I’m working on a short history of fantasy, and that’s what I’ll be devoting my time to for the Write-a-thon. You can read my story “Terrible Trudy on the Lam,” an almost-real-life adventure, in the April 2019 Asimov’s magazine. Ted Chiang just slapped down a challenge to science-fiction writers everywhere — I mean, made a quiet request for an intelligent modification to how we write stories — and I’ll be addressing that after I finish the essay on fantasy.
What I Write
After Grandma died, after we wrapped her in silk and buried her near the French lilac, you stood on the porch, and you said “I wish I could have mittens made of her fur.” It was cold that night, it’s true, but still, I was a little surprised. It seemed so soon to be thinking of that.
|What I Write||
I write short stories, and I try not to do the same thing twice.
I taught a week of Clarion West in 2015 and loved every minute of it. My stories can be found online on Tor.com, Lightspeed, Flurb, and elsewhere. My recent collection, Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. My previous collection, Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004), was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award and the World Fantasy Award, and was shortlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. The Japanese translation (2006, Hayakawa) received the Sense of Gender award in 2007.
My Write-a-thon Goals
I will write at least 500 words every weekday on my essay on the history of the fantastic imagination. And if I meet my daily goals during the week, I will allow myself the weekend off. Make me do it, folks!