gwynnega: (Ernest Thesiger)
My poem "ode to Dwight Frye," inspired by one of my favorite actors, is up at Strange Horizons.

On Friday I finished the final chapter of Out of Uniform. I'm going to take a break from the book for a month or so, then read it and make whatever changes it needs. Meanwhile, I have stories and poems to work on!

These are happy things, amid the Nazi horribleness of the past several days.
gwynnega: (Basil Rathbone)
I am hennaing my hair on yet another hot summer Los Angeles day. I yearn for autumn, but it won't show up here for a long time.

At long last, I'm nearly done with my novel revisions. The final chapter is coming along nicely, though endings are tricky. After I finish the draft, I figure I'll let it sit for a month or so and work on short stories and poems, then read the book through and make whatever changes (hopefully not too extensive) it needs.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
Today's mail brought my contributor's copy of Not One of Us, which includes my short story "Don't Look Back," as well as poetry and photography by [personal profile] sovay and others. I'm very pleased to see "Don't Look Back" in print; I think of it as speculative autobiography, or possibly autobiographical specfic.

In less pleasant news, I'm not at all happy with the latest LJ TOS shenanigans. I am still cross-posting to LJ from Dreamwidth, but I'm not sure how much longer I will continue to do so. I don't post that often anymore, and I use my LJ account mainly to keep up with friends who post to LJ, but the whole thing makes me very uneasy, to say the least.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My story "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone," which came out last autumn in the "Animals" issue of Lackington's, is now available to read online.

It feels somewhat strange to post about something unrelated to politics these days.

Meanwhile, this week I am listening to Slim Gaillard for the first time in years, and I highly recommend it.

Stay warm, friends in the path of the snow!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
short fiction

"The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone" in Lackington's issue 12 (Fall 2016)


"Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm" (reprint; originally published in Aberrant Dreams) in Angels of the Meanwhile

"Poetess Strikes Again" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 6, No. 2, April 2016)

"song for Mary Henry" in Through the Gate (June 28 2016)

"Champagne Ivy" in Mythic Delirium (3.2, Oct.-Dec. 2016)

"Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 6, No. 4, October 2016)

"People Change: A Love Story" and "Linda Blair Pantoum" (plus an interview in Postscripts to Darkness (November 6 2016)

"The Last Word" in Kaleidotrope (Winter 2017, but published December 2016)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
The "Animals" issue of Lackington's is out. It includes my story "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone," with a beautiful illustration by Dotti Price.

We've been having a spate of lovely autumn weather--so of course we're about to have a mini heat wave. Meanwhile, this horrific election season is almost over. I've already voted for Hillary Clinton, and I'm a bundle of pre-election nerves (but it feels like that's been true for months).
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My story "Don't Look Back" will appear in Not One of Us in 2017. It's a first-time sale to a publication I greatly admire.

It is officially autumn, so of course we are bracing for another heat wave. But my kitchen is well-stocked with pumpkin products.

I am finally reading Gemma Files' Experimental Film, and it's even more brilliant than I had been led to believe.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
The two new poems I published in 2015 are eligible for the Rhysling Award (short poem category):

"Misogyny," Strange Horizons (13 April 2015)

"Dorothy's Prayer," inkscrawl (issue 9)

"Dorothy's Prayer" is also eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award (as is everything else in inkscrawl issues 8 and 9).

My short story "The Imaginary Friend" appeared this year in Postscripts to Darkness volume 6, but since that's a Canadian publication, I don't think it's eligible for US award consideration.


Dec. 31st, 2015 02:03 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
This was a year of big changes for me--well, one big change: I left my day job in March. I'm still not a fast writer, but, happily, my productivity has gone way up since I've had so much more time to write. I'm in the midst of revising my novel Out of Uniform (and I continue to poke at a New Novel Idea). Plus I've been writing short stories! (It used to be that I'd be lucky to write one a year.) I'm also getting close to finishing my book of poems and short fiction mostly based on horror films.

Plus I've had a lot more time for reading, which has been wonderful.

My 2015 publishing credits...

Short fiction:

My short story "The Imaginary Friend" appeared in Postscripts to Darkness volume 6.

"In Lieu of a Thank You," originally published in Strange Horizons back in 2008, appeared in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk.


