Saturday, June 27, 2015

Niteblade--last call

In a little over a month, Niteblade will close submissions for its final issue. This makes me sad for several reasons: Niteblade was my my first sale. It was my first editorial position too. I like the zine. I like working with Rhonda (aka the Beloved Editor).

At the same time, you know, there is this old saying when one door closes, another one opens. I am looking forward to new projects, and I am looking forward to other opportunities to work with amazing people who care about writing.

For now, I wanna help make the last issue of Niteblade a good one, a great one even, let it end in a bang. It would be cool to see new names in the slush pile. It would be cool to see diversity in the slush pile. It would be cool to find great writing in the slush pile.

If you haven't done so yet, please consider submitting. We sure do look forward to picking the best, one last time.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sci Fi Writing Month...belated final update

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February is over, and I should have been writing a lot of sf, except I didn't quite manage to get anywhere near the word count I wanted to.

The reasons were quite simply health issues, so that sucks, but on the plus side, there was no procrastination on my part involved, which is good. And I did end up with the beginning of a new story, also another entry in the plus column.

To sum this up, while this SciFi Writing month was as much of a success as I wanted it to be, I'll definitely do it again next year, maybe even set a total word count goal or something.

But while there were no major breakthroughs in terms of sf this past month, I did sell some things. Take Me found a home at inkscrawl, and On the Tree was bought by Liminality, and I am very, very happy to have both these poems on my list of forthcoming works, even happier to have them appear in those zines, so yay!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sci Fi Writing Month 2015, Update #1

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So the first week of SciFiWriMo is over, and I thought I'd post some personal updates.

I have a couple of sf stories that need finishing, but I didn't work on those. However, I'm about a thousand words into a new story. And that is it, at least as far as science fiction goes.

I've been working on some other things too, and there has been some good news this week (really EXCITING news actually) which I can't quite share yet, but the point is there is some editing and rewriting to be done. It's just not anything sf themed. What I want to say I suppose is I haven't been slacking off, just otherwise occupied, however, I'll still have at least one sf story done by the end of this month; weekly progress updates will be my own personal reminder.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February, or Sci Fi Writing Month

For no other reason than having a handful of unfinished sci fi stories sitting around, I'll just declare February Sci Fi Writing Month from here on out.

I also like the idea of having to dedicate some of my time specifically to sf, because fantasy has always come more easily to me. At the same time, sf certainly offers a whole other range of interesting possibilities, and it would be a shame to not dabble a little (and particularly female/QUILTBAG writers should definitely do more dabbling in sf.)

So, anyone feels like joining me in exploring possible futures? Lemme know your thoughts!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Awards Eligibility Post

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Well, to make it short, here's the list:

Short Fiction:

  • A Quest for Fire, Lackington's Magazine
  • "G is for..." , A is for Apocalypse (anthology edited by Rhonda Parrish)



Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 starts with good news!

Hello 2015!  And thank you, New Year, for having the decency to bring good news with you!!

To wit: my very serious poem "The Hippolimerick" sold to the dreaded JOKE issue of Stone Telling (ST13). I consider this a wonderful decision from the editorial duet of this mermaid-loving, hippopotamoi-adoring market.

I'd also like to thank the editors for beating the poem's title into proper shape. I'm not good with titles, and I appreciate the editors' keener eyes! Thank you, Rose and Shweta!!

Dear 2015, it's all right with me if you stay a while, just keep the good news coming!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

From the Vaults: Puppet Minds

By Alexandra Seidel

The master puppeteer
who makes the clockworks of his puppets’ minds
toggles gently just
that cogwheel filigree
as it clinks and cracks
with puppet thought

he’s used to that and also
to the tremble movements
of their wooden limbs
the spinning of their eyes of glass

the puppets’ clockwork minds
shift on their own once they’ve been wound
and the master puppeteer

ties long strings to their little
puppet bodies
strings that are soft
as whispers in your ears

the master puppeteer keeps the key
that clockwork winds the puppets’ minds
and only he knows how to untie his knots

and key and knot are surely his
until the cogwheels
set themselves to
making scissors
for their strings
and lock picks
to unwind their hearts

Poem first published in Star*Line.