AN INCOMPLETE LIST OF BEAUTIFUL STORIES (and some essays!) THAT HAVE KEPT ME COMPANY THIS YEAR (BY PUBLICATION MONTH).

This time I made the small effort to add a few words alongside the stories. There might be typos but I did my best. Thank you so much for your words everyone ❤

The Unrepentant, by Derrick Boden, in Escape Pod, (January)

This is such a roller-coaster of story. Packed with action and twists, it is also a sharp commentary on a bleak future that seems not too far off.

My Mother’s Hand, by Dante Luiz, in Constelación (January)

This is an amazing story about witchcraft, identity and bodily autonomy. A man’s hand is possessed by his witch mother’s ghost. I really loved the worldbuilding and the way the possession progresses. The ending is both cathartic and triumphant.

There, in the Woods, by Clara Madrigano, in The Dark (January)

A disturbing story about going back to a place that made you uncomfortable as a child. About feeling powerless as you slowly lose the things that shaped your identity as an adult. The feeling of doom stays with you for a long time after.

Secrets of the Kath, by Fatima Taqvi, in Strange Horizons (January)

This is a story of many layers that slowly peel away one after the other to reveal the ugly core of oppression. But the puppets know, just like the earth knows and all the women before. And now it’s the protagonist’s turn to know and to act.

From Witch to Queen and God, by L. D. Lewis, in Mermaids Monthly (January)

A gorgeous anti-colonial take on the Sea Witch with amazing characters and very smart solutions to the problems that arise. The ending was chef’s kiss.

Laughter among the Trees, by Suzan Palumbo, in The Dark (February)

A story about immigration and what it means to not fit in, but also sibling rivalry and survivor’s guilt. All these themes are woven masterfully into this chilling horror story.

The Antagonizer, by Gardner Mounce, in Hobart (February)

This one is a surreal take on the already surreal and bleak office culture. The sharp commentary is not lost but neither is the tender core of the story. 

Fanfiction for a Grimdark Universe, by Vanessa Fogg, in Translunar Travelers Lounge (February)

I just love stories inside stories, and this one is so satisfying because it offers so many different version of what this story could be in another place and another time, and what it ultimately becomes. The sweetness that reveals itself under the hard armor of war and desolation.

The Taste of Your Name, by Amal Singh, in Translunar Travelers Lounge (February)

A very strong issue of TTL! This story was a sensory feast and made me so hungry! I just love all the descriptions of taste. It is bittersweet story, but ultimately full of hope that love and family can be in balance like the tastes in a favorite dish.

The Mathematics of Fairyland, by Phoebe Barton, in Lightspeed (February)

A wonderful mix of fairytale and science fiction in way that makes the story feel fresh and compelling. It’s full of heartache and grief and how far one can go for love.

We Are Not Phoenixes, by John Wiswell, in Fireside (March)

This is such an emotional but also delicate story about end-of-life care. It’s compassionate and full of meditations on disability and how magic can being people a little closer and make life a little brighter.

Colors of the Immortal Palette, by Caroline M. Yoachim, in Uncanny (March) – novelette

I just love how this story is sectioned according to a specific color that lends its qualities to the entire period it titles. The historical details and the vividness of each period left me breathless. A story about who gets to really be immortalized through art and what representation means. Just gorgeous.

The Center of the Universe, by Nadia Shammas, in Strange Horizons (March)

This is such a smart story in a way that feels organic. It takes tropes and twists them around to reveal the wound that’s been bleeding all this time. It’s about who gets to be the protagonist of their own life. In the world we live in, many people don’t even get the chance to tell their own stories the way they chose to. Really powerful stuff that will stay with me. 

All Worlds Left Behind, by Iona Datt Sharma, in Khōréō (April)

This story rings so devastatingly true. It’s a portal story but also a diaspora story. People as the only connection one has to certain places that might become lost in time as generations come and go. Heart-rending and hopeful!

Jenny Come Up the Well, by A.C. Wise, in PodCastle (April)

This had such a beautiful imagery. Mythical creatures and humans band together to break free from injustice and intolerance. I am so glad about that ending! It was a rollercoaster to get there and it felt so well-deserved.

A House Is Not a Home, by L Chan, in Clarkesworld (April)

If “There will come soft rains” was both more optimistic and complicated and there was the moving PoV of the abandoned house, it would be this story. So, so smart!