"Misogyny," Strange Horizons (13 April 2015)

"Dorothy's Prayer," inkscrawl (issue 9)

"It's a Universal Picture," originally published in Mythic Delirium in 2014, was reprinted in both Mythic Delirium: Volume Two and the 2015 Rhysling Anthology.


My essay "'I Can Do Your Part If You Can Do Mine': Romana II as the Girl Doctor" appeared in Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Dec. 31st, 2014 04:21 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
So, 2014. I finished revising Can't Find My Way Home (AKA the Jo book) this year (unless someone ends up telling me to revise it again). I resumed reworking Out of Uniform and began making notes for a new novel. I wrote more poetry this year than in several years previous (maybe because I have a specific project I'm working on, the horror film/TV/pop culture poetry chapbook). I didn't finish any short fiction this year, and I'd like to rectify that situation in 2015.

I published three poems in 2014 (all part of my ongoing chapbook project):

"she's alive, alive" in Apex, Issue 60, May 2014

"It's a Universal Picture" in Mythic Delirium, 1.1, July-Sept. 2014

"Witches of Childhood" (prose poem) in Interfictions, Issue 4, November 2014

So far I have three publications forthcoming for next year (a new short story, a story reprint, and an essay).

This was a fairly rough year for me. A lot of good things happened, but an Ongoing Upsetting Situation in the second half of the year threatened to overshadow the good stuff. (Heck, it nearly overshadowed my ongoing chronic pain issues, which is no mean feat.) But some big changes are coming in 2015--positive (scary!) changes! Which I hope will help me to focus on the Non-Upsetting Aspects of my life (and they are considerable). And I hope to get a lot of writing done in 2015.

Happy New Year, everyone!
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, on a pleasant Los Angeles afternoon. We have finally achieved autumn (our version of it, anyway), which makes me happy. Last night I made pumpkin bread. Alas, Trader Joe's is already out of pumpkin waffles and some other pumpkin items I should have hoarded.

I continue to work on poems about horror movies, though I still haven't figured out what do with the Out of Uniform revisions. A new novel idea has been percolating, but I'm not ready to start writing it yet.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, on a pleasant (but not autumnal enough for my liking) Sunday afternoon in LA. We had another heat wave, followed by a dip into autumnal-for-LA temperatures, and now we're somewhere in between, but at least the nights are cooler. Meanwhile I keep eating pumpkin products from Trader Joe's. My favorite new pumpkin item: their mini pumpkin-and-ginger ice cream sandwiches.

I'm working on my book of poems based on horror movies etc. and trying to figure out how to revise my novel Out of Uniform. Last night I watched Fright Night (1985) (after [personal profile] sovay posted about it). What an eighties fest that film is! I watched it mostly because Roddy McDowall's in it, and he's marvelous--but I hadn't made the connection that Chris Sarandon, who plays the vampire, is the guy who played Leon Shermer in Dog Day Afternoon (one of my favorite movies) ten years earlier. So that was an extra treat.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I have finished and sent off the revisions to Can't Find My Way Home (AKA the Jo book). This is the fourth draft. It's 360 pages, 101K words.


In other news, it is broiling in Los Angeles, which is normal (though annoying) for early September. Yesterday I finally watched Only Lovers Left Alive and absolutely loved it.

Here is the audio for the Life of Mary Shelley panel I participated in with Theodora Goss and James Morrow at Readercon.

Now I will eat arugula pizza and watch Planet of the Apes movies on TCM to celebrate novel draft completion.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
Mythic Delirium 1.1 has gone out to subscribers, and it's a beautiful issue. It includes my poem "It's a Universal Picture," as well as work by [personal profile] sovay, [profile] sairaali, Jane Yolen, and others.

I've been reading/rereading a lot of Mary Shelley for Readercon and taking a last pass (I hope, I hope!) through the Jo book. Also watching various Hammer horror films, notably The Curse of the Werewolf and the (intentionally?) hilarious Shadow of the Cat. (Oh, and last week TCM showed a bunch of cool Hammer noir films.)
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
...and apparently I haven't posted here since last Henna Day. Yesterday I had about five inches cut from my hair, so Henna Day required about half as much henna as it did last month.

