2015 has come and gone, and it was certainly an interesting year for me. On a personal level, I had the most difficult year in recent memory. There was a great deal of change and uncertainty, the end of my marriage, and a general lack of stability. There was also the birth of my niece and goddaughter, more time spent with family than in the last five years, and some truly beautiful and memorable moments.
From a career standpoint, 2015 was a most excellent year. I now have regular freelance editorial work with a great publisher, and I love every minute of it. That kind of stability does wonders, I couldn’t be happier with the kinds of books and people I’m working with.
This was also a hallmark year for me in terms of projects. The biggest development was that I signed a three-book anthology deal with Saga Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, and I’ll be co-editing all three books with the talented Navah Wolfe. The first is The Starlit Wood, an all-new anthology of cross-genre fairy tales featuring some of todays best writers. Navah and I both love fairy tales, and it was a delight to work with some of my favourite authors on this anthology. We were even fortunate enough to have the cover and ToC released on Io9. We love everything about this book, from the amazing stories to the gorgeous cover by Benjamin Carré to the illustrations by Stella Björg. Saga is also is also bringing out the book in a really remarkable paper-over-board edition with some great design work. I can’t wait to hold the finished product in my hands. Navah are finishing up the anthology in the next two weeks and it’ll be good to have this project finished for now until the release/marketing later in 2016. Here’s the Goodreads page for it. And here’s the ToC because I just love sharing it:
- The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest by Charlie Jane Anders
- Pearl by Aliette de Bodard
- Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar
- The Thousand Eyes by Jeffrey Ford
- Giants in the Sky by Max Gladstone
- The Other Thea by Theodora Goss
- Even the Crumbs Were Delicious by Daryl Gregory
- Reflected by Kat Howard
- Some Wait by Stephen Graham Jones
- When I Lay Frozen by Margo Lanagan
- The Briar and the Rose by Marjorie M. Liu
- In the Desert Like a Bone by Seanan McGuire
- Penny For a Match, Mister? by Garth Nix
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle by Sofia Samatar
- Underground by Karin Tidbeck
- Badgirl, the Deadman, and the Wheel of Fortune by Catherynne M. Valente
- Familiaris by Genevieve Valentine
Navah and I are already hard at work on the second anthology, which is completely different from The Starlit Wood. More details on that one later in 2016.
The other other big editorial project was Clockwork Canada, coming out from Exile Editions, also in 2016. CC is a real passion project for me. I love history, and I love steampunk. With CC I really wanted to see Canadian authors explore Canadian history and engage with steampunk in critical ways. When I first sent out the call for submissions I indicated that I wanted a really broad range of interpretations and that I was looking for stories that would engage with some of the more challenging or even problematic aspects of the genre. Fortunately, the writers delivered and the book is one of which I’m quite proud. The cover and ToC for that one were featured on Black Gate, another great website. I’ll have more posts about in the next few months. It does have a Goodreads page now, which is exciting. Here’s the awesome ToC for the book:
- La Clochemar by Charlotte Ashley
- East Wind in Carrall Street by Holly Schofield
- The Harpoonist by Brent Nichols
- Crew 255 by Claire Humphrey
- The Curlicue Seahorse by Chantal Boudreau
- Strange Things Done by Michal Wojcik
- Buffalo Gals by Colleen Anderson
- Our Chymical Séance by Tony Pi
- The Seven O’Clock Man by Kate Heartfield
- The Tunnels of Madness by Harold R. Thompson
- Let Slip the Sluicegates of War, Hydro-Girl by Terri Favro
- Equus by Kate Story
- Gold Mountain by Karin Lowachee
- Komagata Maru by Rati Mehrotra
- Bones of Bronze, Limbs like Iron by Rhea Rose
2015 also saw the publication of other projects I had a little hand in, including Sisters of the Revolution, a remarkable anthology of Feminist Speculative fiction edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. Another anthology, The Bestiary was offered as an ebook in a winter storybundle and will be released in print in 2016 as a gorgeous limited edition by Centipede Press.
I had a rather good year in terms of my own writing. I prefer working on other people’s work, so I tend not to write much. That said, I’m really happy with the work I produced this year. I sold three short stories (well, one is more of a prose-poem), two of which have been published, and two poems. I’m especially pleased with “Goodbye is a Mouthful of Water” and “To A Dying Friend”, which are both deeply personal works.
- Spider Moves the World, Lackington’s (the prose-poem)
- Goodbye is a Mouthful of Water, The Playground of Lost Toys
- Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins (forthcoming. I’ll talk about this one later)
- To A Dying Friend, Uncanny Magazine
- A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist, Mythic Delirium, reprinted in Mythic Delirium Volume 2
So that was 2015. On to 2016!