Lynne Sargent

Writer & Poet Lynne Sargent

A Year in Review & Award Eligibility 2018 — December 27, 2018

A Year in Review & Award Eligibility 2018


Dear friends,

Wow. It has been a year. We’re going to ignore the world for now, just for a little while, because it is a time to be at peace and focus on love, so that’s what I have for you. Even still, this year has been intense for me. I continued to publish an overwhelming (for me) amount of poetry, participated as a panelist at my first convention, moved, started a PhD. program, finished a novel, started another, moved in with the love of my life, had my first award nominations… the list goes on. But as far as a recap for YOU for what I’ve done this year… here is goes.

I had poems come out in 2018, which are eligible for awards.

1. “Vines” appeared in Wild Musette’s  Medusa at the Morgue. This is not strictly a speculative poem, but I am proud of it. It’s short, sweet, and Wild Musette was one of the first magazines to publish my work, and I really enjoy working with them.

2. “Stitch Witch,” appeared in Polar Borealis‘ 6th Issue. This is another repeat sale, and Polar Borealis was the first magazine to buy a poem from me. I also got an Aurora nomination last year for that poem. This poem is about my aerials work, mixed with some sewing magic in the vein of Tamora Pierce, mixed with some mythology.

3. “Virtuality,” came out in Apparition Literary Magazine. This poem is about VR and was written for NaPoWriMo.

4. “Particularities” came out from Dreams and Nightmares, unfortunately, it’s a paid magazine, but if you need a copy for award nominating purposes, please contact me. This poem is a new imagining of the Princess and the Pea.

5. “Tasting,” came out from Twisted Moon Magazine, a magazine of erotic speculative fiction. This poem isn’t explicit, but it is romantic. It got a good review here.

6. “Basal Ganglia,” a poem about ghosts at the end of a relationship came out from Strange Horizons. This was a huge personal one for me because I love SH so much. It’s reviewed here: https://quicksipreviews.blogspot.com/2018/11/quick-sips-strange-horizons-11052018.html

7. “Bedtime,” a poem about naughty goblins, came out in Lycan Valley Press’ Darkling’s Beasts and Brews. Again, it is only available if you buy the book, so if you need it for awards, contact me.

8. “Eruptions” came out in  Reckoning 3, and was inspired by my time in Hawaii last year. Reckoning is a great magazine, and I suggest you all get get a copy. This poem will be available for free in the new year, and I’ll post a link then. For now, if you need it, contact me, or buy the magazine (link above)!

9. Finally, “Prayer from a Girl Floating in an Hourglass,” came out yesterday in Truancy 5. Nin has a great eye so I recommend checking out all the works in this issue.

If I had to pick the poems I like the most they would be Basal Ganglia and Particularities, but please, recommend/nominate whatever moved you. It’s important to follow our hearts with these things.

Thanks for reading, and I wish you all the best in the new year. I’ve already made some sales for 2019 so I know I’ll be able to give you all some new words that will hopefully bring you joy, catharsis, and contentment.

 

Much love,

Lynne

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“Basal Ganglia” in Strange Horizons — November 14, 2018

“Basal Ganglia” in Strange Horizons


So, this is the post I’ve been waiting to make for aaaaagggeeesss.

Literally. This poem was submitted just over a year ago because that’s how publishing works, but it came out on Monday! Check it out here:

http://strangehorizons.com/poetry/basal-ganglia/ 

This little baby was not created under the best of circumstances, but I’m so proud of it going out into the world nonetheless and that others thought it was worthwhile.

Otherwise, school has been really busy and I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like (but then again, that’s always true). I’m really hoping to finish up early in December and spend the rest of the month working on revising a novel after some feedback to put it back out on query, and actually clean up my submissions spreadsheet so I don’t have a bunch of stuff languishing waiting to be sent out.

Anyways, hope you enjoy!

New Poem & Some Appearances! — September 25, 2018

New Poem & Some Appearances!


Hello friends!

It’s been a while, and things have been utterly crazy. I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like to, and while that’s always the case, it’s more the case than usual right now. I’m starting a PhD program, just moved to a new city, and am generally in a state of upheaval and I know I’ll find my feet soon, but not soon enough.

In the meantime, I have a few new publications:

My poem, “Tasting,” just came out in Twisted Moon Magazine #4, and is available for free online. Dreams & Nightmares Issue 110 also came out this month, and has my poem “Particularities” in it. It is not available free, but you can look into buying a copy of the magazine here.

