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 9 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.