Sale to Unlikely Story!

I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Jump Cut” will be published in The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, the 11th issue of Unlikely Story, available February 2015.

This story is a personal favorite of mine, so I hope you’ll keep an eye out for when it goes live. In the meantime, check out the table of contents for the other great writers that also have stories in the issue.

And for a sneak peak at what the story’s all about, you can check out my Pinterest board chock full of visual inspiration.

Needless to say this sale is a great way to close out the year. Happy writing!

New Story Live and More

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, including lots of travel for a wedding of a good friend and a weekend getaway with my husband that we’ve been pushing off for months because things have been so busy between the two of us. Normally, this time of year is the cause of much anxiety with the relentless march toward the holiday season, but once I get back from World Fantasy next week, I am relatively unscheduled for the rest of the year, something I am very excited about because it means a return to our relatively mundane lives and of course my writing schedule.
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I’m also pleased to announce my story “Digital Ligatures” is now live in Issue 31 of The Future Fire, a magazine of social, political, and speculative cyber-fiction. I’m thrilled that my story is illustrated by Martin Hanford, whose work happens to be the cover image as well. So please check out my story as well as the rest of the issue!

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In other news, I’ve received copyedits for my story appearing in an anthology set in S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse. You can see the full TOC and cover copy over at Alternate History Weekly Update. And the publisher has passed along the cover as well, so hopefully that will hold you over until the book is available from Penguin/Roc this coming June.

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That’s it for me. Happy writing!

Realizing Representation

Once you achieve something that you’ve been working toward for a long time, it can take a while for the realization to sink into your bones. You have to keep reminding yourself that you’ve succeeded. That it’s time to look forward to the future, to whatever comes next.

In the last week or so, I’ve had many of those pinch-me-I’m-dreaming moments, usually whenever I get the urge to pull up QueryTracker or the latest post from the Guide to Literary Agents blog that appears in my RSS reader. That’s when I have to tell myself I’m no longer in the market for an agent.

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photo courtesy of Bridget Lewis of Flickr

I’m still trying to absorb all the nuances of what’s happened and what’s yet to come. I never would have dreamed my story of “the call” would include three compelling offers and two nerve-wracking weeks of PS3-playing to keep me from checking my email. Or that my love for the manuscript that got me my agent would be eclipsed by my excitement for my current work-in-progress (that I’m very eager to get back to after writing this post).

Within a few short weeks, everything has changed, and yet I’m still me, with the same insecurities, the same hopes and dreams, and the same stories in my head clamoring for attention. But I have an advocate now to make the journey forward a little less fraught. And that is an amazing thing.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to announce I’m now represented by Lana Popovic of Chalberg and Sussman. I know I’m in good hands for this book, and I hope our partnership flourishes going forward.

I didn’t get to this point alone. Lori M. Lee, Fran Wilde, Christopher East, L. Blankenship, Catherine Schaff-Stump, Laura Snapp, Christopher Cornell, the Critical Mass writing group, and my husband Eric all provided me with support, encouragement, and most importantly feedback, on this winding road.

Hopefully the news will sink in soon. In the meantime, please accept this GIF-free post as testament to the exciting next stage of my writing journey, whatever it brings!

The Great Internet Slowdown

anigifNet Neutrality is in danger thanks to the maneuverings of Big Cable and their puppet, the FCC chair Tom Wheeler. This country already has a severe problem with the technological gulf created by the information haves and have-nots, which often falls on socioeconomic lines. By giving certain corporate interests a “fast lane” how can we ever hope to bridge that gap? I studied mass communications in grad school, and now I live in New Mexico, a poor state with internet usage well below average.

This is a personal issue for me, but with huge ramifications for the entire nation. If you support Net Neutrality, make your voice heard by September 15th. We’re running out of time to be on the the right side of history.

To understand just how bad it is, John Oliver’s examination is amazing. Brutal, but amazing.

Please visit Battle for the Internet to learn what you can do to help. Thank you!

Release Day for Lori M. Lee!

Today is the book birthday for Gates of Thread and Stone the first book in an exciting new series by my critique partner extraordinaire Lori M. Lee!

I had the good fortune of reading and responding to an early version of the book and just know you will love Lori’s blend of fantasy, adventure and romance set in an original and intriguing world. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out what other writers are saying about Lori’s debut.

Plus a cover this pretty belongs on your bookshelf:

About Gates of Thread and Stone:

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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I’m so proud of Lori and hope you’ll help me celebrate her release day!