2021 Writing Log, Part Eight

– I posted Chapter 44 of Malice, a Breath of the Wild Modern AU fanfic. In this chapter, I restated and emphasized the themes and conflicts associated with Zelda’s character so that the reader will understand the decisions she’s going to make in the closing chapters. You can find the story on AO3 (here).

– I posted a review of Aoko Matsuda’s short suspense novel The Cat in the Coffin, which is about a young housekeeper’s intense relationship with her sexy employer’s uncanny daughter. I’ve been a fan of this book since it was first published in English translation in 2009, and I’m happy that I finally had a chance to write a review. You can find it on my Japanese fiction book review blog (here).

– My short story “At the Edge of the Garden” was published in 3 Moon Magazine. I was inspired by the theme of their seventh issue, “Growing Malcontent,” and the concept for the story jumped into my head fully formed. “At the Edge of the Garden” is about watching a place that should be familiar and comforting grow wild and strange. This is one of my favorite imaginative spaces to explore, so it’s fitting that it’s the theme of my first piece of formally published creative fiction. The editors at 3 Moon Magazine were wonderful to work with, and the magazine itself is beautiful and powerful and just the right amount of creepy. You can download all of the issues for free on their website (here).

– I submitted an original short story called “The Fish” to Boneyard Soup, a new horror magazine (here) with an interesting sense of style. I’m starting to get the sense that this story, which is primarily about the intersections between body image and economic precarity, is probably going to be a hard sell for a horror magazine, and I’m considering submitting it to more “literary” venues that are open to genre-crossing work. Although I’m expecting a hard rejection from Boneyard Soup, I’m very interested in the magazine, especially its short nonfiction articles. I also appreciate that its stories are illustrated, and I’m thinking that it might be worthwhile to send a query to serve as an illustrator myself.  

– Speaking of which, the illustration that I submitted to Analogies & Allegories was accepted for publication! This magazine has a lovely aesthetic, and I submitted the piece to them just because I wanted to express appreciation for the theme of their most recent issue, “Rejuvenation.” You can access a digital version of the magazine (here), and the editors were kind enough to allow me to share my illustration via Twitter (here).       

– I edited, reformatted, and reprinted It Never Happened, a collection of strange and creepy flash fiction. I relisted it on Etsy (here). I also edited Ghost Stories again and sent the third edition of the zine to the printer. If all goes well, I should be able to relist this title next weekend. It’s a bit embarrassing that it took me five months, but I’m happy that all of my zines are finally back in print.

– Along those lines, I set up a page (here) that has short summaries of all my zines, as well as links to where you can find them.

– I sold my third piece of original art on Etsy! This is so, so cool. If you’re curious, you can find the listing (here).

– And finally! I’ve recently been replaying the 2017 story exploration game Night in the Woods, whose depopulated and mostly abandoned Rust Belt setting feels very relevant to the summer of 2021, when people are beginning to go outside and take stock of neglected public spaces that have been transformed by evictions and business closures. I’ve been interested in the pandemic-related work published in Entropy, which is one of my favorite online magazines, so I decided to submit a short essay about Night in the Woods to their indie games editor. He got back to me right away with excellent feedback, and the essay was just published (here).

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