We Care

I got my author copy of If There’s Anyone Left Vol 1 today: https://amazon.com/dp/B08NR9QYJK/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…… Can’t wait to dive into the other stories! But let me say something about mine a minute.

There are a lot of stories about good people being ground down by heartless systems. And that’s a real thing that happens. But I feel like when that’s the only story we tell, it feels inevitable. We get nihilistic about it. “Good person destroyed by bad system, of course!” There’s also the template of good people being corrupted by the systems they’re in. That happens too.

But I wanted to tell a story that was the opposite. I don’t believe that evil is stronger than good. I believe our kindness can be effective.

This is one of those stories.

Anyway it’s pretty short, and I hope you like it. It’s called “We Care.” And I can’t wait to see what the other stories in this beautiful little volume have to say.

Writing About Love and Grief and Aliens

This week our furnace went out and we had to buy a new one. You can see this in the screenshot from the Zoom I had to record a podcast: I am wrapped in my giant red plaid shawl, the one my brother gave me last Christmas. Katie, my agentsib, is in Los Angeles in a sleeveless top with lacework. Welp.

Anyway, the literal house was the only thing chilly, the rest of the podcast was a very warm and friendly experience, and I hope you enjoy listening to it.

Stories I liked this summer

I haven’t read anything close to everything that came out this summer–I haven’t even read everything I personally have downloaded to my Kindle this summer–but here’s what I’ve liked so far. Please feel free to chime in with recommendations in the comments.

Gilded, Elizabeth Acevedo (A Phoenix First Must Burn)

Doorway, Smile, Kiss, Fox, Jeremy Packert Burke (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros, Eleanna Castroianni

All the Time in the World, Charlotte Nicole Davis (A Phoenix First Must Burn)

The Inaccessibility of Heaven, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny)

A Voyage to Queensthroat, Anya Johanna Deniro (Strange Horizons)

Exile’s End, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor.com)

The Ransom of Miss Coraline Connelly, Alix E. Harrow (Fireside)

Saltwashed, Jennifer Mace (Uncanny)

Yellow and the Perception of Reality, Maureen McHugh (Tor.com)

The Necessary Arthur, Garth Nix (Tor.com)

Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life, Rebecca Roanhorse (A Phoenix First Must Burn)

We’re Here, We’re Here, K.M. Szpara (Tor.com)

Open House on Haunted Hill, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots)

A pretty high water mark

New story again today! (Some weeks are like that.) The Past, Like a River In Flood is up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

This is a weird time for stories turning out to be more topical than intended. This one is not a plague story, I hasten to add. It’s just got…college administrators having dubious priorities that affect the safely of faculty, staff, and students. Oh. Just that.

More monsters, more friends

Remember how I said that I was writing a series of stories about monsters and friendship for my friend John Wiswell? And another of them was coming out soon? Today is soon. After the Monster is up at Daily Science Fiction.

This is a harder one, friends. They gave me the chance to make author story comments (expand in a little link under the story!), so I did that, a little more of where this story is coming from. If you’re struggling and you think I might have written this story for you–yeah, I probably did.

Hug your friends (virtually if you gotta), tip the pizza girl. And hang in there.

The start of the swarm

For the last year I’ve been working on a series of stories about monsters and friendship. They’re dedicated to my friend John Wiswell, because John is a good friend and I love his entire face off. At some point–ideally 10/31/21 will be that point–I will put together a chapbook. I have already been talking to another friend about cover illustration. It’s gonna be great.

But in the meantime, here’s the first of the stories, out from Translunar Travelers’ Lounge: The Swarm of Giant Gnats I Sent After Kent, My Assistant Manager. This one is also dedicated to Stella Evans, another friend I love fiercely. I hope you enjoy it!

Two stories today!

That’s right, two! So that was a surprise for me when I woke up. (I am always amazed by people who know exactly when they’re having which things coming out. How do they do it? I write down dates when people give them to me, it’s just…they don’t, always.)

The first one is Addison and Julia Tell the Truth to Pemaquid Beach, in Daily Science Fiction. Future fantasy, literary superpower, I don’t know how to classify this one except: it’s mine, I wrote it, you can read it.

The second one is The Foolish Man Built His House Upon the Sand, in Nature Futures. Continuing my current interest in soil health in, uh, a different direction.

Hope you enjoy both!

In watercolor

There’s a lot of work left to do here in Minneapolis, and in the US at large. And there will be for awhile, massive institutional racist violence is not a quick fix situation. But I see a lot of reasons for hope this week. I hope you do too.

One of the hopeful projects I’ve been involved with continues: the Decameron Project is still making various pieces of fiction available every day. Today there’s another fresh story from me! The Watercolors of Elfland. Take a break and go read it.

Short Stories I’ve Enjoyed (Pandemic Spring Edition)

Eleanna Castroianni, Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

L. Chan, Sonata (Metaphorosis) — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Rjurik Davidson, Benjamin 2037 (Tor.com)

Claire Humphrey, We Are the Flower (Podcastle)

Nicole Kornher-Stace, Getaway (Uncanny)

R. B. Lemberg, To Balance the Weight of Khalem (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Arkady Martine, A Being Together Amongst Strangers (Uncanny)

Devin Miller, Fox Red, Life Red, Teeth Like Snow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Aimee Ogden, Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Emery Robin, Ambient and Isolated Effects of Fine Particulate Matter (Reckoning)

Allison Thai, Caring for Dragons and Growing a Flower (Podcastle)

Emma Törzs, High in the Clean Blue Air (Uncanny)

Fran Wilde, An Explorer’s Cartography of Already Settled Lands (Tor.com)

John Wiswell, Alien Invader or Assistive Device? (Robot Dinosaur Fiction)

John Wiswell, Gender and Other Faulty Software (Fireside)