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Scrappy little updates

After months of wibbling (totally a word) about how I couldn’t post because I had nothing of enough import to say, I have decided that as it is my blog I get to post things that are as light and fluffy as I like! So.

(Besides, I realized I’ve missed quite a few things that are worth reading, anyway.)

Two months ago I participated in the SFF in Conversation series of roundtables at The Book Smugglers, together with such brilliant writers as JY Yang, Bogi Takács, Zen Cho, and Aliette de Bodard, with Charles Tan moderating. After weeks of discussion we emerged with our roundtable, On Diversity. Quite an experience discussing such a fraught and complicated topic as “diversity” with people I admire so much! Happily, I think quite a few people read our teal deer conversation, and it even made it to io9, something I found both staggering and delightful (although I really, really do not recommend reading the comments there).

What else? I have a poem coming up in Strange Horizons sometime in the future — it’s called “Adarna” and it’s one of the pieces I’ve had the most difficulty with, and I was so happy that SH, via one of their new poetry editors, Li Chua, took it. Thank you very much, SH!

Illustration-wise, I did the illustration for Kin, Painted by Penny Stirling over at , which is now live and available for viewing! Gorgeous story and I had such a fun time with the different colors and patterns.

Also! Just today, The Book Smugglers (wow they do so much awesome work) unveiled the cover for the last book in their First Contact series, The Vishakanya’s Choice by Roshani Chokshi. The cover was done by… yes, me! I am still so ridiculously excited, pleased, and nervous about it — digital art is the usual cover fare, of course, and it’s a magnificent story, one wants so much to do it justice! Do check it out (and let me know if I did, haha). The story will be available to read for free online on 25 August, but you can go ahead and buy the ebook now, which gives you a lovely little thing to keep on your reader.

I look forward to having more interesting updates and good news soon. In the meantime, I’ll keep working hard to keep putting stuff out there!

News on words and art!

Hello! I am still here. As you may have guessed from, er, the previous post, my health has not been the best, but I am recovering and now return with some lovely news tidbits!

First, I have a new publication! Juli is live in the sixth issue of Through the Gate, a small but exquisitely curated poetry zine full of sharply elegant work. Juli is one of my oldest poems, and I struggled with thinking I had no place to submit it to — so I’m very glad that my little piece has found a home in TtG’s issue, and in such company! I share the every-shifting Table of Contents with writers I very much admire, such as luminaries Bogi Takács, Lisa M. Bradley, and Sonya Taaffe.

Second! I am excited to announce (belatedly) that I am illustrating An Alphabet of Embers, an anthology of unclassifiables edited by Rose Lemberg. I have read the draft manuscript and all the stories there are amazing, each and every one, and I’m working hard to make sure that my illustrations can in some small way frame all that breathtaking prose!

Another announcement — this one not too late — I am the cover artist for the first anthology for GlitterShip, an LGBTQ SFF podcast! I’m so excited about this project, as I care very deeply about having lots of awesomeness and queer representation in SFF. They’re running a Kickstarter as well, so please consider supporting that if you are so moved!

Lastly, I’m thinking about merging my art and writing blogs — they’re all mixed together in my brain, after all, and it’s difficult for me to have finished one project and then have the choice-paralysis of figuring out which blog to post it on, etc etc. Hah. We’ll see, I suppose; in the meantime, if you have any thoughts about that, I’d love to hear them.

A manananggal, and an awards eligibility list

On the last day of 2014, Goblin Fruit – Fall 2014 went live, and my poem Manananggal was in it! Such a lovely way to start 2015 in the company of brilliant poets — when I was finally able to read the whole issue in order I found myself breathless with wonder and awe at the end. It is a magnificent issue, and even now I still have to fight disbelief/doubt and the voice that says in my ear, what a fluke, you don’t deserve to be published alongside such amazing writers! Well. We struggle onward, despite such voices, and take what joy in poetry we can.

Speaking of disbelief, doubt, and fighting impostor syndrome and other awful things, the ever-wonderful Rose Lemberg linked me to Amal El-Mohtar’s post on awards eligibility lists, which is full of badass encouragement and yes yes yes, and so in that spirit– here are my poems (all four of them, haha!) which are eligible for Rhysling nominations:

Long poems

  1. Ahas, tala in Interfictions 4
  2. The Exile, i. in Stone Telling 11

Short poems

  1. Seeds in Strange Horizons
  2. Manananggal in Goblin Fruit Fall 2014

There! And now, having performed the badassery of the day, I shall now hie myself off to bed. Thank you as always for reading!


Welcome to my writing blog. I write poetry and fiction of the speculative sort.

Recent publications: Brown woman at Safety Beach, Victoria, in June in Uncanny Magazine 10.

I keep my art at Likhain, and I have a Patreon that supports my creative work — if you like my writing or art, please consider checking that out! If you need to contact me, you’re welcome to email me.

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