Writing and Publishing news

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. 

publications and updates

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)