“Katabasis” on the Sunburst Award Longlist

Woke up today to find out that “Katabasis” is on the Sunburst Award Longlist, along with 14 other wonderful pieces of Canadian short fiction. (Well really I found out when my Twitter notifications suddenly went wild.) The Sunburst, for those that don’t know, is a juried award for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic.

It’s an incredible honour to be on the list, and I’m particularly pleased that there are two other stories from Augur on the list as well — Augur is doing such great work here in Canada in publishing excellent science fiction and fantasy and I think they deserve all the recognition in the world.

“Annotated Setlist” gets a great review in Locus Magazine

My story “Annotated Setlist of the Mikaela Cole Jazz Quintet” received a very nice review from Karen Burnham in Locus Magazine. She described it as her favourite story in the December 2019 issue of Clarkesworld and said it had a “great balance between hopefulness and melancholy.”

The review was previously in the February print/subscriber issue and is now online.

This was personally exciting for me, not just because it’s wonderful to get a good review in Locus, but because Locus put out a tweet announcing that Karen Burnham recommended two stories, one of which was mine and one of which was by Garth Nix. I love Garth Nix: the Abhorsen series is a huge favourite of mine, so to have my writing paired up with his in that way was fantastic!

“Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord” reviewed at Quick Sip Reviews

“Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord” received a lovely review at Charles Payseur’s Quick Sip Reviews today, along with the rest of the stories from the first section at Translunar Travelers Lounge Issue 2 (which, having read them myself, are fantastic).

Charles teases out some of the themes that underlie this story and ends by calling it a “wickedly fun piece, taking aim at bullshit dead-end jobs and hitting the target dead center.”

“Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord” out today at Translunar Travelers Lounge

My story “Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord” is out today at Translunar Travelers Lounge, a new online speculative fiction magazine that focuses on fun, lighthearted stories. Their first issue was wonderful so I expect it will be worth checking out all the stories in Issue 2!

This is the first published story for me that I would describe as fun or potentially funny; everything so far has been at the very least tinged with melancholy or sadness in some way. It’s about what happens when you take a job at a call centre working to drum up followers for the Dark Lord …

Tangent Recommended Reading List 2019

Two of my stories appear on this year’s Tangent Recommended Reading List. “Annotated Setlist of the Mikaela Cole Jazz Quintet” appears on the short story recommended list and “Bedtime Snacks for Baby” has the honour of getting a three-star recommendation.

I hadn’t previously realized that both of these stories were reviewed at Tangent, “Annotated Setlist” here (review by Victoria Silverwolf), and “Bedtime Snacks for Baby” here (review by Michelle Ristuccia).

A Year in Writing

The stats from my first full year writing science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction:

  • Finished six short stories, and finished the first drafts of three others.
  • 26 submissions
  • 19 rejections (14 form, 5 personal)
  • 3 stories still on sub
  • 4 acceptances (two pro, two semi-pro)
  • 5 stories published

Two stories were the “workhorses” of my rejection count, racking up 14 between them (one has since been accepted, the other one is still out there working hard for the team). Two others were accepted on their first outing. These things, I have come to find, are extremely unpredictable.

The year also included a number of firsts:

  • first SFF short publication
  • first pro publication
  • first podcasted story
  • first review

What will 2020 bring? I hope it lives up this year, because this was a great one. Thanks to all those who read my work!