Birdverse is my secondary world fantasy universe with a Bird deity. I have only recently started marketing Birdverse work in earnest. I plan to keep writing Birdverse stories for as long as I possibly can. I now have a Birdverse Patreon, where I share work in progress, art, poetry, and other things unavailable elsewhere. Lots of things are going to be happening in BV in 2015 – I am very excited.
Here are some of the themes that I tackle in Birdverse:
LGBTQIA people; queer families; various family configurations; characters of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds; cultures in conflict and contact; trade; academic approaches to magic; disabled people Doing Things; women, trans, and queer people Doing Things; linguistics; intersections of magic and class; nascent social movements; revolutions; religions in social context; really anything that interests me.
Women, queer, trans and nonbinary protagonists abound in Birdverse. Lately I’ve been writing quite a few autistic characters as well.
There is also a unique magical system in this world: magical geometry. It is not our geometry, but it uses concepts from both phonology and geometry.
Here’s what is available and/or what I am working on right now:
“Held Close in Syllables of Light” (novelette, Beneath Ceaseless Skies): YA with three queer teens on a trading quest gone awry.
“I will show you a single treasure from the treasures of Shah Niyaz” (poem, Goblin Fruit) – many women work together to create the greatest treasure ever woven, even though they know what fate awaits it. (Rhysling Award nominee; third place Rhysling award winner in the long poem category).
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” (novelette, Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – continues the story started in “I will show you a single treasure.” Grandmother-nai-Leylit has something to hide. (queer families; grandparents/grandchildren, autism, trans/nonbinary protagonists, carpets).
“Geometries of Belonging” (novelette, Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – Parét, a famous mind-healer, is asked to cure a young autistic patient – but his patient does not consent to be cured. Meanwhile, Parét uncovers a carefully wrought intrigue against his lord and lover. (consent, mind-healing, autism, non-binary and queer protagonists, D/s).
“The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar” (short story, forthcoming, Uncanny) – a small happy story about two artists.
“Three Principles of Strong Building” – a worldbuilding poem about one of the oldest Applied Disciplines, Strong Building (Strange Horizons).
“The Book of How to Live” (novelette, forthcoming, Start a Revolution) – Efronia Lukano is a commoner without magic. Will her brilliant inventions gain her student status at the university? Hint – not really. She goes with a bunch of revolutionaries instead. (academia, neuroatypicality, class struggle, revolution, very many queer women).
“Two and Five Syllables” (either a novella or a novel, argh). This one continues the story of Dedéi, the young autistic person from “Geometries of Belonging,” who runs away from their abusive family and Has Adventures while also dealing with very many speech and motor difficulties. Follow their adventures on Patreon!
“A Portrait of the Desert in Five Personages of Power” (novella, in progress): A very old royal personage, running around the desert on stilts, discovers the antihero fast asleep in the sands. (trans characters, supermages, consent, D/s, the magical history of Birdverse).