Eighteen Days of Barbareek, by Rati Mehrota in Uncanny (April)

What an amazing piece. It drew me in from the first sentence. Dry humor contrasted with a ghastly war imagery and a bitter conclusion that still leaves a sliver of hope sneak in at the end.

Forward, Victoria, by Carlie St. George, in The Dark (April)

This is a horror story with a breakneck rhythm. It grabs you from the start like a slasher movie (and it’s a big nod to slasher movies) and you keep reading transfixed, even though you can see how things might play out. Even though you know things always play out like this in horror movies. Brilliant.

Unnamed, by Monte Lin, in Cast of Wonders (April)

This is a story of names and idenity but also a story about finding your place in complicated and confusing world, especially as a young person. The author builds the characters so fast and deaftly, and we can’t help but share the sense of dissoriantation and ftustration the protagonist goers through. The ending is so movign because it comes full circle. 

Bride, Knife, Flaming Horse, by M.L. Krishnan, in Apparition Lit (April)

This is such an amazing story, subverting tropes unapologetically with a sharp sense of humor. I just love the uncompromising protagonist who gets what she deserves at the end.

“The White Road; or How a Crow Carried Death over a River” by Marika Bailey, in FIYAH (April)

Broadfeather the crow is in search of a name of her own. So she leaves the nest in search of one. What happens after is a tale of immense pain. A story of reclaiming names and lives stolen. It’s bleak but also hopeful and full of amazing worldbuilding.

Like Birdsong, the Memory of Your Touch, by Izzy Wasserstein, in Fantasy Magazine (May)

This story is written in a stream of consciousness style that really blurs the lines of past, present and future. I read it in one breath. One breath was all it took for the entire world and a relationship to unfold and end in front of my eyes in the most poignant and chilling ways.

Peristalsis by Vajra Chandrasekera in The Deadlands (May)

Like Nadia Shamma’s story, Peristalsis asks questions about whose narrative this is. Who are the characters and who are the spectators. Or is everything part of a larger scheme of things that neither characters or spectators can see, and they are all being pushed along a dead narrative, until the end of the Universe? Gorgeous prose.

Blood in the Thread, by Cheri Kamei, in Tor.com (May)

This is a retelling of “The Crane Wife” and what a retelling it is! Georgeous prose that waves the original tale with the modern version about a make up artist and her actress lover and it elevates both in one heartbreaking and poignant conclusion. There is so much emotion here. 

Balfour in the Desert, by Fargo Tbakhi, in Strange Horizons (May)

Balfour and his companion chase an elusive creature through the desert. The Englishman, Balfour, is the PoV for most of the story, but is he really someone to root for? And is the creature the real danger here? This piece does amazing things with its metaphors and symbolisms. The author captures the greed of the protagonist as such an innate quality to him, that he literally feels like himself only when he takes and destroys. The caring nature, hopelessness and righteous anger of his companion is so pulpable, that any victory, however small, feels like the biggest triumph. 

To Rise, Blown Open, by  Jen Brown, in Anathema (May)

A nuanced and complicated super hero story about trauma and complicated relationships but also about change and perhaps the hope of healing. So full of emotions.

Bones in It, by Kristina Ten, in Lightspeed (May)

“Give me something with bones in it!”

Wow, this story could have gone so dark. And it is dark if you really think about it. But Kristina keeps the tone and the prose light with her masterful humorous prose and her keen eye for irony. In her hands, the story becomes whimsical and mythical, but so very grounded it could just as well have happened to someone you know. 

Oh, and please call me tenured professor. 

Proof by Induction by José Pablo Iriarte, in Uncanny (May/June)

This is a story of family and self-acceptance. The protagonist struggles with themselves first and foremost and then with the father or the peers. What they gain in the end is a quietly triumphant love for one’s self and hope for the future.

Unseelie Brothers, Ltd. by Fran Wilde, in Uncanny (May/June) – novelette

This was such a wonderfully fresh take on a few fairytales, and the important of sacrificing parts of yourself in order to gain your heart’s desire. Is it worth it? This is an answer one can only give for themselves. Plus show stopping magical dresses!

A Welling Up, by Natalia Theodoridou, in Strange Horizons (June)

This story is hypnotizing and inescapable. There is a lingering sadness in it that draws you in. It will remind you that people can be vert similar but also far apart, like tiny islands in the ocean.

