J. M. Sidorova
We were almost twelve, Dizzy and I. She was bigger than me, tall and wide, and looked so full of life that you just knew that your little existence would be a china shop to her elephant, but you didn’t mind, kind of. She smelled a little pungent, serum and ozone, a touch dirty? – it made me feel there was too much going on inside her. Fallopian tubes rousing cobra-like and snatching ova, stomach acids tsunamiing lunch, nerve impulses streaking up and down the spinal cord like monkeys. When she lay next to me on the floor, I could hardly think of anything but her lying next to me on the floor, and I felt she was real but I was only half-real, if that.
J.M.'s one personality is a writer and a 2009 graduate of the Clarion West Workshop. Her other personality has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and spends way too much time in the lab, testing the limits of human cells’ resourcefulness in the face of adversity. The writer personality sometimes thinks that Clarion West was where she was, if not born, then certainly baptized. The scientist personality sometimes wonders what if, back in the day, she had experienced a scientific equivalent of the Clarion West? Who knows what would have happened?
I aspire to be where magic realism and slipstream are. I want to get my foot in the door of the literary and not get my toes stubbed. I write speculative fiction. It is too long. Too dense. Tenses change. Em-dashes abound. It still tries to squeeze a hundred years (that aren’t years of solitude) into a hundred pages. Will it ever learn, the stubborn thing?
Last year my goal was to finish revisions of my novel. This year my goal is to finish revisions of my novel. Same novel, different revisions. This time, however, I am working with my awesome editor.
So as not to sound like a complete broken record, I’d like to set a super-goal: to make progress on a short story I started two months ago. It is called "The Child-Queen of Euphoria and Her Cabinet," and an excerpt from it is on this webpage.
In terms of fundraising, anything is great. If my Write-a-thon helps you part with a few bucks for a great cause, I'll feel good.