Fran Wilde

2019 – What I’ve Written & Read (so far)

This has been a wild year, one that began right on the first of January with “A Catalog of Storms,” from Uncanny Magazine, through the publication of a novel and a novella within two months of one another, and continuing until the very last minute with stories for a few anthologies, and finishing a new novel.

Readingwise, it’s been equally thrilling — so many stories and thoughts out there this year that are incredibly deep and rich. I’m going to jump right in (although I am also likely to add to this post or post an addendum because the year’s not yet over). SO. Herewith, an eligibility post, of sorts, for as many people as I can stuff in a blog post. I keep reading logs on my patreon, so if you follow me there, you will have seen some of this throughout 2019 … at the end of the year, I like to share with everyone.

As always, thank you for reading, for commenting and considering, thank you for sharing what you love.

What I’ve written:

Novel

Novella

Short Stories:

Serials:

Poetry:

What I’ve Read and Loved (so far):

Novels (Adult, kidlit, graphic novels)

Short stories:

Winter: “Beyond the El,” John Chu – this is a little unfair because I read John’s story in beta, but it is so good. (So is Probabilitea at Uncanny – John had a great year this year!) “Beyond the El” is one of four stories brought out by Tor.com in January that I really loved, including – Karin Tidbeck’s “The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir,” Mimi Mondal’s “His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light”  – JY Yang’s “Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy”  and Elizabeth Bear’s Deriving Life. In Fireside Fiction, Brandon O’Brien’s Due By The End of the Week and Jamie Goh’s By the Storytelling Fire are well worth your time.

Spring: “The Brightest Lights of Heaven,” Maria Haskins, Fireside Fiction; “How the Trick is Done,” A.C. Wise, Uncanny; “The Moon is not a Battlefield,” Indapramit Das, Lightspeed; “For He Can Creep,” Siobhan Carroll, Tor.com; “Wu Ding’s Journey to the West,” Tang Fei (Andy Dundalk, transl.), Clarkesworld.

Fall: “Zeitgeiber,” by Greg Egan, “Borderland” by Olga Tokarczuk, “The Dead In Their Uncontrollable Power,” Karen Osborne.

Collections, Memoir, Essays & Anthologies:

Poetry:

“Magpies Recognize Themselves in the Mirror” by Kelly Russell Agodon & “CONTROL+ALT+DELETE” by Amit Majmudar (in the 100th and final Field Magazine).  Very different poems — the Majmudar is a ghazal, and a beautiful one. The Agodon is a meditation on distance, I think, as much as anything, and I’ve gone several rounds with it. I have a standing distrust of using strangers’ most vulnerable moments as grease for the reflection gears (especially on twitter) and during one read of “Magpies” it really did feel like the author was live-tweeting another person’s  breakdown through the lens of the disconnected viewer. But the poem also reflects on that act of watching and reacting, and my friend Julia proposed that processing something that happens isn’t always the same as using it for entertainment value. I am leaning towards agreeing with Julia, and I’m still feeling cautious.

Will You” by Carrie Fountain

Raymond Antrobus’ The Perserverance, which just won the Ted Hughes award (and in which, Antrobus elegantly disassembles a Ted Hughes poem. So much about interacting with the hearing world, about gesture and symbol, about language and family and understanding and misunderstanding. Here’s one example: “Echo”.

The Boys of Bluehill, Eiléan Ni Chuilleanan; A Responsibility to Awe, Rebecca Elson

(I’m likely going to update, correct, and add to this list, so come on back. And tell me your favorites in the comments.)