Year in Review

2019 isn’t over yet
But I have had such a great year thus far, and as I know many people begin their awards reading this time of year, I’m going in early

The work I’m highlighting for your awards consideration

The work that has been closest to my hear this year is the short story “Every Song Must End” from the March Uncanny issue. You can find it online here. And the interview with Caroline M. Yoachim here.

The description: When Florence and Asher decided to pursue nonmonogamy, Florence didn’t expect to fall so quickly for her new partner Henry. Polyamory proves a source of renewal for Florence, until Henry’s wife gets a job that forces the two to move to Mars.

I’m currently working on a novel based on this short and so am still immersed in these characters and am looking forward to having another chance to highlight it in this post!

Look, I feel as weird about highlighting stuff for awards consideration as the next person!

But I do try to live my life with the confidence of a cat who thinks she belongs in the fresh hand towel basket

In further reading news, my story “In the City of Martyrs” was reprinted in audio form on LeVar Burton’s podcast LeVar Burton Reads! Listen to it here.

I also had a hella successful Art & Words Show, went on a Wisconsin retreat, attended LaunchPad, finished a hefty revision of a novel, and went to Amsterdam (which wasn’t writing related but WAS my first long plane ride since getting over my fear of flying and was very rad indeed!).

Art & Words 2019

We’ve chosen the participants for this year’s Art & Words show, and it’s going to be such a beautiful show. I’m psyched as all hell.

For more info on how the show works, visit this page, but basically: eleven visual artists and eleven writers will use one another’s work as inspiration. All forty-four works (22 pairs!) of art & words will be on display at Art on the Boulevard from September 21 to September 27, with a reception and reading from 6-9PM on Saturday the 21st!

Below, I present to you the writers and artists who will be part of 2019!

Writers

Artists

Awards Eligibility 2018

It’s awards season, y’all, and that means the annual eligibility posts are out and about.

I’m thrilled to look back on this last year of my professional life; I taught my first classes for adults, heard LeVar Burton read my short story to a packed live audience, hosted another successful Art & Words Show, and published five works of short fiction.

Here’s the two that I’m holding up for your awards consideration:

Novelette

“The Crow Knight”Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2018)

Synopsis: When an invincible black crow whose presence causes emotional and physical pain haunts the Lady Loreen, her knight and best friend Ser Wynn goes beyond the kingdom to find the only weapon that can destroy it.

Short Story

“The Men Who Come From Flowers”–F&SF (September 2018)

Synopsis: Susan raises a garden of boy flowers who will one day become men; when she rescues an injured flower and takes the man as her lover, she is forced to choose between the man’s love or his life.

“Angry Kings”

I’ve got a novelette up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies today.

This one is called “Angry Kings” and was inspired by all the fairy tale stories of kings and their daughters and how terribly those daughters are often treated. I wanted to explore the psyches of such kings without offering forgiveness for their terrible behavior; the gap between understanding and forgiveness has been something I’ve been interested in for a good while. Analyzing someone’s motives and empathizing with someone’s troubles doesn’t necessarily mean that we are condoning or accepting their behavior. And I’ve always felt a pull between these two states.

In “Angry Kings,” Magritte escapes her evil king father. When she discovers that her father’s ghost has long been separated from his body, she returns to the kingdom to try to bring back the kind father she barely remembers from her childhood.

Read the full story here.

Art: surreal image of a ballerina with an open face placing a rose inside her head

Art & Words Announcement 2018

I’m thrilled to announce that all the Art & Words participants for 2018 have been chosen! We received about 200 submissions, more than we’ve received in any other year. In the end, my readers and I whittled it down to a mix of writers and artists from near and far, new to Art & Words and old pros at the process.

The Art & Words Show will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. I hope to see you there.

For updates on the show and other projects, please subscribe to my monthly email StuffleLetter here: http://eepurl.com/bjbsLj.

2018 Participants

Writers

William Ledbetter
Sean Robinson
Holly Lyn Walrath
Karen Bovenmyer
Oluwaseun Fakoyede
Deborah L. Davitt
Shane Halbach
Renee Hall
Raina Joines
Leah Tieger
Nadia Wolnisty

Artists

Art: sculpture featuring fabric stretched over red "eye"-type balls, growing out of a grey bowl
Stacy TompkinsPolyplasmic Lingam

Art: yellow and blue pastel abstract
Gloria SeppMotherhood

Art: mass of dark grey and black faces rising out of the earth
James RosinStrange Fruit

Art: woman with ram horns holds a staff and a lantern
James KurellaThe Hermit

Art: watercolor of tree roots
Gale Johnston–Roots

Art: wooden sculpture with wires stretching over it
Etienne IllyBound

Art: trees blowing in a wind
Laura HuntPrevailing Winds

Art: sculpture of a papier mache face with sun-like eyes holding a red telephone
Kimmie Hamm–The Call

Art: collage of woman in pink dress walking into a sunset with a tiger perched on top of a circle
Isabel CrespoInto the Yellow Room

Art: surreal image of a ballerina with an open face placing a rose inside her head
Marco Zavala–Naia

Art: full image and close-up of coral bean, and upon the bean there is an image of building
Elizabeth R. WilsonCoral Bean