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April 11, 2019

I feel like the “It’s” guy from Monty python…

You know what I mean, right? That poor soul who pants and gasps and crawls his way through the terrain just to look at the camera a say, “It’s…” before he collapses? Gracious, I’m so busy, my busy is busy! This is Kickstarter month for the Nothing Without Us anthology, so it’s all promos and … More I feel like the “It’s” guy from Monty python…
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Published on April 11, 2019 14:13

April 4, 2019

I’ll be reading at the launch of We Shall Be Monsters!

Book launch of We Shall Be Monsters: April 28, 3-5pm, The Lieutenant’s Pump, Ottawa I’ll be reading from my short story, The Hilltop Gathering, which is dear to my heart because it’s the first work I’ve published with a disabled protagonist! And she’s a cool monster, too. Join me with other super awesome authors from this … More I’ll be reading at the launch of We Shall Be Monsters!
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Published on April 04, 2019 17:59

April 2, 2019

Nothing Without Us own-voice anthology is on Kickstarter!

Originally posted on Spoonie Authors Network:
ID: Grey table against grey backdrop. A tablet, phone, and book show the Nothing Without Us front cover. The cover is a graffiti wall with Nothing Without Us spray-painted in black. Banner text reads: Nothing Without Us, an own-voices, multi-genre fiction anthology with heroes who are disabled, neurodiverse, Deaf,…
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Published on April 02, 2019 09:07

March 27, 2019

I think editing an anthology is like being pregnant.

Okay, so never mind the fact that I’ve never birthed a child of my own. I still believe—and have had confirmation from a human who has given birth twice—that editing anthologies is like being preggers. At the beginning, it’s this wonderful announcement, and you feel like puking a little (from hoping people will respond to … More I think editing an anthology is like being pregnant.
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Published on March 27, 2019 14:11

March 21, 2019

I took a March break for self-care. Here’s what I learned.

SPLAAAAT! That was the sound of my existence two weeks ago. I’d been juggling different assignments and got to the point where my brain went on strike. I literally couldn’t make any decisions about work-related things. My mind and body united in a resounding, “NOPE!” By now you all pretty much know I’m a disabled … More I took a March break for self-care. Here’s what I learned.
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Published on March 21, 2019 08:51

March 7, 2019

I have two short stories that are eligible for a Prix Aurora Awards nomination!

So, this is pretty exciting! A Night at the Rabbit Hole and The Hilltop Gathering are on the eligibility list for the Prix Aurora Awards. That’s a Canadian speculative fiction award, and it’s pretty cool. If you are a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA)—membership is only 10$ a year—then I’d … More I have two short stories that are eligible for a Prix Aurora Awards nomination!
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Published on March 07, 2019 14:40

February 26, 2019

I’m still alive, honest!

Hey, folks! I haven’t blogged in a few weeks because (1) I have this stalker-cough. Yes, it’s stalking me. I’m considering getting a restraining order on this virus. (2) I am up to my eyeballs in editing work! I’ve been helping the husband unit with his first book, Dissatisfied Me, A Love Story, by giving it a pre-beta reader edit. … More I’m still alive, honest!
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Published on February 26, 2019 14:20

January 22, 2019

Good news, everyone!

It's not even the end of the month, and I have a bit of good news! Stuff is happening. Really cool, awesome, and amazing stuff. Squee! … More Good news, everyone!
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Published on January 22, 2019 06:29

January 12, 2019

It’s almost mid-January and I haven’t posted yet!

So, here’s my post. How’d ya like it so far? Life has been a whirlwind lately with extra bits of whoosh. I’ve barely had time to think. Yet, after only 12 days into 2019, I’ve already learned a lesson: I super-really, absolutely, and totally have to pace myself. This applies to all the things in … More It’s almost mid-January and I haven’t posted yet!
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Published on January 12, 2019 15:52

December 29, 2018

Hey, wait a sec, 2018 was a great year!

That thing, when you take a moment to reflect on a challenging 12 months, then realize something amazing. While I had to deal with complications from my disability and other tough situations during the last 12 months, other stuff happened as well. Awesome stuff. So, it’s with delight that I get to announce that 2018 was a great year!

I got published in two anthologies!

My urban-fantasy-sci-fi mashup, A Night at the Rabbit Hole, starring a non-binary Alice and their crush Bunni, was not only published in Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland (Colleen Anderson, Exile Editions), but it also appeared in Exile Literary Quarterly. That was the first short story I’ve ever sold!

