Big updates: Inhospitable, book launch, stories, etc.

There’s lots to announce! First of all, Inhospitable is out. Finally! At last! Here’s a link to the Camphor Press page for the book. There, you can either order it directly from them, or you can follow the links to Amazon and the other e-retail suspects:¬†https://camphorpress.com/books/inhospitable/ And there’s a book launch this weekend (Sunday, 5/20/2018, at 4pm) here in Hong Kong! Here’s a link to the Facebook page. It’s actually a joint launch with Xu Xi’s Insignificance, which Signal 8 Press is publishing in June. If you’re in Hong Kong, you’re welcome to join. In addition to doing our own readings, some of the actors from Liars’ League HK will be doing them too. It promises to be a very fun...

Publisher interview, pub date, next book. (!)

One of the cool things about having a book coming out is being interviewed. I enjoy the process so much more now that it takes place mostly online. Back in 2003, when The Concrete Sky was about to be published, a friend who wrote for one of the gay magazines interviewed me. Earlier that same day, my then partner and I had just moved chaotically from Portland to Seattle. We were a half step away from being homeless: the owners of the company I had worked for in Portland were in dire shape financially and were paying only a half or a third of what I was told I was supposed to be earning. Once it became clear that I had burned through my savings and maxed out my cards, our bills were going to become impossible. We put our shit in a storage unit, moved into my...

Feb. 2018 update: short stories, conferences, papers.

There are a few new developments where my writing (creative as well as academic) is concerned, and I’ll be presenting at a couple of conferences this summer. I’ve finished a new short story, “The Man Who Loved Airline Food.” The idea for this one came to me at the very end of 2017 on a flight back to Hong Kong from Brisbane. The actual writing was more of a slog than my short stories tend to be, meaning it’ll require edits of great brutality, finesse, and precision, but the story itself is quite okay if I do say so myself. I’ve got another one in the works, as well, but I set it aside to focus on this one. My new (at this point, I should qualify that with an “-ish”) story “Everybody’s Cleopatra”...

On banned words at the CDC.

I would like to offer an invitation and a challenge. I have a fairly broad level of scientific literacy, an MA in applied linguistics, and a PhD in creative writing. If the Trump administration thinks it can ban the CDC from using the words vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based, I will happily offer my assistance in revising scientific papers to the most accurate and preferably devastating effect possible. By forcing researchers to work around these words, the responsible government officials are requiring the affected scientists to unpack them. This will work out better for the researchers than for the administration, and I intend to help. Every word that the federal government has banned can be worked around....

More on the new stuff.

Earlier today, I finished a new short story I’d been working on for a couple of months, “The Trousers Had Opinions of Their Own.” This was one of those peculiar stories that came to me out of nowhere. Or not: if you’ve read my novel An Ideal for Living (it’s okay if you haven’t; neither have most other people), you’ll recognize some of the tropes. In any event, I’m very happy with it, at least in the sense that as a first draft, it isn’t terrible. Once I’ve polished it, I think it will be very good. Perhaps even one of my better ones. I plan to submit it to a certain publication before I leave for Australia next week (the deadline is 12/31/2017, and I will not be able to work on it while I am away), but...

Inhospitable

Huge news. I’ll get to the point. I’ve sold Inhospitable, the novel I wrote for my PhD. Camphor Press in Taipei will be releasing it sometime in mid-2018, probably May or thereabouts. I’m very pleased (honest) to have finally had the good sense (it eventually kicks in), to check for good regional publishers. Yes, I’ve made queries with agents and presses in the US and UK. There’s been a certain amount of “we like this but it’s not for us, best of luck, happy trails, go in peace,” the usual stuff those of us who enliven the margins grow weary of hearing. There’s a lot out there at the moment at how bound by stereotype publishers (and, I suppose, agents) in the West still are: the Asian characters (even if...