I’ve committed to attend Nine Worlds Convention which will be on the 9th to the 11th of August in the UK. I’ll be attending as a guest and will be on panels and involved in discussions. I feel privileged that I can attend this con as a guest. I confess I’m a bit nervous but I do look forward to meeting and making friends, catching up, chatting and making new connections.
UK Author, Nina Allan made this list of 101 #women to read. It’s an honor and an encouragement to be on the list. I find myself quite amazed by the legs on some stories. I loved writing Song of the Body Cartographer it makes me happy to see how it’s resonated with different readers.
With regards to upcoming publications, if you’ve been waiting for news on the We See a Different Frontier anthology, I’ve been told it’ll be out soon. I’ve seen the proofs and am quite in awe of my toc-mates.
To punctuate this post, I’m posting a link to my Movements column which came out last week. “So what do you think of my story where I made use of another person’s Culture?”
Speculative Fiction 2012: the best online reviews, essays and commentary volume I is now available from Amazon.com. My essay, Decolonizing as an SF writer (first published on The Future Fire editor’s blog) is also in this volume. It makes me happy to know that this piece resonated with the editors and I hope that it resonates with readers of the anthology. The proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to Room to Read.
Amazon now has a listing for The End of the Road anthology. It’s available for pre-orders and the Book description makes me hungry to read the entire anthology.
In yet more writing news, my short story, Body of Truth, has been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming What Fates Impose anthology edited by Nayad Monroe. When Nayad sent me the guidelines for this anthology, I was immediately intrigued by it. I’ll write more about the background of this story in another post.
In the meantime, here are some links to where Nayad talks about the process of editing an anthology. It makes for very interesting and thought-provoking reading.
What Fates Impose: Inside the Anthology
How Choosing Stories is, and is not, like making a Mix Tape
Five Important Reasons to Worry about Divination
Why “Maybe” is harder than “Yes” or “No”
I’m happy about the stories that have been accepted for publication, and I hope they resonate with readers as well.
My short story, Dagiti Timayap Garda, will be appearing in an anthology edited by Jonathan Oliver and published by Solaris Publishing. I’m pretty chuffed about this story because it’s inspired by the Tikbalang. It’s not exactly the Tikbalang as the Timayap Garda goes beyond shapeshifting. My thanks go out to Victor Ocampo who read this story and sent me critical feedback on a section that I was in doubt about. Thanks, Victor.
The timayap garda made its first appearance in a short story I wrote during Clarion West. Someday, I will publish that story, but for now, the creatures in that world are making their way into print and that makes me happy..
Here’s a preview of the stunning cover art for End of the Road. I’ll be doing tons of squeeing when it comes out.
Bloodchildren: stories by the Octavia Butler Scholars has been reviewed by Victor R. Ocampo. The review has been published over at The Future Fire’s review site.
There’s a summary of the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts over at the SL Art Hud Blog including films from the day. It’s very inspiring.
On goodreads, Bloodchildren seems to be getting quite a positive response. It’s early days yet, but the Bloodchildren anthology is a limited edition that’s only available until June. So, if you want a copy, now may be a good time to get one.
It doesn’t rain but it pours, so the saying goes. Not only am I in the midst of writing wordage for the wip, but I’m taking a quick break to do some editing and translating for a good friend. Add to that reading a lot and doing some mental prep for Eastercon. It’s funny how the universe converges all at the same time.
Some things I’d like to give a boost:
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History has five more days to go before the Kickstarter ends. The stretch goal is to provide artwork for every story in the anthology.
Another crowdfunder that really grabbed my attention was one for The Abandon. There are four days left to their Indiegogo campaign and they still have to reach the goal of raising 5000 dollars. There’s a pilot available and if you like it and would like to see more, please support this project.
Afronauts is the third crowdfunded project that I want to signal-boost. Go have a look at the site. The premise just calls to me and I would really love to see this film made. There are still 25 days before the Kickstarter ends, time enough to think about it and lend a helping hand.
It may seem like this entry is all about crowdfunding, but I keep thinking of a tweet I read from Nnedi Okorafor sometime ago. In it she said, why don’t you just let us tell our own stories.
This is what these projects are all about. Us telling our stories. Us making our films. Us bringing our stories, our art, our histories, our films and our SFF to our people.
Next weekend, I will be at Eightsquaredcon in Bradford. It’s going to be an exciting trip for me as this will be the first time I travel by train in the UK. I’ve given myself enough wiggle room so I’ll be certain to catch the train going to and from Bradford.
Here’s what my schedule looks like.
Saturday 12 noon Non-Western SF and Fantasy in the Main room. I will be moderating this panel.
Saturday 5 pm Motherhood in SF and Fantasy
Saturday 7 pm Genre Get-Together: Science Fiction
Sunday 10 am Maiden, Mother, Who? Older Women in Genre Fiction
Sunday 7 pm BSFA Awards
Sunday 8 pm Sex in YA Lit.
