new CSZ

Jan. 28th, 2019 11:51 am
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The new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone is out! It includes my poems "Miss Ambivalence" and "you've entered the twilight zone" (the latter inspired by the Kavanaugh hearings), as well as a lovely review by Arley Sorg of my book People Change. It also includes an appreciation by Andy Duncan of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, nonfiction by L. Timmel Duchamp, Cynthia Ward, and Nisi Shawl, and much more.

Also, CSZ v. 8 issue 3, which includes my cranky poem about The Women (1939), "jungle red," is now available for free download.
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My poem "pomegranate ink" (inspired by a prompt from Elise Matthesen) will appear in the May issue of Dreams & Nightmares. It's my first writing sale of the year, and my first-ever sale to Dreams & Nightmares.
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book (collection of short fiction and poetry)

People Change (Aqueduct Press)


short fiction

"Sinking, Singing" in Not One of Us (issue 60)

"The Paper Doll Golems" in People Change


poetry

"jungle red" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 8 No. 3, 2018)

"scenes from a marriage" in Strange Horizons (6 Aug 2018)

"midas" in Not One of Us (issue 60)

"levitation class," "Bye Bye Love," "Irena in the Garden," "Flaxen Mane," "Gojira / Godzilla," "Thirteen Faces of Deathdream," "Mildred's Villanelle," "shell," and "Love Song From The Blob to Steve McQueen" in People Change


This was a tough year for me, health-wise. I'm a lot better than I was this summer, but my recovery from vertigo is still a work in progress. Nonetheless, I sold a collection of short fiction and poetry, which Aqueduct published this fall, and I'm very proud of it. I also wrote poems, stories, and a novelette, and I've just started work on a new novel.

Needless to say, it's been another tough year for the country. Here's hoping for a much better 2019 for all of us.
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As we hurtle toward the end of the year, here is my contribution to the Aqueduct blog's The Pleasures of Reading, Viewing, and Listening in 2018, in which I write about work by Sylvia Townsend Warner, Dorothy B. Hughes, Sonya Taaffe, Sofia Samatar, and more.
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My poems "you've entered the twilight zone" and "Miss Ambivalence" will appear in a future issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. Both are political poems (especially the former, written after the Kavanaugh debacle). I'm happy to make another writing sale before the end of the year.

Last night I finally saw Blindspotting, and I've been thinking about it ever since. One of the best of 2018.
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I keep remembering that last night I dreamed of zombies. They were an ever-present rampaging threat, in a matter-of-fact kind of way. I hadn't even been watching George Romero or reading Mira Grant.

Meanwhile, my book has lovely reviews on Amazon (and Goodreads)! This makes me very happy.
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I'm hennaing my hair on a mild Los Angeles afternoon. I'm overdue for a haircut, and the length of my hair makes hennaing unwieldy, but now that the weather has finally cooled off, I'm enjoying having long hair. We've had apocalyptic wildfires, followed by a bit of rain. This weekend I polished off my portion of the leftovers (following a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with my mom).

I've been enjoying the second volume of Sylvia Plath's collected letters, and (very slowly) Sylvia Townsend Warner & William Maxwell's letters to each other. I may take a break from these to read some crime novels I have on my tablet.
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Taking a break from the Kavanaugh misery (this seems to be a trend) to say that my copy of Not One of Us #60 arrived in the mail. It includes work by Sonya Taaffe, Mat Joiner, S. Brackett Robertson, and others. It also includes my poem "midas" and my story "Sinking, Singing," which is about sirens and the Silver Lake Reservoir, and which features the fictional band the Untimely Ripped (fictional band name courtesy of Lyman Chaffee).

I look forward to reading the issue from cover to cover.
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My collection of short fiction and poetry, People Change, has just been released! It is available in paper and ebook formats from Aqueduct Press and from Amazon.

It feels a little weird announcing the book release amid all the Kavanaugh chaos, but on the other hand, so many of the stories and poems ("Man-Size," "Misogyny," "Champagne Ivy," etc.) in the collection are all too relevant to what's going on right now. The book is close to my heart, and I'm very proud of it.
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My collection of short fiction and poetry, People Change, has a pre-order page! The page includes a link to the first two stories in the book, "In Lieu of a Thank You" and "The Paper Doll Golems."
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My story "Sinking, Singing," featuring Sirens and the Silver Lake Reservoir, will appear in a future issue of Not One of Us.

