The Mythogenetic Grove

2017: A Review of the Year in Publication

by on Dec.06, 2017, under (post)colonial Gothic academia, Author News and Updates, The Escritoire

2017 has been good to me in some ways, not so good to me in other ways. I’ve written 14 new stories thusfar, inclusive of 1 new novella. I finally finalised Watermyth, the first novel of the Cantata of the Fourfold Realms and started querying it. I then started working on Rosemirror, the second novel of the sequence. I’ve had some publications and good reviews.

On the academic front, I jettisoned my Helen Oyeyemi monograph (for now) because a chapter I wrote was published in Telling It Slant, a Helen Oyeyemi collection (Sussex House Academic Press) — and that collection overlaps too much with my PhD research on Oyeyemi. Therefore, a great deal more work needs to be done before I can make a monograph I’d be happy sending out to publishers. Instead, I started work on my Malaysian Genre monograph and have done quite a bit on it thusfar and am fairly confident about sending out a proposal. I also did new research collaborations, and am working on new articles and research ideas.

Things I like about 2017: I’ve managed to get coveted acceptances at both The Dark and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, poems published in both Strange Horizons and Uncanny Magazine. It’s been my most prolific year in terms of poetry publication — and I’m not really very prolific where that’s concerned. I also can’t get over the fact that I had TWO Clarkesworld publications this year: which means I’ve had 4 Clarkesworld publications, and have been in at least one issue yearly since 2015. I like numbers and I like continuity so this pleases me a lot. I’ve been more low-key in promoting my stories this year as this is my post-Campbell year but this year a lot more random readers have reached out to me to tell me they liked my stories. This means a lot to me and I’m really grateful/humbled people are reading and recommending my works. Am also really grateful that both Reversion and Prosthetic Daughter have now been placed on the Nebula Reading List. I’m not really super-optimistic that they’ll go further than this — I’m just happy to be on a list where more people will read them 🙂

Thank you, from the bottom of my faulty heart. I appreciate everyone who read, recommended, accepted, and published my works.

This post will be a work in progress as I’d like to note reviews and things I particularly liked that other people have said about my stories. But for now, a quick and list of what I’ve had published this year for you to read.

Fiction

  1. Prosthetic Daughter in Clarkesworld (Issue 125), February 2017.
  2. Reversion in Clarkesworld (Issue 131), August 2017.
  3. When The Night Blooms, An Artist Transmutes: A Three-Act Play in The Dark (Issue 31), December 2017

Poetry

  1. Jean-Luc, Future Ghost, in Uncanny Magazine (Issue 14), January 2017.
  2. Tinwoman’s Phantom Heart, in Strange Horizons (Fund Drive Special Issue), August 2017.
  3. Spice Islands, in Uncanny Magazine (Issue 19), December 2017.

Reprints

  1. Auto-Rejection: An Outro (2016) was reprinted in Lackington‘s Summer Issue, 2017. Edited and improved version with a slightly tweaked ending because I felt I needed to make the irony more overt.
  2. Tower of the Rosewater Goblet  (2016) was reprinted in Shirtsleeve Press’s Event Horizon anthology for people who were eligible for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

 

 



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