Dec. 10th, 2014

tithenaii: (Autumn Lady)
The weather's astonishing today, as Scotland endures an aptly named "weather bomb" of highly gusting winds and rain from skies alternating between ice-blue, wine-gold, and slate-black with disorienting speed.

That last makes it particularly appropriate to talk about this year, its end, and what's happening in the next.

In some semblance of order, then:


  • I'm turning 30 (on St Lucia's day)

  • I'm going back to Canada for the foreseeable future (on December 28)

  • I'm marrying my fiancé (next summer)--

  • --from whom I'm going to be separated for over a year while his immigration paperwork gets processed--

  • --but I'm trying to comfort myself with the knowledge that I am going to be so busy

  • teaching a Creative Writing course at the University of Ottawa (in January)

  • while also teaching and studying at Carleton University (for the next two years)

  • that hopefully this won't entirely feel like unstitching myself from my lover fibre by fibre with all the fraying and frazzle that entails.


There's a lot more detail to be filled in between those points, but there's also so much to be done in anticipation of leaving that the thought of even doing the work to find the point at which to begin to story-tell is exhausting.

I'm very excited. I'm very sad. I'm going to work very hard.

There's a start, at least.
tithenaii: (Autumn Lady)
This week I look at a story from the ever-excellent Clarkesworld.


No Vera There” is one of those stories that simultaneously engages parts of my brain that appreciate very different things: in this case narrative and structure. There’s something supremely satisfying about a story where form follows function before using form to reflect on that function. In this case, Vera is a piece of a human consciousness that’s been uploaded to a cloud and then imperfectly downloaded into a body again, trying to piece her memories and sense of self together through the medium of internet-era quizzes.


Enjoy!


In other news, Tor.com also has a fantastic round-up of its reviewers' favourite books of the year. I put mine up too! It is, of course, a rolling list of favourites, and will no doubt change as I manage to read some of the other intriguing books being recommended.

unicorn_finalFinally, just to cap off the day's doings -- I'm very happy to announce that I've sold a short story called "Pockets" to Uncanny magazine. It will appear in their second issue, and will be released online to read and listen to in February of next year. It's also my second-ever science fiction story, with lab coats and thermodynamics and stuff! And a nod and wink to Edward Carey's Heap House, which partly inspired it.

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