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What’s Up Wednesday

Hello lovely readers, and happy Wednesday! I’m peeking in mid-week to wave hello, and to talk a little more about what’s up in my writerly world. This year saw the release of my sci-fi novella Temporary Duty Assignment and prequel story Nice, both from The Book Smugglers. It was such a joy to be a part of the Book Smugglers Publishing Novella Initiative, and I learned a lot from writing and editing that piece. I have begun a new multimedia fiction and poetry project, Kudzu, with Pine Float Press…eerie southern gothic and memories of the place where I grew up feed these shadowy journeys. I also have been teasing a new project, which I’ll share more details about this week–it’s another novella enterprise, but this time I’m switching from a gritty post-apocalyptic megacity to a steam age world powered by magitech. In the Metro world, Sam’s Nightbringer served her well protecting Caleb and the Greenerhouse Compound in Temporary Duty Assignment and now it will be so much fun for me to show off mechmage Jeron North, a character from my new project, wielding a lightning scepter to great (and electrifying) effect.

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Of course, where there is steam-powered magitech there must be airships and in my current manuscript I’m laying the groundwork for a world where flight is newly-discovered, and where magic is an everyday occurrence. I’ll blog more about this soon, along with a cover reveal but in the meantime, thanks to my followers, and enormous thanks to all readers who have found and enjoyed my work! Here’s wishing you the loveliest of days…be well! <3

 

Social Media Update

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Hi there! I hope you are all well and thriving this near-the-end-of-October day. I wanted to send out a quick note to let you know that I’ve been doing some much-needed maintenance on my sundry writer’s accounts, and have made some changes based on recent reader feedback. For ease of searching, my Twitter handle is now @AEAshWrites, my Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr usernames are @aeashwrites, and my Goodreads remains A.E. Ash.

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Streetlights on during the day…creepy. YES.

I’ll post any other new updates as they occur, of course…in the meantime, I’m excited to be able to foist a new creepy poem upon ya’ll just in time for Halloween tomorrow. I’ll have more news in the coming weeks–lots of little projects and one or two big ones are afoot, and life continues, for which I am profoundly thankful. The year wanes, the days grow short here in the Northern Hemisphere, and autumn settles around me quietly, nudging me towards even more writing, the excitement of NaNoWriMo (even if I decide not to participate this year and I’m still not sure, I love hearing about others doing so!), and the welcome quiet and introspection of the darker part of the year. All the best and thank you as ever for following and for reading! <3 

 

Creating Space

I don’t need to wax poetic about the fact that life is busy, and continues to be happen-y or busy or full as long as it extends. I won’t even go on about the fact that it’s sometimes vexingly difficult to find time for creative endeavors…particularly when we’re often convinced that there are Much More Important Things To Be Doing. Life hits hard sometimes, and we can so often be left examining the cracks in the pavement, stubbornly planting our creative gardens in the tiniest spaces. And that’s okay…even from those ittybitty spaces, big things can grow. Creating space is about seizing any opportunity we can to express ourselves–to think, dream, paint, write, sing, dance, move…to exist in that place where we are the makers. I’ll just leave this little image here in closing–my notes from a meeting where I was fully aware of the agenda content and discussions, but let myself also free-hand doodle through the facts, figures, and bullet points (I had SO much fun looking back over them). In the Venn diagram of life, there are many odd and wonderful places where the colors of “daily routine” and “creativity” intersect. Where do you create the space for imaginings? Where do you make the time to create? I’d love to hear in the comments. Be well all, and happy creating! <3

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Ginormous, Largehuge Updates Post

Good morning, space cadets. It’s so Monday in here…and time for a GIANT updates post. Things are busy. In fact, I can hear Sabre Dance playing in the background while I try to catch the falling plates. That said, here’s what’s going on in my writing world:

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Lian, by Charminglyantiquated

