New stuff from me

YES, because it’s been a while. And these have actually been out for a while. But I swear, I’m developing an aversion to updating this damn thing.

ANYWAY. Here’s what they are:

Shape Without Form, Shade Without Color (

This is a weird, dreamlike, not very clearly explained piece of darkness. It’s also heavily autobiographical, and really it’s more a look into my particular state of mind during a really rough part of a really rough year. It’s about mental illness more than anything else – and I think that’s one of the reasons why, it seems to me, the reactions to it have been fairly polarized. I don’t usually like to talk about reactions to my own stuff, because I don’t like the possibility that I’m giving the impression that I go after negative reviews. I try to not engage negative reviews at all, ever, because it’s a really really bad idea in addition to being a dickish thing to do. But there are things about some of the reactions I saw that I found both interesting and frankly troubling, and I did talk about it some in a thread on Twitter. Which seemed to strike a nerve with a lot of people, in a good way.

I’ll probably write a longer post about this, assuming I can get my act together, but basically the reactions I saw fell, for the most part, into two categories: “I didn’t understand this/this didn’t make any sense/this wasn’t really a story and therefore I disliked it” and “yes, yes, this is exactly how it feels.

Which, in retrospect, isn’t very surprising. Again, I might – I want to – talk more about this at some point in the future.


eyes I dare not meet in dreams (also

This was originally written for a society and technology blog – Cyborgology – that I used to semi-run with some friends, and it wasn’t even originally a story, per se. It only became clear to me after the fact; it was (and is) an explosion of anger that had been building for a while, about… Well, if you read it, it should be pretty obvious. A particular favorite deceased (or possibly “deceased”) character of mine makes a cameo appearance; those people who know the fandom side of my life will probably spot her.

Y’know, I didn’t even think it was that good at the time. I now think it’s one of the better things I’ve written. Like “Shape Without Form” it isn’t so much an actual story in the traditional sense. As I said, at heart it’s a rant.

I think it’s a fun rant tho.

my #WisCon41 schedule!

I’m super excited about this lineup, lemmetellya. Plus, the panel on shipping? Yeah, thanks to my experience of TWD fandom, I’m gonna have some feelings to express there.

I’ll also have copies of my short fiction collection, and both Labyrinthian and Long Hidden, both of which are now sadly out of print. But you can snap ’em up there direct from me.

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I’ve posted this in a few other places, but here, take a gander at the cover art for “Shape Without Form, Shade Without Color”, coming at the end of this month from

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This is one of those stories that’s incredibly personal in some ways – I’ve never been assaulted by evil starlings, but I wrote it during a very difficult period in my life, and it was an attempt to work some of that baggage out on paper.

Not that the same isn’t true of most of my stuff.

Anyway, watch for that on the 31st. And watch for “eyes I dare not meet in dreams”, also at, on June 14th.


Long Hidden: get it now (while you still can)!



A few years back, I was massively honored to have a story of mine included in an anthology called Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. It’s an absolutely beautiful book, and it includes stories from people like Sofia Samatar, Sarah Pinsker, Nnedi Okorafor, Ken Liu, Tananarive Due, and Lisa Bolekaja. It’s so good.

It’s also going out of print on May 9th. Which is so damn sad.

BUT. You still have a chance to pick up a copy. I highly suggest that you do. You want this book in your life. It will make your life better. If you already own it, buy a copy for a friend. Don’t wait. Get it before it’s gone because after this there won’t be no more. Any copy of Long Hidden and/or its sequel Hidden Youth purchased from the publisher will be 15% off, 25% if purchased together, with free US shipping (offer includes ebooks).

IN ADDITION 50% of net proceeds from ANY sales of Long Hidden or Hidden Youth (including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) will be donated to We Need Diverse Books ( Which is awesome. So you have every reason to treat yourself to it.

And please do what you can to boost the signal. Thanks so much.

My 2016 award-eligible stuff and things

swordandstar_1200x1800hrAs I said in the post previous to this one, there frankly wasn’t a lot. But there was some. Here it is.

Short stories


I’m happy to provide copies of stuff to voters. Just let me know.

2016: a year in… well, it was a year

Moonrise during my trip to Poland this past October

Moonrise during my trip to Poland this past October

This is the time around about when people are making their year-end posts, wrapping up what they’ve done and written and sold and published, and honestly I’ve been swinging back and forth between not making one of those posts at all and simply putting it off until I end up not making one of those posts at all because oh no it’s suddenly mid-March so it’ll look kinda weird if I do.

Here I am, though.

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Hey, y’all


I just wrote a terse email to the NPR Politics Podcast, and I figured I’d share.

Yeah, this is ostensibly an author blog. It’s also a blog, and I have a feeling that I’m going to be writing a lot of terse communiques over the next four years.

The thing about the NPR Politics Podcast is that it’s been a big staple of my week for the last couple of months. I’ve come to enjoy it a lot. I like the people. I like what they talk about. Yeah, it’s standard NPR, but look, I was raised with NPR, so kindly allow me my comfort food.

But this latest episode, they talked about “normalizing” Donald Trump. Specifically, they talked about why the accusations of doing so that have been leveled at them are wrong, and they should be exempt from them because they’re journalists and they need to cover the news, and basically I ended up having to turn it off because I could not even, you guys, I could not even

One thing I could do was write an email. So I did. It’s below the cut.

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