The Giants of the Violet Sea is a finalist for the Nebula Award and an Ever-Shifting Lexicon!

My novella “The Giants of the Violet Sea” is a finalist for the Nebula Awards! I did not make a blog post at the time the nominations were announced because I was so overwhelmed (again). But I am deeply honored to be nominated for a Nebula Award for a second year in a row. I really did not think it was possible so when I found out I was stunned!

Shout-out to all the wonderful fellow nominees especially fellow novella finalists. Aliette de Bodard, Becky Chambers, Aimee Ogden, Premee Mohamed, Zin E. Rocklyn, and E. Catherine Tobler. And special shout-out to the great Martha Wells who declined her nomination to make space for other voices! I am extremely honored to be on the Nebula list with all of you.

In other wonderful news, the lovely Simone Heller launched her newsletter The Ever-Shifting Lexicon. It will feature the experiences of writers who write in English as a second (third?) language. Simone was kind enough to interview me for the first installment of the newsletter and I found the response to the interview illuminating. Especially the part about remembering the sound of a word instead of the word itself and having to hunt down the actual word, seems to have hit home with a lot of ESL writers. I find writing in English far less lonely now and it is mainly because I see my experiences reflected in others. It’s wonderful and encouraging. I am excited and intrigued to read the whole series of interviews and understand how each of us experiences the same process.

If you want to read my interview which Simone very eloquently named The Musicality of Language you can click here.

I hope you can find something in there that resonates with you no matter what your first language is. Some experiences can be universal.

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

Triantafyllou Issue 42 Tile

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

Triantafyllou Issue 40 Tile

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.

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.  

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 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.

My Awards Eligibility Post for 2019

It’s time for lists! Lists of the stories I published this year but also lists of my favorite stories!

This year had been a little busier than usual for me, both because I moved but also because I participated in the Clarion West Writers Workshop during the summer. It is a wonderful and fulfilling experience for any writer but left little room for other activities. As a result I have fallen a little behind on my reading but I plan on catching up soon.

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

We Are Here to Be Held – Strange Horizons

It is free to read online and it is in the Nebula Recommended Reading List.

What Cannot Follow – Fireside Magazine

April Teeth – Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Defiance

Her Blood Like Rubies in the Ground –  Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Pantheon Magazine

 

My Awards Eligibility Post

It is that time of the year again and I have to say I am proud of many things.  Some of them are my own accomplishments and some are friends’ successes (i.e. Natalia Theodoridou winning the World Fantasy Award in the short story category.)  Here are the two stories I published this year. Both of them fall under the Short Fiction category and I would be extremely happy if you considered either of them.

If you were to read just one I would recommend my short story  “Cherry Wood Coffin” in Apex Magazine. This particular story is both in the Nebula Reading List and in the Bram Stoker Award Reading List. So if any of you is reading for the Bram Stoker Award as well, I would be honored if you kept my story in mind.

This is my second year of eligibility for the Campbell Award for New Writers.

Cherry Wood CoffinApex Magazine issue 108, May 2018

It’s a Gothic horror piece about one day in the life of an unusual coffin maker and the decisions that haunt him.

Ghost Mapping – Lost Films, August 2018

This is a weird story about a couple’s love, death and the icy ghosts of antarctic explorers from another dimension.

 

 

Awards Eligibility Post 2018

This is my first year of eligibility for the Campbell Award for New Writers and I am super excited about it.

It has been an amazing year and looking back I am so thankful for the opportunities it has given me, and for all the new people I got to meet during Worldcon75 and online. Not only my productivity increased dramatically but I got to make some good friends.

So let’s cut to the chase. I had two stories out in 2017 both of them fall under the Short Fiction category.

If you read only one of my stories I would recommend “The Heart is a Lonesome Hunter”  – in Liminal Stories issue #4.

A woman with a fox’s heart meets the devil she has long forgotten about. It is a dark fantasy story about war, a mother’s love and the sacrifices we all make.

I also published “What We Are Molded After” – in Black Static issue #56.

A witch and her golem husband live together secretly in a little cottage in the outskirts of a village. This is a story about identity and abuse and how people cope with it.