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
Gosh! I actually have news about Watermaidens!
- I’ve tied up (finally!) the narrative arc of the novel, and have moved into structural edit/revision phase. I think I moved out of First Draft a couple of years back, what with the constant revising and tweaking, but I hadn’t tied up the story arc.
- The ending has now been written, everything has been placed where it should be placed. And while I say that this is the structural edit phase, I’ve already done the bulk of the structural edit this past week. I’m now at the stage of brutally hacking away and excising everything unnecessary (there’ll be tons of “deleted scenes”, ha), and then playing around with dialogue, language, leitmotif, texture etc. I call this “the fun part” because now I can just enjoy the storytelling without fretting about my destination. Getting a finished/polished novel should take me a few more months, given my academic duties, other writing/research/editing responsibilities, but we’re definitely getting there.
- While Tower of the Rosewater Goblet (the chapbook edition) never got indie-published, just working on it and finalising it taught my subconscious a lot about the pleasures of completing something massive, and I grew up a lot as a writer during that intense fortnight in December when I was finalising it. It wasn’t a loss — it’s really helping me with all of my projects this year, both academic and creative. Learning how to complete something is one of the greatest rewards a creative person can give themselves. I’m really chuffed I’ve reached this stage with Watermaidens, and I’m going to enjoy this current stage, that I have been pining for, for years. Not going to rush the process because this is golden.
- * while the chapbook will probably never get indie e-published, I’m really hoping to have good news to share about individual stories that have been extensively edited/refined since the chapbook version went out to various preview readers. They’ve already been receiving such lovely feedback and such. Hope springing eternal and all that!
Also a reminder that my poem “Reversed Polarities” will be up over at Strange Horizons in June. I’m working on a recording of the poem for their podcast.