Friday, August 17, 2018

Did You Know I'm an Artist?

This is a two-part announcement.
One, I've had a story accepted by Robot Dinosaurs, a website featuring short stories about robot dinosaurs! It will be compiled in an anthology at the end of summer too. https://robotdinosaurfiction.com/


 

But my story won't be up for a while yet, so let me tell you about Kathryn Kania's story, When I Was Made. It's a sweet story about a robot dinosaur raising flesh-and-blood dinosaur babies... oh, and I did the illustration for it!
https://robotdinosaurfiction.com/kania-i-was-made/

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Love & Bubbles Pre-Orders!

Hello! Today I have the Love & Bubbles pre-order link to share! This is the anthology of queer romance under the sea I've been editing with Jaylee James.

I also have a story in it about a gay dolphin shapeshifter. There is no sexual content to these stories, very little language and violence, and they all will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

It will be available on Amazon when it comes out, but for now we're offering pre-orders on Gumroad to raise money to pay for the cover art.

In addition to ebook and paperback, we also have t-shirts! And cross stitch I made, while supplies last.
http://gumroad.com/jayleejames

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Busy October

Well, I've got five projects coming out in October!

I'm not sure how this happened exactly, but I'm not complaining or apologizing for constantly sharing my good news. I'm also not going to go to the library for books at all that month, because of a lovely thing called contributor copies. (I do get paid in actual money for most things, but getting paid in books is all I've ever dreamed of.)

So! Updated list of the things I have been given the go-ahead to announce:

One Last Ride on the Horse with Purple Roses - Luna Station Quarterly - September 1
http://lunastationquarterly.com/



The Cemetery Cat - From A Cat's View - October
https://post-to-print.com/from-a-cats-p-o-v-selected-stories/



Enough - We Shall Be Monsters - October


https://weshallbemonsters.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/



Take Meme to Your Leader - UFO7
(Seanan McGuire!!!!!!)

https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/



The Leximancer's Rebellion - Battling in All Her Finery - Oct 18


 
(I've been in an anthology with one of the other authors.)
http://madscientistjournal.org/2018/03/battling-in-all-her-finery-submissions-now-open/



The Wolf Mother - Under the Full Moon's Light - Oct 16

(I know TWO people in this one!)

https://owlhollowpress.com/under-the-full-moons-light/

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Children of the Sky is Published!

First things first, my novel Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow is being published on December 4th! We've got a cover reveal on September 10 - sign up here and you can get an advanced review copy before anyone else: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNGh58bFJINgtT6t_W7Q5nA6BjgoRpeVM-sfCctA8D0Wlvbw/viewform




Children of the Sky, an anthology of eight alien stories -- one of which is my Artist Unknown -- has been published by Schreyer Ink Publishing!



Ebook 
Paperback

Here's a tip for writers: Keep a dream journal. I've been keeping one for years, and I underline interesting ideas and images so I can find them later. Artist Unknown was based on one such entry.

Direct quote from my dream journal, dated March 26, 2016:

"A boy and his family fly across country in a race against time to discover secrets about an old painting. "Gustav's Pocket Watch" is actually some other guy's monocle, and a whole series of events is revealed by examining the reflection in the glass, which is not the artist."

The boy and his family didn't make it into the story, nor did the bit about the monocle (to be honest, I don't fully understand what that was supposed to mean), and of course I had to add aliens.

But the main idea - an image hidden in a painting of a watch - is the same. The painting is even called Gustav's Pocket Watch, though I haven't the slightest idea where my brain came up with the name.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Battling in All Her Finery Interview

I've been interviewed by Mad Scientist Journal, publishers of the upcoming Battling in All Her Finery anthology. Features a dashing picture of me in a hat.
http://madscientistjournal.org/2018/07/an-interview-with-jennifer-lee-rossman/

Also, this is the first time I've called myself autistic in an interview.

I haven't been officially diagnosed, and that isn't likely to happen because there are a lot of systemic barriers in place for adults who can't travel to bigger towns with specialists, but my therapist and I are pretty sure I'm somewhere on the autistic spectrum.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack

Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack by Paige Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a story in this huge anthology (seriously -- it's the thickest book on my shelf, well worth the price in weight alone), but I'm going to review each story as unbiasedly as I can.

THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER by Selenia Paz
Well, you all know I love Ada Lovelace, and putting her in an alchemy murder mystery? Perfection!

THE ALTERED AVATAR by Mary Fan
I love a murder mystery, and this one set in an augmented reality game was so fun!

ATTACK ON AEGIS by Paige Daniels
Fun superhero story set in the 90s. The story didn't really grab me, but I enjoyed all the references to my childhood. I miss Palm Pilots...

BECOMING A WORLD BUILDER by Valerie Hunter
I didn't love the ableism coming from the bad guys, but the story itself is very accepting. I really identified with the way the main character pretended to be the "stronger" women in her life but struggled with finding the strength in herself.

DATA RECOVERY by Nicholas Jennings
Remember that episode of Magic Schoolbus where they go into the computer? It's that, but with more gummy worms!

