I made my first reprint sale this week. “Pretty White Snake” will be in Augur magazine’s premiere issue.
I should say I am a Mohawk, which is one of the Haudensaunee member nations. This is a good primer on Haudenosaunee history, and made me aware of things that I didn’t know of before. It’s a good starting point, but shouldn’t be the end of research on the topics it raises. The author wanted to give a general overview so it served its purpose.
This biography was an enjoyable read, even if it felt like a required read to me because of my ethnic heritage. It took a lot of boldness for a woman raised as a Victorian lady to leave home and become a stage performer. even if she isn’t as bold a trailblazer as some modern feminists would prefer. Her half-breed status limited her options for marriage yet freed her to pursue a literary career. Both as her “Mohawk Princess” gimmick and for the fact that she couldn’t be kept at home if there was no one willing to offer her an establishment. Her older sister had to find work outside the home to support herself, and Pauline’s means of support was more glamorous than others. I feel her contributions to Canadian literature get ignored by women’s studies because she was too busy making a living during her lifetime to be a campaigner of women’s rights.
“Birth of Legends” has been accepted into the In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2 anthology by Rebel Mountain Press. My choice of a graphic is a hint as to the main character of the story who became a celebrity in the early 20th century. We’ll see if I win any contest prizes, but I will at least get a copy of the anthology. I thought it’d be good to be in an indigenous anthology at this time in my writing career and submitted to it.
What self–respecting Viking can resist raiding new lands? Jormungandr the Midgard Serpent, son of Loki the Trickster, and the jotun Ymirling, won’t pass up the chance to ravage, Turtle Island, a land unprotected by Thor the Thunderer! (Approximately 4334 words.)
I’ve been wanting to do a “Jormungandr goes Native” themed series. I couldn’t think of how to turn it into a novel, but it’ll be easy to create short story of incidents of his life on Turtle Island, my people’s name for North America. This contains the first part of the series. The length of the series will depend on reader demand, but there’re some highlights of his life I want to cover so there will be a series either way.
I’m turning this week’s trends into writing prompts for myself and any readers this blog may have.
An interesting autobiography of a mostly forgotten Victorian celebrity. A good reference for Native history and Victorian history. It has some details that may help writers of steam punk if you like obscure details. I’m Mohawk myself and felt obligated to read this book for the sake of being informed of my people’s history, and found it enjoyable.
I got notice my scifi story “Liquid Courage” made me a co-winner of the 2016 Imagining Indigenous Futurism contest. A sign I’m getting better at this.