Are you in need of a few reading suggestions to help fill out your short fiction ballot for the Nebulas, Hugos or any other upcoming awards? Then this post is for you!
Here are all my eligible stories published in 2014:
"The Witch of Tarup", Long Hidden
While I am super proud of my story, I have to stress that Long Hidden is jam-packed with others that eclipse mine in so many amazing ways. Each one matters. It would be entirely just and right if Long Hidden were to sweep all the awards for everything. Here is editor Rose Fox's eligibility post to help you fit lots of Long Hidden onto all of your ballots.
"Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye", Strange Horizons (also available as a podcast)
This one got a lot of attention! Niall Harrison rounded up all the reviews on the Strange Horizons blog.
"A Brief Light", Interzone, issue 252
About ghosts, suicide, a chilly marriage and an open window.
"The End of the World in Five Dates", Apex Magazine
This issue also included an interview with me in which I talked about cancer, fate, and the dinner date that gave me the idea for this story.
"Lilac Season", Handsome Devil
About a young woman grieving, and how she finds her way back to pleasure.
Pleasure and grief walk hand in hand through most of these stories; and there's a lot about making peace with the things that utterly derail your life, too. It's sobering to look at my stories laid out like this and see their commonalities. They are... not coincidental.
I'm still working on my own nomination list! Have you read something great you'd like to share? Post it in comments!