My FaerieCon schedule!

Hi! I just returned from another gorgeous Sirens Conference (and was too swamped beforehand to remember to announce it here), but it’s already time to share more scheduling news! I’ll be at FaerieCon with some of my favorite people (including Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, Grace Nuth, and Holly Black). This year’s event will be honoring the thirty-year anniversary of Labyrinth, and Wendy and Toby Froud will be in attendance. I hope you’ll come out and play, too.

Saturday, 5 November

11:00–12:00 Panel: Folklore and World-Building feat. Danielle Ellison (mod), Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, Holly Black, Shveta Thakrar, Diana Peterfreund

Sunday, 6 November

11:00–12:00 Shveta Thakrar: Magical and Monstrous Female Beings in South Asian Myth and Folklore


Welcome to the Sisterhood of the Moon (the finished scroll story)!

So after a lot of hard work, the scroll stories have been finished and mailed out in the Sihaya and Company autumnal quarterly box. (Lisa Gill, art director of Faerie magazine, arranged my words in a gorgeous layout, and I painted, glued, repainted, reglued, and otherwise assembled. And then did emergency dowel cap paint repair.) I’m incredibly proud of the result and thought you might like to see how they turned out, both story-wise and as objects, so here you go! Notice they’re appropriately illuminated by my new moon lamp and ringed by my blue pumpkin collection. (The speckled one in the center is a gift from my dear friend and fellow authoress Cindy Pon, whose husband made it.)


(Also pictured are the other contents of the box: tea, sugar skulls, a scented candle, perfume oil, soap, eye shadow, and a enamel bat pin.)


(“Autumn Jewels” is a flash story about autumn leaves, stories, witchy creatures from Hindu lore, and moons.)


(A close-up of Lisa’s gorgeous graphic design work. I adore it.)


(The completed scrolls ready to be sent out to Sihaya and Company.)


(My scroll hanging on the side of a pink-and-purple-and-turquoise bookcase in my dreaming room.)

I’m excited to share the cover of HERE WE ARE!

I mentioned awhile back that I was invited to submit an essay to a really important and exciting feminist anthology for tweens and teens, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, edited by the fantastic Kelly Jensen, and now the cover is live! Go have a look (and you can preorder it here!). It’s got some amazing contributors, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.

The cover and introduction at Book Riot.

Anthology news: LEGENDRY!

I’ve been waiting to share this! I’ll let the Publishers Weekly announcement speak for itself (except that my name isn’t in it, but I can assure you I’ll have a story in the anthology just the same 😉 ).


You can add it to your Goodreads list here!

Autumnal story for you in the next Sihaya and Company box!

I’m so excited to share this with you! I’m going to have a story (presented as a scroll which you can hang or roll up) in the autumn quarterly box from Sihaya and Company. This is the brainchild of jeweler Christina Allen Page of Sihaya Designs, and I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with her.

The theme for Autumn is Sisterhood of the Moon — we’re going to put you under our spell! Full of witchy delights, it is sure to bring some magic into your Fall season.

The box will preorder throughout the month of August, and ship so that it will be received by the Autumn Equinox (September 22). Go here to preorder!

The Box Will Feature:

* A delightfully spooky enamel pin by Cat Coven.
* An exclusive 3g mini highlighter by Corvus Cosmetics.
* A small package of skull-shaped sugar cubes by Dem Bones.
* An exclusive 1 oz specialty tea by Dryad Tea presented in a blue glass jar.
* An 8 oz candle by Sihaya & Company. Sisterhood of the Moon: Amber, crackling fires, woody oakmoss, and warm vanilla.
* An exclusive 6ml perfume by Sixteen92Liber Officiorum Spirituum: Ancient parchment, leather bindings, smoldering resins, frankincense tears, ritual candles, black fire, soot, steel, dust and smoke.
* A beautifully-presented short story by Rhysling-nominated author, Shveta Thakrar.
* A wonderfully witchy full size black soap by Villainess Soaps. Autumn Armour: a protection spell in a bar of soap.


Another cool bit of news (Out of Excuses writing retreat)

So yesterday I said I have a few bits of news. Here’s another!
You might remember I won a scholarship to attend last year’s Out of Excuses workshop and retreat on a boat. Well, I’m super excited to announce I’m joining the Writing Excuses staff on this year’s retreat! (To the Caribbean, no less.) I’ll be Outreach Coordinator for the incoming scholarship students, and I’m SO excited.
Thank you, Writing Excuses, for having me!

BEYOND THE WOODS is out today!

I have a couple fun things to share with you this week, and here’s the first:

Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold, edited by Paula Guran, is out today!

My fusion retelling of “Tatterhood,” titled “Lavanya and Deepika,” is snugly nestled among a roster of work from shining stars in the speculative fiction genre (including luminaries like Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Theodora Goss). I couldn’t be happier; “Lavanya and Deepika” was my first story sale back in 2011, to Demeter’s Spicebox. Now it’s in a book you can buy and put on your shelf!

I got my contributor copy the other day, and it’s beautiful! I hope you’ll check it out.