Happy Holidays and an Anathema Guidelines Preview

Happy holidays to all! The sun is down, so Hanukkah has officially started and will take us into 2017. And Christmas Eve here has been a nice day in the city, full of the beginnings of a gradual return to longer days and warmer weather. (With some cold snaps and deep freezes in the offing until we get there, because Winter.).

I’ve spent today winding down after several days of far too much work, trying to get a project done and out the door. Had planned to work today as well, but it’s not the day for it. Mostly I’m taking today and tomorrow off. But I do have a gift for everyone before I do so. :)

Last post I mentioned that I wanted to give people a head start on seeing what our full guidelines were going to look like at Anathema, given that we’re opening to subs the same day the guidelines (and the website more generally) go live. So here it is, the basic breakdown of information you need to know to prep your subs for Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and some other pertinent information as well:

Anathema Guidelines (the Super Condensed Preview Version) and More

Submissions:

  • Fiction: 1,500-6,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original fiction only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.
  • Non-Fiction: 1,500-3,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original content only, no reprints.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed (please do notify us if you sell your sub somewhere else so we can remove it from consideration). No multiple submissions.
  • Cover art: Portfolio previews/links thereto preferred, rather than single piece submissions.
  • You must be a queer person of colour/visible minority to submit to Anathema. (That covers a lot of ground, but if you have questions please do query us.)

Payment:

  • Fiction: $50 (CAD).
  • Non-Fiction: $50 (CAD).
  • Cover art: $100 (CAD).
  • We’re paying primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights (Fiction, Non-Fiction):

  • First Electronic Rights (Online and eBook).
  • 4 months exclusivity from date of publication, archiving unless requested to remove story/non-fiction by author.

Rights (Art):

  • Electronic Rights (Online and eBook).

Submissions Windows/Issue Release Dates:

  • Our submission windows are the entire months of January, May, and September. All responses will be sent out by the end of the next month after a submission window closes. (So the longest you’ll ever have to wait for a response from us is at most about eight weeks.)
  • Issues of Anathema will be released in April, August, and December. (Right now we’re aiming for the first day of each release month. We might adjust that to the first Tuesday of each month though; we’ll see.)

All of our content will be free to read online. In order to support the cost of the magazine we will be selling eBooks of each issue individually, selling subscriptions, and there’s a Patreon in the works as well.

And seriously, when we say no restriction on genre re fiction, we mean that. In the crowdfunding campaign we framed what we cover as “(SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more).” Use that as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it’s got some kind of speculative content we’ll consider it.

Where non-fiction is concerned, you can pitch us an idea, but we’ll only be purchasing completed essays or other non-fiction.

We’ll be posting the Anathema e-mail address once the guidelines are live, so between now and January, if you have questions you can ask us on Twitter (@anathemaspec), ask us on the Anathema Facebook page, or even comment here.

That said, we’re looking forward to seeing submissions in January. And in the meantime, a most excellent holiday season to one and all. :D

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December Middle of the Month Updates

It being round about the middle of the month, seems an appropriate time for updates on several things.

To start with, the prevalence of images heading up the last few posts has put me in the mood to try doing that uniformly going forward. Brightens up the place a bit, so to speak. :)

So, I’d been debating putting together the year in writing post this month, rather than in the middle of January as I would normally. I think I’ll do that once we’ve had the full span of the year though. I don’t expect that there’ll be many more submissions out of me before the year’s done (just given what my workload looks like right now), but that could always change before the year’s out.

I will be putting together the 2016 recommended reading blog earlier than usual though. Normally I leave that until the middle of February because it’s also a record of what I’ve read throughout the year in long form, so at least part of it’s a record for me. But leaving it until February 15th routinely always means that it’s too late to be of much use to anyone who wants additional options to consider before the Nebula nominations deadline hits. I can’t nominate directly — not being a member of SFWA — but I do like to give people the option to use the recommended reading lists as both a chance at catching up on things they might have missed, and as a resource for whatever awards they want to nominate for.

