An updatey thing!

Hello! This is an update, in which I shall ramble at you, and share things I’m excited about.

Writing: Working on a mini-series, which will eventually be posted FOR FREE here on my blog (although, I remind you, I am a poor writer and you can buy me coffee through the interwebs). It’s gonna be twelve episodes long, each episode approximately 800 words, and it was born when I had to interact with a very unpleasant transphobic/homophobic woman and, through an odd series of conversations, decided that the best response was to write an odd sci-fi series full of happy queers in space… stay tuned!

Editing: that novella I finished recently. Yeah, you remember. I mentioned it before at some point. It’s baaaaaack *spooky noises*

Excited about: Okay, so, the Booksmugglers, who published The Life and Times of Angel Evans, are running a Kickstarter. They’re a two woman outfit, started as a blog focusing on SFF reviews and essays, developed into a publishing house dedicated to diverse voices in sci-fi and fantasy. In short, bloody awesome. They also do a hell of a lot of the legwork for free at the moment, and are looking to expand. I am super skint and cannot currently give them anything, so I’m just gonna yell about them here. You can check out their website here, and their kickstarter page here.

Pondering: getting a haircut.

UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE: WE KNOW WHO WROTE THE INFAMOUS FANFIC ‘MY IMMORTAL’ I AM NOT SURE IF I CAN FUNCTION!!! Also, it seems like she was trolling us the whole time, and she is actually kinda awesome and I’m gonna go borrow her books from the library now. ONE OF THE GREATEST MYSTERIES OF MY TEEN YEARS HAS BEEN SOLVED!!! Ahem, I’m calming down now… There’s some more info here.

Listening to: Con Toda Palabra by Lhasa de Sela

And that’s it from me. See you round.

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Review: Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison Tam

This is the first story in the Gods and Monsters season from the Booksmugglers, and it is a wonderful offering. I’ve just finished reading it – a quietly beautiful story about the goddess Thrift, who makes a bargain with a thief in order to leave the temple where she waits with her bickering sisters.

The writing is deceptively simple, and the relationship between Thrift and the thief develops slowly. I enjoyed the attention to detail in Thrift’s point of view; the way she experienced things without being corporeal. And it was a pleasing journey, with a few surprises along the way. A lovely little tale; a bit sad and a bit happy. Recommended.


Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison TamPublished 6/13/2017 I am Thrift and I want to leave this place, and see the far ends of the universe, and never spend another moment in stasis ever again. Take my hand and bring me with you… On a lost planet in the depths of space, goddess-sisters Beauty, Glory and…

via Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison Tam — The Book Smugglers

Booksmugglers Hugo packet

So I meant to reblog this a while ago, but I’m only just getting around to it. My lovely publishers, the Booksmugglers, are Hugo finalists in the category Best Semiprozine! Hooray, applause, yay! I just want to congratulate them here, wish them lots of luck, and share their Hugo packet. That is all 🙂

As you may have heard, The Book Smugglers are finalists for this year’s Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention–aka Worldcon–which is also responsible for administering them each year. This year’s award ceremony will be held in Helsinki, Finland,…

via Hugo Voter Packet 2017 — The Book Smugglers

Happy nine years to the booksmugglers

My lovely publishers turned nine recently – a very happy birthday to them! The shared post includes quite a few exciting announcements (and I am so looking forward to seeing what they publish this year – it all looks amazing), including an anthology of the Superhero stories! You can now get all five (including my story The Life and Times of Angel Evans) in one awesome anthology for $4.99 as epub and mobi. And for those of you who struggle with screens, I have heard that it will be out in paper edition at some point this year (date to be confirmed). Happy reading one and all!

HAPPY SMUGGLIVUS, EVERYONE! As part of our Smugglivus Celebrations, we took a retrospective look at 2016 yesterday. Today, as we turn 9 (NINE!), we look forward to 2017–and make a few exciting announcements! ALL THE PLANS FOR 2017 Gods and Monsters! 2017 is the year of Gods and Monsters! Like Subversive Fairytales, First Contact and…

via The Book Smugglers Present 2017 — The Book Smugglers

Guest post on the Booksmugglers Smugglivus

I was lucky enough to be invited to join in with Smugglivus – here is my guest post 🙂

Welcome to Smugglivus 2016! Throughout this month, we will have guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2016, looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2017, and more. On the last day of Smugglivus, our guest is Meredith Debonnaire, writer and reviewer, author of The Life and…

via Six Things That Made Me Happy in 2016 with Meredith Debonnaire — The Book Smugglers

And she’s back!