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ID, book cover: A brunette Alice in a mask, surrounded by Wonderland characters, such as the caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and Cheshire cat. Text reads: The Exile Book of Anthology Series Number Sixteen, Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland, Edited by Colleen Anderson.

My Monster CripLit story (btw, that so should be a genre) was included in what I affectionately nicknamed the Frankenthology known as We Shall Be Monsters (Derek Newman-Stille, Renaissance). My Frances Elizabeth, or Frank E., is the first disabled protagonist I’ve ever written. It was so great that Derek invited marginalized folks to share our monstery stories. This collection of Frankentales is inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 version of Frankenstein.

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ID, book cover: A stitched heart against a black stitched background. Title: We Shall Be Monsters, Edited By Derek Newman-Stille. (With stories by Day Al-Mohomed, Lena NG, Ashley Caranto Morford, Cait Gordon, JF Gerrard, Andrew Wilmot, Evelyn Deshane, Simon Turner, Kaitlin Tremblay, Lisa Carreiro, Eric Choi & Joseph McGuinty, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Randall Arnold, Alex Acks, K.C. Griffant, Halli Lilburn, Kev Harrison, Corey Redekop, Ariana Verbree, Max D. Staton, Victoria Martin, Priya Sridhar, Liam Hogan, Joshua Bartolome

Fun fact: I’d never read Frankenstein before I decided to write for this anthology, and now I am a colossal fan of it.

I finished a prequel and it got accepted for publication!

That was the biggest surprise for me. After having trouble taking on larger writing projects last year, NaNoWriMo 2017 helped me begin The Stealth Lovers, the origin story of fan faves Xax and Viv from Life in the ’Cosm. CampNaNo 2018 motivated me to finish the first draft of the book. A few efficient beta readers and sensitivity editors later, I had a submittable manuscript. I sent it to Renaissance in July and they accepted it in October. So, The Stealth Lovers will be a reality in late autumn of 2019.

I’m pretending to a big-shot anthology editor!
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ID: Graffiti wall with black border surrounding the words “Nothing without Us.”

The incomparable Renaissance press also accepted my proposal to edit an anthology where all the main characters identify as disabled, Deaf, blind, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness. Nathan Fréchette also recommended I join forces with sensitivity editor Talia C. Johnson on the project. (Talia and I are quirky best friends known informally as Pinky and The Brain. What the heck was Nathan thinking???) In late September 2018, Brain and I published the call for submissions for Nothing Without Us. And the deadline is January 31, 2019, so there’s still time to submit to us! Some terrific stories are hanging out in our Considering folder. Can’t wait to see it published next year.

My freelance editing job is still a thing!

This year I got to see the publication of Life and Lemonade (Jamieson Wolf), A Desert Song (Amy M. Young),, Skylark (S.M. Carrière), and Moonshadow’s Guardian (Dianna Gunn). It’s always great to see books come to life and know I had a wee hand in it! I also had the pleasure of editing some stories that are not yet published but will be awesome. I’m looking at you, Robin Elizabeth, Jamieson Wolf, and Jennifer Carole Lewis!

The Spoonie Author Network got real!

We had some really honest posts this year about what life is like as a Spoonie, featured in the series Spoon Stealers. And Derek Newman-Stille did a great series called Disability Tropes 101, which is great resource material for what tropes to avoid when writing disabled characters. Read more on the Spoonie Authors Network website!

I got into Twitter writing chats!

Holy crap, they are so much fun. I’ve met such wonderful authors in these chats and have had some great laughs, too. I really recommend #WeeknightWriters (Thursdays at 7 p.m.), #StoryDam (Thursdays at 8 p.m.), and on Sundays there are a bunch with #WritersPatch (1:00 p.m.), #JustAddTea (noon), #HappyWritingChat (1:00 p.m.), and #StoryCrafter (3 p.m.). All of these are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

I ate a plethora of delicious desserts!

I must have, right? Sounds like me.


Anyway, I have a lot to be grateful for in my alphabet-arranging career. The fact that it’s even a career for me at all is a huge blessing. And I’m surrounded by the most supportive people in the world, I’m sure of it.

So, there you have it. The negatives were trying this year, but the positives were so fantastic, they win it for me!

Looking forward to seeing what next year brings!

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Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm (Renaissance) and The Stealth Lovers (Renaissance 2019). When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also teamed up with co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until January 31, 2019.)



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Published on December 29, 2018 15:14