I’m excited to announce that The Colored Lens accepted my near-future science fiction story, “Bottle This.” The story is scheduled to appear in the Spring 2013 issue. Thanks so much to everyone at The Colored Lens. I admire the vision and aesthetics of this lovely publication.
I won’t give anything away in case you’re inclined to give the story a read — I’ve learned by now that the story I thought I wrote isn’t necessarily the same story readers read, and I don’t want to predispose anyone to reading in a particular way. I’ll just say it involves futuristic pharmaceuticals and a lawyer for whom things are not going at all well. Thanks to my beta readers for helping to improve this piece.
On the reading front, I’ve been curling up with Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No. 28 lately and have started Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I love how the stories in LCRW inspire me to dig deeper into weirdness in my own writing. The Road has sucked me in from the first pages. I’m trying to read it as a writer, but it’s just so appealing to read as a reader I have to keep reminding myself to examine McCarthy’s technique.
Finally, I was delighted to learn that my teacher, Cat Rambo, has a story on this year’s Nebula ballot. The story is “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” and I read it in her collection, Near + Far. It’s both lovely and disturbing on a visceral level. I don’t have a vote — not yet, anyway — but congrats to all the nominees. I’m looking forward to reading those of the nominated stories I haven’t yet read.