So, things are not okay right now. It’s not something I’m going to be talking about in detail (please don’t ask), and this isn’t any kind of cry for help. The support networks are all in place, etc. I just kind of want to acknowledge here that everything sucks right now rather than putting up another peppy post that pretends otherwise. In the future, when everything is okay again, I want to be able to look back on my blog and see at least a hint of reality in between the weekly Doctor Who posts (be glad I’m a few weeks ahead on writing these) and the Friday links.
I also want to acknowledge it because – well, if you’re not an immediate member of my family, and you need or expect anything of me over the next couple of weeks, then chances are incredibly high that I’m going to let you down, cancel plans and commitments at the last minute, forget an important detail, leave emails unanswered, and generally drop the ball. All the balls. I hate being that person, but right now it’s a miracle that I’m (mostly) driving in straight lines, and not leaving essential personal possessions at every SINGLE place I visit in a given day.
If you do need something from me, or are waiting on something, then don’t be afraid to ask/remind me of it! At the very least I should be able to give you some sort of revised timetable on when it might be possible. Or that might be one of the emails I manage to not answer for several weeks. But it’s the thought that counts, right?
QUITE ENOUGH OF THAT SORT OF THING.
There have also been a couple of nice shiny announcements that have managed to gleam brightly enough through the clouds that I have noticed them. And, you know. If you don’t acknowledge the wins, what’s the point of anything?
My story “What Books Survive” from the Fablecroft anthology Epilogue has been picked up for the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, which is lovely. I won’t post the TOC here as it seems to have been published pretty much everywhere, but it really never gets old to be picked for something like this and I am very proud to share a table of contents with so many wonderful friends and colleagues in the Australian spec fic community.
I’m also quietly pleased to have someone notice “What Books Survive” as it was a ridiculously hard story to write and it joins several others I have been working on which will hopefully at some point be a collection of stories about books, predictive futures of publishing, and ruined childhoods in general. Narrelle Harris (@daggyvamp) read it recently and tweeted: “I just read What Books Survive by @tansyrr and it made me so sad.” Yep, bringing the joy, people, that’s what I do.
Another exciting Table of Contents reveal came this week from Glitter and Mayhem, the Kickstarter anthology of roller derby dance party skaterpunx stories that I was overjoyed to be invited to take part in. It’s the first time I’ve been actively solicited for a pro short story anthology outside Australia, and I’m very proud of my story “The Minotaur Girls,” especially after the whirlwind edit I pulled off a few weeks ago. It features 90’s hair and Aussie teen slang (from the same era, I hate to think what counts as slang among “the kids” these days). Though I’m pretty sure people still use bogan.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Amber Benson
Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster by Christopher Barzak
Apex Jump by David J. Schwartz
With Her Hundred Miles to Hell by Kat Howard
Star Dancer by Jennifer Pelland
Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane by Cat Rambo
Sooner Than Gold by Cory Skerry
Subterraneans by William Shunn & Laura Chavoen
The Minotaur Girls by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Unable to Reach You by Alan DeNiro
Such & Such Said to So & So by Maria Dahvana Headley
Revels in the Land of Ice by Tim Pratt
Bess, the Landlord’s Daughter, Goes for Drinks with the Green Girl by Sofia Samatar
Blood and Sequins by Diana Rowland
Two-Minute Warning by Vylar Kaftan
Inside Hides the Monster by Damien Walters Grintalis
Bad Dream Girl by Seanan McGuire
A Hollow Play by Amal El-Mohtar
Just Another Future Song by Daryl Gregory
The Electric Spanking of the War Babies by Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson
All That Fairy Tale Crap by Rachel Swirsky
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Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever.
Over 120,000 words of brand new fiction from some of the best writers in the business are ready to bring you the most glamorous parties in the multiverse.
In “I’m proud of my friends news,” the Norma K Hemming shortlist consists of books by Margo Lanagan, Rowena Cory Daniells, Kate Forsyth and Jo Spurrier. A great shortlist, and I’m particularly pleased to see Rowena’s Outcast trilogy noticed as it hasn’t been given nearly enough critical attention in Australia as it should have.
And of course the big Aussie news this week is Ben Peek’s sale of a fantasy trilogy to Tor.uk in a six figure deal via his agent John Jarrold. I’ve been following Peek’s career for a long time and he’s a daring, experimental writer who always challenges himself artistically. It’s pretty rare for major publishers to give writers like that a chance to prove themselves at a commercial level, but very exciting when it happens. It’s wonderful to see a friend doing so well.