Yesterday was Joan Crawford day on TCM, and I watched a couple of films I hadn't seen before. Sudden Fear (1952) is an excellent thriller, also starring Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame. I had expected Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) to be a light romantic comedy; it's about a congresswoman who gets an honorary degree at the college where, as a student, she'd had a romance with a history teacher (Robert Young) who is now president of the school. I hadn't expected the film to be such a trenchant examination of campus politics and the forces of post-war American reaction. I was not surprised to learn that Fay Kanin, who wrote the play the film was based on, was later blacklisted.
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My poem "scenes from a marriage" is up at Strange Horizons. Lisa M. Bradley had suggested I write a poem about this photograph by Elliott Erwitt, and "scenes from a marriage" was the result.

Ciro Faienza's podcast reading of the poem gives me chills.
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My poem "jungle red," crankily inspired by The Women (1939), is in the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone, along with poetry by Alexandra Seidel, a memorial to Kate Wilhelm and Gardner Dozois, plus flash fiction and reviews.
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The bad: I will not be attending Readercon this year. I'm disappointed I won't get to see various friends I'd looked forward to seeing.

The better: It looks like my vertigo is indeed the result of the ear infections I had, and I have an appointment next week for rehab. So at least I have a plan.

Also, I have flight insurance, so I should get reimbursed.

But ugh, I wish I didn't have to miss Readercon.

cover

Jul. 9th, 2018 11:24 am
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My collection of short fiction and poetry (which will be published in October by Aqueduct Press) has a cover!

people change
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I am hennaing my hair on a warmish Los Angeles afternoon. We had the May gray/June gloom, but now we have summer. We are also currently in peak jacaranda season. (The jacarandas got a slow start this year.)

I still have the damn vertigo. Really hoping it will start to abate soon.
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My poem "jungle red," crankily inspired by The Women (1939), will appear in The Cascadia Subduction Zone.

In other news, I had a lovely Wiscon in spite of the damn vertigo. (The vertigo seemed like it was on the wane last week, but it's been back with a vengeance the past few days. Begone, vertigo!)

Also, Leslie Howard is TCM's June Star of the Month. Last night I watched The Petrified Forest for the first time in years. I love the fact that they'd wanted to replace Humphrey Bogart with Edward G. Robinson for the film (Bogart had been in the stage play), and Leslie Howard sent the studio a telegram: "No Bogart, no deal." (After Howard's death, Bogart and Bacall named their daughter Leslie Howard.)
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I am delighted to announce that People Change, my collection of poetry and short fiction, will be published by Aqueduct Press as part of their Conversation Pieces series. The book includes my series of poems inspired by classic horror films, and much more. Aqueduct is one of my favorite presses, and I think it will be the perfect home for my book.
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I am hennaing my hair on a mild LA afternoon. The bottlebrush trees are beginning to bloom, but the jacarandas are getting a later start than they did last year. Possibly allergies from stuff blooming are the reason I've been dealing with some minor vertigo for the past week or so. I hope it ceases soon.

I'm still slowly reading the wonderful Emily Wilson Odyssey translation, and I've started Dorothy B. Hughes's In a Lonely Place (which I hadn't realized would be so different from the film).
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My schedule for this year's WisCon. (It is very light. I am good with this.)

Sat, 4:00–5:15 pm, Michelangelo's
"Free Candy"
Robyn Bennis, Keyan Bowes, Gwynne Garfinkle, ANONYMOUS, Cath Schaff-Stump
Let us lure you in with the promise of laughter, tears, and free candy, as we present five readings about women struggling against the world.

Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm, University B
"Exploring The Platonic"
S. Brackett Robertson [moderator], Jess Adams, Gwynne Garfinkle, Ira Gladkova, Gabriela Valentin
Many of us love a good romance, it's true, but what of the important platonic relationships in life? Does fiction often leave us wanting more close friendships, more familial dynamics, more intense connections that don't involve sex? Friendships can be just as intense, just as dramatic, and just as central to a person's character as their romantic or sexual relationships. Let's discuss the stories we love that explore these platonic connections well, squee about our favorite fictional friendships, and brainstorm some ways to get more platonic love in our fiction!

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