All This Darkness, by Jennifer R. Donohue, in Apex (June)

The mines are closing and the adults are too preoccupied with finding a way to pay the bills. But their children still crave their missed chance. The chance to enter the mountain and go deep inside its belly. This is a surreal story that’s both dark and charming with a very effective prose.

Three for Hers, by Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko, in Podcastle (June)

I love a tale of revenge as much as the next person. But this is so much more. The worldbuilding here is amazing, especially when it comes to the rules of the Margrave and how firm but also slippery they can be. Because for those who hold the power there aren’t really any rules.

Data Migration, by Melanie Harding-Shaw, in Strange Horizons (July)

A very effective and realistic depiction of a near-future environmental Apocalypse. What makes this story stand out and become really extraordinary is the way the author handles the form by taking advantage of negative space and the fact that the protagonist tries against all odds to hold on to hope as well as pass it on.

The Child Feast, by Kaitlyn Zivanovich, in Pseudopod (July)

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, and how you seemingly succeed, you can’t really save your child from the witch’s house. This is horror. Real, tangible, inescapable horror. Very well-written and heartbreaking story

Our Days of Tear-stained Glass, by Avra Margariti, in Baffling Magazine (July)

I just love this piece and the poetry it carries within each sentence! A fabulous story about loving impossible things and persisting, even if those things are giant mermaids with shipwrecks wedges between their sharp teeth!

Across the River, My Heart, My Memory, by Ann Leblanc, in Fireside (July)

This story took some unexpected turns from the get-go but we slowly piece together the image of an unusual community of people and their legacy, still looking out for each other ever after they lose their human form. And even when they are treated with cruelty, they still strive for community and improvement.

Mushroom Head, by Marla Bingcang, in Apparition Lit (July)

If grotesque beauty and fungi horror had a child this would be it. This is a horror tale were the language and the description take center stage, and offer a chilling sensory experience. It is also the tale of a family’s desperation and hunger, and there is another horror tale hidden inside the first one like a matryoshka doll of terror.

Faithful Delirium, by Brent Lambert, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (July)

A powerful story about religious fanatisism and the pain and destruction it can cause to meet a pointless goal. That plot twist was everything. Chilling.

Cocoon, by H. Pueyo, in Strange Horizons (August)

A beautifully rendered and gutting piece of flash that deals with dementia. You feel the sadness and the tenderness of the piece from the first line to the last.

Before the Haze Devours You, by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas, in Lightspeed (August)

How can someone fit so much worldbuilding, pain and redemption in such a short space? This is a bit over flash-length but it’s tense and emotional and everything in space!

Immolatus, by Lyndsie Manusos, in The Dealands (August)

I love a ghost bride story and this one does not disappoint, especially when there is delicious revenge. The descriptions of the ghost bride corpses and how they find each other are chilling!!!

A Guide to Snack Foods After the Apocalypse, by Rachael K. Jones, in Diabolical Plots (September)

Well, this was terrifying. I love the structure of this piece and how the distraction of rating snacks adds to the real horror of what is happening. Also that ending!

Sía, by Lizz Huerta, in Lightspeed (September)

Liz Huerta can’t write a story that won’t have me hooked from start to end. Have you ever thought of what would happen if ancestors got another chance to fight each other and try to right part of the wrongs of colonialism? This story is both hilarious and heartbreaking and combines so many truths and concepts in a brilliant way. But it’s also a story with warmth and the value of family, of someone who knows you intimately and looks out for you even after death.

Questions Asked in the Belly of the World, by A. T. Greenblatt, in Tor (September)

This story examines a society were everyone can and should be an artist but also an art critic. A society that those who can’t produce art or discuss it are considered redundant. This story hit hard with its message and the world-buidling was strangely wonderful.

Down in the Aspen Hollow, by Kristiana Willsey, in Uncanny (September/October)

If there is one person can take a murder ballad and breathe new life into it, that’s Kristiana. This is such an enchanting tale of heartbreak and slow, delicate revenge, that feels right in the way it feels in ancient stories.

Mulberry and Owl, by Aliette De Bodard, in Uncanny (September/October)

A story about the aftermaths of war and whether reconciliation can truly happen. I loved the back and forth between Thuỷ and Owl, and the idea that survival can be its own kind of atonement or revenge.

Hold Your Breath, by K.C. Mead-Brewer, in Uncharted (October)

Oh my, this is a very creepy story. A house It’s a story wrapped around a thick mist of expectations about oneself, about sex, about the things we leave behind before we enter the world as adults and about what kind of humans we are going to be from now on.

