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 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.
The last post is now old news! Suffice it to say my demise from SFF was premature, and no the previous post was not a drama queen “fake” genre-goodbye. I just happened to change my mind, because I realised that there was no way I could divorce myself from SFF because it IS my whole life. Anyway! News!
(1) I have two acceptances! Moult, a Gothic surreal and slipstream work of flash fiction set in Kuala Lumpur has been bought by Rose Lemberg for her wonderful and surreal anthology, The Alphabet of Embers. I am so thrilled by this! And this evening, Merlusine, a dark mythopoeic poem that is intensely personal, was bought by Shira Lipkin and Mat Joiner of Liminality Magazine! This is tremendous, tremendous!
(2) Truancy 1 will be out sometime this month! We’re well on our way towards being published, after some delays, and I have rescheduled an interview with the awesome and very gifted Malaysian artist that I am interviewing.
(3) My digital chapbook Tower of the Rosewater Goblet will also be released into the world towards the end of December.
(4) I will be using this blog more, I hope. I aim to move my writing process posts here rather than my “personal” blog because this will help other writers, fans etc who might want to link to the things I write but couldn’t before, because it is a “personal” blog. And I thank them for respecting my privacy, and now I want to do something for them, and for people who want to share these things.
(5) Once I clear all of the above projects, I will work on bringing Domus Exsulis back on the web.
Thanks and Good night 🙂