General life updates

General life stuff.

Keeping weird hours for the last few months. Up late, sleeping late. I’ve gone semi-nocturnal. This is something that happens to me periodically, and eventually I return to a normal day cycle.

I’m an auntie! My first nephew was born a week ago. I sent him a newborn-safe stuffed dinosaur to encourage his interest in paleontology. I’ve always been an eccentric auntie in search of a nephew. (I do also have an honorary niece who lives in Indiana.) Now installing closet to Narnia.

Playing Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I am the most persistent money-grinder you will see. I am happy to mow an entire field of grass for 7 Rupees. Also? Bug-catching. I am the master. Storyline? What storyline? We all know the real point of Skyward Sword is to play the mini game Thrill Digger.

Going to Dundracon this weekend, the local gaming convention. I’m running a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic game. Some friends playtested it and it’s totally 20% cooler than other roleplaying games.



Reading for awards

Hey guys!

If you’ve published stories this year, I would like to read your best work and consider nominating it for an award.

I read/nominate for Hugos and Nebulas (and Campbell). I’ll read short stories, novelettes, or novellas. Tell me the category when you send the work. Please send only one item per category. Make sure you use the subject line AWARD READING 2014 so I see it. Doc or rtf files are best. You don’t need to sales-pitch me in your email note; that really turns me off, I’m afraid. Just say hi and tell me what you’ve got for me. Entertaining me is optional. 🙂 Thanks. web AT vylarkaftan DOT net.

If you’re also reading stories in order to nominate, I would be delighted if you’d consider my novella The Weight of the Sunrise, which was originally published in Asimov’s. It’s an alternate history where the Incan Empire survives into the 19th century and bargains with the Americans for the smallpox vaccine. If you’d prefer a mobi or epub file, just contact me and I’d be happy to give you one. (I may put them up on the page, but I haven’t yet.)


Latest writing news

Christmas Wedding is reprinted at GigaNotoSaurus. This story is secretly one of my favorites. Okay, not so secret since I’m telling you. 🙂 Queer polyamorous wedding. I wrote this one after Shannon and I eloped at Christmas some years ago. After we married, I turned to him and said, “You know, we have just smooshed together two of the sappiest things ever. Christmas and weddings. …Wait, now I have to write a story called Christmas Wedding.” And that is how that started.

I just signed a contract for “Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” to appear at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. This is pretty damn dark, so if you like me when I’m violent and angry, this might be the story for you. It’s my homage to Lovecraft, sort of, without the overblown prose. There are dinosaurs in it.

I did an interview about the Singularity and the current state of science fiction, which I will link to when it’s up.


Ordinary Things sold to Kaleidoscope

Woot! My story “Ordinary Things” will appear in Kaleidoscope, a new YA anthology dedicated to YA fantasy from diverse perspectives. It’ll have stories showing diverse races, classes, gender identities, and many more.

I think this is awesome because a young adult antho has the power to reach diverse younger readers, who will have the chance to see people like themselves shown in the stories–especially readers who may not have seen many characters like them.

If you like this idea, please help support the anthology and make it possible!