Welcome to the new home of the Teapot newsletter, my own blog! I’ve been thinking about moving away from Substack since last year when we discovered, in the words of Annalee Newitz, that Substack “paid a secret group of writers to make newsletter authorship seem lucrative.” Recent policy communications from SubStack pushed me over the edge, and my reasoning is very close to that of Grave Lavery, who wrote a good essay on why she’s leaving as well.
Hopefully the change was seamless on your end and you’ll enjoy commenting here better than SubStack since you don’t have to sign in. Onward!
The biggest news I have on the book front right now is that I don’t have big news yet. Eep! I’ve seen a sketch of my cover and it looks so good and is so close to being ready, but can’t be revealed now. Soon, though, and I know y’all will love it.
Things are calm enough this month that I’m heading up north for a a week-long writing retreat in-between class obligations. After that it’s going to be class, class, maybe a convention if it seems safe, class, class, more class, book launch. I’m trying not to be pre-exhausted.
There will be more to tell next month, I’m sure. And I’m still working on sorting pictures from Egypt. There are soooo many.
I have a bit of news to share with you below, but down in the comments I want to hear your news. Tell me about the stuff going on in your life that you’d like to share. Can be great things, or not so great things, or a funny story, or an epic story. Share pictures, share laughter, share what’s troubling you, share wisdom.
It’s that time of year when nominations for awards open up. If you have the ability to nominate for the Hugo or Nebula, I humbly ask that you consider my one contribution from last year.
Normally this time of year I’d be running my writing prompts email series. Doing something a bit different now. 33 Days of Inspiration is an automated email series where you can get 10 – 20 minute long writing prompts and exercises via email every 3 days for 33 days. You can start whenever you’re ready and use these prompts to generate new story seeds or help you get in gear with your work in progress.
Writing the Other is starting classes back up again and I’ll be teaching the Creating Diverse Characters class alongside Nisi Shawl and Piper J. Drake from February 26 to March 12. You have two options for this class: a weekend intensive with live lectures and discussion or an asynchronous class where you can log in for discussions and such on your own schedule.
There are scholarships!
Last Month in the Tempestuous Salon
Egypt definitely inspired me to get back to work on my writing! After coming home I wrote a dark story inspired by the solstice sunrise at Karnak and revised another story inspired by the solstice sunrise at Hatshepsut’s temple. If you’d like to read them…
Write With Me
I’m hosting Friday night writing times for Clarion West this month. If you join you can work on your WiP in the company of other people who give off creative vibes or you can write something based on one of my writing prompts. The sessions are free, but have limited sign ups.
Enough About Me
I’m ready to hear from you 🤗 Just one note: this is a community space. Please keep in mind that this is my space, so please act the way you would if you were in my actual parlor having actual tea with me 😍