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MileHiCon Guest of Honor

I’ll be attending MileHiCon October 1-3, 2021 as guest of honor!


It’s exciting to attend a convention in person after more than a year of staying home. I’ve heard so many good things about this one!


I’ve had several new pieces come out, and a few which are forthcoming, so it’ll be exciting to talk to fans and peers! What pieces would you like me to read? (I’m also happy to read old ones, of course!) Additionally, I get an hour to do just about anything! Let me know if there’s something you’d be excited to hear me talk about.


I’ll post an update once the schedule has been released and what I’ll be doing throughout the convention. As always, it’s an honor to be selected!


milehicon53 banner, rocketship in left corner, october 1-2-3 2021 and additional information in right corner


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How the World Became Quiet Review at the Rutland Herald

Randal Smathers reviews of my collection, How the World Became Quiet, at Rutland Herald!

I rarely read short fiction except in anthologies, especially by unfamiliar authors. So I’m not sure why I picked this one up, but I’m glad I did. A really fine collection of short stories … a mix of fantasy & sci-fi elements. Lots of the stories are dreamlike. These are not your grandpa’s stories about rocket ships and ray guns. Definitely worth a read.

Read more reviews of collections by authors such as Maria Dahvana Headley.

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The Dragonet Prophecy graphic novel won a 2021 Young Readers’ Choice Award!

I am super excited to announce that the graphic novel adaptation The Dragonet Prophecy, with artwork by Mike Holmes, has won the 2021 Young Readers’ Choice Awards (YRCA)!

Barry Deutsch and I adapted the graphic novel from The Dragonet Prophecy, book 1 of the Wings of Fire series, written by Tui T. Sutherland. The novel is the first in a fifteen-book series.

Not every dragonet wants a destiny … Clay has grown up under the mountain, chosen along with four other dragonets to fulfill a mysterious prophecy and end the war between the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia. He’s The Dragonet Prophecy Graphic Novel Book Cover, five dragons in a red skynot so sure about the prophecy part, but Clay can’t imagine not living with the other dragonets; they’re his best friends. So when one of the dragonets is threatened, all five spring into action. Together, they will choose freedom over fate, leave the mountain, and fulfill their destiny — on their own terms. The New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series takes flight in this first graphic novel edition, adapted by the author with art by Mike Holmes.
The Dragonet Prophecy graphic novel Amazon description

The YRCA is the longest-running North American youth book choice award voted on by children living in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. The Dragonet Prophecy graphic novel won the Junior Division category, voted on by 4th-6th graders. Read more about the 2021 award and winners here.

Thank you to everyone who loves the original books and the graphic novel adaptation, to parents, teachers, and librarians who have helped get these books into the hands of children, and to the Pacific Northwest Library Association for making the YRCA possible.

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“Placed into Abyss” Review at Locus Magazine

Karen Burnham reviews “Placed into Abyss” at Locus Magazine!</p>
While normal family drama transpires in the background, Chris is tormented by memories of the abuse he suffered there, which he’s drawn into more deeply with every room he moves through. He will have to wrest control of time and space back to be able to escape. This story is so intense in terms of what Chris is experiencing that the science fictional moves Swirsky is making are almost subliminally in the background.</p>
Read more of her review — she looks at short fiction from Samovar, Tor, and Strange Horizons!

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Check Out “Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse” in Uncanny Magazine

One: My lipstick.

The shade is Heart’s Blood.

Morbid, if you ask me.

I wanted to know if it was really the color of heart’s blood so I bought beef heart and tried dabbing my lips.

Close enough.

I emailed to congratulate the lipstick company on their realism. They did not respond.

Read more.

Some purses contain pens, stray receipts, and lip balm. This one’s more exciting. This light-hearted, urban fantasy follows a woman, whose purse is full of secrets with a quest to champion. “Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse” was published in the May/June issue of Uncanny Magazine.

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Rachel Swirsky 2019 Award Eligibility Post

Check out my three new short stories from this year!

 

Oh! Abigail! Oh. It’s good—it’s so good to see you.

Mom. Hi.

I feel like I could reach out and touch your face. Your face! It’s so good to see your face.” 

In “Your Face”, a mother visits an artificial simulation of her dead daughter, trying to figure out how much of her is real. It was published in Clarkesworld Magazine in August, and is available in both audio and text format. 

 

You are floating. No, not floating—numb. No, not numb—nothing.

You are nothing? No. Wait.

 

You don’t know who you are, or what’s going on, but you know for sure you don’t want to be talking to the man onscreen who says he’s your father.  I wrote Compassionate Simulation” with my friend P.H. Lee. It was published in Uncanny Magazine’s July/August issue. (CN: abuse)

 

“The problem with my dachshund is that he pees.

Constantly. Unrelentingly. On rugs and furniture and laps.

He looks up at you with those large, dark eyes, and attempts to communicate innocence. I know better. He’s a malicious bladder loosener. He knows that he’s a tiny dog in an enormous, chaotic world.”

Global warming has taken its toll on Appalachia: a depressed economy, outbreaks of tropical fevers, and worse. Returning to her declining hometown, a college dropout has only one friend left–her dachshund. Who pees. A lot. “The Problem With My Dachshund” was published in the December 2019 issue of Guernica.

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Opportunity to Support a Palestinian Library

I’ve been making microloans through Kiva.org through years, and this project caught my eye. A Palestinian woman is looking to convert an old house into a library and bookshop: 

“Duha is a nice girl who lives with her family in a small humble house near Ramallah. Duha has an amazing idea: she decided to restore an old house to make it a library and a place to sell books and other stationery.
She went to Palestine for Credit and Development (FATEN) to request a loan to help her to cover all restoration expenses to convert the old house into a library. Duha hopes that all the students and residents of the area will benefit from the library.

Check it out at Kiva: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1893559

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