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Year of the Water Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the Year of the Water Dragon, and I happen to have a free story that features a water dragon that takes place during the Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the new year):

A Sweet Calling“, Clarkesworld #44

(podcast version)



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How I Got Up On Stilts

I know a clown.

He’s a professional stiltwalker, and my story in Tesseracts 15 (“The Tremor Road“) happened to feature stiltwalking, so I decided to stage a promotional shot for the September book launch. I called in a favour last August…

So these are the pole stilts I decided against. They looked…dangerous.

The ones with big feet looked more stable. (But looks can be deceiving.)

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The Dragon and the Stars Aurora Award

The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, won the 2011 Prix Aurora Award for Best Related Work English yesterday! I’m really happy to be part of the anthology. Here are a couple pictures of me at the ceremony, representing the authors in the book and getting to hold the trophies.

For the full list of Aurora Award winners, look here. Congrats to everyone!

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SFContario Starts Today

I will be at SFContario 2 tonight, starting with a reading at 8 p.m. and the Tesseracts 15 event at 9 p.m. See my full schedule for the weekend here. Also check out my interview at Totally Tesseracts!

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Me on Stilts for Tesseracts 15 Promo


My story in Tesseracts 15 is about a stiltwalker, and I happen to know a professional clown…so I had my first lesson at stilt-walking at lunchtime (well, more like stilt-standing).

I may not look it in the picture, but I was terrified.

I now have true respect for stiltwalkers. They make it look so easy.

Come to the Tesseracts 15 book launch on Saturday, September 17th from 3-6 p.m. at Bakka-Phoenix Books at 84 Harbord Street, and I may have recovered enough to talk about the experience!


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Vacation Report

I’m back from summer vacation, having gone to San Francisco, Reno (for WorldCon) and Las Vegas. Great trip! Here is a photo for each city:

Alcatraz in the background. I actually missed visiting Alcatraz in SF because the tickets were sold out for at least another week. Ugh. But had great ramen at Tanpopo in Japantown, saw relatives, and rode the cable car.

Me, on the Throne of Swords at Renovation (WorldCon). I didn’t do any panels but did participate in the Clarkesworld authors reading and the Edge Books book launch (reading from my story in Tesseracts 15).

Vegas was terrific, as always. It costs an arm and a leg but is totally worth it. I finally saw Cirque du Soleil’s O, and it was stunning.

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