I also have some upcoming travel where I’ll be at some SFF conferences:

First, VCON October 5th-7th, 2018

I’m here for the Aurora Awards, as a first time nominee for my very first published poem “Meat Puppets” which appeared in Polar Borealis last year. I’m not on any panels, but if you see me around come say hi!

Then, Can*Con October 12th-14th, 2018

This is my first (non-academic) convention where I will be a panelist…. AND A MODERATOR. So exciting, for both. My appearances are as follows:

Friday, October 12th, 5pm, Salon C: 

Space: The Economic Frontier (Moderator)

Saturday, October 13th, 2pm, Salon F:

20 Ethical Questions from Star Trek (Panelist)

Sunday, October 14th, 2pm, Salon F:

The Evolution of Privacy (Panelist)

You can also find the full schedule for everything here. Beyond that, I seriously encourage anyone who can to come to this con. It is my favourite con so far, and the team does an amazing job to make sure everyone has a great weekend.

Thanks, as always, for reading, and for caring. ❤

I hope you all have the best Autumn.

 

 

Virtuality — July 16, 2018

Virtuality


Hi guys!

I just got back from an amazing weekend at Readercon! Seriously, it was super cool and I would definitely recommend.

Over the weekend, the newest of my poems came out from Apparition Literary Magazine. They were amazing to work with and I hope this won’t be the last time they publish my work.

They do support their authors (which includes me!) through a subscription model, so you can buy the newest issue “Visions” which has my poem, “Virtuality” in it, here:

 

I promise it’s totally worth the $3, and there is so much other great work from amazing writers in it! If you have a chance, let me know what you think!

 

Aurora Award Nominee — June 11, 2018

Aurora Award Nominee


Yes! It’s true! And I almost can’t believe it myself, but I am a 2018 Aurora Award Nominee.

The Aurora Awards are the major speculative fiction awards here in Canada, and I am sharing the ballot with so many fine writers. It is all an absolute dream come true.

I was nominated for my 2017 poem “Meat Puppets,” which came out in issue #4 of Polar Borealis and is on page 76. It’s also the first poem I ever sold.

You can find the whole ballot here:

https://prixaurorawards.ca/home/ballot-page-public/

Vines — June 7, 2018
Stitch Witch (Polar Borealis) — April 2, 2018

Stitch Witch (Polar Borealis)


My newest poem, “Stitch Witch,” is now out through Polar Borealis, a Canadian based speculative fiction magazine.

 

Check it out on page 5 at the link below:

 

http://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/POLAR-BOREALIS-6-Apr-May-2018.pdf

 

As a sidenote, I’m also doing #NaPoWriMo for the month of April using #LyricalLeylines prompts. You can check out snippets of my work on Twitter @SamLynneS or Instagram @Lynne.Sargent

Happy April!

Winter 2018 Updates — March 12, 2018

Winter 2018 Updates


Hello friends!

As the end of winter approaches, I realize that I have definitely not been hibernating through it.

The last you heard from me, I was gunning for a Rhysling nomination and I am happy to announce that I am indeed on the nominations list! I’m not keeping my fingers crossed for anything more than that, but our small and distant hopes are still important to nourish, if only quietly and in the dark- so that’s what I’m doing.

Additionally, I’ve made some poetry sales, so you’re going to be seeing some more of my work in 2018. I’ll be working with Wild Musette and Polar Borealis again, as well as branching out to some other markets. The first of those is Strange Horizons which is super exciting because they are one of my favourite speculative fiction magazines and having your work in the same place as your idols is a super cool and amazing feeling.

I also feel like I’ve leveled-up as a writer because I’ve had my first contract dispute! Essentially, a magazine had put in a clause stating they would have the rights to license my work in perpetuity for any reason and in any medium. I was like UH-UH NO WAY and crossed that sucker out of the contract with some nice initials beside it. I’m still waiting back to hear what they say but if I do lose the sale I feel like its worth it.

Your ideas and your words are yours and they are important. Don’t give them up lightly, and certainly not for less than you deserve.

Anywho, I’m looking forward to seeing some more of my stuff in print this year and I’m currently working on a chapbook tentatively titled “A Myth of Women” so we’ll see where that goes! In the meantime, if you want to check out my non-fiction writing I post weekly blogs about philosophy over at moralguillotines.wordpress.com