seasons

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!

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Happy Equinox! Equinox…that whole business with the sun crossing the celestial equator, making it so that all over the planet there is roughly the same amount of day and night. Here in my hemisphere it’s the autumn equinox, Mabon, in the wheel of the year–a time of balance, a time of change. I always try to pause at some point during the equinox time to think about areas where my life needs more balance–more equanimity applied to all proceedings. Not much wouldn’t benefit from a balanced way of thinking, if I’m being honest, and making the time to remind myself of this can be refreshing as  well as helpful. When the seasons themselves are telling me a thing, maybe that thing has some merit beyond metaphor? As I move into the waning months, I’ll be looking for ways to keep light in my life and my world, to stay positive and retain warmth of heart no matter what is happening around me. This equinox, what in your life could use more balance? Wishing all well on this day of celestial interest–thank you as ever for reading! <3

 

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

Autumn Interlude

This is not a post of great heft and gravitas.

It’s more about the way the light is slanting differently these last mornings. The color of early and late sunlight as September yearns towards fall…more burnished gold. More deep rose and vermilion. The way a chill creeps in and shadows lengthen, and sometimes wood-smoke drifts into the later morning scents.

The leaves haven’t fallen. The equinox is still days away. But like every year since I was five years old, standing in the fenced-in back yard wearing my little green nylon jacket and sniffing the air, I feel the latening of the year. All my senses let me know to prepare for shorter days, colder nights, and the silence only winter can bring.

I love it.

I’m a summer girl, born to my poor, exhausted mother in the South Carolina high-August heat. The sun is life. The heat is quickening. But I love autumn in a way that is hard to describe. Mono no aware, maybe? It is so very ephemeral–the leaves shimmering in late sun as they fall to the cooling earth, the world folding into itself…there is a sweetly melancholy edge to everything.

I’m okay with that.

The longer nights are kinder in some ways. Rest, they tell me. Slow down. Let yourself breathe. 

Let yourself be silent.

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In a world where the chatter never stops, where life hurtles by at desperate speeds, I welcome the gentler pace and softer hours. The waning of the days is sobering but I have other sources of light. The love of the people around me, the radiance of my own mind and soul. The knowledge that the world sleeps to wake again, and the cycles continue and it is right and good.

So…happy not-quite-autumn. Happy reveries, happy harvesting, happy seeing the lights around you that you might not have realized were there when the sun was stronger. <3

Side note: Amethystium’s Aphelion is one of my go-to fallish albums. You should check it out–lovely, sublime, and beautifully chill, all of their music is made of win!