Category Archives: F/F

Hellebore & Rue in print: now available!

Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic is finally out in print–and available for free Prime shipping, if you’re a student/faculty member with an Amazon account.

Look at that cover goddamn. You know you want a piece of that.

And I need to see if DC-area contributors want to do a reading/event thing, because I feel like getting out there and stretching my promo legs after a shitty, shitty month. And I do love to read aloud.

For a short explanation of how my story “Thin Spun” came to be–and an excerpt of the same–see the post here.

“The Thick Night” now up at Strange Horizons

The subject line says it all: my sf short “The Thick Night” is now available to peruse for free on Strange Horizons.

This was actually a story that I wrote for an auction to support aid efforts in flood-stricken (at that time) Pakistan. A friend won me, and said she wanted to see something about gender and women and robots, which was something that we had been talking about anyway. Where Uganda came from, I’m not entirely sure, except that perhaps I just was having a hard time thinking of any other stories that had featured robots and androids in a non-Western setting–I know there are some, I just couldn’t think of any at the time–and it seemed like something that might make for an interesting time.

In the end, it was also a love story, a story about free will, a meditation on the failures of development and humanitarian aid, and an attempt to write explicitly about postcolonialism in a fictional setting… something that has been done many other times and done better than this, but I hope I did at least a passable job.

I’ve never been to Uganda (or anywhere in Africa), I’m extremely privileged, and I’m white as the driven snow. I made a sincere effort to get past these things and deal respectfully and intelligently with my subject matter. That said, I may have gotten some things wrong. I’m almost sure that I have. If so, cry pardon–I am always trying to do better than I did before.

Special thanks to Jed Hartman for being great to work with and really proving instrumental in pulling this thing into the best shape reasonably possible.

I hope people enjoy the story.

Hellebore and Rue: in print!

A tasty Eastery tidbit of news: you can now pre-order the print edition of Hellebore & Rue on Amazon if you want to. And you do want to. You know this.

Hell to the yeah. Thanks very much to Lethe Press for taking us on and putting out the dead tree edition.

Fairy Tale Week

Author and editor EM Lynley is doing a Fairy Tale Week event over at her blog; she’s edited two anthologies of fairy tale-themed erotica–one of which I’m a contributor to–and with a couple of film fairy tale retellings coming out soon, this seemed like a good time to talk about both.

I’ve written a post on how my story “The Art of Storm-Riding” was written–some of which I’ve already talked about here–and it’s up now, along with an excerpt. Check it out. And be sure to stay tuned for other great content and excerpts from contributors to both anthologies, coming up in the next week.

Hellebore & Rue: On sale now!

So Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic is finally out, and I am super excited. Not only is it out, but at the moment you can pick it up in a variety of formats for 15% off the list price–or $8.49, down from $9.99. It features a fantastic variety of takes on a theme by some really wonderful authors; big kudos to our lovely and talented editors for assembling such a diverse lineup of great fiction.

My own piece, “Thin Spun”, is a prequel of sorts to Rosetta, the sf novel that I’ve co-written. As I’ve said before, one of the wonderful things about building Rosetta’s world was the number of other stories and characters that came out of it, largely independent of the central storyline. One of these stories has been published in the MSF benefit anthology Help: Twelve Tales of Healing, and this is another.

When I decided to sit down and try to write something for this anthology, I knew it would probably be something from the world of Rosetta, and I realized fairly quickly that I wanted to explore the backstory of one of our major secondary characters (and say a brief hello to yet another, as well as to one of our heroes). I honestly don’t want to say straight out who it is, because it ends up being a slight spoiler for Rosetta itself. But regardless, it was a lot of fun to watch that story unfold, and along the way I got to meet some new characters I didn’t expect, as well as get an even fuller picture of the world in which I’ve been spending a lot of the past year.

The title itself is from John Milton’s poem “Lycidas”, one small passage of which deals with the myth of the Moirae:

But the fair Guerdon when we hope to find,
And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
Comes the blind Fury with th’ abhorred shears,
And slits the thin spun life.

The Moirae are only referenced once in the story, but I think they maintain a kind of constant background presence in the persons of the Aalim–the scholar-sorceresses of the Bideshi, the nomadic interstellar tribe to which the main character Lakshmi belongs. Or used to belong. “Thin Spun” is the story of the choices that led to her leaving the Bideshi and of how she finally makes peace with those choices, in the course of helping a scared girl with a stolen spaceship.

Hope you enjoy. Excerpt under the cut.

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Hellebore & Rue – Out tomorrow!

Got my contributor’s copy of Hellebore & Rue last night, along with the news that it’ll be out tomorrow. I’ll be posting an excerpt of my story, at the very least, and watch for other promo goodness soon. I hear that our fabulous editors have some tasty things planned in that area.

We have a Faceboat page that you may wish to sail upon.

Finally, I will soon be making an announcement regarding my Super Secret Awesome Project of Win. Watch this space.

