Over the weekend, my essay about one of my favorite fairy tales ran in LA Review of Books. “And I Will Seek You” talks about the first time I encountered “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” the place it holds in the folklore canon, and what it meant to a much littler version of me to learn the story of the princess who seeks what she’s lost and climbs a mountain with only one shoe.
Though I’ve read dozens of translations and adaptations since my first discovery of… Read more »
Today is the American release day for the The Time Traveler’s Alamanc, which boasts a monster TOC, and to which I was lucky enough to contribute something!
A while ago, Ann Vandermeer contacted me and asked if, after writing “Bespoke”, I’d had any further thoughts on clothing in time travel. (It was a pretty safe question.) It ended up as “Trousseau”:
Cleanliness is for the people who can afford it. Whatever future you jump to (and the ads are incorrect, there’s never just the one), on whatever orbiting body you… Read more »
[Note: Speaking of movie reviews, RoboCop happened!]
Con or Bust is upon us! (For newcomers, it’s a fundraiser to assist people of color/non-white people in attending SFF conventions.) As always, there’s a great selection of offers, from signed books to custom jewelry to brownies baked inside cookies (witchcraft!).
This year, I have two things on offer, which I have forgotten to post about until right now:
A movie review! Only one this year, because scheduling just won’t permit more. Also, I tend to talk for a few thousand words and… Read more »
[The Reign Report is delayed this week due to me being away from the computer all week, putting over-the-top clothes on actual people in this century. Back as soon as I can watch TV again!]
I’ve been sitting on some good news for a while, and yesterday I found out it was official: The newly named Saga Press is coming from Simon & Schuster, and I will be part of their initial launch alongside Ken Liu and Zachary Brown! PERSONA is about near-future diplomacy and some murder, because why not.… Read more »
This year, I walked away from my day job.
It might be the wildest thing I’ve ever done (I’m very boring). It’s hard to overestimate the level of caution with which I approach life. I’m the gunslinger seat, the flosser, flat shoes, better not. A day job was a given; writing was the thing you supported with the thing you did ten, twelve, sixteen hours a day. But as it turns out, if you sleep three or four hours a night for a decade or so, eventually a doctor will… Read more »
It’s indicative of how this year has gone that I haven’t had a chance to put my end of year post up yet. I will! Hopefully before the end of this year. (Hopefully.)
In the meantime, two updates:
Not at all inspired by seeing The Hobbit: Now Only 15% Hobbit, I wrote a piece for io9 about what happens when everything is epic. Obviously fantasy will always have room for epics, and epics can make great stories, but not every story makes a good epic. Unfortunately, Hollywood won’t consider until… Read more »