It looks pretty busy, I know. To make it simpler: I’m on four panels, one of which I’ll be moderating and since I don’t have books to sign, I’ll basically just be hanging out and handing out fliers for the Bloodchildren anthology.
I would love to chat and catch up with people who are going. Hope to see you there.
(also posted to http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com)
It’s been a pretty emotional day. A great man has passed from our midst and spending time to think and to remember and to listen in on others remembering and honoring him is part of the ritual of grief. I am one of those who has been touched and inspired by the work of Chinua Achebe. He is one of my writing heroes.
I remember reading Chinua Achebe for the first time when I was in college. The local national bookstore had had a fresh delivery of books and they had four of his books on stock. I remember reading the opening chapter of Things Fall Apart and being unable to put the book back on the shelf. I had to take it with me. It took quite a while to save enough pocket money so I could buy the rest of his books. Amazingly, no one else seemed interested in those four books except me.
Small as this offering is, I wished to honor a great man. Your works were instrumental in helping me on the road towards decolonization. Thank you, Chinua Achebe.
Rest in peace. You live on in our hearts.
It’s been a pretty busy and exciting two weeks with lots of things going on. On Saturday, I celebrated International Women’s Day together with the Filipina women of Stichting Bayanihan. It was a good day focussing on gender consciousness. Not too high threshold but with enough material to provide good food for thought.
This week, I received news that the ISF 2012 Annual Anthology with my story, 59 Beads, is now free to download from the ISF site. I’d like to acknowledge Roberto Mendes and Ricardo Loureiro for putting this anthology together.
I also received word that Decolonizing as an SF Writer, which first appeared simultaneously on The Future Fire Blog and Kate Elliot‘s blog, has been selected for inclusion in Speculative Fiction 2012:The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary. The list of contributors has been released and is viewable here. I look forward to reading all the pieces selected.
I’ve also received the contract for Dagiti Timayap Garda, a short weird/horror story that I wrote which was inspired by the shapeshifting Tikbalang and monster stories from my childhood. I’m quite excited about this sale and look forward to when I can announce everything about it here.
And I am completing work on a short story and am also completing work on the final draft of my novella. I’m really excited about both of these stories as they are both rooted in indigenous culture and in the case of the novella–very much inspired by Filipino history.
I have an unexpected free day tomorrow and I hope to finish one of these two things by weekend. I think the short story first and hopefully the novella before Eastercon.
(crossposted to http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com)
It’s been ten days since I last updated here. I’ve been engrossed in the work-in-progress which is coming along quite well. When I wrote the first draft of this novella, I was very concerned about the war and how it would go and how it would end. As I was working on the rewrite, I realized that revolutions aren’t just about the war and the road to freedom is more complex than winning a battle. Extensive rewrites are taking place and I’ve added another dimension to the WIP that wasn’t there in the first draft. I’m really hoping I finish this soon. But as with most of what I do, it’s going to be a lot more than just getting from point A to point B.
I’ve been catching up quite a bit online and I thought I’d share some blogs that I visit from time to time:
Decolonization:Indigeneity, Education & Society has lots of thoughtful and thought-provoking stuff. Go read.
For critical Dutch readers, I can’t stop recommending Roet in Het Eten.
And Tiger Beatdown always has thought-provoking stuff.
I’m also trying to catch up on my TBR as part of my preparation for Eightsquaredcon. I’ve offered to moderate a panel on non-western SFF and will be participating in several other panels.
There are regular updates at the Eightsquaredcon blog.
My dear friends have alerted me to the fact that the new Movements column is live. Woman’s Work and the Woman of Color at Work grew from the interview I had with Jocelyn Paige Kelly. This doesn’t appear in the interview I had with Jocelyn, but Jocelyn asked me the question that became the catalyst for this column as I reflected on the question of support for Women’s work and how the answer to this is not really as simple as saying: yes, I support the work of women.
Hodan Warsame of Roet in Het Eten has put up a synopsis (in Dutch) of Radio Redmond’s Broadcast from the 26th of February. The excerpt I read on Radio Redmond is also posted on the Roet in Het Eten website and you can read it here. The excerpt is from my Bloodchildren story, Dancing in the Shadow of the Once and you can find the anthology here.
In the after-the-show conversation, Hodan mentioned Intersectionality. I don’t think we can ignore this when we talk about supporting women’s work because the way we approach woman’s work is influenced by more factors than identifying as woman. There’s more to it than that and I know we would like to simply say–women’s work is women’s work and be done with it. But the truth is, it’s more complicated than that and also the way we look at support and perceive support, the way we experience it, the way we give it is complicated by this strange notion people call “the culture of nice” wherein support has come to mean being positive and uncritical. It’s still something I’m reflecting and thinking on and I suppose it’s inevitable that I’ll write about that in the future.
(also posted on http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com)