Good news, everyone!

My erotic lesbian (sort of kind of) fantasy short “The Kitsune’s Laughter” will be featured in the trickster-themed anthology Like a Cunning Plan!, coming soon from Circlet Press. Michael M. Jones is the editor, which means that, counting this, Scheherazade’s Facade, and Rumpled Silk Sheets, this is the third time we’ve been involved in a project together, which is happy-making. It’s fun to work with fun people.

This will also mark my fifth anthology publication with Circlet. Perhaps I can call myself a frequent contributor now?

Me, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays, though I am still technically on winter break and will be until the end of the month. Some of the time is being taken up with a conference paper, and some of it should be taken up with the MA thesis that I’m avoiding, and some of the rest of it is going into an as-yet untitled story that I’m writing for Kasma SF, the money for which will be going to benefit The Trevor Project. In addition, I’m still hoping to get the novel–still wibbly on the title–out the door and enslushed in the next few weeks. And there are numerous other exciting projects on the horizon that I’m feeling pretty positive about.

All in all, I think I actually had a pretty good 2010. 2011 looks decent so far; here’s hoping it sticks with that all the way through for one and all.

Rumpledsilksheets (Rumpled Silk Sheets?) release

Rumpled Silk Sheets offers everything you expect in a fairy tale and in an erotic romance. These talented authors have taken some familiar tales-and a few not so familiar-in new and incredible directions.

Ride the desert sands with a girl who encounters a sexy incarnation of the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet and a Japanese maid who helps free her mistress from the human body trapping her heavenly spirit. We haven’t forgotten the witches and wolves, but you’ll also meet a Snow Bear whose gruff exterior hides a secret only a scared girl can unlock. Like a little pain with your pleasure? Then meet a delicate princess who longs for a lost lover’s firm touch instead of a traditional marriage that leaves her unmarked and unsatisfied.

Princess of Silk and Pain by Shanna Germain
Handsome and Gretel by Kilt Kilpatrick
The Art of Storm-Riding by Sunny Moraine
Red in the Hood by Vivica Lace
Hannah and the Witch by Michael Jones
Snow by Kenzie Mathews
The White Bride by G.G. Royale
Madame Blanche by Jean Roberta

They got my story slightly wrong–the woman Badra meets at the heart of the storm is cursed by Bastet, not an incarnation of her–but regardless, that is a stellar lineup right there. Pick up your copy here.

“The Art of Storm-Riding” started life as a very different story; it is actually my third attempt at a retelling of the German folktale “The White Cat”, which was a favorite of mine as a child. Both my previous attempts were decent but also much too conventional for me, and it wasn’t until I decided to radically shift the setting and the premise that it started to feel right. As it currently stands, it bears only the roughest resemblance to the original folktale, but I think what’s there is a neat twist on a classic form. I also like the idea of a fairy tale that ends in liberation for all the characters in a way that isn’t just another form of being boxed in, to marriage, to tradition, to family convention. Badra never would have stood for that and I wouldn’t have tried to force it on her.

The title comes from a poem by the Egyptian-Lebanese poet Yahia Lababidi, whose first couple of verses feel, to me, to be full of the same kind of unhinged power that sits at the heart of the story.

I could not decipher the living riddle of my body
put it to sleep when it hungered, and overfed it
when time came to dream

I nearly choked on the forked tongue of my spirit
between the real and the ideal, rejecting the one
and rejected by the other

I still have not mastered that art of storm-riding
without ears to apprehend howling winds
or eyes for rolling waves

Excerpt under the cut.

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Fictionwise is having a 50% off sale through the end of today. Use coupon code “blackfriday2010” at checkout.

Books I wrote/am in that you can get there:

Hieros (m/m fantasy)

Like a Thorn – “That Wicked Witchcraft” (m/f/f menage)

Like a Long Road Home – “Neither Bird Nor Tree” (m/m post-apocalypse)

Like a Veil – “Catch & Release” (m/f science fiction)

Queerpunk – “Upload” (f/f science fiction)

An acceptance I’ve been waiting for a longish time.

Strange Horizons has accepted my weird little tale of a lesbian robot in Uganda, “The Thick Night”, for publication sometime next spring. I originally wrote this for a benefit for Pakistan, so this means Médecins Sans Frontières is going to be getting some more money from me, which is awesome. I’ve also been trying to crack Strange Horizons for over a year, so this is awesome for that reason as well.

This marks my second SFWA pro sale. Hoping for a third soon.

I’m honestly a tiny bit nervous about this story; I was writing far, far outside my own experience in just about every possible way, and although I tried to be careful and tried to do good research, there’s always a risk there of having gotten something extremely wrong. I’ll get a chance to make some final edits, but at this point I only hope I didn’t inadvertently put my foot in any orifice where it doesn’t belong.

And even if I did… hey, learning experience. We all have them. Or we should.