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Halfway through the Writeathon, and so far I’m a little more than halfway done with just one of my three projects. The book manuscript’s coming along nicely–I’ve assembled maybe 50,000 words in the order they need to be read.
The story excerpted here, “Living Proof,” is only at 1000 words of an estimated 4500 though.
And the other story? Well, at least I know who it’s about now–a 75-year-old pop-psych author named Melissa Skye. And I have a title, too: “New Action.” I know this isn’t true universally, but I feel weird writing a story when I don’t know its title.
Today, “New Action” clocks in at 300 words. Maybe it’s going to be real short? But the guidelines say the editor (the ineffable John Joseph Adams) wants at least 2000.
Thank you for your wonderful support. I’m hoping we can make it.
Tom told her. Tom was her favorite Inputter because he hid a tattoo on the skin right below the big knob at the base of his neck. Of course she knew all about that, but she enjoyed pretending she didn’t.
(from “Living Proof,” current work-in-progress)
|What I Write||
I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, and slipstream dealing with various sorts of issues: race, gender, ability, age, sexual preference, ecology, violence. Samuel R. Delany says what I do is “simply wonderful.”
My debut novel, Everfair, appeared from Tor in September 2016. I’ve sold two short story sequels to Everfair: “Sun River” was published in the anthology Clockwork Cairo, which came out from Twopenny Books in May; “The Colors of Money” will be published in the forthcoming anthology Sunvault, coming out from Upper Rubber Boot in August.
As a freelancer I write and edit reviews, including some for The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Cascadia Subduction Zone, and Women’s Review of Books.
Writing the Other, a text I co-wrote with my Clarion West classmate Cynthia Ward, is now a standard text on how to represent characters demographically different than their authors. My 2008 story collection Filter House was a James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner. A more complete list of my publication credits is available on my website, at http://www.nisishawl.com.
My plan is to assemble the manuscript for a book of essays AND complete two whole short stories. First I’ll finish writing “Living Proof” for an anthology about gender and Artificial Intelligence. It’s the sixth story of eight in my Making Amends story series. Read a few paragraphs of that work in progress above. Then I’ll write another story–one I know less about at this point. All I can tell you is that it’s related to a nonexistent social movement. I learned about it in a dream in which it was referred to as The Five Petals of Thought and also as The New Bedford Rose (hence my avatar). There’s a fake Wikipedia article about it in the 2013 anthology Missing Links.
Two stories in the time it takes Clarion West workshop attendees to write six. Plus a book mostly compiled of previously published nonfiction. Sounds doable, doesn’t it?
I will get 16 sponsors to donate at least $16 each in support of my writing goal.