Syfy’s The Magicians Short

When I first read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, I was psyched; it had all the charm of the Harry Potter novels but with an adult realism and a nuanced exploration of mental illness. Plus, the meta-fictive Fillorian element. It was the wizard book I’d always wanted.

When the show came out, I watched the whole first season in two evenings; though it was different, I liked where it went with the source material.

When I learned about the #BattletheBeast contest, sponsored by Syfy on the writing platform Wattpad, I knew I had to enter. I love writing within restraints; the contest called for a 1,500-word short that told the story of one of the undocumented times that Quentin and company battled the Beast of the first book and the first season. The winner would have their story turned into a digital short.

I worked out a plot with my partner, Peter Brewer, who has an awesome memory for the details of his favorite stories’ worlds. I wrote the story in one evening. I won the contest.

I was ecstatic.

That excitement was tripled when the digital short came out; they’d asked me to be the model for the character I created, Tara. Not only did I get to see my story brought to life by talented illustrator Miss Tak, narrated by Hale Appleman, the actor who plays Eliot, but also I got to see myself in the world of The Magicians. Which is just so very cool.

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“Skeletons” reprinted in audio

My story “Skeletons,” which originally appeared in Room Magazine, is in audio form today at GlitterShip! In a world where the skeletons of extinct animals go on walking and talking, a group of friends, all in love with the same woman, go camping.

Read it here: http://www.glittership.com/2016/01/19/episode-20-skeletons-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

Photo: [Dinornis Elephantopus] digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program

“He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” at Lightspeed Magazine

My sci-fi story “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” is online for free reading today at Lightspeed! This story was inspired by one of my partner’s (kinda pornographic) dreams (fair warning: the story does therefore contain sexual content): http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/came-place-openness-truth/

First paragraph: “Mickey and I worked together at Hillman’s Horror House, and maybe the thrill of scaring people was what made me notice him. I’d never thought about another guy that way before, and so when I first got that electric jolt as his hand brushed mine in the changing room, I felt like I might puke. I went to the bathroom, where instead of throwing up I jacked off into the toilet.”

There’s also an interview up with the story, where I talk specifically about the inspiration behind it and the depiction of sexuality within the story and, also, why cats are superior to dogs: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/uthor-spotlight-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

I’ve been a fan of Lightspeed! since I discovered it, and I’m psyched to have a story with them. To top things off, Galen Dara, one of my favorite artists, illustrated it. 😀

The story’s also available in ebook format. If you like it, please consider buying the issue or, even better, subscribing to Lightspeed!

“The Siren” — Strange Horizons (April 2013)

My short story “The Siren” appeared on Strange Horizons on April 15, 2013.

Strange Horizons

First line: “When Jen came home from school, she found a woman in the pool in her backyard.”

Inspiration: Inspired by the Bat for Lashes song, “Siren Song” (and *very* loosely on my own experience discovering my bisexuality as a teenager — there was no bizarre familial love triangle or ancient monster IRL), “The Siren” appeared in the April 15, 2013 issue of Strange Horizons.

Strange Horizons recapped reactions to the story here and also listed the story in their awards eligibility post, along with the mention of my Campbell Award eligibility.

Read it for free: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130415/siren-f.shtml

Listen to it for free: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130415/xpodcast-f.shtml

Art: Trees on the Horizon by Jennifer Stufflebeam