Happy book birthday to HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD!

I’m so happy to announce that the wonderful anthology I’m in, along with so many other brilliant and necessary voices, is out today: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Edited by Kelly Jensen of Book Riot, this book contains essays, comics, interviews, and lists discussing intersectional feminism for teens (and I’d argue also for adults!) in a compassionate, thoughtful, and inspiring way. Even if I didn’t have an essay in it, I’d recommend it wholeheartedly; it’s just the book we need right now as we in America attempt to make sense of what’s happening here and figure out what we want to say, both for ourselves and others, and how to make our voices heard for the greater good.

I’m not the only one who thinks so; the volume got four starred reviews from trade journals!

“A progressive antidote to the ancient teen health textbooks that mull over the dry basics of teen identity . . . a stellar collection  . . . With its thoughtful, scrapbooklike design and variety of socio-economic and cultural perspectives, the book invites young readers to engage in this roundtable discussion. An embarrassment of riches.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sophisticated yet entirely accessible, the collection is valuable both for the breadth of thought and perspective it represents and for the support it directs toward readers.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Earnest, conversational, and dauntlessly unapologetic . . . An education unto itself, the message of inclusion and strength is invaluable.”
Booklist, starred review

“Fantastic . . . There is something here for everyone. This celebratory examination of feminism is a much-needed addition to teen collections.”
School Library Journal, starred review

Anyway, happy birthday, delightful book!

Awards eligibility post for 2016 work!

A wonderful friend of mine reminded me I needed to do this, so here’s what I published in 2016, in case you happened to like and want to nominate any of it. 🙂

I am still eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Fiction:

“The Shadow Collector” in Uncanny

“By Thread of Night and Starlight Needle” in Clockwork Phoenix 5

“Songbird” in Flash Fiction Online

“Hungry” on the Hanging Garden Stories Tumblr and reprinted in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination
Poetry:

“जंगली गुलाब/Jangli Gulaab (Briar Rose)” in Ad Astra

 

Welcome to the Hanging Garden!

I’m delighted to announce I’m part of the fantastic 2017 lineup of writers for the Hanging Garden stories Tumblr. We’ll be writing to prompts and GIFs, and I’m excited about the challenge (as well as the deadlines!). I hope you’ll join us for the fun.

About the Garden:

In brief: 8 authors writing short fiction inspired by GIFs.

In not-so-brief: we, the ladies of The Hanging Garden, debuted as YA authors in 2014. At the time, we signed a one-year contract (metaphorically speaking) to write several short stories over the course of said debut year, pair them with GIFs, and post them here. That year has come and gone, but the Hanging Garden remains, filling with experimental short fiction every week.

Fresh GIFtion posts every Monday. We’d dig it if you joined us. Here and/or on Twitter (@THGstories).

Online fairy tale course (with me helping!)

If you’re looking for an awesome activity to help you get through the doldrums of winter, I have just the thing! Expert folklorists and authors Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman have thrown open the doors to their online academy of folklore, the Carterhaugh School, and their next offering will be a (incredibly reasonably priced) long course called “The Fairy Tale.” It begins this January and runs into February and will include tangible beautiful objects as well as knowledge.

Tentative Schedule for the Upcoming Fairy-Tale Course!

I’m so, so, so excited about this. I got to see Sara and Brittany present on folklore in the movie Labyrinth this past FaerieCon, and it was amazing. They’re smart, funny, and know how to present their material in an accessible way. I can’t wait to go back and rewatch the movie with all the things I learned in mind.

So I was already incredibly excited when they announced they would be doing this course, but then they asked me to help with one of the lessons! I’m over the moon to tell you now that I’ll be presenting a portion of lesson four, the Beastly Bride.

Lesson Four: January 26th, 2017
Beastly Bride Day – The Swan Maiden / The Crane Wife / The Loathly Lady / The Story of Uloopi and Arjuna

There’s still time to sign up for the course, and it makes a great gift, whether for you or a fellow lover of fairy tales, folklore, and all things enchanted! I hope to see you there in the mysterious, moon-silvered halls of the Carterhaugh School.

