My short story, “In the Greenwood,” just popped up at Tor.com.
Those who have read the story have said that saying anything about the story will ruin it, so rather than talking about the actual story, I’ll just mention a couple of other things. One: the origins of this story go all the way back to kindergarten, making this officially the longest ever period between original concept and publication for me, and two, I am beyond excited about the illustration.
For one thing, my stories rarely get illustrated (the realities of being a very minor short story writers.) For two, the illustration, by Allen Williams, caught exactly what I was thinking, which was not at all what I expected. For three, it’s just a gorgeous painting. So even if you don’t enjoy the story, you can, I hope, enjoy the illustration.
My poem “Lucuma” just went up at Polu Texni today. Enjoy!
If for some reason you aren’t subscribing to Daily Science Fiction (it’s free!) and thus missed my little three part story, The Gifts, that went out to subscribers last week, all three parts are now up on the web:
The Gifts, part one
The Gifts, part two
The Gifts, part three
The Gifts is loosely based on “The Girl Without Hands,” one of the more disturbing fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, even in their softened edition. This was not originally intended as a three part story, or even as a story at all. I was working on a poem when something started to nag at me — a something that turned into part one, which needed a bit more exploration, which turned into part three, and then needed something else, part two: three separate tiny stories that form a larger one.
My short story, “An Assault of Color,” just went up at Apex Magazine.
This is a “Stoneverse” story, set in the same alternative universe as Trickster, Labyrinth, Nameless and a few other stories. I’m hoping to explore more of this universe in the future.
My tiny poem, The Loss, is now up at Strange Horizons.
Another tiny little poem of mine, Mountain, popped up over at Through the Gate a few days back. This is another little zine that I love for its focus on words and beauty and subtle magic: the entire issue is well worth a read.
At Worldcon I was asked for a definition of speculative poetry. As always when I’m asked this question — and it comes up more than you might think — I found myself struggling for an answer.
The way I see it, so much of poetry, outside of “greeting card” poetry and some poems deeply rooted in the agony of pain, is in some sense speculative, an attempt to see beyond the ordinary with the music and magic of words. Even poems focused on the most ordinary of objects often attempt, in some way, to do this — William Carlos Williams leaps to mind, but he’s hardly the only poet to turn the everyday into extraordinaryday. In a sense this is the point of poetry.
Which perhaps is one reason why I tend to classify most of my poems a little bit more narrowly as mythic poems — poems that draw on myth and fairy tale, as Mountain does here, to sometimes talk about the everyday, and to sometimes talk about more.
A new issue of inkscrawl is up. It includes, among other marvels, my little poem Iron Search, which was loosely inspired by an Italian fairy tale, adapted for children, where the lovely and justly furious fairy Colina tells Lionbruno that he will not see her again until he has worn out seven pairs of iron shoes in his search. I thought that was terribly unfair, and it eventually seeped out into this poem.
Enjoy! And take a look at the other poems while you’re there.