I have published in a variety of speculative genres: science fiction, magic realism, surrealism, slipstream, horror, and even dubiously a bit of memoir which might or might not be speculative. But secondary world fantasy, and epic fantasy in particular, remains my favorite genre – the genre that sustains me, the genre I read, the genre
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My essay “The Priviliege and Necessity of Writing” (this blog) will be reprinted in the 2015 edition of Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary edited by Foz Meadows and Mark Oshiro. Really happy about that.
The Strange Horizons readers’ poll results are in. “Ranra’s Unbalancing” placed first in the poetry category. “Long Shadow” placed second in the poetry category. My folkloristics essay “The Uses and Limitations of the Folklorist’s Toolkit for Fiction” shares first place with “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in SF: A Conversation” by Polenth Blake and Bogi Takács.
The Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll runs traditionally for two weeks of January, this year from 4-17th. Voting is free and open to everyone. If you read Strange Horizons, you can vote. You can vote for fiction, poetry, articles, columnists, and artworks. I blog about this poll every year because I think it’s fun and important
My essay “The Uses and Limitations of the Folklorist’s Toolkit for Fiction” is up at Strange Horizons. This essay was a part of An Alphabet of Embers non-fiction rewards, and is dedicated to Arachne Jericho. I chose the topic and made all the choices about the content of this essay. I say this, because some
With thanks to Joanna Russ. I am keeping the “she” pronouns as in Russ’s text, and also because it refers to the experiences of Mari Ness, Haddayr Copley-Woods, and Lee Martindale (in this I09 essay and interview), but this is applicable to people of all genders, and to all people who need access. ———— She
Earlier today, I had a series of tweets on accessibility and geek social fallacies under the #accessiblecons hashtag. I am putting my tweets in a post with some additional links and edits. #ACCESSIBLECONS I have thoughts about #AccessibleCons and Geek Social Fallacies. There’s been a lot of talk about Geek Social Fallacies in the last
I have been quite sick for a while and on top of that, moving, but I have two new things to report. First, will have a letter in Letters to Tiptree from Twelfth Planet Press; it’s about translations of feminist SF, samizdat, and more. Thrilled to see the collection – the full ToC is here.
This discussion started on Twitter, and I am moving it here because I feel this is a developing and gray area of publishing. Question is: are locked works posted on Patreon for pay considered published? Responses from SFWA-qualifying markets, from 2014, are collated here. (I just saw this link when Amal mentioned it on Twitter).
I have assorted news to report today, including one of epic nature. My curse poem “Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune,” aka the Monsterpoem (first published in Bull Spec 4, 2010), will be reprinted in Angels of the Meanwhile, an anthology to benefit PopeLizbet. My essay “On the pitfalls of merit,” published on this blog last year, will