Sale to Cicada and The Book of Apex: Volume 4 Table of Contents and Cover

In non-”C”-word news, I just sold a reprint of “Beautiful Winter” to the YA magazine Cicada (of the Cricket Magazine Group stable of publications), slated for publication in their April/May 2014 issue. My very first fiction sale was to Cicada, and this magazine holds a very special place in my heart. I’m delighted to be appearing in it again.

And I saw that the cover and Table of Contents of The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, has been revealed:

Book of Apex V4 cover

Cover art by Julie Dillon and jacket design by Justin Steward

Contents:

  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Leavings of the Wolf” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “The 24 Hour Brother” by Christopher Barzak
  • “Faithful City” by Michael Pevzner
  • “So Glad We Had This Time Together” by Cat Rambo
  • “Sweetheart Showdown” by Sarah Dalton
  • “Bear in Contradicting Landscape” by David J. Schwartz
  • “My Body Her Canvas” by A.C. Wise
  • “A Member of the Wedding of Heaven and Hell” by Richard Bowes
  • “Copper, Iron, Blood and Love” by Mari Ness
  • “The Second Card of the Major Arcana” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Love is a Parasite Meme” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Decomposition” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “Tomorrow’s Dictator” by Rahul Kanakia
  • “Winter Scheming” by Brit Mandelo
  • “In the Dark” by Ian Nichols
  • “The Silk Merchant” by Ken Liu
  • “Ironheart” by Alec Austin
  • “Coyote Gets His Own Back” by Sarah Monette
  • “Waiting for Beauty” by Marie Brennan
  • “Murdered Sleep” by Kat Howard
  • “Armless Maidens of the American West” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Sexagesimal” by Katharine E.K. Duckett
  • “During the Pause” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “Weaving Dreams” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Always the Same. Till it is Not” by Cecil Castellucci
  • “Sprig” by Alex Bledsoe
  • “Splinter” by Shira Lipkin
  • “Erzulie Dantor” by Tim Susman
  • “Labyrinth” by Mari Ness
  • “Blood from Stone” by Alethea Kontis
  • “Trixie and the Pandas of Dread” by Eugie Foster :)
  • “The Performance Artist” by Lettie Prell

Due out later this month.

Story Sale: Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me to Anthology WHEN THE VILLAIN COMES HOME

Got word from the editors that the table of contents has been revealed, so I can announce I’ve sold “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me” to the anthology When the Villain Comes Home, edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood (Dragon Moon Press). Sequel to the critically acclaimed When the Hero Comes Home, Villain is slated for publication this August.

I’m stoked to be in such excellent company. Check out the awesome lineup:

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The Red String Slated for Cricket’s February 2012 Issue

Got an email from Debby Vetter, my Cricket editor, sending along the page proofs for “The Red String” and letting me know it’s scheduled to be published in next year’s February issue. Hurray! She also mentioned that this is the last story Cricket has in inventory from me and encouraged me to submit more.

Aside from the thrill of having an editor, y’know, invite me to submit something, it occurs to me that I’d been so focused on the novel effort for the last couple years that I simply haven’t been writing much children’s fiction. And I’ve missed it. Soon as I started poking around in that neglected corner of my creative process, got an immediate story idea, complete with title—”The Girl Who Drew Cats”—as well as a solid opening underway.

So I’m setting aside “The Art of Victory When the Game is All the World” for a bit. Probably good to put a little distance there anyway. “Art of Victory,” in addition to threatening to turn into a novella, is feeling a tad overextended and expansive, both focus- and story-wise. Couple weeks might be exactly what I need to regroup and rein things back under control with it.

Georgia Tech Science Fiction Symposium

I’ve been invited to participate in Georgia Tech’s Science Fiction Symposium on Nov. 17. Hosted by the Georgia Tech School of Literature, Communication and Culture, the symposium’s goal is to showcase the work Georgia Tech does with science fiction as well as demonstrate its commitment to science fiction as an art form.

Looks like I’ll be doing a reading between 4:30-6PM with other Atlanta-based authors, including J.M. McDermott and Chesya Burke. Sounds like it’ll be great fun…aside from, of course, the inevitable crushing panic and anxiety at the prospect of doing a reading…

Also, I have no idea what I’m going to read.

WREK Sci Fi Lab Radio Show, Women Writing the Weird, and InterGalactic Awards Anthology Vol 1

Met up with Chesya Burke and J.M. McDermott yesterday afternoon to record a show for WREK radio’s Sci Fi Lab featuring local SF writers, hosted by Travis Gasque. Seems like we managed to touch upon nearly everything: books and fellow writers we admire, the writing industry, publishing trends and directions, writing habits and advice, SF movies, the wibbliness of genre definitions, the ethical issues of cloning and space colonization, writing multicultural fiction, and a slew of other topics.

It was the first time doing radio for all of us (Travis, obviously, excepted) and there was much gladness at the round-robin interview format. After having a data failure moment, as I usually do, on the “what’s your favorite book/author? aka what great book have you read recently?” question—there’s just so many that my brain crashes—I had a great time. Also helped the stress factor that it wasn’t live, with Travis assuring us that he’d edit out any weird pauses or overly rambling diatribes before the show airs, probably in late October or early November. (Stay tuned for details.)

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Short Story Reprint Sale to Journey Into: The King of Rabbits and Moon Lake

Just sold a reprint of “The King of Rabbits and Moon Lake” to Marshal Latham’s new podcast, Journey Into… Originally published in Cricket in 2006, it’s my take on “Moon Lake,” one of the stories from the classic Indian collection of children’s tales, The Panchatantra.

Journey Into… has a stellar crew of accomplished podcaster voices contributing it to it, such as Alasdair Stuart and Lawrence Santoro, so I’m very much looking forward to hearing their production of my story.