To that end, I’m going to aim for having the 2016 list up by January 15th at this point. That should still give me enough time to get through the majority of things I want to look at.

Speaking to time and recommendations both, I’ve not really managed to get a lot of reviewing on this blog done throughout the year. Largely because my time is taken up reviewing for Publishers Weekly and with the freelancing and with work in the outside world to help pay the bills and with my own work as well. That lack of time for in-depth reviewing on the blog affects the yearly recommendations list as well because by the time that goes up I don’t have the wherewithal to comment on everything there, tempted though I am.

Generally if I don’t leave a comment it’s that I enjoyed something and don’t feel the need to qualify that. Even with the DNFs (did not finish) list (which this year is long enough that I’m going to give it its own category) often there it’s not that the books are bad, it’s that I’m the wrong audience or I dropped out of it for a variety of other reasons. If a book is terrible or offensive for whatever reason, I’ll talk about that. And I make this point because as writers we see a DNF tag and we fill in the blank by assuming a problem, and I don’t want people thinking I hated their work just because I didn’t finish something of theirs. Believe me, if I hate someone’s work, I have absolutely no problem being honest about that to their face. :)

But the more pertinent reason I bring up the lack of reviews on the blog this year is because it’s possible that trend may continue next year. There are a lot of things I wanted to review on the site (that I don’t have the opportunity to review elsewhere), and I just don’t know where the time to do that is going to come from right now. Especially with Anathema starting up in 2017.

And speaking to Anathema:

Anathema solicitations have begun. And because the guidelines on the website won’t actually be going up until the website’s fully launched on January 1st, and that’s the same day we’ll be opening to submissions, I want to give people a bit of a head start on getting things ready. So I’ll be posting a brief rundown of the submission basics (minus submission e-mail) to the blog about a week before the 1st. Given the timing, it’ll probably go up around Christmas and is thus going to be my gift to everyone for the season this year.

A marginally lazy gift, true. But it doesn’t mean I like any of you any less for the effort I didn’t put into getting you something more extravagant. I wanted to give everyone something more, but then we had a cold snap and I was all “Fuck going outside,” and I never know what to get everyone as a blanket gift that would speak to what everyone wants and needs throughout the year, so I ended up getting everyone this magazine instead. What are you gonna do, right?

Walking back from the marginal absurdism momentarily…. Soliciting for the magazine brought to mind something that I come up against every time I have to send out invitations for a project, and even sometimes when I’m just pitching things to people. Said thing being the following (which I posted to Facebook this morning and am now just reposting here):

And now, a thing often said by anthology editors, but also echoed by those of us just trying to dig up people’s contact info (or in this case, trying for the umpteenth time):

Writers, for the love of all that’s motherfucking holy/unholy, have a contact e-mail listed, or a contact form, on your website or any of your social media. For those worried about personal safety and trying to maintain limited accessibility, contact forms are perfectly fine and also help protect you from assholes spamming you (especially if your form requires senders to verify they’re an actual person sending you mail).

This is true for artists as well — who, for the most part, are far, far better about having contact info and/or methods available on their websites and social media. It’s almost like the ability to commission artists is built into the understanding of how a visual artist survives and manages to make (whatever qualifies in this context as) a living. Writers need to be thinking likewise. You may not want to be available to take commissions and solicitations depending on how you work, but if no one can figure out how to get in touch with you, you’re going to miss out on opportunities to sell your work.

Other things you don’t *have* to do, but that are super helpful:

– If you have an agent, list them on the contact page of your website.
– If your agent is only handling certain types of projects for you (short fiction, long form, film/tv, and so on), mention that. The assumption otherwise is they probably handle anything you’ll be asked about/solicited for. Which is usually not an issue, but best to avoid confusion in the long run.
– If you don’t have a website, get one. It doesn’t matter what form of social media you’re using, a website is still a highly functional hub for aggregating all the various work you do. Hell, you can build a perfectly serviceable hub website through Tumblr if you (understandably) dislike most website back end interfaces. And you don’t have to use a paid website hosting service, there are a number of perfectly fine free hosting options to be had if you want to do minimal work and just want to park various information online and let it be.

