I Won at NaSuHeMo!

I have a new story up at Daily Science Fiction today: I Won at NaSuHeMo! So if you’re doing NaNoWriMo and want a quick break from it–or if you just like short superhero stories–go on over and give it a read.

Seriously, whatever goals you’re pursuing this month, all the best to you and please be kind to yourself in the pursuit.

And go read my story.

Electoral faery fantasy

I have a new story out today in Beneath Ceaseless Skies: The Influence of the Iron Range. For those of you who went to Readercon, it’s the story I read half of at my solo reading there–so this is your chance to find out how it all ends after the stunning cliffhanger I left you on! Even if you didn’t–go, read, enjoy!

My editor, Scott, thought it was particularly satisfying to run this story just before elections in the US. I agree. In my district we “only” have school board elections–but after listening to the candidates’ forum, I have very strong opinions on those school board candidates. If you’re eligible to vote and able to get there, please remember to do so! November 7 if Election Day for most US districts–please check to see if there are local issues on your ballot even if you haven’t heard of anything larger scale. Local issues matter! Your vote makes a huge difference at the local level! Okay, back to your regularly scheduled storytime.

Stories. Liked by me. Recentlyish. Like ya do.

You know how this goes by now: I make no pretense of comprehensive reading, even of the magazines for which I’ve linked a story. This is some stuff I’ve read and liked. If there’s something you’ve enjoyed lately, please feel free–encouraged, in fact–to link to it in the comments. This is just a roundup of stories (and maybe a poem) I thought well of. Yay! If you thought well of some stories (and maybe a poem or two) since last time I did this, by all means please share.

Feeding Mr. Whiskers, by Dawn Bonanno (Fireside)

Dire Wolf, by Michael J. DeLuca (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Man-Size, by Gwynne Garfinkle (The Sockdolager)

The Last Cheng Beng Gift, by Jaymee Goh (Lightspeed)

We Came Here to Make Friends, by Martha Hood (The Sockdolager)

If a Bird Can Be a Ghost, by Allison Mills (Apex)

And Sneer of Cold Command, by Premee Mohamed (The Sockdolager)

Plain Jane Learns to Knit Wormholes, by Wendy Nikel (Flash Fiction Online)

Birth, Place, by Brandon O’Brien (Uncanny)

Stories We Carry on the Back of the Night, by Jasper Sanchez (Mithila Review)

Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand, by Fran Wilde (Uncanny)

You Can Adapt to Anything, by John Wiswell (Daily Science Fiction)

Blue Ribbon

Today’s reprint has particularly good timing! Lightspeed is running a story of mine that has never been available online before, Blue Ribbon. (It previously appeared in Analog and in Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction.) Why is this good timing?

Well, for non-Americans, it’s a story to enjoy on a Tuesday, okay, sure. For most Americans, it’ll be something to ease you back into your work week after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Who could argue with that kind of timing? I hope you enjoy it!

But for those of you who are missing your State Fair now that it’s over. For those of you who were 4H kids in particular. Yes, this is my story of 4H kids in space. It’s not the perky tale of “and then I won the prize, hurray!” that that thumbnail might suggest, but I’m pretty proud of it all the same. And the day after the State Fair seems like just the right time for it to be more broadly available for the first time.

You know: the thing with stories I’ve liked lately

And maybe a poem or two or a hundred. And you can chime in, because even things from a particular magazine do not mean I’ve read all of that magazine.

What to Expect from the Large Hadron Collider as a college roommate, by Betsy Aoki (Uncanny)

Search History, by K. T. Bryski (Daily SF)

Junebug’s Magical Magnificent Mercurial Barbershop, by Malon Edwards (Fireside)

A Late Quintessence, by Justin Howe (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship, by Rachael K. Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

Packing, by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny)

elemental haiku by Mary Soon Lee

Red Bark and Ambergris, by Kate Marshall (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Stars That Fall, by Samantha Murray (Flash Fiction Online)

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex)

For Now, Sideways, by A. Merc Rustad (Diabolical Plots)

Sun, Moon, Dust, by Ursula Vernon (Uncanny)

Auspicium Melioris Aevi, by JY Yang (Uncanny)

Stories I liked this time around

It’s time again for another batch of: short stories I liked since the last time I posted about some short stories! As always, this makes no pretense of being exhaustive. The appearance on this list of a story does not mean that I’ve read everything else a magazine puts out–so feel free to recommend your own favorites in the comments. Sharing around good stories is the entire point.

The Cold, Lonely Waters, by Aimee Ogden (Shimmer)

The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom, by Max Gladstone (Tor.com) (Is there a bonus for using “water” or “waters” in your title? Well. In your story, yes, so in your title, probably. Why be coy about this? Water. It’s a family thing.)

The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales, by Fei Dao (Clarkesworld) (Translated by Ken Liu)

Some Remarks on the Reproductive Strategy of the Common Octopus, by Bogi Takacs (Clarkesworld)

2067: Transcript of Found Audio Interview, by Adrienne Maree Brown (Riverwise)

A Burden Shared, by Jo Walton (Tor.com)

That Lingering Sweetness, by Tony Pi (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

They Will Take You From You, by Brandon O’Brien (Strange Horizons)