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So. January. The month where I felt like I didn't get anything finished, but I put a whole lot of work into projects. Did it feel like that for you also? Sometimes I have to remind myself (and I'm taking you along for the ride) that this is the important, frustrating part: the preparation, the undoing, and day-by-day re-doing of things that will eventually lead to a finished project.
One example of the long slow build is my first short story of 2019 - "A Catalog of Storms," which went through so many drafts last year I feared it would never be finished, or that I wouldn't be able to get what was in my head exactly right on the page. Slowly, it grew clearer and better. A poem, "the Unseen" is also out in this quarter's Fireside Magazine, and that took a bunch of work too, despite being so short. Ninth Step Station, the cyberpunk police procedural set in post-disaster Japan that I co-wrote with Malka Older, Curtis Chen, and Jaqueline Koyanagi is starting to make its way in the world -- and working on this with this team was a joy last year. Definitely get on board if you love any of the above types of story. Also the cover for my next gemworld novella, "The Fire Opal Mechanism," was revealed at Barnes & Noble (worked on that book so much last year! Time traveling librarians on the way!). And -- what I spent the most time revising last year -- my debut middle grade: Booklist gave Riverland a star, and a review that had me completely overwhelmed and grateful. Riverland debuts in April ( please preview & preorder, request at your local library, tell your friendly neighborhood children's librarians, teachers, especially if you think they'd like a classroom visit, sing about it -- whatever works! Also if you've read Riverland already, I'd love to hear, and so might the world, if you're the reviewing sort.)
Last year felt like things were unfinished a lot! It was different for me in that I didn't have a book out, except for Horizon in paperback (okay that counts), and it feels somehow like I did less? But I know I didn't. I wrote a lot of short stories and poems, along with editing and revising longer work. One of those short stories, "Ruby, Singing" appeared on both the BSFA longlist (my first nomination there) and the Locus Recommended Reading List and there's still time left in nomination for it to be considered on other lists (thank you if you do that!). And "The Sea Never Says it Loves You," was nominated for a Rhysling Award (my first there too)! So last year, I put in the time, and the work (a lot of work) and I'm seeing some of that pay off this spring. I'm excited to share the process with you along the way, as much as the finished products. And if you're out there writing alongside me, here's a reminder to just keep doing the work when you are able. It pays off.
February & March are already shaping up -- I'll be appearing at Boskone next weekend, at Rainforest Writers at the end of February, and at ICFA in Orlando in mid-March... I look forward to seeing you, in person or in print, on the journey.
OK Ready? Let's do this. Here's the table of contents for the month of January (and also a bit of December!) :
Found (to be cool, useful, or just plain neat) -- another tools & travel edition, plus :
- Skyroam Solis -- I'm shifting away from using cellular-subscriptions for my iPad during travel (I write on my iPad because it's lighter than a laptop and I'm weight-restricted due to joint stuff) and so I'm trying out the Solis on the next couple of trips... especially at Rainforest, where the weather's sometimes bad but the wifi is always notoriously terrible.
- The Sunset Notification from IFTT (an app about apps) -- it's so dark some days here (or grim, or rainy) that marking the shift to sunset is harder. I've loved getting this notice on the long winter. Also IFTT has a lot of cool apps to check out.
Heard (glorious sounds)
Serial Box (I have worked for them) has some amazing stuff either just out or coming out that you can subscribe to or catch up on. They have a newly-redesigned app too. Here's a sample--
Seen (museum exhibit round two)
Written (what I wrote online, or appeared in, and where)
- Public Content (4 items)
- Member Content (Subscribe to Drip | Patreon) (5 items * so far)
Where I'll be this winter: Boskone (February) | Rainforest Writers (February) | ICFA (March) | Riverland Launch - Doylestown! | Futurescapes Writers Workshop