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Feb. 20th, 2009

black haired girl & bird cages

in worried piles I typed for miles...

Huh.

Totally did not realize that I'm listed on the author index over at The Locus Index to Science Fiction. That's kind of awesome. And a nice reminder that I really need to find more time for my writing, as there's only one little wee publication listed.

And I am trying to. Amidst the school stuff, which has also yielded some fun projects lately. I have two conferences I'm presenting papers at in the next few months: "Love and Other Monsters: Fantasies of Incest in Supernatural and Slash Fan Fiction" at the 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in March, and "Real People, Real Writers, and Imagined Realities: The Oscillating Roles of Actor, Character, Author, and Fan in Real Person Fan Fiction" at the 2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in April.

Haven't really written either of those papers yet, however, so I'mma be a busy girl! It's fun busy, though. And I'm super-excited about the other papers being presented on my panels. For the Real Person Fan Fiction paper I'll be discussing the fandom surrounding the actors of the show Supernatural (do we sense a obsession theme here?), and there's someone presenting a paper called "Why We All Love to Hurt Dean Winchester: Fan Fiction as Self-Narrative Therapy." *insert fangirl flail here* I swear, that show and its fan community (of which I consider myself a part, and oooh, March also yields a fan convention in which I will see my beloved actors and fangirls!) is an academic goldmine. Fun, fun stuff.

I'm also working on course papers and beginning to think about my thesis. Incredibly stressful, but way more interesting than teaching tech writing, I can tell you that much. I'm excited about some of the ideas rolling around my head, and I hope to get down to some serious work this weekend. If I can squeeze in some time for some short story tweaking, that would be fabulous.

What are you all up to?

Jan. 9th, 2009

mysterious tree

The goblin queen resurfaces...

I've been hiding in the mud and dirt, overwhelmed with a new home and a new school and a new life. A lot of it has been good, actually. It's just a matter of organizing my time and my goals, and I lost sight of my personal writing for a little bit, became a wee discouraged with it and mostly just forgetful and otherwise occupied, but here I am again.

I may start posting about academic things here too, as that takes up a lot of my time and passion, but I really want to make room for my writing again as well, make it fit into my life. My goal for the new year: WRITE EVERY DAY. I even stuck the words on my computer with label maker stickers :)

A quote for the new year, to inspire me and you and you and you and you, from this guy I really like:


"...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind."
-ganked from Neil Gaiman's blog



Good advice. Here's to dreaming dangerously and outrageously!

Jul. 30th, 2008

typewriter

Washing their hands of it...

Necrology Magazine has shut down. Which is sad because it was a pretty cool lil' horror mag dedicated to "tales of macabre and horror!" (to be said in very Orson Wells-ish voice).

According to their web site:

"We are sorry, Necrology Magazine has closed. Our parent company has decided to close Necrology Magazine for undisclosed reasons. We wish to thank all our contributors for the wonderful stories and material which they submitted to us over the issues."


How mysterious. Alas, my short story "Hands Born Dirty" had recently been published on the "Shorts" section of their web site, and as the site is down, it pretty much no longer exists as a published piece. I'm not sure how that affects my sending the story elsewhere (anyone know?).

If you're interested in reading it, I've posted it here in the meantime. It's a pretty short piece, and a pretty dark one. Let me know what you think :)



Hands Born DirtyCollapse )

Jul. 16th, 2008

keyhole

Flash fiction: Open.

Inspired by the word prompt over at 15_minute_fic, though admittedly I spent more like twenty minutes on this. Mildly erotic and depressing. Muggle fiction, aka not fantasy.

What does it mean to open yourself up to someone, exactly?Collapse )

Jul. 14th, 2008

tree eating girl

Welcome to the Goblin Market.


The whisk-tail'd merchant bade her taste
In tones as smooth as honey,
The cat-faced purr'd,
The rat-faced spoke a word
Of welcome, and the snail-paced even was heard;
One parrot-voiced and jolly
Cried "Pretty Goblin" still for "Pretty Polly;" -
One whistled like a bird.


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You've landed in the Goblin Market, a little space on the web for the writings, musings, and mad ramblings of a Victorian studies grad student and speculative fiction writer. I'm not sure how interesting this will be to anyone other than me, but I'll try to keep you updated with what's going on with my writing and academic projects, for those of you who are here for that sort of thing.

You can probably expect a few personal tidbits now and again, silly online quizzes and surveys born out of boredom (or more likely, procrastination!), some snippets of works in progress, and raves about whatever book/film/show/person I'm currently enamoured with (I'm kind of an unabashed fan girl of all things sf/f and horror). Quotes, photos, recipes...The kitchen sink.

Variety is the spice of life, and I'm nothing if not random. You've got to weed through the goblin market to find what you're looking for, and you do so at your own peril. (Did I mention I'm a little overdramatic?)

Hopefully you'll find some magic here now and again. Hopefully I will too. There's no need to ask before friending, and more likely than not, I'll add you right back. Friends are good <3