It’s a worthwhile thing to make some time to do. And let me reiterate: Giving people the opportunity to locate your work or get in touch with you online doesn’t have to sacrifice your privacy, nor does it have to put you at risk. There are good, safe ways to both have an online presence and make sure you’re protected.

And for all those who already have their work online and have been putting together award consideration posts (or even just writing year in review posts), let A.C. Wise and Cat Rambo know so they can include your post in their meta eligibility posts. Twitter’s, I think it’s fair to say, the easiest way to do that right now (?):

And with that, I’m out. See you all next week to talk more about Anathema. Until then, look after yourselves, and enjoy the season. :)

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Upside Down is Out Today

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Today’s the release day for Monica Valentinelli & Jaym Gates’ anthology Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. My story, “Until There is Only Hunger” appears alongside some exquisitely good work from a range of fantastic authors and essayists, including Maurice Broaddus, Delilah Dawson, Haralambi Markov, Nisi Shawl, Alyssa Wong, A.C. Wise, and a metric fuckton of other awesome people.

The book’s already hit #1 New Release in Science Fiction Short Stories on Amazon. Not too shabby for the book’s first day out in the world. :)

I highly recommend grabbing a copy for all the work therein. But there is potentially another reason to pick it up more directly related to my own fiction:

For those who like following the (admittedly infrequent) connecting lines of my stories, “Until There is Only Hunger” is part of a larger body of connected pieces (two placed, two more on sub, others in the works) I refer to collectively as “Titan and Serpent.”

The next of these stories chronologically (as yet), “And in That Sheltered Sea, a Colossus,” will be available to read in Shimmer come March. The stories stand on their own, but if you’re interested in the larger framework narrative, it’s worth picking up a copy of Upside Down so you can be caught up by the time the next story goes live.

And if that doesn’t sell you on buying the book — lord, but you’re a hard sell, aren’t you? ;) — then here, have the opening few paragraphs of my story as incentive:

BONES COME UNDONE AT the Magician’s touch. Wind themselves up like silver and dance into the air. Strung like copper wire. Their fire a shimmering, living thing.

She’s all smiles for the crowd.

And, of course, they are never her bones. That’s not the trick.

The trick is to keep the audience from noticing how much lighter they all feel. They’ll notice a twinge, an emptiness later, deep in the night, when the carnival is done and home and the softness of white-sheeted beds have called. When sweet-souled revenants beckon, and the witching hour is but a memory.

Everyone gives something for the magic. That’s how it works. You are not spectator. You are participant. Always.

By all means do come along for the rest of the ride. And once again, you can purchase a copy of Upside Down here. Enjoy the book. :)

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Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Live in 2017

It’s been a few hours since the fundraising campaign for Anathema: Spec from the Margins closed. At the end of that month-long effort, we slightly exceeded our goal (101%, with $2,025 raised), and that’s a full year of funds and change in the bag and good to go! :D

This was a very long campaign. But everyone who contributed their time, their funds, and helped signal boost made this absolutely worthwhile. You also eased the burden of handling this by ourselves immensely for myself, Andrew, and Chinelo.

Thankfully the campaign coming to a close also means we can stop shouting at you to throw money our way. Which has never been my favourite part of putting together a project, so it is fantastic that that stage of getting Anathema up and running is done. Now we get to focus on the magazine itself more directly once again.

Specifically, over the course of December we’re finalizing Anathema‘s website so that can go live come the new year, doing some submissions soliciting, and making sure we’ve got everything else we need ready to go for the start of next year. I’ll also be getting in touch with campaign contributors who have manuscript edits or a book that needs mailing owed to make sure those perks get delivered properly. And we’ll be catching up with everyone owed a subscription package more generally come January.

