I hope you all are well. I know this is a small comfort, but as Neil Gaiman once wrote, “Words save our lives, sometimes.” This is a phrase I have held onto since I first read it, and it struck true for me, and it still does today. It feels really weird to be writing what is essentially a promotional update piece in the midst of turmoil, but even in that midst the world does turn.
So, what have I been up to since January, the last time I wrote you about my award-eligible works?
Well, first of all, my piece “Beauty, Sleeping,” which was published in the absolutely breathtaking Augur Magazine, has been nominated for an Aurora Award! I could not be more pleased, and I encourage everyone who can to vote in these awards, the ballot is stacked, and if you’re a member of CSFFA, you get to read all the award nominated works for FREE (the membership is about $10/year).
I’ve also had a number of pieces come out in the first half of this year, including:
“Stone Cold,” which came out in Truancy in January. This piece is about a young gorgon learning to protect herself.
“Rose Glasses over Mercury Mirrors,” which came out in the The Mithila Review in March. This piece was inspired by Donna Jo Napoli’s Dark Shimmer, and is about what culpability, if any, the king had in Snow White, and how women should be loved.
“Star-Fighter,” which came out in Polar Borealis in April. Polar Borealis is always such a joy to work with, and I am always so grateful that the magazine which was my first sale continue to love and promote my work. This poem is about having too many feelings.
“What is Grown,” came out in Dreams and Nightmares also in April. Currently, the PDF is available to subscribers, and print versions will be sent out whenever *gestures at the world* this is all over. This poem is about the small dreams that people with trauma hold on to.
In addition, I wrote a small snippet for my (small press) on what a typical writing day looks like for me, if you’re interested at all in my process.
That’s all for now, and may the coming months bring warmth, hope, and inspiration to you all.