Hallo, blog. It's been a while. I'm finding Twitter much more convenient. Will have to look into turning my blog into my Twitter feed.
Looks like I've sold my new short story "Left Foot, Right" to a YA anthology! Can't say which one yet, but I'll update you when I can.
In other publishing news, Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley's recently edited anthology Unnatural Creatures just came out. In it is a reprint of my short story "The Smile on the Face." The anthology is a fundraiser for a literacy organization, and includes stories by, among others, Nnedi Okorafor, Peter S. Beagle, Samuel Delany, Diana Wynne Jones, and Gaiman himself.
On Friday, I wrote a book proposal. Fastest that's ever happened! We'll see what my agent thinks of it.
I'm recently back from Conflux/Natcon in Canberra, Australia, where I had more good times than I can list here.
However, at the moment, I'm standing at a stall in a Riverside, California antiques mall, staring in dismay at all the Rastuses, Mammies, and watermelon-eating coon babies. I'm trying to bite back tears of humiliation. Those racist images exist. They are part of our historical legacy, and I would not have their existence erased or denied. I own some of that imagery myself, for complicated reasons. But what's killing me is that about half the ones in this store appear to be recent reproductions. WTF? White people really need to get over calling that shit "cute." (Do an Ebay search in the "Collectibles" section under "cute black boy," and you'll see what I mean.