A little bit of happy news on a cloudy day

My prize package for my tiny story in Katherine Harbour’s Hallowe’en contest just arrived. If you haven’t read her work, Katherine writes deliciously dark folklore-infused books, and I won a signed set along with some other goodies. Pictures below!

I wrote a hundred-word story about a painting she did using the five terms she stipulated, and I’m posting it here. (Writing that short was a fun challenge!):

When the poison sank into his bones, he gasped at the mirror. She had drawn on him, scrawled secrets, all graceful loops and fine lines. Hers was a venom no less deadly than truth; she’d shaded and cross-hatched until half his skin dissolved, revealing another’s rich brown flesh.

Another time, another life. Him. He remembered now—her virtuous nature, his restless heart. Hands knotting, he collapsed onto the cold checkered floor.

Across the hall, the Scarlet Scourge smiled. “You wanted to know who you are. Once you loved me. Then you left me. Now? Now you, too, break in half.”

(picture by Katherine Harbour)

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(a sparkly butterfly mask, a Fata flower wreath headband, an original art print, a fortune-telling game, a complete signed set of the Night and Nothing trilogy, and a lost short story/chapter from the first book, Thorn Jack)

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What a lovely pick-me-up on a gray, cold day! Thank you, Katherine. 💖

My nagini doll in ART DOLL QUARTERLY!


By “my,” I mean my commission from the extremely talented Divya Gupta of Sapphire Fantasy Arts. Divya is a sculptress living in India who is inspired by all things fantasy and creates one-of-a-kind dolls in incredible detail. So of course I turned to her for a nagini doll to shine inspiration through my dreaming room/writing space.

And just look at what she came up with! I remain in utter awe.

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Even better, Art Doll Quarterly accepted Divya’s nagini sculpt for its mythological creatures challenge, and now this beautiful doll beams out from the winter 2017 issue (currently available in bookstores).

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Isn’t that amazing? I love her so, and I’m delighted so many other people get to meet my nagini, too! Thank you, Divya, for such a gorgeous piece!

⭐⭐⭐Another starred review for HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD!⭐⭐⭐

This time, it’s from Publishers Weekly. “Sophisticated yet entirely accessible, the collection is valuable both for the breadth of thought and perspective it represents and for the support it directs toward readers.”

Here We Are, an anthology aimed at teens, is chock-full of diverse voices speaking about intersectionality and why feminism matters in a really accessible way. I’m proud of my essay, I’m delighted by the pieces from the other contributors, and I’m thrilled by the work editor Kelly Jensen has done overall. Check it out!

(And Goodreads is currently hosting a giveaway of an advanced reading copy!)

Starred review for HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD

⭐⭐⭐Starred review, starred review, starred review!⭐⭐⭐ Look what Kirkus has to say about Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World (the anthology I have an essay in)!

“Jensen here assembles a stellar collection of writings—prose, illustrated pieces, and poetry—that showcase contemporary expressions of feminism: what it is, what it isn’t, and what it can be, as defined by each writer. [ . . . ] An embarrassment of riches.”

(Click through for the full review.)

I’m so, so, so proud, and I hope you’ll preorder the anthology. I’ve seen the ARC, and it’s amazing.

Agent news! (I have an agent!)

I am so thrilled to announce I’m now represented by Beth Phelan of the Bent Agency! 😀

This was the second time I submitted to literary agents, and unlike when I queried my first novel (a horrible year or so of rejections that really washed the stars from my eyes), I was lucky enough to have referrals from wonderful people. So starting in mid-August, I had five amazing agents looking at Star Daughter, my young adult fantasy about a girl whose mother is a star, and I got both R&Rs (revise-and-resubmit requests) and offers. I’m just going to say that this was the hardest decision of my life. (People who were at Sirens with me can confirm this.)

So I won’t say the stars are back in my eyes–I’m looking at everything from a business standpoint this time around–but I am deeply, incredibly grateful so many people believe in me and my work and want to see me succeed, and I feel so loved. Instead, the stars will stay in Star Daughter! (And occasionally in my hair.)

(Honestly, I’m still in shock that any of this actually happened.)

I’m sooooo excited! 😀 Now to get revising . . .