Some news: I have set up a website for all my short fiction roundups, past and present. Maria's Reading at maria-is-reading.blogspot.com It includes all the roundups that were previously on my blog and at Curious Fictions, and it has links to all my roundups at B&N and Strange Horizons. This will also be where I… Continue reading Maria’s Reading – the new place for my book and short fiction reviews and roundups
This week is WorldCon week, and I have three scheduled events on the program. Times are a bit of a challenge to figure out since it's all originally in the New Zealand time-zone, but I am giving you the times and days for Pacific time as well, since that's where I'm located. I have a… Continue reading My schedule at WorldCon!
Huge and thrilling news today: I have received an Aurora Award nomination for my story CLEAR AS QUARTZ, SHARP AS FLINT, published in Augur Magazine 2.1 last year! I am so grateful and can barely believe that I'm on a ballot with so many wonderful creative people. The full ballot is up on the Aurora Awards… Continue reading I’m on the AURORA AWARDS ballot!
This is so exciting! My first column for Strange Horizons is now available to read. It's called SHORT FICTION TREASURES, and it's a quarterly roundup of great short fiction, great SFF zine issues, novellas, short story collections, and anthologies -- whatever strikes my fancy. The theme for this first installment is hope and happiness, resilience… Continue reading Read my first SHORT FICTION TREASURES roundup at STRANGE HORIZONS
It's been a hectic few months with holidays, and writing, and translation work, and what-not, but here we are and it's 2020. It’s still awards-season, and all my eligible stories are in my 2019 Eligibility Post. As always, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content there. (If you’re not familiar with… Continue reading Writerly Roundup of December and January
October and November were busy months that brought some good news and some bad news. Isn't that always the way? It's awards-season, and all my eligible stories are in my 2019 Eligibility Post. As always, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content for patrons there. If you want to support my… Continue reading My writerly recap for October & November
It's that time of the year again! I get to make lists of all the stories I've read and loved during the year, AND I get to make a list of my own stories. Here are my awards eligible short stories from 2019: THE BRIGHTEST LIGHTS OF HEAVEN – in Fireside Fiction #69. Read online. CLEAR AS QUARTZ, SHARP… Continue reading My awards eligible stories for 2019
June and July were busy months, and several new stories have now been released into the wild! Get all the news here. You can support me on Patreon and get access to special content for patrons there. If you want to support my work as a reviewer and writer of speculative fiction, I'd love to see… Continue reading Writerly roundup June & July 2019
My science fiction / horror story "Dead Meat" is now available to read in the Retribution issue of Apparition Lit! Huge thanks to the fantastic team at this zine for giving this story a great home. I'm part of a fabulous TOC, and you can pick up this issue by subscribing to Apparition Lit, or… Continue reading Story day! Read my story “Dead Meat” in APPARITION LIT!
My story Hare's Breath was originally published in Shimmer in 2017. It is now available in audio format, brilliantly narrated by Katrin Kania, at Cast of Wonders. HUGE thanks to the team at Cast of Wonders for giving this story a wonderful second home. It's a story that was inspired by some very real and… Continue reading Listen to my story “Hare’s Breath” at CAST OF WONDERS (also a Hugo Awards spotlight for SHIMMER & E. Catherine Tobler)
My latest story for the Word Count Podcast was based on the picture story prompt below. I started writing a very different story than this one, but the news headlines about children in cages were on my mind, and eventually, another story came to me. Listen to the latest episode of the Word Count Podcast.… Continue reading Read my flash story “When the Dragons Came” from R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
Hi everyone, and welcome to another bi-monthly newsletter! Summer is fast approaching, and I've been busy reading and writing as usual. I also launched my Patreon - come join me and pick a tier / tree! (If you're not familiar with Patreon, find out more here: What Is Patreon?) I am also posting stories at Curious Fictions.… Continue reading Writerly roundup for April & May 2019
Many writers are jumping on the Patreon wagon right now, and no surprise: Patreon is changing things around on May 7th, and a lot of people want to get in on the sweeter creator deal available right now. I'm taking the plunge too. I now have a Patreon page. There are five tiers, and I'm… Continue reading Writerly update: I’m on Patreon & at Curious Fictions
Hi everyone, and welcome to another bi-monthly newsletter. Spring has sprung, at least around here, and so far, this year has been pretty fantastic. I've kept very busy with reading and reviewing these past two months, and there are lots of roundups and reviews to check out in addition to some new and reprinted stories.… Continue reading Writerly Roundup of February & March
Belated happy new year, everyone! So far, this year has been busy and sort of scatter-brained, but still good. (By the way, if you want to receive this bi-monthly recap as a newsletter, you can sign up here.) It's still the season of nominating stories and making recommended reading lists. My awards eligible stories from… Continue reading Writerly recap of December 2018 & January 2019
I'm pretty much speechless today, seeing that my story "It's Easy to Shoot a Dog" from Beneath Ceaseless Skies is on the Locus Recommended Reading List. There are so many fantastic stories and books on this list, and it feels completely unreal to be included in this company. The Locus Recommended Reading List Read "It's… Continue reading My story “It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog” makes the LOCUS Recommended Reading List!
Awards season is upon us, and it's glorious, because I have an excuse (as if I needed one!) to heap praise on the stories, publications, and people who do great work in speculative fiction. I'm nominating and voting for as many faves as I can and I always wish there was space for more. (Btw,… Continue reading Why I am nominating E. Catherine Tobler for best editor (short form), AKA #AHugoForElise
Happy new year, everyone! I spent my new year's eve mostly at home with family though we did head out to look at the early fireworks in downtown Vancouver. Today, it's Story Day. My short story "Hand Me Downs" is available to read in Giganotosaurus, and you can also get it in epub or mobi… Continue reading Happy new year & happy new story day! Read “Hand Me Downs” in GIGANOTOSAURUS
My latest columns at B&N SciFi & Fantasy My August short fiction roundup. My September short fiction roundup. My review of STATE TECTONICS by Malka Older. Short Stories for Long Days: 13 Recent Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Collections. Short story roundups on my blog: My August short fiction roundup. Stories in the wild The… Continue reading Writerly recap of August & September 2018
Read the story in BCS #260. I've had the story title kicking around in my head for a long time. That isn't often the case for me. I usually end up flopping around after finishing a story, trying to think of a cool title, but in this case, the title came first and it was… Continue reading Story notes for “It’s Easy to Shoot A Dog” in BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES