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End of Year 2017

posted Dec 31, 2017, 8:39 AM by Tina Connolly   [ updated Dec 31, 2017, 9:02 AM ]
I went to make this post, and found I never wrote the one for the 2016 publications. I am...unsurprised. It has been a year of both very good things and very bad things. The latter we have all been dealing with at a national and global level. (But I am very grateful for the mitigating presence of the former.)

Well, the main things I had published in 2016 were two books: Seriously Shifted, and my collection On the Eyeball Floor. And 2017 saw the completion of the Seriously series with Seriously Hexed, and (one of the very good things) a completely unexpected World Fantasy nomination for the collection.

I actually got to write a few short stories this year! (Mostly flash, but hey, I love flash!) And cracked several new-to-me markets, including one that has been on my bucket list since I first started submitting: F&SF.  Here are the 2017 short story publications:

"Queen Aster, Who Dances" (flash), Fireside, 4 July 2017
"Hearts, Sticky with Mulch and Jam" (flash), Daily SF, 28 August 2017
"Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work" (flash), Uncanny #19, Nov 2017

On the podcasting front I was super pleased to complete my first full year of co-hosting for Escape Pod, working with many amazing people. (But I especially must mention my two co-hosts, the co-editors of EP, Divya Breed and Mur Lafferty.)

I brought back Toasted Cake! And am very grateful for all the wonderful authors who submitted stories to me. It was a brutal slushpile. But the 2017-2018 school year run has so many amazing stories in it, and I can't wait to share them with you. I also started a patreon to help fund Toasted Cake, and am very grateful for all those helping me out over there.

Other stories I narrated:

Madeleine Alvey, Honey and Bone, Escape Pod #566
K. C. Ball, Stay, Podcastle #462
Marie Brennan, The Siret Mask, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #238 (500th story!)
Rachael K. Jones, The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me, Podcastle #493
Cat Rambo, Red in Tooth and Cog, Escape Pod #607
Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Every Orphan Child to a Good Home Should go, Overcast #64 (flash)
Sara Saab, Suddenwall, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #191
Greg van Eekhout, On the Fringes of the Fractal, Escape Pod #598
Caroline M. Yoachim, Carnival Nine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #196

As you can see, there are some AMAZING stories in that lineup that I was honored to read.

And a quick roundup of the places that I went - I was thrilled to teach with my good friends Alex C. Renwick and Kate Ristau for Cascade Writers, to mentor 4th and 5th graders at the Oregon Writing Festival and grownups at the Great Critique through SCBWI, and of course, to teach my first ever one-week class, a YA Novel writing workshop through CSSF at KU. (Doing that one again next June, so keep an ear out if that interests you!)

I also went to many bookstores and libraries: the Dallas Library, the Clackamas B&N via Willamette Writers, the Beaverton City Library, Another Read Through, the St. Helen's Library, and Powell's Cedar Hills. I also did readings for the PNW SFWA series, which were in bars. Bars are not bookstores, but Duane at the U Bookstore in Seattle, and Mark Niemann-Ross and Brad Wheeler here in Portland helped bring and sell books for those venues. I continue to be grateful for the support of so many wonderful people in all those places.

Cons: Norwescon, Campbell Conference, Willamette Writers Conference, Rose City Comic Con (where I paneled/tabled with Will Ritter and Lish McBride, World Fantasy, Wordstock (where I acted out scenes with Fonda Lee, David D. Levine, and Curtis C. Chen) and OryCon. I spoke, read, and/or taught at all those places, and I deeply appreciate the hard work from the organizers that goes into them.

I think that wraps up my year - on a publishing level, anyway! There is always more than I think, and it is always slightly exhausting looking back at it. But I am super grateful for everything I get to do and would not change it.

Here's to 2018 - more art, more love, more resistance.

xo tina