Those Virtues, Those Poisons, by Martin Cahill, in Beneathe Ceaseless Skies (October)

A deeply emotional story. It literally goes through the entire spectrum of the MC’s emotions, and it does so eloquently. A journey of self-exploration with the self as the main antagonist. Giant serpent is a giant plus for me too!

Small Monsters, by E. Lily Yu, in Tor (October)

This is a story full of monsters. It’s strange and beautiful, ponderous and vivid, dark and tender and it hides a great truth inside. It’s the kind of story that I aspire to write in the future.

Caw, by WC Dunlap, in Nightmare (October)

Lovely body horror. Like “The Birds” but more terrifying and with themes of trust and group dynamics. In a life and death situation would you trust a stranger or choose darkness?

Not Quite What We’re Looking for Right Now, by Jana Bianchi, in Fireside (October)

A very short but very smart piece about art and how it can impact real people. This flash takes full advantage of its format and it manages to be really funny while saying something important.

Sorry We Missed You! by Aun-Juli Riddle, in Khōréō (November)

This is such a wonderful and quiet story. It unfolds delicately, with a great warmth that makes the grief underneath a little sweeter and more bearable. Because family and love can be found in a bowl of potato noodles even when you are planet-hoping. 

What Floats In a Flotsam River by Osahon Ize-Iyamu, in Strange Horizons (November)

This gorgeously surreal story has a strong environmental message but also a deeply social one. A message about the power of the masses and the importance of working as a group in order to achieve any kind of meaningful change, but also the importance of individual expression and validation. 

For Want of Milk, by Grace P. Fong in Uncanny (November/December)

This story was both hard and soft in all the right places. I love where Grace took the story. I did not see it coming but it made perfect sense!

The Cold Calculations, by Aimee Ogden, in Clarkesworld (December)

This story is far greater than the sum of its parts. It’s not about rage for me (it has that too for obvious reasons). It is about wanting to change something and making the effort to do so. Even if it’s something seemingly small and insignificant. Like the ending to a story.

Writing You, by Sharang Biswas, in Lightspeed (December)

Flaying your boyfriend has never been done so beautifully. Two people make plans on how to mourn the passing of their lover in their own personal way. The language really shines here and reverbarates with musicality, but it’s the end that will get you like a small knife in the ribs. 

Essays:

Using Unreliable Narration to Create Voice, by Priya Chand, in SFWA blog (February)

Seduced by the Ruler’s Gaze: An Indian Perspective on Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade, by Sid Jain, in Uncanny (March)

Death and Wednesday, by Suzan Palumbo, in The Deadlands (May)

Un/Reliable: Reflections in The Drowning Girl, by Jordan Kurella, in Mermaids Monthly (June)

WWXD: A Warrior’s Path of Reflection and Redemption, by C.L. Clark, in Uncanny (July/August)

The Bad Dad Redemption Arc Needs to Die, by Nino Cipri, in Uncanny (July/August)

We Are the Mountain: A Look at the Inactive Protagonist, by Vida Cruz, in Fantasy (August)

Worldbuilding with Legs: Incorporating Insects into Your Stories, by Premee Mohamed, in Fantasy (October)

Liminal Spaces: Shelters and Cells, by Avra Margariti, in Strange Horizons (November)

Creating Character Arcs in Games Writing, by Natalia Theodoridou, in SFWA blog (December)

MY AWARDS ELIGIBILITY POST FOR 2021

Another year has passed and one I am very grateful for. I was a finalist for three (!) different awards, the Ignyte, the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award with my story “My Country Is a Ghost“. I did not win any of the awards but just being a finalist, and being able to attend cons online, talk to other writers, and cheer the winners was enough for me. I got to spend time with some lovely people this year, even though we were on lockdown most of the time. My heart is full.

As it is customary I will post my stories that were out this year and later I will post some of my favorite stories in an always incomplete list. I had quite the productive year with a lot of firsts but all in good time.

Here are the stories I published this year and are eligible for awards:

The Giants of the Violet Sea – novella – 27000 words – Uncanny Magazine, issue #42

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This is the first novella I ever wrote and it sold to Uncanny Magazine! It’s available online for free and I would be honored and grateful if you gave it a read and considered it for awards. It is a mystery set in a far future colony with death tattoos and sea beasts and it is in the Nebula Recommended Reading List!