Anathema will also be opening to submissions formally come January, and we’ll be posting our guidelines on the website. For those just catching up on hearing about the magazine, the basics are as follows:

Anathema is a free, online tri-annual magazine publishing speculative fiction (SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more) by visible minorities on every range of the LGBTQIA spectrum. We’ll also be using cover art from queer POC. We’ll be publishing 15 stories and three pieces of non-fiction a year, each paying $50 (CAD), and each use of cover art will be paying $100 (CAD).

More specific details as to content length and submissions will go up in January, but in the meantime we’re happy to answer any questions people have via the Anathema Twitter account @anathemaspec, and/or on the Anathema Facebook page.

And in the meantime, for anyone who wants to catch up on Chinelo’s, Andrew’s, and my thoughts on why we’re putting together Anathema, you can have a look at our campaign essays (“The Light at the End of the World,” “Because it Matters,” and “This Machine Kills Fascists,” respectively) on the Anathema IndieGoGo campaign’s updates page.

Above and beyond all that, it’s nice to be able to take a breather again (not a lot of downtime in November one way or another) and just bask in the fact that Anathema‘s going to be a real magazine come next year! Just … holy shit, we made it! :D

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Anathema Updates & Essays

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I might have gone on a Twitter rant today. Hadn’t really planned to do so. Was just going to jump on and talk about Anathema, because there’s another editorial essay coming up tomorrow to help along the fundraising.

Apparently I’m having a hard time not thinking about what’s going on in the U.S. though. :/

To wit, this is what happened when I went online:

New essay coming Tuesday (tomorrow) from , as we head into the last week and a half of the campaign. My own essay will be coming near the end of the campaign. I’m … undecided … on exactly what it’ll say as yet.

We’ve moved into “The Darkest Timeline,” as it were. But given my family history, I’d just call what’s happening “familiar.” Yeah, living in Canada affords a potential distance. Though having to watch people I care about suffer obviates that. Watching the U.S. wake up to the rot at its core has been — well, I’m not sure how I’d frame it. Interesting to see who’s surprised though. I mean it’s not like the racism and the Nazism ever went away in the U.S. They were always there. Unacknowledged in large part, sure. But the Friends of New Germany and The German American Bund didn’t disappear. They just waited. Alt-Right’s just new branding. Same shit.

Equivocation on the part of (most) U.S. media’s not unexpected. Disappointing, but if they admit Nazism in U.S., have to state its history. Given that U.S. Nazism is outgrowth of white supremacy/racism as system of oppression, you’re not going to see that examination in depth.

The U.S. has always been *spectacularly* good at hiding in its mythologizing of its past and loathe to admit culpability in atrocities. There’s a long, tangled, list of reasons that the U.S. is now under the heel of a white supremacist demagogue. Unexamined hate is a big one. Always been easy to get people to hate the perceived “other” by telling them *those people* are to blame. That’s not news.

You want to be shocked? Be shocked that large portions of the U.S. were shocked by a white supremacist/Nazi ascending to the presidency. It was always going to happen. Can’t build a country on belief of systemic inequality and racism [&] not have symbol thereof come to the fore.

I wasn’t planning on this rant today. My own shock at what happened isn’t that it happened, but that it took so long.

I think part of it is that the U.S. never really stopped being isolationist. Global in market terms, manufacturing, export, sure. U.S. foreign policy has always been decidedly about how to benefit U.S., rather than understanding of shifting global state for its own sake. & you can argue that nation states need to put their best interests first for variety of reasons. But it leads to policy-based navel-gazing. You start seeing [everyone] else’s actions as in response to you, when their actions are (at least partly) internally guided as well. It’s blinkering.

I keep coming back to how Fukuyama’s theorizing on the triumph of Liberal Democracy fucked us all. Geopolitics don’t exist in one strain. The assumption that a single political ideology was going to spread in global terms was absurd. The idea that democratic idealism founded in colonialist ideology was going to save the world was at best a self-serving delusion. It was also easy comfort for not wanting to change anything about failed U.S. foreign policy or redress colonialist expansionism. Because if you have a winning, exportable ideological stance why change it, right? If it ain’t broke…

& the cancer of US fundamentalism (its own homegrown white supremacy) flourished under a system that refused to acknowledge its existence. All while systemic inequalities deepened & minorities and people of colour fought and died for basic civil rights. But the U.S. was exporting White Liberal Democracy to the world, bringing its Manifest Destiny (yes, I went there) to fix the wider world.

