Head on over to LGBTQIA podcast Glittership to hear the audio version of my story “Nostalgia”: http://www.glittership.com/2017/09/29/episode-46-nostalgia-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
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.
Photo: [Dinornis Elephantopus] digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program
Listen to my dark sci-fi story “The Damaged” on today’s StarShipSofa podcast.
I wrote this during my time in grad school at Stonecoast. I don’t remember the inspiration, but I do remember when I turned it into mentor Elizabeth Hand, she commented on the obvious inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s replicants and the whole Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? story. The problem: I’d never seen or read either. Embarrassed to admit that, I rented the movie and was surprised at the similarities.
Listen to the story here: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2016/01/06/starshipsofa-no-417-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
I have a new story in Beneath Ceaseless Skies today, “The Girl with Golden Hair.” I’m excited about this story for three main reasons:
1. I wrote a story about a friendship between a girl and a centaur. I love stories about friendship. I don’t generally have a preformed like or dislike for stories about centaurs, but oddly enough, this is not the only centaur story I have coming out this year. One would think I write lots of stories with centaurs. I don’t.
2. My good friend Michael J DeLuca narrated the podcast and did an awesome job: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/audio/bcs-153-the-girl-with-golden-hair/
3. I wrote this story hoping to explore the trope of the golden-haired main character in so many fairy tales. Growing up, I was always fielding comments about my hair. I heard everything from dumb blonde jokes told by peers in middle and high school to a remark made to my father: “You have no idea how much money you’ve saved by having girls with blonde hair. Hair dye is so expensive!” I was tired of these comments before I even knew how to respond. And so, when I read about or see the golden-haired princess or heroine, I’m always wary. I wanted to literalize the golden hair aspect, making the hair real gold, so heavy it hurts the wearer’s neck. The hair becomes a burden, along with the expectations it brings with it. Everyone expects Oovis, the main character in this story, to do great things. She internalizes these expectations, setting a high precedent for herself that she may never be able to fill.
I just returned from a week-long camping retreat with fellow writers Julie Day and Michael DeLuca. We viewed the Marfa lights, walked in the Big Bend hot sun, seared vegan marshmallows, and half-slept in a haunted tent. I returned sunburnt, exhausted, but inspired.
While away, a few writing bits filled my inbox.
- My story “An Exodus of Wings,” which originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction, has been reprinted in the audio magazine The Drabblecast. Listen to it here.
- The Clarkesworld: Year Seven anthology is out now, as of March 24. It includes my short story “The Wanderers.”
- I saw a first glimpse of the art for my forthcoming story “Doors” from Interzone. I’m thrilled to see the whole issue.