“It is an intricate thing, the tattooing of the dead. The body doesn’t heal. So it must be done with the utmost precision. And the shape and the color must be in perfect harmony for the soul to move on.”

How The Girls Came Home – short story – 5200 words – Uncanny Magazine, issue #40

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This is one of my Clarion West stories and it comes with so many fond memories. It is also published in Uncanny Magazine and free to read online. It is a dark fairytale about a girl who wakes up every day having different animal feet. It is also in the Nebula Recommended Reading List!

“Where her human skin stops, bone and muscle twist and take shapes. Shapes that should not be there. Her feet are only sometimes covered in fur. Other times they are sleek and lustrous as if draped in sequins, or cloaked in glossy, kaleidoscopic feathers.”

Tomatoes – short story – 4500 words – Khōréō Magazine, issue #1.4

Another story that sprouted (pun intended) from Clarion West and the first one I wrote while there. I am so happy to share it with you. It’s free to read in Khōréō. It’s a dark fantasy story about family bonds and duty, about two rival witch families, and, well, about tomatoes too.

“Filaments of my flesh turn into rootstalks and move on and on until there is nothing but the plants. I exist only in this garden now. Even if my body can leave this house and walk around the village, my roots can only stretch so far.”

Fish Tale – short story – 3800 words – Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

I got solicited for the first time this year to write a story for Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World! Fish Tale is a fantasy story that takes place in the famous Fish Church (Feskekôrka) in Gothenburg and explores family and community dynamics but also a strange curse.

“The boys crossed themselves and clutched tight at the little wooden fish charms. All the fishermen wore one when they fished the open sea but now all the fishmongers had one too. Because the sea had come inside the market the day she had helped her husband kill that fish.”

Another first for me was that I got to write a side story for Magic: the Gathering’s Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Sisters is the first IP work I ever got to do and the experience was amazing, as was the fan reception of the story. I hope this will be the first of many.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading this far. If you enjoyed any of these stories it would be an honor if you voted them for awards.

I hope the next year treats you well friends. Many hugs.

MY FIRST NOVELLA IS UP IN UNCANNY: THE GIANTS OF THE VIOLET SEA

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I am very excited to announce that my first ever novella The Giants of the Violet Sea is now free to read at Uncanny issue #42!

The story is a very fleshed out version of a flash piece I attempted to write back in 2017 during a flash fiction contest on the Codex Writers forum. It was about an old woman who was a tattoo artist for the dead and her estranged daughter. I did not know how to finish the story back then, probably because it already felt too big in my mind to have a flash-type ending. I then expanded it into a novelette and then into a novella, because it felt like the right length for the characters to be able to breathe.

Caroline M. Yoachim asked me some great questions that helped me realize things about the novella that I hadn’t before. If you want to know more you can give my first ever interview a read here.

And if you have read the novella and the interview, this is the island Alimnia was inspired by: Santorini. This Island is bound to appear in a lot more of my stories in the future, because of its beauty and strangeness.

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I hope you enjoy my first longer work!

FIYAHCON, BONFIYAH AND IGNYTE AWARDS!

As for con news, FIYAHCON and BonFIYAH were a blast!

I did not win the IGNYTE Award but I am super happy and honored that I was a finalist. It is so important to me that I was even on that list. The amazing C.L. Clark was the winner with their story “You Perfect, Broken Thing,” published in Uncanny Magazine issue #32, the same issue “My Country Is a Ghost” was in! This issue seriously slaps. The other awesome finalists were Nicasio Andres Reed with “Body, Remember,” Innocent Chizaram Ilo with “Rat and Finch are Friends,” and Congyun ‘Mu Ming’ Gu, translated by Kiera Johnson with “EXPRESS TO BEIJING WEST RAILWAY STATION | 开往西站的特别列车.” Please check out these very talented authors. 

The author with her finalist medal 🙂

I was also a panelist and got to talk about futuristic food with many cool and knowledgable people. Namely: Katherine Denby, Jeannette Ng, Rafeeat Aliyu, and Lavanya Lakshminarayan. I added so many books on my book pile. I seriously need a second lifetime to read everything at this point. 

BonFIYAH had double the programming they had last year! There is so much knowledge in those panels and the FIYAHCON panels, and so many new authors to follow and read. I am saying this because there is a possibility that FIYAHCON and bonFIYAH won’t be returning next year.