Just another Britain looking for an Empire.

Everything the U.S. has done well it’s had to fight tooth & claw to do. Not against “outsiders,” but against its own entrenched interests. The U.S. was never *not* a divided nation. It’s always been a conglomerate of component states that *mostly* agree on certain things. U.S. didn’t undergo same form of “unification by sword” most other nations underwent/undergo. Led to a false veneer of diplomacy as guide. But for a nation that espouses “unity” as foundational bedrock, it’s been at war with itself or other nations most of its history. The size of the U.S. military is no accident. The U.S. is a war-based economy. Without WWII the U.S. would still be in a [D]epression. The New Deal didn’t lift U.S. out of the Depression, it allowed it to limp through that decade. War has always been how America flourishes.

Lincoln was right: a house divided against itself cannot stand. The U.S. is now seeing the result of being a nation divided for 240 years. The crack in the bedrock of U.S. ideological doctrine is where the fundamentalism stems from. This is always where this was heading.

This will *not* be where my essay goes. I’m just venting today. Watching a nation continue 240 years of tearing itself apart.

The U.S. is, indeed, a “grand experiment.” A nation self-ascribing “global superpower” status by virtue of nuclear arsenal. & playing havoc on global stage while claiming itself saviour of the world’s ills. All while ignoring those of its own people. So often *especially* its own people. Look what happened re Standing Rock last night. Only surprise there that media eventually covered it. The examples are legion. But the U.S. has always been an experiment. (Running on stolen land to boot.) & experiments don’t always last. Sometimes they come to an end. Sometimes they require further testing. Sometimes they beget something new. U.S. Could go any of those ways.

But the U.S. cannot continue in the vein in which it currently exists. That’s led to neo-Nazis and Fascism openly at the helm. Either America’s going to (after trying for 240 years) destroy itself, or change utterly. That’s it. There are no other options left.

So yeah, that was a rant I was not planning….

Honestly, I just came on here to talk about . Wanted to focus on that campaign. Can’t seem to do it given everything going on. The thing we’re trying for with feels so small in the face of the naked rise of neo-Nazism. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I don’t know. It’s easy to get caught up trying to fix/attend to the small things in the face of overwhelming hate & racism & intolerance.

Fuck it. The obligation of privilege is to use it to aid/support others.

And if you want to keep up with what we’re doing, follow us over at . And/or go follow the FB page at . Anathema’s not all I’m doing to fight what’s happening in U.S., but giving queer writers of colour more space for their voices matters.

So yeah. That was really not what I was planning to do with some of my day. But there you go.

Figured I’d move this over here so I had a more connected record of it. And, hey, by all means, feel free to support Anathema or just talk about what we’re doing. If you missed Chinelo Onwualu’s “The Light at the End of the World” going up, that editorial essay can be found here.

Anathema‘s not a large project by any stretch, but the world is awash in openly parading Nazis again, so fuck it I’m doing what I can to counter their voices. And one of those things is making sure Anathema happens.

And in light of that it seemed appropriate somehow to have an image from Jin-Roh heading this post. Been thinking about that film again, and others like it, a lot lately.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

This post is long. Bear with me or do not. There is much to be done, and I have no time to waste.

I am starting this post by reposting things from Facebook. Those of you who’ve already read these posts should feel free to skip down to the bottom of the links below. These repostings are both record and preamble.

On seeing the election results and Trump’s acceptance speech:

I’m going to repost here what I was just putting up on Twitter. Because I figure it might as well be everywhere, and why rant on only one social media outlet when you can do it on several?

