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Battling Through the Novella & Other Life Truths

This year I'm tackling one of my personal writing demons: the long(ish) form.  In rather dull-to-the-outside-world-though-angsty-as-hell-to-me fashion, I've been slowly chiselling my way forward to the end of this 100+ page novella at something of an almost daily plod. Like many of my demons, it's not the first time I've attempted to best this particular bastard,which has led me to a bit of a 2017 epiphany: sometimes creative work, personal scars, fears, all the ugly "whatevers," just take time and a lot of revisiting before you're done with them. 
 
Now this particular battle feels almost done--which is exactly what I said last year just before dropping it and sprinting madly away into the arms of a new project. Here's the difference: this year's "almost done" is far closer than last year's. So much so that it's starting to feel silly not to finish the darn thing.

Story Inspiration #1: Mud-brick beehive house
 

Story Inspiration #2: Mycena chlorophos

If you see a novella out in world that somehow manages to mix the emotional and physical notes of my childhood home in southern Indiana, Sumerian mythology, and the transformative power of two teenage girls--oh, plus a whole lot of corn borer caterpillars, glowing fungi, and etc--you'll know I pulled it off. If not, I guess this bit of transparency is my way of saying that I will not not hide, ashamed, in a beehive house with glowing mushrooms just because I haven't yet shared it with the world!

Other People's Words

Corazon Books’ anthology Distant Echoes features selected Historical Novel Society Short Story Award winners and finalists.  From the chilling consequences of civil and world war, to the poignant fallout of more personal battles, these stories travel the historical world.  Christopher M. Cevasco's "The Happy Island" is set in early 19th-century Newfoundland, Canada, among the last surviving members of the indigenous Beothuk people.
Read more about Distant Echoes & Chris's writing here.
These amazing writing mitts were knit by my friend Sarah Read. She writes far better than she knits, which is saying something. And she's unreasonably humble concerning both skills.

The first person to message me @thisjulieday gets a TTA Press twofer: a free copy of Interzone 271, which contains my latest story "The Rocket Farmer," and a copy of Black Static 59, which includes "Endoskeletal," my favorite Sarah Read story.
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This Month's Favorite Read
Ladies, gentlemen, and other lovely folk, Borderline is many things, but for me the novel's first descriptor will always be "book I stole from my partner's bedside table." Yeah, I am that kind of woman. Later I discovered that Barnes & Noble had included Borderline on their best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016 and that the novel had also landed  on the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List. But really, none of that mattered. Mishell Baker had already done all the work. Despite a 6 am alarm clock, her wild ride of a novel forced me to keep reading late into the night. I have a feeling Borderline will remain one of my favorite bedside thefts for quite some time.
Other Books Added To My Bedside Table
Yeah, there's a pile waiting.
 
1. The Only Ones--Carola Dibbell

2. The Orange Eats Creeps--Grace Krilanovich

3. Lily--Michael Thomas Ford

4. Borderline--Mishell Baker
(in case a re-read is required)
This newsletter is brought to you by the curiosity of Bunker the Cat, my unexpectedly clean kitchen floor, and the music of  the amazing Jidenna, who declares:
"Chief Don't Run.
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