1. My story “The Rainbow Flame” is out in Uncanny magazine today. You can read it here!
“Wiping sweat from her forehead before it could spill into her eyes, Rupali stirred a large iron cauldron over a searing fire. Swirls of silver, shards of sky, and the thorny notes of a forgotten folk melody all danced through the boiling beeswax. It was different every time, like a legend passing from mouth to mouth and changing in the telling. She drew in a breath through cracked, parched lips, and the oppressive air scorched her lungs. Impatience shot through her. Would she always be the one heating the wax, never the one lighting the flame?”
2. “She Sleeps Beneath the Sea,” my story in Faerie, was recommended in io9.com‘s Newsstand (best stories of the week)!
“Shveta Thakrar is a poet as well as a fiction writer, and that’s very clear from the prose in this story. She paints word pictures that are evocative and lush and pull you along like a strong current.”
Thanks for celebrating with me! Now I’m off to make more words.
I love the art the Faerie magazine staff came up with to go with my story, but the entire issue is so beautiful. The theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” perfect to savor while sitting out in a night garden (how to make a night garden is the subject of one of the articles, by the way!) . . .
If you want to grab a copy, it’s available either here or in Barnes and Noble.
My super talented friends have created some naga artwork in conjunction with the story, which I want to share with you here.
First, here’s a really fun nagini warrior piece by Nor Sanavongsay (@ArtofNor on Twitter).
Second, two paintings by Mia S-N (@likhain on Twitter). Just look at them!
How gorgeous are they? I already told Mia I am snapping up one of them for my writing/dreaming room. She’s got a Patreon, if you’d like to help her keep creating impossibly luscious art starring brown women from folklore. (Um, yes, please. :D)
And now to go finish getting ready to leave for Nova Ren Suma’s YA writing workshop next week!
. . . to borrow a headline from my dear friend C.S.E. Cooney, who wrote this gorgeous, magical, witty, incredibly wonderfully written collection of short stories that’s out in July, and you should preorder it now! (Print version and e-book.) I copyedited it, so I know of what I speak. (It’s already gotten a starred review from Publishers Weekly!)
Oh, right, back to the reason I mentioned this in the first place. I am indeed going to sea! I am so proud to announce that I won the Carl Brandon Writing Excuses scholarship, so I will be on this amazing retreat with teachers like Nalo Hopkinson, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Mary Robinette Kowal, among others–all on a cruise ship!
I am still a little in shock. I applied for the scholarship because I truly believe you should never self-reject, and if there’s something you want, you should try for it–but did I believe I would actually win? I hoped it, certainly . . . and here we are. So always apply! Always ask! Especially if you’re from one or more marginalized groups. The worst they can say is no, and who knows–maybe they’ll say yes.
Anyway, this is going to be so amazing! I can’t stop bouncing with joy. 😀
So a couple pieces of good news on this warm Tuesday morning:
1. My poem “Shadowskin” is up at Strange Horizons! I’m really proud of this one. You can read it or listen to it here.
2. My nagini story “She Sleeps Beneath the Sea” will appear in the summer/Midsummer Night’s Dream issue of Faerie magazine! I am so, so excited about this; I have adored Faerie for years and dreamed of having my words in its pages. And now I will!
How beautiful is this cover?
You can preorder here.
I’m so delighted to finally be able to announce this.
You might know that I adore the Sirens Conference, which focuses on women in fantasy and works hard for inclusivity, and I do my best to attend each year. Well, this time, Sirens is doing something new; it’s offering a couple extra days in a package called Sirens Studio–and I’ll be part of the faculty.
What is Sirens Studio?
A pre-conference option for readers, writers, scholars, and professionals
You’ve been asking for years, and now, for the first time ever, Sirens attendees can extend their time at the conference! Sirens Studio, our pre-conference option open to all attendees, will start Tuesday morning, and feature two days of workshop intensives, discussion, and networking opportunities, and flexible time for you to use however you wish. Whether you’re a reader, a writer, a scholar, or a professional, we hope you’ll consider joining us for our inaugural Sirens Studio.
And here’s my part:
Writing Workshop: Characterization and Worldbuilding
Yoon Ha Lee and Shveta Thakrar
Yoon and Shveta will co-present a workshop intensive on the art of the speculative short story. Using three example pieces distributed to participants prior to the workshop, Yoon and Shveta will examine two storytelling fundamentals—worldbuilding and character—and discuss how they work together to construct a narrative. They will then walk the class through exercises designed to help participants begin crafting their own worlds and characters, so that each participant leaves with a foundation for a story.
I am so excited, and I hope you’ll join us in October!
I am grinning so hard here. I just found out I sold my story, “The Rainbow Flame,” to Uncanny magazine, which is such an amazing publication. I’m honored!
The editors pushed me to take it just one tiny bit further before they accepted the piece, and I think the story’s definitely better for their guidance. I can’t wait to share it with you!
I’m super excited!
If you read it, I hope you enjoy.
Happy new year, everyone (at least per the Gregorian calendar). I am peeking out of my warm and cozy writing nest to announce that my first published poem, “The Nagini’s Night Song,” about a nagini (half-serpent, half-human being from Hindu and Buddhist mythology) is now available!
It’s in the January issue of Mythic Delirium, and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m happy to share a few cool things with you before I go out to run some errands. (A writer’s life–so very glamorous.)
First, I’ve sold a couple poems to Mythic Delirium, “The Nagini’s Night Song” and “Star Fishing,” for publication in 2015. I’m super excited about this! I used to think I could never write poetry, and then . . . Don’t worry, I’ll definitely let you know when they’re out.
(Side note: Mike Allen is a great editor for helping you find just the right word for the image/feeling you’re trying to evoke. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.)
By the way, all the Mythic Delirium stories from 2014 are now free to read on the site, so go enjoy!
Secondly, I am delighted to announce I’ve sold a personal essay to The Toast! Yes, the same Toast full of insightful writing and Mallory Ortberg’s hilarious takedowns of things like Western art history and classic movies. My essay is titled “Thorns in My Throat” and will go live in spring 2015. Again, I’ll let you know when it’s out.
Finally, I just learned that Kaleidoscope, the anthology I have a story in (“Krishna Blue”), made NPR Books’ Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2014 list! NPR!!! Eee!
Thanks for celebrating with me!
Happy autumn! It’s been a busy few months, what with Viable Paradise and my birthday and and and. But I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be doing my first-ever bookstore event at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia on 12 November. Details below.
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 P.M.
Futures & Fairy Tales: A Kaleidoscope of Diverse Adventures
For this fabulous night of sf/fantasy, we’re combining two groups of authors into one big YA event! The Futures & Fairy Tales Tour comes to Philadelphia with Claire Legrand (Winterspell), Sarah Fine (Of Metal and Wishes), and Sarah Raasch (Snow Like Ashes), presenting books inspired respectively by The Nutcracker and The Phantom of the Opera, and another that’s described as “Game of Thrones meets Graceling.” Joining them will be local authors Shveta Thakrar and E.C. Myers, both contributors to the anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and Julia Rios, one of Kaleidoscope’s editors. “The diversity is so thick on the ground here that it’s like walking through an Alison Bechdel comic strip — or like walking through Mt. Airy.” (See Jen’s review of Kaleidoscope on our blog.)
Also, there will be snacks!
Hope to see you there!