer/illustrator Jennifer Stolzer, who is a marvel.

And finally, this weekend (May 24–27, 2019) I’m at WisCon43. If you see me, do come say hi, and also don’t judge me for being an awkward turtle; it’s not you, it’s me. 😉

Words With Women Book Fair

Book Signing: First Annual Words With Women Book Fair

My first ever book signing is tomorrow!

Twelve local St. Louis authors, of which I am one, will be selling and signing books of various genres and reading levels at the first annual Words With Women book fair event, tomorrow, December 8th, 2018, at Six North Cafe in Ballwin, Missouri.

First Annual Words With Women Book Fair Event 12-08-18, 2-4pm, Six North Cafe, Ballwin, Missouri
Words With Women flier

If you’re in town, do come say hi!

2017-2018 Roundup Post

Wow, 2017 was very kind to my work.

The Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler anthology by Twelfth Planet Press was released, and to help generate publicity for it, my contribution, the essay “The Butler Effect”, was reprinted on OkayAfrica.com.

Short story “The Faerie Tree” and novelette “You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych” were also published, in Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines, respectively. “The Faerie Tree” then appeared on Lightspeed’s most excellent podcast, and was featured via Lightspeed Presents on iO9. They were given kind reviews and seemed well-received.

In 2018, a number of awesome things happened as a result of those publications:

So, uh, yeah. Writing-wise, 2018 was a very good year, and while I didn’t anticipate any of it, it’s thrilling that it happened, and I’m supremely grateful to all the readers and editors and awards committees who made it happen.

Attending conventions this year (WisCon, ReaderCon, and Archon) was especially cool, since I got to meet people whose work I love who’d also enjoyed my stuff. Someday I hope to be less of an awkward turtle when this happens, but I think it’s okay, seeing as I’m a writer and we’re generally a strange but friendly bunch?

Speaking of which: the speculative fiction community is full of awesome people who do awesome work, and are kind and supportive, and seek to foster community and help ease the way for up-and-coming authors in the industry. For anyone considering dipping your toes into the speculative fiction pool, know there is a community waiting for you: one that wants you to succeed, needs to hear your voice, and eagerly anticipates reading the truth of your unique experiences, albeit told slant.

Your stories are worth telling. Don’t keep us waiting.

News about Faerie Tree!

“The Faerie Tree” has been selected to be republished in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 12, edited by Jonathan Strahan! The anthology will be available in April 2018.

I’m honored to have a story reprinted in this anthology—there are so many incredible writers appearing in it I don’t know what to do with myself!

 

image from the cover illustration for “The Faerie Tree” from Lightspeed Magazine, which first published the story in November 2017.