Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Forthcoming publications

I don't usually announce when I've signed a contract, and tend to announce future publication news only when I have a Table of Contents to share, but it's coming into the last quarter of 2016, and I'm putting together my CV and had to count up my forthcoming publications. The other day I thought I had three. But no, upon further reflection, I actually have four. 

"Mana Langkah Pelangi Terakhir," translated one way into "Where Is The Rainbow's Last Step," will be out in the Fall issue of Interfictions Online. It is about what might happen in our world where, if enough people dream the same thing and relate the same stories enough times with enough conviction, even if it isn't true or possible, it will come true. Our heroine is a journalist trying to make sense of this in light of a colleague's re-appearance. I tend to forget about this one because it's already fall so I kind of think it's already out, except it's not, just yet! 

"A Name To Ashes" will be in Hidden Youth: Speculative Stories from the Margins of History, the follow up to Long Hidden, edited by Mikki Kendall and Chesya Burke. A young clerk joins the Chinese Imperial Commission to investigate the coolie trade in Cuba and find a missing sibling. It is inspired by Lisa Yun's The Coolie Speaks.

"The Reset" will be in Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation, edited by Bronte Wieland and Phoebe Wagner. A young grad student is caught up in her professor's unfortunately successful experiment to 'reset' the world to its physical state 30 years before, and she observes and deals with the consequences. This was inspired by a conversation I had with my father. 

"The Last Cheng Beng Gift" is my latest sale, and to Lightspeed Magazine! Written in my first week of Clarion, this story is about a matriarch in the afterlife who receives an unsatisfactory Cheng Beng (or Qing Ming) gift from her wayward daughter. Apparently "disappointing children" is a recurring theme in my fiction! Perhaps that can be the title of a future collection. 

I'm all giddy for when these stories come out so I can share them!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Crocodile Tears" goes live!

My short story "Crocodile Tears" is now live at the Lightspeed Magazine website!!!

In addition, I got a little author spotlight as well! Thanks to my editor Wendy Wagner, and to EIC John Joseph Adams for publishing this!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

From Writer to Writer

It's my birthday week--I have resolved to start on the day before (especially here in North America, because I was born in Malaysia, so my birthday is always 12 hours behind here!) and celebrate it all the way to the end of the week. This started sometime in my late 20s, because the surprise that I am still alive past the age of 21 somehow doesn't lift. I'm always a little outside my body at this time of year: how did I make it this far? In my teens I was convinced I would be dead by now, because at that age I simply couldn't see past 21. 

Yet here I am. Part of a small family of writers and readers, with friends who are delightful and creative and kind and sweet. Among this family's ranks is S. Qiouyi Lu, who I met on the Tumblr, and who has since blossomed into a wonderful poet! Their poem "Meat Bone Tea," based on the legendary bak kut teh soup I've made for the both of us on the occasion of their being back in California, was recently published by Uncanny Magazine. It is a wonderful meditation on the landscapes of food, its visual delight and the emotional weight that feeding another person carries. Cooking for someone else, a sit-down meal, a beloved recipe, a kind of comfort food borne of generations of experimenting with handy herbs, is one of the best acts in the world. 

I'm so happy for Qiouyi on their latest publication! Perfect addition to my birthday week celebrations! They are so talented and I look forward to more of their work, and you should, too. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lightspeed #76 goes live!

The latest issue of Lightspeed Magazine, containing my short story "Crocodile Tears" is now live! If you have a subscription you'll be able to read it immediately, of course. If not, you can subscribe to this fine magazine or buy it as an individual ebook! There is also a schedule for when it's released on the main website--"Crocodile Tears" is out on the 20th of September and I shall be sure to post a direct link to it as soon as I can! In the mean time, you can enjoy other marvelous stories in the issue ^_^