Geeking out over ancient languages and scripts

I’m no linguist. But right now, I am very excited about languages, scripts, how they came into being, and how they evolved. I’ve been working on a new novel for the last few months, a supernatural fantasy set in medieval India, populated by mythical monsters. It’s been a lot of fun. For the first time, I’ve used several Hindi and Sanskrit words in my work, so I’ve been working on a glossary at the same time. I think the glossary has been at least as much fun to write as the novel itself, hah. As part of my research into the languages spoken in medieval India, I realized some startling things. Note: this is a long and possibly boring post. Continue reading

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The Witch Speaks

Still living in the pandemic. Lost count of the days. But! Today is Special! It is Story Day. I am very pleased to announce that my story The Witch Speaks is now live at Lightspeed Magazine. I also did a Q & A on this story with Setsu Uzumé (Thanks Setsu!) and you can check that out here. If you prefer a podcast, you can listen to the story narrated by Justine Eyre. Thank you to the entire team at Lightspeed for all their work in publishing this rather experimental, emotional story. Continue reading

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Living in the Pandemic

It is Day 6 of extreme social-distancing for me. I’m looking at the long weeks ahead and wondering (like many of you) how we’re going to get through this. We have an emergency in Ontario, and in many other parts of the world. If you’re reading this, you are very likely in a similar situation. How are you coping, friends? I am personally on an endless re-watch of The Untamed. I will never stop loving that show. I’m writing what I can. I’m staying in touch with my friends through email and twitter. I’m waiting for the sun to come out. Continue reading

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Fandom, Obsession, and The Untamed

I’ve consumed countless SFF books and numerous shows in my life. However, I have never been a fan of anything.

Until now. People who follow my Twitter feed may have noticed the preponderance of images of pretty, long-haired Chinese wizards with flowing robes and magic swords. Welcome to the world of The Untamed – a complex, beautiful story set in ancient China. The entire 50 episodes are available on Netflix and apparently on Youtube as well. I have – ahem – seen it twice. I’ve probably seen my favorite scenes ten times. Continue reading

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Woohoo! In case you’ve been wanting to read about assassins that have telepathic relationships with their daggers, the ebook of Markswoman is on sale for just 99 cents from now until 24th February in both US and Canada. For those who just started following me recently, Markswoman is the first book of my Asiana duology. The sequel, Mahimata, was published last year. And I’m so proud of both my book babies!

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Witcher, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

I rarely rave about a show, and I never watch the same show twice. But for The Witcher, I made an exception. It was even better the second time round, because I caught all the little things I’d missed the first time, trying to figure out the timelines. Why is it so darn good? It’s produced by a woman. Continue reading

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Favorite Novel Reads of 2019

Thank goodness for fiction. It’s been a rough reality today – I just cannot believe the results of the UK election! But then, I never believe it when right-wing, racist, climate-change-denying, xenophobic fundamentalists get elected and yet here we are, with Boris in UK, Trump in USA, Bolsonaro in Brazil, Duterte in Philippines, Netanyahu in Israel, Putin in Russia, and Modi in India. Even in Canada, the Liberals lost their majority this year. The world is a garbage fire so yeah, thank goddess for books and stories we can escape into. Continue reading

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