So, I’m all caught up with my Publication Day posts now. I decided not to post about the three reprints (3 for fiction, 2 for poetry) because that would be a bit much. The things I’ve been in have been mentioned on various media however, which was nice.
I’ve got a couple of acceptances but I have a new policy of not spelling out where, even after I’ve signed the contract. Just consider me superstitious! They’re both semipro acceptances and hopefully you’ll all be hearing about that sometime in the not so distant future.
What else? There have been a couple of poetry readings, which were good practice for me, I suppose. Doubt there’ll be anymore. I’m basically just focusing on finishing up my novel right now, so am lying low. Despite all the publications, I’ve been pretty low profile in other ways. And I’m not going to be shilling myself for various things. Seems futile and I’d rather just focus on writing better stories. My game plan? Craft and Grace. Craft and Grace.
Hope everyone is fine.
Gosh, it’s been some months since I updated this! Mostly it was because I was simply terrified at the number of “Publication Day” posts I needed to do, and I told myself I would wait until everything I was in for the year was out!
It’s been a pretty fruitful year as far as publications go. I’ve had reprint requests as well!
Here’s a picture of all the print anthologies I am in thusfar for this year (excluding Up-and-Coming, which was in ebook format only):
I am grateful to everyone who has reviewed and read my short stories. I am pleased about being in all of the publications you see in that picture.
Individual belated “Publication Day” posts will happen eventually.
For now, know that I am hard at work at finishing Watermyth, and am still actively sending out short stories and academic articles. I’m also still working on my academic monograph on Helen Oyeyemi.
I’ve had an acceptance towards the end of August. I’m really pleased about this because it’s a Borgesian planetary romance culinary flash fiction piece with a soupçon of body horror, set on Sesen. I was really worried it was too odd for most markets, but the editors who bought it apparently really liked it, so yay! 🙂
In many other ways, it’s been a pretty challenging year for me. There have been nonstop deadlines, and two deaths in my family. I’ve also had health issues and have been adjusting to life with insulin. But I can’t complain about the amount of publications I have this year. It’s just getting to the next level that’s been incredibly challenging, lately.
I hope everyone who reads this website is doing well, and that you’ve all had a fruitful and happy few months.
Till the next update!
It’s been a very busy semester so I have been terribly remiss about blogging, but I do have squeetastic news about publications and such to share!
- My poem, Reversed Polarities, went up on the first week of June over at Strange Horizons. It is a poem that is not about the most obvious thing, although solitude is obviously one of its themes. If I were to describe it in keywords it would probably be the following: P Ramlee movies, the male gaze, hybridity, mirrors/the masculine imaginary, phenomenology and various other things. It _is_ a speculative and SFnal pome after all 🙂
- Story! My first semi-pro sale, Sang Rimau and the Medicine Woman is now up on Issue 7 of Lackington’s! I’m so happy because it’s my first Bunian Empire/bunianverse tale that I get to share with you guys. This work of short fiction is based on some elements from Hikayat Raja Muda, stories about the bunian from various other Hikayats and oral recountings (and P. Ramlee movies), plus my re-interpretation of Tam Lin and Goblin Fruit. Also features my recurring obsession with were-tigers due to “real life” encounters. Yes, I really did see a tiger spirit Malay bomoh in action when I was a teenager. It was terrifying but in retrospect intriguing. Also, the Malay reserve land “kampung” I lived in during my twenties was full of stories about phantom/spirit tigers. The Medicine Woman herself has been haunting me since I started writing Malaysian Gothic short stories for myself around the age of 18. She also appears in one of my novel drafts, my grand Malaysian road novel, Abeyance. Don’t know when I’ll return to that novel, but I’m really chuffed that people can read her story now! 8)
- I am taking part in the Clarion West write-a-thon again. This is my fourth year supporting it, and this year I’d like to get as far as possible tying up the structural edit of Watermyth, the first book of the Watermaidens Trilogy (Book Two and Three will be named Rosemirror and Woodsgyre, respectively).
- Speaking of Watermaidens Trilogy, here’s a great tease for what the central mythic element will be: Amor and Psyche! This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed my sites since the 90s (huh, are there any left). It also connects to my bunianverse/Bunian Empire stories in a very significant way. I am SUPER excited about that.
- Umm, I’ve signed contracts for a couple more short stories since my last post here. 😀 😀 😀
- 2015 will see not just my first semipro fiction but also my first pro fiction. It’s been such a year of extremes! The bad stuff is pretty bad! But the good stuff is damn awesome sauce.