It has been such an influential con for me and so many other people that it’s hard to not mourn already. But no matter what happens I will keep following and supporting both the organizers and all the people who participated in one way or another. 

Thank you to the team for all the hard work they have done for the community. Please follow and support them.  

NEW STORY OUT: Magic: the Gathering, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt!

Wow, that’s a lot of colons for one title.

I am so, so excited to announce that I wrote web fiction for Magic: the Gathering! And what’s more cool is that I got to write it in the world of Innistrad, a plane that seems to be tailored to me (although I have read a lot of MtG fiction every since and all the planes sound amazing!)

Leinore, Autumn Sovereign by: Fariba Khamseh

My story “Sisters” is about Leinore, a human girl who accepts the role of the Autumn Sovereign, a title given for the duration of Harvesttide Festival, an ancient festival with some very strong pagan and Halloween vibes. She and her sister Sinnia find a strange mask at a camp, abandoned by the family who stayed there. Then wickedness ensues. 

The timing is perfect because Halloween is just around the corner (yes, I know it’s still September) and the setting and story make for a very good read as the days get smaller and the night starts gaining ground.

I am also very proud to have worked on this project alongside writers such as K Arsenault Rivera, Seanan McGuire, and Margaret Killjoy. It feels like a dream tbh. I hope there will be more projects like this in my future. 

I hope you give all the awesome stories a read and enjoy the Halloween season! 

Nebula con and New story out: How the Girls Came Home!

With Her Familiars on Mars by Galen Dara

Nebula Con just finished and I am both tired and elated.

My story “My Country is a Ghost” was a finalist for the Nebula Awards in the short story category. It is also a finalist for the Ignyte Awards and I could not be more honored. I did not make a blog post at the time the nominations were announced mostly because I was so overwhelmed. But now things have quieted down I can finally scream about it!

Big shout-out to all the wonderful winners and finalists and especially the fellow short story finalists. John Wiswell (who won the Nebula Award!), Rae Carson, Aimee Picchi, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and Jason Sandford. I am in awe at your talent and extremely privileged to occupy a space next to you.

As for the con itself, it was a blast! As someone for whom it is really hard to attend cons in North America, virtual cons are a great opportunity to keep up with friends and make new ones. I got to be in two panels with some very smart people and hang out with them in the rooms afterwards.

Now to more cool news…

I am super exited to share my new story “How the Girls Came Home” in Uncanny Magazine issue #40! There is even audio, narrated by the amazing Joy Piedmont. Lynne Thomas asked me some very insightful questions for the podcast–and was also very understanding of my nervousness. Give it a listen!

This is a story I wrote during Week 4 of Clarion West, and one that’s closest to a fairytale than anything else I have written. The idea came to me as I was reading about the earliest version of Cinderella, which is said to be of Greek origin. A story called Rhodopis. I started thinking of all the ways these magical shoes (and magic in general–can change a woman’s life in stories and what if someone were to push back on that change.

Every morning Amalia’s feet change. They transform into different animal feet that come with different abilities and challenges for her. In a fairytale the happy ending would be for her feet to become forever human, but this is not quite the case here.

Here is an excerpt:

Each pair of feet has its own beauty. So she takes time to examine every new version of her feet, love them for what they are. Learn what she can do with them each day and start over the next, and the one after that. Her mother taught her this.

I am so happy Uncanny bought this story and I hope you enjoy it as well!

My Country Is a Ghost on Locus Recommended Reading List

Super chuffed to announce that My Country Is a Ghost is on the Locus Recommended Reading List along with many fabulous stories that you should definitely check out!

This also means that the Locus Awards are open for anyone to vote and even write in their own choices from last year! If you’d like to vote for the stories you loved last year here is the link!

My Country Is a Ghost is up on PodCastle! (Plus Uncanny Magazine’s reader poll!)

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“My Country Is a Ghost” is now up on Podcastle Episode 659 with audio narration by the amazing Alethea Kontis! I am so excited this story got an audio treatment, I got misty eyed in many parts of the narration. I hope you enjoy it!

The story was first published in Uncanny Magazine Issue 32 this January (which was also my first sale to them) and this makes it eligible for this year’s Hugo, Nebula and WFA. There is also the annual Reader Poll up in Uncanny and my story is part of a long list of amazing fiction written by authors I admire. If you read and enjoyed “My Country Is a Ghost”, consider voting for it!

