Okay, this is my last post of the year, I promise. I like to do a writerly round-up of all that I have written and published, but this has been the year of the NOVEL, and I can talk of very little else. Markswoman, the book I started writing eight years ago, will be out next month (gulp). I spent much of the year revising and editing Markswoman, and madly writing the 120k sequel. No doubt, much of next year will be spent revising said sequel.
Markswoman is in Barnes & Nobles most anticipated YA fantasy novels of 2018 list as well as Bustle’s Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Books Hitting Shelves In 2018 list and The Qwillery’s 2018 Debuts I Am Most Looking Forward To Reading and ForeverYoungAdult’s Most Anticipated Books of 2018. So pleased and honored to be in such great company! The best part of these lists is finding several new books I want to read – some were already on my TBR list, but many were a discovery.
Despite the Asiana books dominating my writerly time, I managed to write one new short story about food and freedom and abuse, which I’m rather pleased by, but it does need a round of revision before I can send it out. (Can I clone myself now, please?) I also have a couple of unsold stories from last year that I try to keep in submission, but this is probably the lowest story inventory I’ve had since I started writing short fiction a few years ago. I had to turn down two anthology invites (sob) because realistically speaking I can’t deal with more deadlines.
I did have a number of cool publications this year – In the Woods, My Voice in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, Hackers’ Faire in Cast of Wonders, Piety, Prayer, Peacekeeper, Apocalypse in Podcastle and stories in the anthologies Where the Stars Rise, Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty), Cat’s Breakfast and CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change. Of course, all these stories were actually written last year, or even the year before.
Which brings me back to my sadly depleted inventory. Aha, but there is one project I haven’t mentioned yet, a project rather close to my heart – a middle grade secondary world fantasy novel which I wrote a few years ago. My lovely agent has sent me revision notes, and I’m trying to get as much done this year as possible so we can sub it next year. Wait, this year has two days left. I’d better get cracking, haha.
One last tidbit about Markswoman before I leave. Asiana is a play on ‘Asia’ of course. But the word (pronounced Aashiyana) also means ‘home’ in Urdu and Hindi. Not just any home, but a safe, secure place of shelter. It is this sense of safety and security my protagonist longs for. Don’t we all?