Category: Writing
Catwoman #36: "Keeper of the Castle"
Catwoman #36 comes out today! “Keeper of the Castle” digs deeper into Selina’s journey as head of the Calabrese crime syndicate, as she becomes more and more tangled in a web of moral dilemmas she can handle, but some of which she might not be able to accept. There’s some good old-fashioned macho posturing (most of it by Selina), Black Mask Rising, a cameo by Lucretia Borgia, and a faceoff between our leading lady and, well, Catwoman. There will be some more details about this Catwoman costume next week as… Read more »
Ranking Period Pieces, or, Personal Heartbreak
Over at The AV Club, I have a slightly unusual TV Club 10. (This is my second slightly offbeat contribution to a feature that usually focuses on a single show – my first was episodes of vampire TV, I live by no man’s law!) This time around, I tackle nineteenth-century British literary adaptations. The bulky list of qualifiers is necessary to keep the numbers anything resembling reasonable (a TV Club 100 would have broken everybody’s scrolling wheels). Even then, the idea of picking things that were both exemplary or interesting… Read more »
Writing update: Deer, motets, space, the usual
It’s a writing update post! At Capclave, my novella Dream Houses premiered! You can read more about it on the book’s page on the site. It’s tough to talk about it without giving things away (and some of my favorite moments at Capclave were the people who bought the book after my reading and coming up to me to exclaim over how dark it got even past the part I read, where she wakes up and everyone else is dead and Amadis is screwed), but as a very rough sketch,… Read more »
I have an essay in the latest issue of Interfictions! “Vulturism” is about vintage photo collecting, losing your memory, being kind of an asshole, and Marion. I had a longer intro here, but the essay itself is personal enough. Let’s not make things more awkward than they need to be.… Read more »
Catwoman 35: "Comfort to the Hurt of the King"
It’s my first comic book day ever. CATWOMAN #35, “Comfort to the Hurt of the King,” is in stores now! It’s been sort of a surreal process; I got the first call about the opportunity from Mark Doyle at the beginning of the year, and after I got the gig came the plotting and planning and arcs and character sketches and some historical research because why not? before I ever sat down and began my first script, and since then it’s been costume references and more plotting and more writing… Read more »
Short Fiction Update
So in addition to Dream Houses, the novella that will be premiering at Capclave, I have a few stories (and a reprint) that will be available in October! Either they’re already out and I’ve missed them, or they’re on their way shortly. I’m collecting them here because there’s no way I will remember to do so otherwise. Earlier this year I participated in two Kickstartered anthology projects. First: Neil Clarke’s Upgraded, which should be available now in physical and e-editions! My story, “Small Medicine,” is a standalone story, but shares… Read more »

Recent Work

My award-eligible work in 2014

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 recaps: "Paradise Lost"

Column: "Oh, the Cleverness of Me!: Masculinity and the Horror Show, Strange Horizons

Book Review: A Treasury of Wintertime Tales at LA Review of Books

THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB is named a BEST OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,

Essay: "Vulturism," Interfictions

Genevieve on Tumblr

  • archiemcphee:

    Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena is marveling at this marvelous video of a murmuration of starlings flying in tight, yet constantly changing formation that looks like an undulating black cloud. This stunning footage was shot by Alpaca Media last year in the city of Utrecht in the central Netherlands.

    This amazing behavior has long been considered very mysterious, but thanks to the advent of just the right tools - such as high-powered video analysis and computational modeling - scientists are finally making progress figuring out how and why these birds are able to fly in patterns like this.

    And when these [tools] were finally applied to starlings, they revealed patterns known less from biology than cutting-edge physics.

    Starling flocks, it turns out, are best described with equations of “critical transitions” — systems that are poised to tip, to be almost instantly and completely transformed, like metals becoming magnetized or liquid turning to gas. Each starling in a flock is connected to every other. When a flock turns in unison, it’s aphase transition.

    At the individual level, the rules guiding this are relatively simple. When a neighbor moves, so do you. Depending on the flock’s size and speed and its members’ flight physiologies, the large-scale pattern changes. What’s complicated, or at least unknown, is how criticality is created and maintained.

    Click here to learn more about how starlings are able to fly in vast flocks that look like that could just as easily be schools of fish in the sea.

    [via Twisted Sifter and Wired]


2015 Appearances

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March: ICFA (Orlando, FL)