Listening to this fascist’s acceptance speech. Some pretty terrifying dog whistles in this address. A “deal well with us & survive” subtext. Sure, there’s a lot of “We’ll be great. We’ll do great things. I’m a unifier.” But all these clauses are conditionals. Just better couched.

So here’s the thing. I’m queer. I’m half-Jewish. My S.O. is a person of colour. If you voted Republican, you despise all that I am. You demonstrated that you despise people who intersect with those points and further on. You demonstrated you despise the marginalized. A vote for the Republicans demonstrated that you don’t understand what democratic [meant “domestic”] or international politics actually looks like, or why.

If you voted Republican you chose isolationism, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and put a rapist in a position where he’s immune to civil suits. He can still be prosecuted for criminal acts, buy he’s now inviolable to civil law suits. & all branches of U.S. government now Republican. U.S. checks and balances only function with opposing forces in different branches of power. U.S. system wasn’t meant for full mandate.

You’ve elected a lawmaker who doesn’t know how the U.S. forms and enacts laws. A man who WILL use the executive order function.

And I can go on like this.

There’s blame for this to go round to so many people. But YOU who voted Republican: the coming nightmare is on you. If you voted Trump, unfriend me. We have no common ground that will outweigh that.

On last night’s “Election 2016: Exit Polls” via the New York Times:

A terrifying and yet entirely predictable state of affairs, these exit polls paint a very specific picture of what happened yesterday. They show that politics of fear, falsehood, division, and hate carried the night. They show that at its core America is fundamentally two countries. As we always knew. I think all of us (US and non-USians alike) hoped we’d hit a place where the simmering hatred was slowly fading as we moved away from the ideologically loudest horrors of our global past. But it seems, from these exit polls and everything this campaign brought back to light, America doesn’t understand, nor want, to be a part of the larger world. The US talks about the American experiment, but not about the global experiments occurring beyond its borders. America tried to turn back the clock last night, and wall itself off from the global community. And probably ended or crippled its time as a global superpower in the process – it depends how quickly and how sharply the Republicans enact their ideological makeover of the country, and how much fighting can and will be done against that. (Though the system for political redress and governmental protections of the most vulnerable has already been systematically weakened – targeted by demagogues and ideologues whose only motivation was hate and fear.)

I hear the distant calls from white nationalists demanding that their voices be heard, and I say you NO. No, you do not get to deny others the right to exist. The era of polite conversation is over. They have killed it. The wakened fascists in America have made the battleground of its lay and sweep more openly a naked wound again. And the coming four years are terrifying.

Break out the rhetoric we hoped we wouldn’t ever have to call on again in earnest, or as more than warning and bolster of troubled democracy: America just kitted itself up in Nazi regalia while the rest of us look on in horror.

And on the spread (and resurgence) of white nationalism and fear politics closer to home here in Canada, on “Kellie Leitch latches on to Trump Victory” from Maclean’s:

We do not let this happen here. NO. We fight what festers in us. Do we forget Harper and the rest of our history of hate so quickly? No.

The current Canadian government is weak. Propped up by not being as bad as what came before. But that is the space in which the cracks are all too easily widened.

THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN HERE. NOT AGAIN.

For wider thoughts from others:

Read David Remnick’s “An American Tragedy” from The New Yorker.

Read #Our100’s An Open Letter to Our Nation from 100 women of colour leaders.

Read @absurdistwords’ Twitter thread about tearing down illusions and rebuilding what remains.

Engage self care. As @tatiana said on Twitter:

Just a friendly PSA worth tweeting, if you’re sober and in recovery – don’t drink or use no matter what – even if tonight feels apocalyptic.

And for anyone who needs it, here is the link for the 24 hour, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It’s free and confidential.

The Trans Lifeline (U.S. Transgender Suicide Hotline) is also available: (US) 877-565-8860, (Canada) 877-330-6366.

And for something you can do right now to help others, I give you Joanna Rothkopf’s “A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support” over at Jezebel.

Yesterday I watched America try to destroy itself. Yesterday I watched the majority of white America try to destroy everyone else, and many of their own.

