“Sisters” in Grendelsong

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.


Two stories in Eleven Eleven

I’ve got two stories in the recent issue of Eleven Eleven: “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” and “Tornado Season.”

I wrote “Tornado Season” during, well, tornado season, after obsessively checking the TorCon and worrying over the arrival of my storm shelter, after crouching in my hallway with a mattress pad over my head while tornado sirens sounded, after setting up five weather alerts on my phone. I’m terrified of storms. To try to take some of the power out of that fear, I wrote a story, an exercise in free writing, about a couple in a weather-ravaged post-apocalypse trying to escape the weather and their memory.

I wrote “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” as a third in a skeletons series (“Skeletons” and “The Mammoth” are the other two stories). Every time I thought I was done writing about walking, living skeletons as metaphor, I come back to them. I’m not scared of skeletons, but I am scared of failing as a writer, and the main character in this story is a failed writer whose house is infested with the skeleton cats of the title.

Read them both here: http://elevenelevenjournal.com/2015/11/04/bonnie-stufflebeam/

Achievement Unlocked! Agent Representation!

I’m happy to announce that I’m now represented by agent Ann Collette at Rees Literary Agency.

One of my friends asked me how long it took from query to contract; it took about five months. That’s not including the time to write the novel, revise the novel, write the query, revise the query, and research agents. I started writing this particular project in February of 2014. In other words, if you’re going through the process right now and starting to feel a bit hopeless–as I did–try to remember that it takes a long time, this writing business thing.

For those curious about the novel itself, it’s called The Last Siren and it’s based on my short story “The Siren,” which appeared in Strange Horizons in 2013.

Audio reprint, Clarkesworld Year Seven, and “Doors” illustration

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.

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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.
Art by Melissa McClanahan
Art by Melissa McClanahan


  • I saw a first glimpse of the art for my forthcoming story “Doors” from Interzone. I’m thrilled to see the whole issue.
Art by Richard Wagner
Art by Richard Wagner

Art & Words Show Success

The third annual Art & Words Show Reception, which I created and now coordinate, took place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, with the written and visual work from 13 writers and 13 artists. Each artist created a painting or sculpture in response to a story or poem. Each writer created a new story or poem in response to a visual work. This silent collaboration culminated in 52 original works of art & words, which will be on display until October 4 at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. (With enough interest, Art on the Boulevard may extend the show one week.)

For rights’ sake, we can’t show you all of the written work, but to view the visual works from the show and read the work that was previously published online, take a look at the public PDF document: Art & Words 2014 — public document. It also has links to the writers’ websites.


At the reception, a live jazz band (Peter Brewer, Jake Dester, and Bruce Bond) also performed three literary-written collaborative compositions. It was a great night.


For more pictures from the event, visit my Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202706558974481.1073741832.1514160413&type=1&l=5ade1b2c45

For information on how to submit to next year’s show, visit the Art & Words page of this site: https://bonniejostufflebeam.com/art-words-show/