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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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.

Short Story Sale to Drabblecast: The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk

Earlier this month, Norm Sherman of The Drabblecast podcast invited me to submit a story for their H.P. Lovecraft Tribute month. I adore both Norm and Drabblecast, as well as any excuse to play in H.P.’s eldritch sandbox, so of course I said, “count me in!”

Just got a note back from Norm, and I’m delighted to be able to announce that my story, “The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk,” will be podcast as part of Drabblecast’s Lovecraft Tribute lineup in August.

Gotta give them elder gods their due, I always sez.

Outlantacon, Sale to Women Writing the Weird anthology, and Aurora Ballot

Outlantacon was, as always, a  fabulous time. Met Amber Benson, who is a complete sweetheart, and managed to not dissolve into utter fangirl incoherence. Got to meet in actual person—not just pixels—JoSelle Vanderhooft; finally got to hang with the lovely and talented Shae Connor, who helps keep me sane at Dragon*Con with her invaluable assistance on the Daily Dragon but who I never get to see elsewhere; and even managed to exchange sallies with Steve Berman, who I haven’t talked to in years. Also caught up with Lee Martindale and Davey Beauchamp, as well as all the many other convention-family-types who, despite my best intentions otherwise, I only seem to encounter at these sorts of events.

An excellent reminder that there’s much to commend in having a low-key, laid-back convention schedule.

Other good weekendness:
• Sold a reprint of one of my favorite stories, “The Bunny of Vengeance and the Bear of Death,” to Deb Hoag’s Women Writing the Weird anthology.
• The 2011 Prix Aurora Awards final ballot has been announced, with two major squeeworthy nominees:

The Aurora is presented by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, nominated and voted on by attendees of the annual Canvention convention. *squee squee squee*