This weekend I've also been working on Jo book revisions, trying to finish up a prose poem, and reading The Fifth Child, which my friend Lyman loaned me. It's the first Doris Lessing I've read in awhile, and it reminds me that I've never read the Martha Quest series and would still like to.

Last night I watched The Heiress on TCM--an adaptation of Washington Square from 1949, with Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, and Sir Ralph Richardson. It was excellent, though I suspect Henry James rolled over in his grave at the way the end of the story was changed so that Catherine Sloper gets to have bravura revenge on Morris Townsend.


Dec. 31st, 2013 05:10 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
There were some definite highs and lows to my 2013, but overall it was an excellent year.

I had three poems published:

"Ginnie and the Cooking Contest" (a prose poem) in Interfictions Online, Issue 1, May 2013

"take off your horn-rims and fly" in Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry

"a tipping point" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2013).

I started the year revising Out of Uniform (a novel I hope to get back to in 2014) and writing a sekrit project. Then when I received my agent's notes on Can't Find My Way Home (AKA the Jo book, AKA the book that would not die), I dove back into work on it. I'd hoped to have that done by the end of this year, but I am getting there. I've also been writing more poetry this year, which pleases me.

Healthwise, I'm still in physical therapy for an issue that's been causing me chronic pain. I'm a lot better, though it continues to be a frustrating situation. On the bright side, my physical therapist is a genius, and part of my treatment includes one-on-one yoga instruction, which is awesome. Also on the bright side, I was able to attend WisCon and Readercon (which I also plan to do in 2014).

Scott Miller died this year, and although we were only slight acquaintances, his death had a huge impact on me and others who love his music and his writing.

For me this has been a year rich in friendships--not only continued friendships, but also new ones and renewed ones. I'm so grateful for the many amazing people in my life.

I wish you all a very happy new year.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, on a warmish day (while a Gilmore Girls rerun airs on SOAPnet and I mourn the cancellation of Bunheads). Though the weather hasn't been too broiling, we're having un-LA-like humidity, which I hate. I'm dreaming of autumn, though autumn weather doesn't usually show up in LA until the end of October.

I've been working on the Jo book and other writing projects, and tackling a massive weekend to-do list. Also I've been rewatching the Dark Shadows Ghost of Quentin Collins storyline, in which David and Amy become creepy possessed children à la The Turn of the Screw. Good times.

As usual, the weekend is just too darn short.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
What did you just finish reading?
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. A beautiful, devastating page-turner.

What are you reading now?
Sofia Samatar's A Stranger in Olondria. Loving it.

Still reading Queers Dig Time Lords.

Rereading Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (for Readercon).

Also doing some research rereading (in Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity by Dan Berger) for the Jo book, now that I am (happily) in Jo book revision mode.

What will you read next?
I'm looking forward to reading more of what I bought at Wiscon, especially Wiscon Chronicles 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives.
gwynnega: (Sherlock Holmes jordannamorgan)
It is Henna Day, in the midst of an unusually cold (for LA) spate of weather (highs below 60 for the past few days). The henna feels cold on my head.

On Friday night I went to Taix and saw great sets by my friends Carolyn Edwards and Adam Marsland. This weekend I've been working on OOU (the Old Novel I'm Revising), continuing my Sherlock Holmes reread, etc.

[In a shocking twist, I tried to post this on Dreamwidth, but it wouldn't let me, instead of the usual problems with LJ.]


Dec. 31st, 2012 04:07 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...but all in all, I'd call my 2012 a good year.

I only had two publications this year, but I'm very pleased with them:

"bell, book, candle" in Strange Horizons, 26 March 2012.

"The Pied Piper vs. The Sirens" in Mythic Delirium #27, November 2012.

I didn't write a whole lot of poetry this year (and no short fiction at all, I think?), as this was The Year of Finishing the Draft of the Jo Book. It took somewhat longer than I'd expected, but writing this draft was one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of my writing life.

I got sick this summer and had a couple of miserable months until I got diagnosed and started physical therapy. I'm still not entirely recovered, but I'm so much better (to the point that I can't fully remember how bad I felt last summer).

Tonight I'll be doing my usual new year's celebration: champagne, caviar and other goodies, and DVDs.

A very happy new year to you all!

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