January 23, 2015

LTUE Schedule

I'll be at Life, the Universe, and Everything -- a great conference about writing held from Feb 12-14 in Provo, Utah. Here's my schedule! Room numbers are yet to come. It looks like I'll get to spend lots of time talking about archaeology/anthropology/folklore. :)

9am Thu: Building Different Economies / Politics
2pm Thu: Using History & Folklore to Enrich Your World
7pm Thu: Using Anthropology for Inspiration

1pm Fri: Push Button Technology

10am Sat: Young Adult Protagonists
1pm Sat: Modern Fantasy & It’s Relation to Folklore and Myth
4pm Sat: The History of Chocolate
6pm Sat: Selling Your Short Story

January 13, 2015

Bricks and Sunlight at Cast of Wonders

Cast of Wonders, the Parsec-winning YA fiction podcast, has produced my short story, "Bricks and Sunlight." This is both my first reprint, and my first audio fiction! Click here to listen.

January 9, 2015

Year-in-Review

Mary Robinette Kowal posted an interesting article: "This post! I'm promoting it, even though I've been told it's tacky to self-promote." She makes a very good argument that if you don't tell people what you've done this year, they won't just know.

Even though I doubt I'm in the running for anything this award season*, she's right. I should put up a summary. And thanks to her excellent post, if it's tacky, I get to be tacky along with a very classy woman.

So! Here's my 2014:

Novels:
Drift, from Tu Books. Kirkus Review said: "Original worldbuilding and cosmology spice up a save-the-world romantic adventure....Readers will find watching Hutchins’ unusual magical rules bring about startling consequences for family and political structure utterly fascinating."

Novelettes:
"Golden Chaos," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue # 40. Available here.

Short Stories:
"A Dragon's Doula," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue #42. Available here.

"Waterlilies," Daily Science Fiction. April 21, 2014. Available for free online here.

"Wishing Hard Enough," Leading Edge Magazine, Issue #65. February 2014.

*For readers who aren't aware, nominations for the Nebulas and Hugos are both coming up soon, making this "award season" for the SF/F genres.

December 12, 2014

Go Teen Writers Interview

I got to be on a wonderful panel with Jill Williamson at SLC ComicCon. Later, she interviewed me -- it's up on Go Teen Writers, where I talk about being a teen writer, advice for teens, and, of course turtles. They're hosting a giveaway of DRIFT, too! Hurry over -- as of this writing, there are 35 hours left to enter.

November 25, 2014

A Dragon's Doula

My short story, "A Dragon's Doula," is up at IGMS! There's a great illustration by Nick Greenwood with it. Some stories seem to come as a whole thing; this one slowly gelled from a lot of different ideas over time -- there's explosions, lots of dragons, the titular doula, and Idaho forests.

October 28, 2014

Interview + Review

The nice folks at LitPick, a site dedicated to YA books and YA readers, interviewed me.

I can't remember if I posted this before, but their website also has an amazing review of Drift up. It's extra-humbling-awesome to me that this review was written by a teen.