Monday, October 29, 2012

Mindhut Interview and Other News...

So the awesome people over at Mindhut have interviewed me about writing. I think I sound smarter than I really am. My favorite question in that interview was when Allison (my wonderful interviewer!) asked me "If you could say one thing to every geektastic girl out there in the world, what would you say?" If you want to know my answer, go read the interview. Here's the link.


In other news, my story, "The Last Day", and Cindy Pon's "Blue Skies" got singled out in a Booklist review for Diverse Energies:

In an afterword, coeditor Monti writes about a heated 2009 discussion (dubbed “RaceFail 09”) regarding race in fantasy and science fiction, and how his reaction was to put together a collection showcasing “this wonderful, blended, messed-up world.” Hence this book, which feels different than the usual fare—characters, settings, and authors come from all across the global spectrum—and, maybe more to the point, proves to be not that different at all. It starts off with a fabulous one-two punch: Ellen Oh’s devastating “The Last Day,” about a future global war and the horrific Hiroshima-like aftermath; then “Freshee’s Frogurt,” a wild, violent, and funny excerpt from Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse (2011). In general, the subsequent stories fall on the more thoughtful, brainy side of the sf spectrum. Two standouts are Paolo Bacigalupi’s “A Pocket Full of Dharma,” about the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama on a portable storage drive; and Cindy Pon’s “Blue Skies,” a wistful have/have-not tale from a smog-filthed future Taipei. A solid introduction to a number of highly talented writers.—Daniel Kraus, Booklist
After cringing over some not so good reviews and medicating with chocolate donuts,  I was a bit bowled over to read this review. Which just goes to show how subjective the review process is. I fear I will gain quite a lot of weight when Prophecy reviews start coming out! ;o)

2 comments:

Sarah Brand said...

Congratulations on the great review! And I enjoyed reading the interview. I wish I'd heard #4 a bit more while I was in college.

Gellie said...

I am super super suuuuuuuper excited for Prophecy! It's definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2013~ So the apocalypse better not come yet!

And as an amateur writer myself, I find your advice very helpful. Your answer to number three was very empowering! Long live kick-ass heroines!

Good luck with your book, Ellen :D

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