Today I am in mourning. But tomorrow I go back to work.

Tomorrow I go back to promoting Anathema. Tomorrow I post the update we delayed posting today because today funds need to go to organizations that will aid those now in danger for their health, their bodies, and their right to be people — their right to exist at all.

Tomorrow I will go back to teaching others how to tell their stories, and running workshops, and teaching others how to navigate the publishing field to which I have been dedicating my life these last years, and will continue to do going forward.

Tomorrow I go back to writing my books and stories in which queer people of colour are heroines and their stories are the ones that matter. Tomorrow I go back to reading and promoting the work of queer writers, writers of colour, disabled writers, and other marginalized writers. Tomorrow I go back to seeking out their work and making sure that their voices aren’t lost in the onslaught of what’s coming; because their voices are the ones that matter. Tomorrow I continue to support them, as I have done, as you should do, as we all need do if we are to reclaim the world from the terrors that are coming.

And they are coming. They are here. They have always been here.

Tomorrow I go back to fighting.

And to those of you who did this. To those of you who stand with Trump, and the white supremacists, the KKK, the Neo-Nazis, and all the labelled and unlabelled brands of the loathsome, foetid filth of humanity — those who support and foment those ideologies, that hatred, and that incitement to murder and annihilation — I say this to you:

If you are for hate, I oppose you. If you are for silencing others, I oppose you. If you are for the dehumanization, degradation, and murder of others, I oppose you. If you are for yourself only and the rest of the world matters not to you, I oppose you.

You wanted war? Fool, we have always been at war. You threaten our survival. You were always against us existing. We have always been at war with you.

With the towering core of rage that is the heart of me at this moment, I oppose you. And will protect others. This body I inhabit is possessed of strength in reasonable measure. It is fearsome when used well. It is not always as strong as it might be, for I am not always as strong as I might be, in multiple means. But I will stand in front of others as shield before I let you take them from me. Before I let you take them from us.

I will fight you with every breath in this body.

You will not win. You did not win. We thought we’d taught you other ways of being. We were wrong. You sheltered your secret, hating hearts from the rest of us and got away with murder and rape and decimation of others where you could. Quietly as you had always done. Then you grew bolder. And we thought we could contain you. We thought we could change you, or lessen your hate with our love.

But we were wrong.

You want a war? You’ve got a war.

You will not win.

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It’s November – Have a Magazine!

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Okay, technically, you can’t have this magazine until January. But you can have the crowdfunding that goes with it, while Andrew Wilmot, Chinelo Onwualu, and I raise money to fund year one of Anathema: Spec from the Margins.

Remember that secret project I was talking about? This would be that. :D

So what is Anathema you ask?

Anathema is a tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC.

A magazine born of equal parts love and rage, really. As it says in the campaign:

“Speculative fiction is often dominated by the same voices and we think it’s time to share the mic. We want you to help us make Anathema a podium on which the voices we least hear from can stand and hold nothing back.”

We’re funding now so we can open to submissions in January, and we’ll have our first issue out in Spring 2017. We’ll be talking about submissions guidelines more fully once the IndieGoGo campaign’s over. For now, you can visit Anathema‘s preliminary website here. And for a breakdown of the what, the why, and the how of Anathema, check out the IndieGoGo campaign.

Have I mentioned the IndieGoGo campaign enough times? That’s totally how this works, right? :p

But seriously, Anathema‘s been in the works for at least a year. Longer if you look at the conversations that led up to it. And Andrew, Chinelo, and I are looking forward to getting to launch this thing come the new year.

Crowdfunding takes a fair bit of involved signal boosting, so you’ll be hearing from me a good deal about this over the next month. We’re planning to run essays and post updates throughout the campaign as we aim for our ridiculously feasible goal and our equally doable stretch goals after. And after that it’s on to the work of getting everything ready to take the full website live in January. And then the actual running of the magazine. And…

You see where I’m going with this. :)

The process never really ends. But it’s good to finally have it started. Check back. There’ll be more on this soon.

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