- Truancy 2 is underway! It will launch hopefully towards the end of August! We have really cool stories and reprints! Plus! An awesome roundtable! And interview! And article!
`kay. Will post again hopefully soon. DO donate to Clarion West through my write-a-thon profile (there’s an excerpt from Watermyth there!). Thank you! <3 <3 <3
Happy February to all!
My two publications (Truancy 1 and Tower of the Rosewater Goblet) have been delayed due to way too many things happening at once and trying to do way too many things at once.
In my day-job, I’m running two research projects (one solo, and the other as the leader of a group of five scholars + a graduate research assistant), and I did a lot of research-related running around. Also, working on academic articles for publication, and doing a whole lot of grading!
But! Progress has been made on both counts.
We’re getting there, folks. Sorry for the delay, truly I am.
Happy News! Adrienne J. Odasso of Strange Horizons has accepted my poem Reversed Polarities. I’m beyond thrilled to finally be accepted by Strange Horizons. Way back in the day, my first SFF submission EVER was to SH, and it was poetry. Merlusine, in fact, which has been bought by Shira Lipkin and Mat Joiner over at Liminality Magazine. I put Merlusine on ice after it was rejected, but then brought it out, let it thaw, and then edited it to the version that was closest to the one before I submitted it, all those years ago. Unsurprisingly, in its rawest form, it was accepted. That was the one I loved best, that I was afraid editors would not get. They did!
I can also now announce that Sang Rimau and the Medicine Woman has been accepted by Ranylt Richildis over at Lackington’s Magazine for Issue 7, Skins. I am also really happy to be on the TOC with some really fine writers.
All of my submissions are now back except for my F&SF sub and my entry for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize competition. Both of which were rather ambitious and foolhardy submissions, but hey, you never know until you try, as the cliche goes.
I’d like to send out some more submissions this month, but I will be cutting it close. Lots of things happening in my personal life too. I’ve had a massive health scare, but I’m doing okay.
Oh, and if you don’t have me on my social internets, you probably have yet to read Alicia Cole’s interview with me.
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2015 will be happy, blessed and productive.
Since my last post here, I’ve got another acceptance. I’m quite pleased with this one because it’s my story that’s a mash-up of a couple of elements from my favourite hikayats, some literary allusions to Tam Lin and Rossetti’s Goblin Fruit (which the editor actually got! Huzzah!) plus, were-tigers! Most importantly, this story was accepted by an editor who understood what I was going for with the metaphors and who gave a very sensitive reading/commentary of my story in her acceptance letter! I couldn’t be more pleased.
Tower of the Rosewater Goblet has been sent out to preview readers. I’ve got four preview comments in, and I’m still waiting for a couple more before I do final edits and revisions. Working on that cover too.
Because of various deadlines causing me to nearly implode, publication date for my publications have all suffered a little, but here’s a list for you:
(1) I expect to bring out Truancy 1 within this fortnight.
(2) I expect to bring out Tower of the Rosewater Goblet towards the end of January for reasons of quality control. My preview readers have all been very positive and enthusiastic (excited even!) about this chapbook of six planetary romances, and this has made me even more determined to have it be the best that I can give you. To tell you the truth (and I’m not being conceited, I promise you), I’m pretty excited about this collection too. I get goosebumps when I reread it. Goosebumps. I felt like I grew as a writer when I was pushing myself to complete this collection and I feel it is something I will take with me onwards to my next collection.
(3) Which brings me to bullet #3. Woohoo! Rejection Songs will be brought out sometime between March to May of 2015, depending on whether academic deadlines kill me. It will likely be between 6 to 7 stories in this collection. Although I would really like to make it ten stories, I’m no story-producing machine, and already this collection has (ahem) lost two stories. One was accepted, and I’ve submitted another for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize Competition 8)
So actually, none of the stories in the compilation will be rejected stories! Which is good. I want to deal with a different sort of rejection in these stories, to do with multiple forms of alienation and marginalisation, but we’ll see where I go with it. Stories will mostly be set in KL and Penang, but with some divergences into the interior. As with Tower of the Rosewater Goblet, the short stories will be speaking to each other so I really do not know what I am signing myself in for. Really.
(4) On the accepted publications front: “Moult” in Alphabet of Embers (my first pro sale), “Merlusine” in Liminality, and “Sang Rimau and the Medicine Woman” in that unspecified publication (it IS a semi-pro acceptance though, so I am very happy).
So that’s what you’ll have in store in the first half of 2015 apart from my short stories and poems being published in other publications. Also, don’t forget, the reading period for Delinquent’s Spice re-opens on the 1st of February.