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Ruminations and Announcements
 So yesterday I didn't sleep for like 40 hours? Because I am trying to get my sleep cycle on straight? It didn't really work, but I'm still trying.

The upshot of that was that I was up against the pleas of an editor and deadlines and so I accidentally wrote a cowboy poem. I...don't even know. It's either the best poem I've ever written or the worst. I love it, and I fear it. I am thrilled that rose_lemberg  bought it for Stone Telling volume 3--which unfortunately means you have to wait til March to read it. For volume 2 she has a reprint of The Eight Legs of Grandmother Spider, though, which means you can read it online for the first time.

I have this urge, now, to write in all the so-called Manly Genres.

Also check out my essay on diversity in fiction at the Shimmer blog and Tor.com's extensive 5-part preview of Habitation of the Blessed!

More good news!

I am SO FUCKING PROUD that two stories from Apex, tithenai 's The Green Book and Ian Tregillis's Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) were accepted for Horton's Year's Best and Strahan's, respectively. (Especially since I made my own pleas for Amal's story and my first act as editor was to ask Ian about that amazing story I read in a long-ago workshop.) Apex has never had a story in a Year's Best, guys. This year it has two, and I've only been running the damn thing for four months. 

EDIT: Holy crap, three! This is why you email your editors when you get these announcements, kids. Theodora Goss, my personal authorial heroine, also has a story in Strahan's in the form of Fair Ladies, the first story Apex published under my reign. Four months, three year's best. HOLY CATS.

Incidentally, being an editor is a whole other feeling of pride and hope--I think it's REALLY HEALTHY for authors to take a turn as an editor--it removes your sense of accomplishment and happiness from your own work alone. In the poly world there's a term called "compersion" which means being happy when your partner has good relationship moments in their other relationships. It's like that, I suppose, for someone who is an author herself to edit. And I'm jumping up and down for these guys.

Lastly, I'll be reading in Boston on December 11th at Pandemonium Books at 3pm. I hope you all will come--especially since I'll be giving away a FAIRYLAND ARC to an attendee! Must be present to win...

The wishing post is still going strong--keep posting!

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*dances with* Thank you, lady.

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