What I’ve Read, Written, and Edited this year, part 1

It’s that time of year again, and I’ll admit I was looking at this post with a huge side eye because things were so much different this year. I’ve done a lot of reading, but much of it was student work (some of which is below!)

*A time capsule note before I get rolling: I’ve been doing this since at least 2013 (I think earlier, but wordpress is hiding the posts). One of the embarrassing things about that is how clearly my discomfort carries over from year to year (I am practicng, but don’t seem to learn very well), but one of the good things is how rich the field is in reading across nearly a decade. I love to go back and look at stories again, from years past. You can do the same, and read them here if you like: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 part 1 & 2019 part 2 | 2020 | 2021

Second, because of many reasons, I didn’t feel like I’d done a lot of creative work. Turns out, I had. Brains are weird.

My 2022 Short Fiction:

  • “Shadow Plane” – Weird Tales 365, Jonathan Maberry, editor
  • “The Midway” – Screams in the Dark, Ellen Datlow, editor
  • My Cloak of Keys” – The Deadlands, Sean Markey and E. Catherine Tobler, editors,
  • “The Star Crossed Horoscope for Interstellar Travelers,” – The Reinvented Heart, Cat Rambo and Jennifer Brozek, editors. March 2022.
  • “Building Migration,” The Sunday Morning Transport, Julian Yap, editor

Nonfiction: I also had an editorial, “Teaching the Metatext,” in Asimov’s this spring.

And oh yes, I’ve got a whole new job this year, and had the joy and honor of working with brilliant writers on their stories for The Sunday Morning Transport as managing editor, in collaboration with Sunday Morning Transport Editor In Chief Julian Yap, copy editor Kaitlin Severini, proofreader Delia Davis and publicist Devin Singer. That’s a big change, and suddenly the reason why this year feels so different becomes clear. I’m delighted to share the work of our authors below — many of which you can read for free, all of which you can read as a paying subscriber and — **most importantly as my holiday gift to you, all of which you can read with this 60-day gift subscription.**

What I Edited for 2022 with Julian Yap – The Sunday Morning Transport

What I’ve Read and Loved, Part 1 (* Does not include Sunday Morning transport because of course I love those… more to come…)


  • Saturnalia, Stephanie Feldman (Unnamed Press)
  • The Bone Orchard, Sara Mueller (Tor)
  • Last Exit, Max Gladstone (Tor)
  • Saint Death’s Daughter, CSE Cooney (Solaris)
  • Goliath, Tochi Oyebuchi (Tor)
  • When Women Were Dragons, Kelly Barnhill (Berkeley)
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper/Voyager)
  • The Dawnhounds, Sascha Stronach (Gallery/Saga)
  • Arrow To The Sun, Emily X.R. Pan (Little Brown)
  • In The Serpent’s Wake, Rachel Hartman (Random House)


  • Even Though I Knew The End, C.L. Polk, (Tor.com)
  • Of Charms, Ghosts, and Grievances, Aliette de Bodard (Jabberwocky)
  • January Fifteenth, Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com)


Short Stories:


That’s it so far! I’m not done reading! More coming…

Meantime, I’d love to hear what you loved! Drop your faves here, or links to your eligibility posts [I can’t celebrate it if you don’t tell me about it friendos — TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WINS]! ~ Fran

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