Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Listen to our voices, and read our stories.
Learn our history, and demand it be taught. Speak out against those who would dehumanize us, even when it’s “just” Uncle So-n-so.
See and recognize our intersections, and understand it’s not just one thing for many of us. Especially from others within.
Fight for our equality and rights, as though the next under attack could be yours. Stop fighting terms when they help others be seen as human beings (I’m looking at you, “I don’t like the term cisgender” people). Expand your definitions instead.
It’s not just love. It’s gender, identity, freedom, rights, and visibility. Queer is more than just sex and love. For some queer folk, it’s not about sex or love at all. Hold the queer umbrella high enough to cover all the LGBTQIA2SP+ queerfolk, and understand making room doesn’t lessen the whole.
Or get the hell out of our way.
Okay, there’s that said.
I’ve got very little to report writing-wise this week. Renovations on the house continue at a great (but loud) pace, and I’ve been working on some short fiction for the calls listed below and falling behind and the panic of deadlines is rising.
So you know, business as usual. 😉
Triad Soul got its first NetGalley-based review, and it was very positive. I will admit to a full-body exhale. There’s just something about the first review.
As always, if you’d like a copy of Triad Soul for yourself, the best place to go is Bold Strokes Books (you’ll get it earlier). If you’re a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller, then definitely check out NetGalley (the link above).
Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks
Renovations have called a halt to much of my work on Exit Plans, but I’ve figured out the teacher character now. I wanted to do some things very purposefully with Exit Plans, and one of those things was to make sure there were awesome, supportive, and trustworthy adults. The teacher was going to be one of them.
It finally clicked that I could use Mr. Andrew Jones (from In Memoriam) as that teacher, and I had a big happy.
Of Echoes Born
Did I mention renovations?
Open Calls for Submission
Every Wednesday I try to include my list off all the various open calls for submission I’ve found and/or am trying to write for. If you know of any others, by all means do drop them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. If this is helpful for people other than myself, it’s even better.
Tallies for May: Still nothing yet. (I know, I know).
The year thus far: January was: 6 submissions (4 reprints, 2 new), 1 acceptance; in February was bare minimum: 1 submission (1 new); March brought 1 rejection, and 1 submission (new); April say 1 submission (new) and 1 acceptance (woo-hoo!).
- Chicken Soup for the Soul – Various titles, various themes, various deadlines, 1,200 word count limit.
- Clarkesworld – Currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.
- Cast of Wonders – Young adult short fiction market, open to story submissions up to 6,000 words.
- Totally Entwined – Many calls, various dates and lengths.
- Alice Unbound – Think Alice in Wonderland, only speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc. Exile Editions; Submission window: February 1st – May 31st, 2017; 2k – 5k word count limit; Canadians and ex-pat Canadians only.
- Myths, Moons, and Mayhem – M/M/M ménage; Deadline June 1st, 2017; 4k – 6k word count limit.
- The Witching Hour – Mythical creature visitation theme; deadline July 30th, 2017; 10k to 40k word count limit.
- Futurescape Contest – “Blue Sky Cities” theme; 8k word count limit; deadline October 13th, 2017.