November 17th, 2010

eliot

Nebula Tiems

It's time for Nebula voting, which means it's time for me to tell you what I did this year! 2010 was actually kind of a slow year for me--mostly doing the award thing for 2009 work and recharging. And yet I seem to have a pile of Things at the end of the year. So here it is, all my eligible stuffs.

Novels

The Habitation of the Blessed
  Obviously this one just came out, but it's up for free in the voters' forums if you want to consider it.

Short Fiction

13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time (Clarkesworld)

How to Become a Mars Overlord
(Lightspeed) If you did not hear the audio of this? RUN, do not walk, to the site. Ethan Rayne reads it gorgeously. I swooned.

The Days of Flaming Motorcycles (Dark Faith)

Secretario (Weird Tales) This one isn't online for free anywhere but will probably be up in the forums--I made noir! And the illustration in the magazine is to die for. And let's not forget OMG I AM ON THE COVER OF WEIRD TALES.

15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai (Haunted Legends, edited by Datlow and Mamatas) Also not online for free but available in the forums.

I am super proud of all these stories. I feel like I pushed myself this year, into some frightening and challenging territory--zombies, which I swore I'd never write about, SF, whatever the reviewers say 2 out of my 5 stories were SF this year, 1 horror, 1 noir/horror, and only one really fantasy, and then a fantasy novel with strong SFnal concerns, which is CRAZY for me. I'm the fairy tale girl, right? Yet this has been a Year of Trying New Things. I never feel like I can safely call myself a science fiction writer, let alone horror, but maybe one day I will.

And ultimately, though I love all these stories, I genuinely think that 13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time is my best story. Ever. I've been writing short fiction for about six years now and I think it's the best one I've done. So far--obviously I hope to outdo it next year. But despite all the controversy surrounding it I think it's the best work I've done in the short form.

And that's all I have to say until Hugo voting time!