Two pieces of awesome news this week. First, my surrealist story “Scars” has been performed for the audio podcast Manawaker Studio. Listen to it for free here.
I’ve always been interested in the little-explored pieces of the original Little Mermaid story: the lives of the sisters, the weird concept of souls, the sea witch’s back story. I wrote a story about all these things. Today it’s been reprinted online in Grendelsong: https://grendel-song.com/2016/05/07/sisters-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
“Sisters” originally appeared in SCHEHEREZADE BEQUEST.
In 2011 I moved to Eugene, Oregon, where I was alternately and sometimes simultaneously very happy and very sad. In Oregon I learned independence and grew into myself as a writer and as a person, but I missed my family in Texas terribly.
In 2012 I wrote a story and used my experiences. “The Split” is about a woman who, upon moving to Oregon with her girlfriend, discovers that she has literally split in half, leaving part of herself at her childhood home.
Today that story appears in one of my favorite magazines, The Masters Review. It took four years to find the perfect home; I think there’s a lesson in there about persistence and the subjectivity of editorial taste, maybe something about creativity as emotional outlet. But also, there’s just a story: https://mastersreview.com/new-voices/the-split-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
“The Centaur’s Daughter” (published in A Capella Zoo, 2015) was reviewed at New Pages:
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s “The Centaur’s Daughter” achieves a more nuanced approach to a queer text. First and foremost a coming of age narrative, Ruby’s queerness is one part of her character. Ruby is half centaur and queer, and Stufflebeam uses language reminiscent of a mixed-race family to discuss Ruby’s parentage. When Ruby narrates, “I’m a combination of my parents, and so they will never understand me,” she speaks from a place of real cultural confusion. Her teenage life is not like the “Centaursploitation movies” Stufflebeam references, and while Ruby loves her centaur father, she is also frightened of him and embarrassed by him. Stufflebeam’s piece makes queerness familiar because Ruby is a queer character, but she is so much more in ways that are both relatable and strange.
First, this post is late. I meant to write it sooner–I usually love reflecting back over the past year–but a death in my family slowed my writing to a terrible crawl. I’ve been avoiding much that I meant to do. But an email from Sunil Patel, an editor of Mothership Zeta, with whom I published a 2015 story, spurred me to go ahead with it. After all, late is better than never.
Writing-wise, 2015 was a good year. My biggest news: I signed with agent Ann Collette for my first novel. I also published 19 original stories, 5 reprints, and one essay for Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue.
I’m going to highlight the originals, all of which are eligible for Best Short Story. One of these stories, “Everything Beneath You,” is on the longlist for the British Science Fiction Association Awards; another Beneath Ceaseless Skies story, “A Careful Fire,” is on the SFWA Recommended Reading List. My humorous sex ghost story “Sleeping with Spirits” (see what I did there?) is on the Tangent Recommended Reading List.
- “In the City of Martyrs”—The Toast (December 2015)
- “A Careful Fire”—Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2015)
- “Sleeping With Spirits”—Mothership Zeta (October 2015)
- “Husband Wife Lover”–PRISM International (October 2015)
- “The Centaur’s Daughter”–A cappella Zoo (October 2015)
- “Sisters”–Scheherazade’s Bequest (August 2015)
- “The Hanging Tree”—Transition (Summer 2015)
- “The Devil’s Hands”–Black Static (July 2015)
- “No Eyes”—PsychoPomp (July 2015)
- “The Girl with Golden Hair”—Beneath Ceaseless Skies (June 2015)
- “Trickier With Each Translation”–Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction (June 2015)
- “Doors”–Interzone (May 2015)
- “Dance Our Shoes to Pieces”—Farrago’s Wainscot (April 2015)
- “The Way of Things”—Crack the Spine (April 2015)
- “Blight”—Escape Pod (March 2015)
- “Six Ways to Break Her”—SmokeLong Quarterly (January 2015)
- “Nostalgia”–Interzone (January 2015)
- “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth”—Lightspeed (January 2015)
- Also featured on io9.com for Lightspeed Presents
- “Everything Beneath You”—Beneath Ceaseless Skies (January 2015)