2018 In a Nutshell: Help! I’m In a Nutshell!

Uh, damn, been awhile, hasn’t it?

So The Only Harmless Great Thing launched back in January, and the reception has been everything I could have hoped for and more. People have been incredibly kind. I got a good review from frickin’ Warren Ellis. It looks like I’ve probably already earned out, six months in. You can’t ask for much else from a weird little 96-page novelette about an alternative timeline where elephants function in place of Radium Girls. Thank you so, so, so much to everyone who has read, reviewed, recommended, and otherwise been massively supportive of my first book. Without y’all I’d just be telling stories to my dog.

But time rolls merrily on, and so too hopefully does my career. Wonder of wonders, wake the kids and call the neighbors, I’ve actually been productive this year in the wake of the book. Three stories sold! Possibly four by the end of the year!

- “No Flight Without the Shatter” is probably the best thing I’ve ever written, and also quite possibly the most depressing (sorry in advance). It’s about found family, endlings, endings, changes, and saying goodbye. Indrapramit Das calls it “a gorgeous song of extinction, conducting the voices of those lost in the anthropocene apocalypse into a moving farewell that’s also about memory, survival, and hope.” I am weirdly proud of this one. Please read it if you get a chance & can handle the sads.

- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” is a … slightly less serious affair. It is, as the title states, the story of three beautiful velociraptor sisters, a stupid prince composed of protein, and a slightly more clever witch-princess. I wrote this for Uncanny’s Dinosaur Issue and the response has been overwhelming. Who knew people would react so strongly to dinosaur fairy tales? It has garnered some extremely surprising fans. I’ve been suggesting folks read it immediately after No Flight Without the Shatter, much the way Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro were originally released as a double feature.

- “A Bird, a Song, a Revolution” sold to Lightspeed last month, and I am so thrilled to be back with the market that pretty much launched my career. It’s a little story about history, and art, and how the art we make can foment revolution. Look forward to it some time early next year.

- Provided I can meet my deadline I’ll have a story in Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Defiance, a collection of stories about resistance and revolution curated by Apex Magazine editors Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner. No idea what shape it’ll take yet, but you know it’ll be angry. And look at the other names on that ToC! Fran Wilde! Cat Valente! A. Merc Rustad! Rebecca Roanhorse! Seanan McGuire! Please back this Kickstarter!

Plus there’s this novel I need to finish, which will happen some day. Eventually. Maybe. I’ve thought about starting a Drip or a Patreon to post snippets on, but I doubt anyone would be interested in my shaggy bits of cast-off WIP. Enjoy the finished stuff; it’s all free (except TOHGT, obviously) and all waiting for you out there. Go! Read! Enjoy my fresh-squeezed word juice!

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