2016 Awards Eligibility Post

Better late than never! Here's my list of award-eligible writing from 2016.

"An Ocean the Color of Bruises," Uncanny Magazine Issue Eleven, July/August 2016, short story: A group of college friends from Manila travel to a beach resort. There's parasailing, slow-dancing, and running for their lives, straight into the ocean.

"Only Unclench Your Hand," What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre, Saga Press, August 2016, short story: Macky is prepping for law school and staying at her uncle's farm in the province. She learns from two local girls what it's like to never be safe - and how there are other ways to seek justice, outside of the law.

This was recently announced as part of the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award, and thus is now available online. :D

"Serenade," Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow, Hex Publishers, November 2016, short story: EJ and Anj are a brother-sister hacker duo taking on all sorts of odd jobs to preserve their Tata Selo's brainware before it's too late.

"Grass Cradle, Glass Lullaby," Asian Monsters, Fox Spirit Books, December 2016, short storyYou come to me unexpectedly, long after I had stopped hoping. A monster story told in fragments, mostly about a mother's love.

"Hurricane Heels (Series)," Book Smugglers Publishing, December 2016: When a goddess asks you to fight for her, and save the world - you can only say yes. Five magical girls accepted this power over a decade ago, but as they grow into adults, their conflicting feelings about the great battle between light and darkness start to rise to the surface. Contents include a bachelorette party, Fushimi Inari Shrine, St. Mark's Place, and some rainbow-colored transformation sequences.

Hurricane Heels is 42,000 words long and is thus eligible as a novel. Each individual story can also be nominated as a novelette. If you are interested in nominating any, I suggest the first one: Hurricane Heels (We Go Down Dancing).

Also, two poems!

  • "Alamat," Uncanny Magazine Issue 10, May/June 2016: you are not a witch, your breathless prayers are not magic.
  • "Striking Fire," Goblin Fruit, Winter 2016: The lit match is like a prayer, like whispering farewell.

2016 was a really intense year for me outside of writing things, but I'm happy I got to share the above stories with readers. I hope you enjoy some of these monsters, violent ladies, and ensemble narrators. If you would like copies of any of the stories that are not available online, let me know and I'd be happy to email them to you. Thank you for the consideration. Now - onto the rest of the year!

Hurricane Heels: how it happened

I had a long break over the holidays, happily emptying my head of all things as I visited shrines and temples in Tokyo and caught up with friends over amazing Manila food. When I came back to the US, I found a mysterious package on my desk - and opened to find a book with my name on the cover.

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2015 Year in Review, Quiz Edition

2015 is ending! *runs around like a headless chicken*

I can't really talk about this year yet, since I haven't given myself the headspace to reflect on things. It was pretty insane. Lots of amazing things happened, and I met so many cool people, but there were also some really difficult moments. I may touch on that more once I've got my thoughts sorted, but in the meantime, I can talk about a bit about writing.

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