stuff what I wrote last year

For whatever it’s worth, awards season is upon us, and if you are planning to nominate fiction for the Nebula or Hugo or World Fantasy Awards, then here’s a rundown of what I published last year. It’s a brief list, but I think some of the best work I’ve ever written — which makes sense, I suppose, since I should be getting better at this writing thing, yeah? No novels (but please keep an eye out for my next book, RWBY: After the Fall, on June 25, 2019!), but several short stories:

“The Land of the Morning Calm” — A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
This seems to be one of my best-received stories ever, and I hope you’ll check it out, as well as the whole anthology of Asian-inspired stories by Asian authors, which is wonderful (and is a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults title and on NPR’s list of best books). This one’s about a girl who finds out her mother is haunting the Korean MMO they used to play together.

“Kill Screen” — Mother of Invention, edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts & Rivqa Rafael
I am super proud of this story, in an anthology of “diverse, challenging stories about gender and artificial intelligence.” This one’s about a girl who resurrects her dead best friend as an A.I., recreating her likeness and personality by using recordings from her video game livestreams and their chat histories. The title references the last screen of old arcade video games when you’ve hit the last level possible before they glitch out.

Finally, two of my stories for the Serial Box series ReMade, season 2, are eligible “Power Struggles” and “Toward the Light” — though these are continuity-heavy, so probably not a good place to jump in.

If you do seek out any of these out, thank you! And thank you for your consideration.



Reading in New York!

Next Tuesday, Nov. 13, I’m participating in a Serial Box All-Star reading with fabulous authors and friends Andrea Phillips, Michael R. Underwood, SL Huang, Stephen Kozeniewski, and Brian Slattery. Not only is this a rare NYC author appearance for me, but you’ll get a sneak peek at one of my secret new Serial Box projects! (Hint: If you like video games, I think you’ll like this new series.) I hope you can make it! Details below.

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
An Evening With Serial Box

Guest curated by Amy Goldschlager

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30. $5 suggested donation.)
The Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY


News on my next novel!

You heard it hear last, folks! I am excited to be writing the first young adult novels in the RWBY universe, beginning with RWBY: After the Fall!

RWBY (pronounced “Ruby”) is a popular anime-inspired web series starring kickass characters kicking ass in a world overrun with vicious monsters called Creatures of Grimm. I enjoy anime and fairy tales, and especially The Wizard of Oz, and this show wears those influences and many more on its sleeve. It’s been so much fun to work with the talented writers of the show at Rooster Teeth and my fabulous editor Chloe Fraboni at Scholastic to bring fans a brand-new story in this franchise.

The book will be published in summer 2019, and more details will surely follow. Here’s the synopsis:

After Beacon Academy fell, Coco, Fox, Velvet, and Yatsuhashi made a vow: No one else is getting left behind. It’s been more than a year since Team CFVY saw their school destroyed by the Creatures of Grimm, their friends felled in battle or scattered across the world of Remnant. Since then, they’ve been settling into life at Shade Academy in Vacuo, fighting hard to finish their training so they can reunite with their friends and save their world.

When a distress message comes into Shade, asking for huntsmen and huntresses to defend refugees from a never-ending stream of Grimm, Team CFVY answers the call without hesitation. But in the heat of the desert, they’re forced to relive their former battles, both from the Fall of Beacon and from everything that came before.

If you haven’t seen RWBY yet, I recommend starting at the beginning and binge-watching the whole thing; the sixth season of the series begins on Oct. 27, so you have plenty of time to catch up. It’s really terrific! And if you just want to see Team CFVY (pronounced “coffee”) in action, check out this short clip:

If you ask me any specific questions about the story here or on social media, I probably won’t be able to share much yet, but you’ll learn more as soon as I can talk about it–and I hope you’ll be interested in picking up the book next year!