You probably know that I’ve been working on a historical novel about the arctic for what feels like forever. I’m still pretty far from being able to offer a concrete date when it might be available, but for those who are getting impatient, a very brief excerpt has just been published in Riddled With Arrows. It’s a chance to meet one of my main characters, and discover the amazing setting of the high arctic. Riddled With Arrows is an online journal that features writing about writing. What does that mean? You can head over and find out.
Northern Review, a peer-reviewed journal exploring human experience in the circumpolar regions, has just done a special issue on northern literature, and my short story “Permafrost” is in it. In this story about a family emigrating from Bangkok to Svalbard, Nok has always believed implicitly in her parents’ love for each other—until an unforeseen crisis casts doubt on the very foundations of their family. Head on over and read it!
My short story “Mumbai Marriage” has just come out in the Singapore-based feminist journal Junoesq. Go on and check it out! It does feature what I have regretfully concluded is one of my major themes, namely, Bad Things Happen to Small, Fluffy Creatures, so please be warned.
Also, for readers who live in or around Quebec City who might be interested in my other artistic endeavours, I am involved in this season’s QAC production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Yes, I play Rosencrantz. I have so many lines to learn. Show dates are 17-19 April (plus 16 April if you happen to volunteer for Jeffrey Hale Community Services), so mark it on your calendar.
My short story “The Wolf and the Dragon” has just been published by Crossed Genres. This is an awesome magazine, with a mission “to give a voice to people often ignored or marginalized in science fiction”, so check them out. Also, they interviewed me, so you can read what I think about writing, older mentors, and zombie films.
As well, last night one of my former roommates persuaded me to google myself, always a fun, if narcissistic exercise. I discovered that one of my earlier short stories, “Symbionts” (which appeared in the NYU student journal Anamesa in 2012) is now available as a free pdf. Fun fact: the first draft of this story was written in a single night after I attended a talk by scientist Nancy Moran. She is obviously not responsible for any scientific inaccuracies that have crept in.
For anyone following this blog who feels as giddy as I do to have two new posts in a single week, don’t worry: that’s not a pace I’m likely to sustain. At the moment, there’s nothing coming down the publishing pipe, but fingers crossed, the Christmas season will bring good news; and in the meantime, you can make the time go faster by leaving me a comment, or find a few more stories by clicking on “Find my Writing” in the menu above.
It isn’t my usual fictional fare, but for those who like to read book reviews (often easier than reading the actual book!) you can go find out what I thought about Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning here. I was invited to write this review by the editor of Albion Magazine, which I would recommend to anyone who thinks there must be more to English culture than upper-class families fretting about their ancestral manor houses.
Meanwhile, I’ve also posted my short story “The Seal Trainer”, which was formerly on my livejournal. It’s nearly pure silliness, although my best friend has assured me that it “speaks to her soul”—which makes me worry sometimes about her mental state.