Interview, Review, and Links

Fantasy Scroll interviewed me about writing, rejections, and what advice I’d give new writers.

I think one of the most important transitions a writer makes is when they stop relying on the idea to prop up the story and start thinking about how the story reads as well. In fact, most writers don’t get that far, and you can tell that their fiction is all a lead-up to the reveal of the end, or in support of a strong moment that isn’t actually a whole story. My favorite writers can do both, blending a great idea with beautiful sentences.

I hope to be one of those writers. I’m working on it.

Read the rest here.

A Fantastical Librarian reviewed my short collection, Women and Other Constructs. In part, she says:

Despite its short length there is a wealth of stories here and when I sat down to write my review and pick my favourite stories to talk about, I had a really hard time, because every time I’d change my mind. In this collection of stories mostly dealing with the position of women in society and how their (self-)perception is shaped by the demands and expectations of that society, I found hardly a bum note.

She especially enjoyed “Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance”, “A Cage, Her Arms”, and “About a Mirror and its Pieces”, about which she says:

This story hit me hard and where it hurts…. I love that it not only gave an explanation of her treatment of the little boys in her fairy tale and in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but also made those events tragic, rather than malicious. It was a fabulous story and a great note to end the collection on.

You can find the rest of the review here. Want to read these stories for yourself? Go HERE to buy print or ebook copies of the book.

I’m currently reading “Sex Lives of Monsters” (a book of poetry by Helen Marshall) on my tablet, and a borrowed copy of Nathan Ballingrund‘s “North American Lake Monsters” in print.

Online, I’ve been getting into ClevelandPoetics (a blog about poetry, esp SF and science poetry), RetroRenovation (a site devoted to old-school home design–I’m there for the mid-century modern style), and back episodes of the Small Beer Press Podcast. So that’s where my head is at.

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Free Fiction Online From My Favorite Writers

While I am getting caught up with some writing and editing projects of my own, I wanted to direct you to some fundamental reading you may have missed. List is in alphabetical order by author’s last name:

Camille Alexa‘s “Shades of White and Road“, Fantasy Magazine, April 2009

Cate Gardner‘s “And, The Bride Wore Ashes“, Phantasmacore, March 2011

Claude Lalumière‘s “Spiderkid“, Reflection’s Edge, February 2007 (also in Objects of Worship)

Kelly Link‘s “Swans“, Fantasy Magazine, July 2011, and “Valley of the Girls” Subterranean Press Summer 2011

Ken Liu‘s “Ad BlockKasma Science Fiction, March 2011

Don Pizarro‘s “Combat Stress Reaction,” Crossed Genres, June 2010

K. V. Taylor‘s “Green” in Reflection’s Edge, Dec 2008

In addition, Small Beer Press has a whole page of free fiction available to download here. (Including The Baum Plan For Financial Independence, a wonderful collection by John Kessel!)

Remember, if you like an author’s work, go out and read more of it! Recommend it to your friends, buy their novels/magazines/collections, or mention how much you liked something you’d read the next time you see the author at a convention. We want to know when our work has an impact, and we appreciate every minute you spend reading our words.