DISCORD ON HARMONIA by M.L.D. Curelas
I wish this one was longer because I want to know more about this world.

THE EXPERIMENT CALLED LIFE by Halli Gomez
LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! I don't have Tourette's, but I identify so strongly with Gemma not fitting in.

FALSE MESSIAHS: A ROBOT REPAIR GIRL ADVENTURE by Josh Pritchett
Very interesting premise but I wasn't super into the story, maybe because I haven't read all the stories in the series.

IMPOSSIBLE ODDS by A.A. Jankiewicz
Military sci-fi isn't really my thing, but I like this. It's like if Ender's Game was actually enjoyable.

IN CYBERIA, AVATAR CONTROLS YOU by Jeremy Rodden
I found the treatment of the "vegetables" kind of offensive. I don't think that's an appropriate term for people in vegetative states, nor do I think they were beyond saving. I would have LOVED the story if Carrot was the hero. That being said, very Matrix-esque and a surprising twist.

IN THE SHADOW OF ZYRCON by Joanna Schurman
Has a kind of Firefly feel, but with gay girls and disability rep! I want more adventures from this crew.

INMATE C87 by Kay Dominguez
This one could have been stretched out to fill an entire book. I love the premise, even though the white collar corruption hits a little close to home. My one criticism is that the main character almost felt more like an adult than a teenager.

LIFE HACK by Aaron Rosenberg
I was all ready to say this is an exciting and wacky tale about outlandishly wonderful gene alterations... but the ending was very much a letdown.

LOGIN by Jennifer Lee Rossman
I'm not going to review my own story, but I'll mention that it's a Rumplestiltskin retelling that has own voices wheelchair-user rep, a helpful robot, and features artwork by my friend Sharon.

MOON GIRL by Jennifer Chow
I love the enemies-to-friends trope, and this story used it very well. Not to mention non-European mythology!

MY OTHER TREE HOUSE IS A ROCKET SHIP by Russ Colchamiro
I love the tone of this one. One of the co-authors is seven years old, and I don't know how much she wrote and how much her dad wrote, but it's much better than anything I could have written at that age. She's got a future in this business.

THE POWER OF FIVE by Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg
I found the writing of this story to be very simplistic and childish, almost distractingly so at times, but the alien is so dang cute.

PYRAMID SCHEME by Jamie Krakover
Indiana Jones with aliens and banter? Yes please.

SEA-STARS AND SAND DOLLARS by Lyssa Chiavari
GAY GIRLS STEALING SUBMARINES! That's everything I've ever really wanted in a story. Also, the robot Trite and my robot Baby need to be BFFs and go on adventures together.

SECOND SUN by J.R. Rustrian
Has a slight "A Closed and Common Orbit" feel -- tech-smart girl and an AI trying to fix a spaceship. And can we talk about that gorgeous illustration? It looks like a book cover!

SHOCKWIRED by Tash McAdam
Trans! Girl! In! Spaaaaaaace!

SWORD & SHIELD by Jelani Akin Parham
The fact that the mysterious enemies were only mentioned toward the end was a little disappointing; I didn't feel like I understood what was going on until later on, and I want a sequel that explains their origins. But gay girls versus scary murder-things? That's a recipe for a good time in my book.

TWISTED BRICK by M.J. Moores
Didn't grab my attention, but I liked how the two POVs showed how John and Cassy saw each other.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

EXCITING NEWS OF EXCITEMENT

Quick Love & Bubbles update - we're going to publish at the end of September. Stay tuned for cover reveal!
 
Now, on to my EXCITING NEWS OF EXCITEMENT!
 
 
My story Take Meme to Your Leader is going to be in the anthology Unidentified Funny Objects 7, which is a series of comedy sci-fi and fantasy stories! Past editions have featured authors like George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman, and this year's lineup includes one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire!

 

My story features an alien who has learned human language through social media, so he speaks in Internet memes. Together with YouTuber Maddie Espinoza (who he comes to for help because Selena Gomez was busy), Alieny McAlienface must defeat the evil overload who protec but also attac his planet. (And if you don't get that joke, you're probably going to be a little baffled by the rest of the story.)

 

The Kickstarter is live today, and you can get some awesome rewards. I'm offering a custom cross stitch, and some of the stories get illustrations. This is mine. Aaaaaaah, look at Maddie and Alieny McAlienface!

 

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I'm going to be in a book with Seanan McGuire. I didn't even know that was one of my writing goals until I achieved it. I LOVE her books so much, and her UFO story is about an interstellar carnival ship battling space pirates, which is what my novel is about!

 

I'm having trouble putting into words what this means to me.

 

People don't take me seriously in real life. Strangers treat me like a child, and my family... well, they're good, but I think your family is supposed to always see you as their baby. Friends that I've met in my adult life seem to see me as an adult, but it's hard for me to accept that they really see me that way and aren't just pretending.

 

Sometimes it's weird when I'm doing contracts and working with editors, and I realize they're treating me like equals. They really and truly see me as an adult who can handle deadlines and doesn't need to be coddled.

 

They see me as someone deserving of sharing a table of contents page with my idols.

 

I honestly didn't know that was a goal of mine until I achieved it.