Hello! how lovely to see you all again! How are you? Spiffing! etc etc etc

You may have noticed my absence, you may not have. As I am not fantastic at this whole blogging thing anyway, I won’t be at all offended if you didn’t. I was once again hijacked by LIFE, which got so busy that I forgot all about the existence of this lovely little bloggage.

So, here is a speedy update of what I’ve been up to:

Writing: two very exciting short stories, one high fantasy, one almost-high-but-not-really fantasy. A series of poems about a year in my life… I may never show that to anyone ever, I’m not sure at this point.

Editing: The Life and Times of Angel Evans, which will be published by the BookSmugglers in September, and let me just take a moment to be extremely excited about the cover art. ^.^ It is sooooooo gorgeous and I can’t wait until you all get to see it (I am buying the original – I intend to frame it and put it on my wall and spend hours admiring it because the artist is a genius). I’m a bit more scared about people reading my story, but hopefully most of you will enjoy it – it has magic, strange romance and the end of world (possibly)…

On the backburner: oh wow, so many things here…. Superheroes and sci-fi and giants, oh my!

Recently read: Now this is a looong list, but let’s just go for it. In no particular order we have:

  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  • The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips (re-read)(SOOOOOO FUNNY)
  • Love & Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Powell
  • British Fairy Tales by Alan Garner (research)
  • The Wicked and the Divine big pretty doorstop edition by Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles (why? Why did I do that to myself? My poor poor heart)
  • Kaleidoscope edited by Alicia Krasnostein and Julia Rios (re-read)
  • How to Piss Off a Failed Super Soldier by John Chu (part of the BookSmugglers Summer of Superheroes, well worth a read people and you can read it for free, visit this link )
  • ODY C: Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (re-read)
  • The City and The City by China Miéville
  • Raising Steam and The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (I cried)
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (re-read)

Current reading: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (at least the fifth re-read), The Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal and If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie, The Secret of Laughter by Shusha Guppy.

Given up on reading for now because I am too damn scared: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville…. I want to read this so much – I love the language and the world building and the intriguing intriguing story. However, it is also scarily as if China Miéville has a list of everything that triggers me and makes me lie awake at night and has put it in this book, using the kind of language that makes me want to keep reading. Nightmare fodder, but in the best way.

Humming and Hawing about: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (do I have to tell you who the author is?). I sort of want to, for the sake of completion. But then again, I thought it was over. I was okay with it being over. I’ve had ten years worth of fan conspiracies and theories and fanfiction and making my peace (or not)(more pretending it never happened if I’m honest) with the epilogue. I mean, I will eventually end up buying it because I hate having incomplete collections, but I’m not actually very excited. I’d like to go see it at the theatre, but alas I am not made of money so that’s unlikely.

On the note of Harry Potter, you may remember that me and my partner-in-crime were re-reading this with the genders all flipped. Again, this is something that has gone on hold because of LIFE, but if we start it up again I’ll update you on our thoughts about it. (I want to carry on because I am very excited about gender-swapped Voldemort).

Also, Star War: the Force Awakens! I know it was ages ago, but I am still swooning.

Hopefully, I’ll get some reviews up soon. If you look at any of those recently read titles and think ‘oh yeah, I’d love to read a review of that’ then leave me a comment and I’ll at least attempt to write one. Otherwise I’m just going to review whatever takes my fancy, whenever I have time.

And finally, enjoy this picture of me in the dress that I bought with some of the money from The Life and Times of Angel Evans – it is definitely the best dress that I own.

Meredith Debonnaire - fancy dress

Singing along to ‘Shia LaBeouf’ by Rob Cantor – if you do not know this song go and look it up now. I mean now. Right now. The live version.

Ciao for now!