Short story sales!
I've signed the contracts; I've even been paid! And while they won't be out for a while, it's still a personal Big Deal for me to announce two short story sales.
1) "Congress of Dragons" is forthcoming in the Fall issue of Megan Arkenberg's lovely journal, Mirror Dance. I always knew I would have to write a story featuring dragons one day. Because, dragons.
2) I am also very excited to announce the sale of "Between Sea and Shore" to GigaNotoSaurus. This story was difficult for me in a number of ways. It pushed me in new directions. It's the longest thing I've ever written (nearly 9000) words. I love it, but its very length made it hard to sell in the current short sci-fi/fantasy market. I am so thankful that a venue like GigaNotoSaurus, dedicated to longer fiction ("longer than a short story, and shorter than a novel") exists. It was also a pleasure, and eye-opening, to work through the editing/revision process with editor Rashida Smith.
These two stories mirror each other in interesting ways. They are the last of a series of stories I wrote which are thematically linked--fairy tales about transformation, identity, the quest for home and belonging.
I'll write more about those links later, after these tales are published. But I do think I've finally tapped out some of these themes--at least for now. It feels like I've exorcised something (if only temporarily). My most recent finished story is something completely different, and I hope to keep moving on--new themes, new structures, new styles and stories.