The Year In Yant, or What I Published in 2012

Hello! 2012 is almost over and it’s time to look back on the year and reflect on the smargle blotchits num goliator ag mehew.

Right. Not feeling too reflective right now, really. That will probably come later.

This year I published six stories, which is three times as many as I’d published in my only other year of having things published at all. I feel good about that. Four of them are fantasy and two are science fiction. I was paid actual money for them, which was a thrill, and as near as I can tell all of them are eligible to be nominated in Short Story categories of the major awards of our field (though the two SF ones of course shouldn’t be considered for the World Fantasy Award). If you would like to read any of them–or in a couple of cases, listen to them–they are:

The Three Feats of Agani” – Fantasy, 4900 words. Appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, July 2012.
Also available as a podcast at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Transfer of Ownership” – Science Fiction, 1900 words. Appeared in Armored, published by Baen, February 2012.
Also available as a podcast from the Drabblecast.

My Mother’s Body” – Science Fiction, 1200 words. Appeared in Daily Science Fiction, October 2012.

This Rough Magic” – Fantasy, 1250 words. Appeared in Daily Science Fiction, April 2012.

“Office Demons” – Fantasy, 5000 words. Appeared in Stupefying Stories, November 2012.

Temperance” – Fantasy/Science Fiction (time travel, you choose) 4400 words. Appeared in Fireside Magazine, 2012.

I’ll get back to the reflecting on things after I get this infernal novel synopsis done, and these files copied for work, and any number of other things that need attending to.

Meanwhile I thank you for your support and friendship, camaraderie and cheer–I hope you’ve had a happy and safe holiday season, and I wish you all good things in the coming new year.

Peace out.

Stupefying Stories 2.1 and post-Thanksgiving updates

Stupefying Stories 2.1

Stupefying Stories 2.1 is out and includes my story “Office Demons.” I am particularly happy to have this story out in the world as it’s vastly different from what I usually write. I hope that this one will make people smile. (When Wendy read it years ago, her first comment was “So, is this your first attempt at autobiography?”) :) I’m delighted to share the table of contents with so many friends and fantastic writers.

I think we can count Thanksgiving as a huge success–we managed to seat and feed fifteen people in our itty-bitty house, and everyone seemed to have a great time. I did my usual bacon-covered turkey, which fortunately slipped off the cutting board in the right direction (onto the counter instead of onto the floor). A high point of the day for me was that I finally got to meet my cousin’s boyfriend of four years, a singer and actor who not long ago was in Avenue Q in Santa Barbara, a fact which my kids and I completely geeked out over. I hope we made him feel welcome!

With the end of the year approaching I’m scrambling a bit to get these last few short stories out the door so that I have some inventory to circulate at the start of the year while I return my attention to the novel. And of course there’s all of this reading to catch up on, since Nebula nominations are open. I’ll put together a different post soon with my recommendations and what work of mine is eligible. (And yes, it feels incredibly weird to say that.)

I hope that your own holidays have been free of strife, and that your year is ending on a high note!

In which the carrying capacity of the camel is exceeded

A few days ago, while still quite upset and angry, I wrote a longer post that detailed some of the grosser examples of cluelessness or malice that I’ve encountered over the past two-plus years regarding popular assumptions about John’s relationship to my writing. That draft didn’t make the cut–posting it would only make me feel worse, not better. But after several days I still feel I need to address it.

I’ll be brief:

John does not edit my work.

Assumptions, assertions, and anecdotes to the contrary are–whether willfully or not–hurtful, insulting, and factually incorrect.

I have spent more than a decade–thousands of hours–working my ass off to learn my craft. When people try to take that from me by crediting my few successes or the quality of my work to my husband, I get upset. And so does he.

*Yes, of course, he edited the two stories that he bought, because he was the editor of the publications in question. For a list of all of my editors, see my bibliography.

“Office Demons” available November 3

In a sale that delighted and surprised the heck out of me, my story “Office Demons” will appear in the next issue of Stupefying Stories, which will be released November 3. This story is a bit of a departure for me in that it’s actually humor, nobody is dead or dying, and it probably won’t make anyone cry.

Many thanks to the issue’s editor, M. David Blake, for loving Claudia, Turner, and Fred as much as I do.

How many things make a post? Five. We’ll call it five.

  • I have a new post up at Inkpunks on my recent experience dragging my sad ass out of the creative doldrums.
  • My story “My Mother’s Body” went out to Daily Science Fiction subscribers yesterday and apparently ruined everyone’s morning, though from what I understand, it was in a good way. It should be available on their website for non-subscribers next week.
  • Brian White posted an update today about Kickstarter Fatigue and his future plans for Fireside.
  • After quite a bit of soul-searching (related to that Inkpunks post) I have returned to Lightspeed as of the January 2013 issue. My tenses there sound like I’ve traveled through time but really that’s just the issue we’re working on right now. I missed you, Slush Pile! Let us be forever friends.
  • I can’t believe WFC is almost here! Or that I’m almost there. I have a passport and everything. Like a grownup.

Right now I’m just glad it’s Friday. This week felt long. Have a great weekend! :)

“Temperance” now available online

Brian White of Fireside Magazine has just released the stories from Issue #1 for free online. My story “Temperance” went up this morning.

Issue #3 is currently in the process of raising funding via Kickstarter, and needs your help! If you enjoyed issues 1 and 2, or haven’t had a chance to check out Fireside yet, you can pre-order the next issue or go for one of the limited rewards. The issue will include stories from Daniel Abraham, Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Lucas J.W. Johnson; the comic is written by Rachel Deering and drawn by Christine Larsen; the artist for the issue is Lisa Grabenstetter.

I pre-ordered the hard copy because frankly 1 and 2 were gorgeous.


Heading off to Worldcon shortly, which will likely be both fun and exhausting, as cons generally are. This will really be my first true Worldcon experience–last year I was very busy getting married and spending time with family as a result. Apart from the Hugos I didn’t really get to check it out at all, so I’m excited to see what this con is really about. My hip still hurts, though I’ve been icing it every night and that’s helped a lot, but the amount of walking involved in a convention is likely to aggravate it. If you see me limping/waddling, or sitting somewhere with Amy Sundberg and Jordan London packed in ice, you’ll know why.

I’m not doing any panels, but I can be found here:

Reading: John Joseph Adams
Fri Aug 31 1:30pm – Fri Aug 31 3:00pm – Haymarket
John Joseph Adams, Carrie Vaughn, Christie Yant
Readings from the magazines Nightmare and Lightspeed, and anthologies Armored and Epic, all edited by John Joseph Adams.

I’ll be reading my story “Transfer of Ownership” from Armored, and also Ken Liu’s story “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” from Lightspeed, as Ken is unable to make it. (I’ll do my best, Ken!)

Otherwise I’ll likely be connecting with various alumni groups (almost all of my Launchies and Diesel Bears are going, and of course scads of Codexians! Though the fact that I will be the only Inkpunk there saddens me).

Oh and speaking of Inkpunks, my girl Carrie is going to be competing in the Omegathon at PAX this weekend, because she is a total badass. You can check out her training montage here. Good luck, Carrie! Wish I could be there. <3