For Your Consideration
I usually do an end of year round up featuring things I've read, written and watched over the last year. I didn't do that at the end of 2020. Like many people the global circumstances blew my creativity out of the water. On top of that, in summer we had a baby. I've spent most of the time figuring out how to juggle motherhood and sleeplessness with my sense of self and writing time and that's all I'll say on the matter right now.
But there was a silver lining in 2020. Two of my stories were published and I would be remiss not to blog about them.
THE MAKINGS OF BROKEN EMBERS is forthcoming in a Broken Eye Books anthology this year. It was released initially as a Patreon reward for the publisher and then made freely available in January. This one has kind of slipped under the radar but I will say more once the anthology is out.
I've already mentioned WEAVING IN THE BAMBOO in a previous post but not the reception it got. Gentle reader, it was well received. It was reviewed in Quick Sips Reviews in which Charles Payseur described it as "a strange but moving story, powerful and resonating, looking at power and grief." Maria Haskin's Quarterly Short Fiction Round-Up says "It is also very much a story about family and ambition, and how we sometimes don’t know what it is we leave behind or give up until it’s too late to get it back." I had some lovely comments on twitter and some people even included it on their own end of year roundups.
Today I found out it was included in the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2020. I may have had a little dance-cry. I've never made one of those award season "for your consideration" posts. I watch other authors do them, I've voted for my favourites but I've never thought there was any point for me. My writing is not popular enough, my social media presence is not loud enough, I don't want to appear to be bragging, pushing, annoying. These are all the things I think every year but today I decided that's enough of putting myself down. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If you have read or want to reading WEAVING IN THE BAMBOO it is available online at the Translunar Travelers Lounge website. And if you liked it enough to vote for it in the Locus, Hugos, Nebulas, World Fantasy, British Fantasy awards or wherever else you can think of (possibly not your local elections or best in bloom nominations though, as unfortunate as that is), then that would be lovely. That would be very lovely indeed.