AN INCOMPLETE LIST OF BEAUTIFUL STORIES THAT HAVE KEPT ME COMPANY THIS YEAR (BY PUBLICATION MONTH).

Thank you all for your wonderful little lights that made me feel a little bit less alone ❤

 

Short stories:

Mother Love, by Clara Madrigano, in The Dark (January)

The AI That Looked at the Sun, by Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko, in Clarkesworld (January)

The Imperishable Birds, by Vajra Chandrasekera, in Fireside (January)

Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse, by Rae Carson, in Uncanny Magazine (January)

You Perfect, Broken Thing, by C.L. Clark, in Uncanny Magazine (January)

Hustle, by Derrick Boden, in EscapePod (February)

White Noon, by Aidan Doyle, in Podcastle (February)

Rat and Finch Are Friends, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo, in Strange Horizons (March)

Never a Butterfly, nor a Moth With Moon-painted Wings, by Aimee Ogden in Beneath the Ceaseless Skies (March)

Georgie in the Sun, by Natalia Theodoridou, in Uncanny (March/April)

Girl Clothes, by M. L. Krishnan, in Sonora Review (April)

A Moonlit Savagery, by Millie Ho, in Nightmare (April)

An Explorer’s Cartography of Already Settled Lands, by Fran Wilde, in Tor.com (April)   

A Promise of Dying Embers, by Jordan Kurella, in Diabolical Plots (April)

Glass Bottle Dancer, by Celeste Rita Baker, in Lightspeed (April)

Caring For Dragons and Growing a Flower, by Allison Thai, in PodCastle (April)

Have Your #hugot Harvested at This Diwata-owned Café, by Vida Cruz, in Strange Horizons (May)

Open House on Haunted Hill, by John Wiswell, in Diabolical Plots (June)

The Sinkhole that Ate Los Angeles, by Gardner Mounce, in Lowestoft Chronicle (June)

Bring the Bones That Sing, by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, in Diabolical Plots (July)

Baba Yaga and the Seven Hills, by Kristina Ten, in Lightspeed (July)

Tara’s Mother’s Skin, by Suzan Palumbo, in PseudoPod (August)

What Lies Within, by Isha Karki, in Augure Magazine (August)

Weaving in the Bamboo, by Eliza Chan, in Translunar Travelers Lounge (August)

An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros, by Eleanna Castroianni, in Fireside (August)

Slipping the Leash, by Dan Micklethwaite, in Podcastle (August)

A Voyage to Queensthroat, by Anya Johanna Deniro, in Strange Horizons (August)

Heartsob Playplayplay Promisegift, by Monte Lin, Cossmass Infinities (September)

The Dreadnought and the Stars, by Phoebe Barton, in Glitter + Ashes, Neon Hemlock (September)

A Layer of Catherines, by Elisabeth R. Moore, in Strange Horizons (October)

The Angel Finger, by K. C. Mead-Brewer, in CRAFT Literary (October)

Teeth Long and Sharp as Blades, by A. C. Wise,  in PseudoPod (October)

Ask Not What the Penguin Horde Can Do for You, by Noah Bogdonoff, in Strange Horizons (October)

To Look Forward, by Osahon Ize-Iyamu, in Fantasy Magazine (November)

Winter’s Heart, by Vanessa Fogg, in Hexagon Magazine (December)

Tiny House Living, by Kristiana Willsey, in Fantasy Magazine (December)

 

Novelettes:

The Shadow Prison Experiment, by Caroline M. Yoachim, in Lightspeed (August)

City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat, by Usman T. Malik, in Tor.com (October)

The Little Witch, by M. Rickert, Tor.com (October)

My Awards Eligibility Post for 2020

What a year. Yes, I know. I did not end up reading as much as I had hoped *gestures at the world* but the little I did read was a lovely break from reality and I’ll soon post my recs for 2020.

I did not end up writing so much either but I am very proud of two things: 1) I wrote and published my first ever essay (!) about living in Greece during the pandemic (and it went pretty well!) and 2) I published a story I love, that is also the most personal piece I have written yet.

Here are the stories I published this year and are eligible for awards:

My Country Is a Ghost – Uncanny Magazine, issue #32 

If you were to read just one I would recommend “My Country Is a Ghost” since I love it to bits. It is free to read online and it is in the Nebula Recommended Reading List.

Those We Serve – Interzone, issue #287

I hope next year is far far better on many fronts and that this post finds you well, friends.