My first ever Aurora Award nomination!

Popping in here briefly to say that my story Eighteen Days of Barbareek published in Uncanny Magazine Issue 39 has been nominated for the Aurora Award in the Best Short Story category. I’m over the moon! My first ever Aurora Award nomination, and it’s for a story of the Kurukshetra war from the POV of a severed head. You can see the entire ballot here. There are many writers whose work I admire on this ballot, and I’m so thrilled to be among them. Continue reading

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ARC Unboxing & Writerly Update

News! I received the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove. I got so excited when I received this mysterious box from an unknown sender, I made an ARC unboxing video. They are beautiful and I can’t wait for them to be in reader hands. There is a gorgeous map. With monsters! And a glossary at the end that was almost as much fun to write as the book itself. If you fancy reading a medieval Indian fantasy featuring a plucky guardswoman, a handsome monk, and an abundance of hungry monsters, then this one’s for you. Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove

I am delighted to finally share the gorgeous cover of Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove, my YA Fantasy debut novel! It will be released on 18 October 2022 from Wednesday Books. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect cover to capture the world of my story! Do you fancy a medieval Indian fantasy featuring a sassy guardswoman, a handsome monk, and a plethora of monsters? You can preorder! Preorder links for the book are here. And you can add it to GoodReads here. Continue reading

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Reflections on long Covid, writing, and productivity

Ah, the dissonance of simultaneously feeling how is it only Monday of this week, and also how is it almost 2022 when I haven’t quite processed 2020 yet (yes I’m all about that meme).

It has not been an easy year for many of us, and I am aware and grateful for how much better off I am than most others. Yes, I have long Covid. Yes, new restrictions have just been passed because of Omnicron. Yes, I still don’t feel safe traveling. Yes, I live under an inept conservative provincial government that has leaped at every chance to botch the vaccine rollout, and the boosters are no exception – why, were you thinking they might have learned? Ha. Ha. Ha. Continue reading

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Goodreads Giveaway for my book

Ahhh, the first Goodreads Giveaway for my book Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove has begun! If you fancy a “stunning and immersive novel set in an alternate medieval India infested with monsters, where a young guardswoman struggles with her unwitting role as a major pawn in the deadly games between two kingdoms” then you can go ahead and enter here. US-only, I’m afraid, but the next giveaway in November will include Canada, and I’ll do an international twitter giveaway in December. Continue reading

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My Favorite Asian Dramas

Last year, I blogged about The Untamed and how much I loved it. It got me through a very gloomy few months. And while this incredible drama remains my all-time favorite, I am happy to report that I have since discovered several more delightful shows to keep me going through the pandemic and my lingering Long Covid. Here are my top six! All are available on Netflix or Rakuten Viki. The subtitles are way better on Rakuten Viki because there are often notes explaining the cultural, historical, or linguistic context of the dialogue, which makes it a much more immersive experience. Sadly, Rakuten Viki does not pay its translators. It is apparently a volunteer job. I hope they can pay their translators at some point, because they do a stellar job. Continue reading

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Black Wings, White Kheer

Story day! Very pleased to announce that my story Black Wings, White Kheer about magic, food, and family has been published at PodCastle, one of my favorite venues, and is now available to read or listen online. This is a story-of-my-heart featuring an immigrant woman (who is not only human), a magical recipe, a clueless husband, their sweet kids, a horrid monster, and…wings. Yes, there is a recipe for kheer, one of my beloved childhood desserts. Food often makes its way into my writing, but this is my most foodie story yet. I hope you enjoy it! Especially the amazing narration by Suna Dasi! Continue reading

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The way that things have been

It is 18th June, it is raining, and I just got my second jab! In two weeks I can…go to the dentist. The optometrist. The physiotherapist. Ah, the wild times ahead. Seriously, though, I am hopeful that everyone who can, does get vaccinated as quickly as possible. That’s the only way back to some near-normalcy – the only way we can stay ahead of a mutating virus. And if you have long Covid (as I possibly do) anecdotal evidence suggests that the vaccine may help reduce your symptoms. Continue reading

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Eighteen Days of Barbareek

Story Day! Very pleased to announce that my short story Eighteen Days of Barbareek is now live at Uncanny Magazine and free to read online here. There are some stories one is compelled to write, and this was one of those for me. Barbarik/Barbareek is a lesser known character from later versions of the Mahabharata epic, and I could not get his story out of my head. So I wrote about his. He spends the eighteen days of the Kurukshetra war as a disembodied head. I’ve written more about him in this post along with a whole host of other severed heads, lol. Continue reading

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