My poem Sidereal will be in the next issue of Apex Magazine. It’s sci-fi poemy goodness, so look for it in the next issue releasing Tuesday, May 5th! In other awesome writerly news, I commissioned the lovely charminglyantiquated, one of my favorite artists, to paint Lian from my story Daughter of the Sun, available through Luna Station Quarterly. Needless to say, she ROCKED it and I am going to frame it and keep it forever and ever and ever. <3

wpThe lovely Lulu chapbooks for War Paint, my story in Slow Boat to Fast City, arrived and they are GORGEOUS. Sean Demory wrangled up all of us locals this past weekend to sign the backer reward copies for his recent  Kickstarter campaign. I’ll just say this–Pine Float Press is definitely one to watch. Demory has a knack for assembling an eclectic and effective mix of talented writers  and this is true for Slow Boat to Fast City, a raygun gothic 50’s AU Mars anthology. It’s remarkable, get-under-your-skin-and-stay-there stuff that I’m way proud to be a part of! I’ll be interviewing Sean Demory, Pine Float Press and the Slow Boat project’s nefarious engineer in a future posts so watch this space!

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just look at these badasses

In the meantime, I’ve got a huge spate of edits crumbling down upon me, which means I want to play more SWTOR and Mass Effect 3 than usual and hide in space opera, sci-fi, and saving the galaxy. I’m also squeezing in episodes of Clone Wars, the animated series when I can and falling head over heels in love with Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress–and I’ve always been in love with Obi-wan, so that doesn’t count. So many of the characters in this show are fully-realized and compelling in ways I had not anticipated and I might just have to blog about this show and just how important and wonderful it is at some point in the not too far future.

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pollen is the DEVIL

In Real Life, things are nutso–pollen is rendering me Queen of the Derps, and I’m just slogging through till this never-ending messy plant nookie goes away.  Seriously–it’s way out of hand. Extracurricular activities abound, of course–I’ll be gearing up to appear at ConQuest, a science fiction/fantasy convention happening here in town. I’ll be joining some other local writers, including authors from the aforementioned Slow Boat anthology and Jen Boles, author of Bringer of Light, in various and sundry panels and even some readings (*hyperventilates into imaginary paper bag*). It’ll be interesting, nerve-wracking, exciting and ultimately, rad. Finally, I’ll be preparing for the release of my story Luminous from The Book Smugglers in July–more info to come!

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Azul, the Daydream Dragon, now with extra sparklies

Upcoming Fun Things include a live Welcome to Night Vale show with a super awesome Bunny friend, my 5-year wedding anniversary (a weekend of gaming, relaxing, reading, movie-marathoning with my awesome hubby), and I’ve even started painting again after several years off (I’m working on learning to art in general). I’ll re-start my monthly Luna Station Quarterly blogs in May–you can look forward to some serious geeking out in the near future. Suffice to say, a lot is going on and it only gets busier from here! I hope all ya’ll readers are doing wonderfully, thriving like the spring flowers and trees making us all sneeze a billion times in a row here in this part of the world. Wishing you well–happy reading, writing, nerding, geeking, gaming, sleeping, or whatever it is you are doing these days! <3

A few quick updates!

Good morning, cats and kittens! I have a few quick updates on this crisp November morning. <3

First, just a little reminder to get out there and VOTE! It’s important, and it’s today.

Next up on the docket, I’m so excited to announce that my poem “Letters to S. From Poet-Build Beta-3” will be available on the Strange Horizons website on December 22 for all the world to read. I am humble, honored, and vibrating with excitement. AWWWWWWW YISSSSSSSSS.

I’m superdupercrazywack happy to note that my first blog with Luna Station Quarterly, an amazing speculative fiction outlet, went live last Thursday. You can read it here:

And while you are there, check out all of the amazing stories and blog posts, buy some issues, or donate on Patreon to support the very necessary work they do there!

Finally, good luck to all you NaNo-ers out there…keep the words flowing like chocolate fountains, don’t edit till later, and have metric-tons of fun in the process!

Luna Station Quarterly Has A Few New Faces–Mine Is One!

Don’t worry, it’s still attached. But my face, while firmly attached to my head in which there is brain of sorts will be among the new recruits working with Luna Station Quarterly to contribute content and all other sorts of noble enterprises!

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I’m honored to soon be blogging for such a fantastic magazine, supporting fellow women speculative fiction authors, and helping LSQ out with social media-mongering!

Stop by, check them out, read, donate, read some more! They are GOOD STUFF.

Meanwhile, I will be over here, busy, gleeful, and yes, busy. For an accurate demonstration of my daily writing life, listen to this:

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That is all. As you were, soldiers.