First, some exciting news: a flash fiction story featuring me, my late dog Oliver, and Ada Lovelace is up at Tor.com, written by the Nebula Award-winning author Eileen Gunn. (The story was also featured on i09 and Boing Boing.)
A phenakistoscope of Ada Lovelace and Carmen Machado, with Machado’s companion dog, the brown-and-white pit bull Oliver. They are apparently at a racetrack, although the tableau was no doubt staged at the maker’s studio. The two women, clearly on friendly terms, are attired in pale silk gowns and overdresses, billowing out over crinolines but still elegantly simple in effect. They are shown seated at first, on an ornate cast-iron bench in front of a painted scrim, watching the start of an invisible race. They move their gaze to follow the speeding steam gurneys. They stand, caught up in excitement. Carmen puts her hand on Ada’s arm, and removes it quickly. Then she surreptitiously dips her hand in Ada’s reticule bag, withdraws an Engine card, slips it into a hidden pocket in her own dress, and resumes watching the race. The two women jump about triumphantly, laughing and clapping their hands in an artificial manner. The race has been run and an imaginary purse no doubt won by at least one of them. At the end, Machado turns to hug Lovelace briefly. Her dress dips elegantly low at the back of her neck, and we get a brief glimpse of the famous tattoo between her shoulder blades: a large, elaborate compass rose. Then the two women sit down as they were at the beginning, a slight smile on Machado’s face. (Read the rest here.)
I love it so much. Thanks, Eileen!
Seth Abramson: Six Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts. (This is an older link, but it’s been sitting in my drafts folder for ages, and I should just post it.)
Anyone out there doing NaNoWriMo this year? I am. Hopefully it’ll jump start the first draft of my novel.
Do you think Anis Shivani hates MFA programs? It’s kind of hard to tell, what with him writing every five minutes about how terrible they are. *facepalm*