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Testimonials: Inspired by Sirens – Edith Hope Bishop

During Sirens, we invited all attendees to write: a testimonial, a love letter, a tale inspired by Sirens. As we work on our new website, arriving November 1, 2015, we will feature the stories shared by the Sirens community.

 
Edith Hope Bishop (@ehbishop)
Sirens are fabled to be seductive, often dangerous creatures who lure unsuspecting sailors to their deaths beneath the sea. While I admit to some personal delight in this characterization, the truth is that my experience with Sirens has been entirely different. Sirens has been life-giving, healing, honest, and authentic. When at Sirens I feel both safe and buoyant, lifted up by the supportive, loving, and highly intelligent people who attend. The truest connection I see between the conference and the mythological creatures is through song. Sirens are known for the power of their voices and for the undeniable allure of their being. That, I believe, is true. I hope it isn’t too sappy to say, that yes, Sirens, your voices are strong and have absolutely won my heart.

Love Song for Sirens
Seaweed girls-
Octopi-
Water demons-
Rebel swans.
All of the sea-
That deep body
New and old.
Fluid words, story song.
The long slow tide
Of time
Into what we dream
Possible.

With all my heart,
Edie

 

September Recap: Sirens News, Book Releases, and Interesting Links

We’re excited to bring you a roundup of interesting links and September book releases of fantasy by and about women.

As always, we’d love to hear from you. If you’ve sold a fantasy work, read a great recently-released story, discovered a fantastic link that we missed, or if you’ve got a book or story review to share, please get in touch. Send news to (help at sirensconference.org).

 

ON THE BLOG: SEPTEMBER 2015

Five Fantasies of the Roaring Twenties from the New Gilded Age

Sirens Newsletter—Volume 7, Issue 11 (September 2015)

Testimonials: Write about something that happened at Sirens

Fantasy Works Featuring Women Who Fight Back

Six Fantasy Manga

 

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Book Releases

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September 1:
Archangel’s Enigma, Nalini Singh
Catacomb, Madeleine Roux
Chapelwood, Cherie Priest
The Copper Gauntlet, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Crucible Zero, Devon Monk
Dark Ghost, Christine Feehan
The Death House, Sarah Pinborough
The Drafter, Kim Harrison
Dragon Heart, Cecelia Holland
Firewalker, Josephine Angelini
Ghost Summer: Stories, Tananarive Due
The Glowing Knight, Jodi Meadows
Hunter, Mercedes Lackey
Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator, Jen Klein
Lady of Magick, Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Midnight Dolls, Kiki Sullivan
Midnight Hunter, Kait Ballenger
Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas
A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire
The Secrets of Blood and Bone, Rebecca Alexander
Shades of Doon, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
The Shadow Behind the Stars, Rebecca Hahn
Smoked, Mari Mancusi
Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho
Star Wars: Lost Stars , Claudia Gray
The Sparrow Sisters, Ellen Herrick
Updraft, Fran Wilde
The Wanderers, Kate Ormand

September 3:
Lament for the Afterlife, Lisa L. Hannett

September 8:
The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated), Ainslie Hogarth
Dark Shimmer, Donna Jo Napoli
Darken the Stars, Amy A. Bartol
Drift & Dagger, Kendall Kulper
Serpentine, Cindy Pon
The Sleeping King, Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin
The Suffering, Rin Chupeco
Sweet Temptation, Wendy Higgins

September 15:
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen, Katherine Howe
Ash & Bramble, Sarah Prineas
Awakening the Mare, Jacqueline Druga
The Battle for Oz, Jeyna Grace
The Dead House, Dawn Kurtagich
Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code, Heidi Schultz ill. John Hendrix
Maid of Wonder, Jennifer McGowan
Mirrored, Alex Flinn
Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets, Melissa Marr
Shattered Blue, Lauren Bird Horowitz
The Weight of Feathers, Anna-Marie McLemore

September 22:
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Blood and Salt, Kim Liggett
Dance with the Devil, Angela Dennis
Followed by Frost, Charlie N. Holmberg
This Monstrous Thing, Mackenzi Lee
Never Never, Brianna Shrum
The Scorpion Rules, Erin Bow
Silver Eve, Sandra Waugh
The Summer Marked, Rebekah L. Purdy
Ungodly, Kendare Blake
The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story, Megan Chance
Walk on Earth a Stranger, Rae Carson

September 24:
Shadows at Midnight, Amanda Bonilla

September 29:
Autumn Moon, Jan DeLima
The Bloodforged, Erin Lindsey
Brazen, Christina Farley
Daughters unto Devils, Amy Lukavics
Down the Rabbit Hole, J. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Mary Kay McComas, and R. C. Ryan
Fated, Sarah Fine
The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood
Last Song Before Night, Ilana C. Myer
A Mad Zombie Party, Gena Showalter
Madly, Amy Alward
Menagerie, Rachel Vincent
Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
The Unquiet Past, Kelley Armstrong
Until Beth, Lisa Amowitz

 

Testimonials: Inspired by Sirens – Artemis Grey

During Sirens, we invited all attendees to write: a testimonial, a love letter, a tale inspired by Sirens. As we work on our new website, arriving November 1, 2015, we will feature the stories shared by the Sirens community.

 
Artemis Grey (@greyartemis)
She was going to fail. That wasn’t in question. Her mother knew it, and her father, too. They had told her as much. Even her grandmother, wild in her youth, agreed with the others. They warned her away with the kindest intentions, speaking with love and protective ministrations. Writing is something almost no one succeeds in. You don’t want to waste yourself. Think of the heartache.

They were right, she knew.

For a while, she resisted. But the song of lost words, of tales long untold, began to writhe and roil beneath her skin, crawling along muscle and nesting against bone. To ignore them brought only more discomfort, an artificial tumor that she could excise if only she lanced the growth with a pen and allowed it to bleed out onto paper.

In the daylight, it was easier, amid the raucous churning of others’ lives, oblivious to the worlds rising and crumbling inside her soul. But the dark hours were long, filled with the whispers of unheard voices and the leftover pieces of unlived lives. And the twilight of dawn was the hardest of all, when she had to turn and face the rising of the sun, and put her back to all that she loved. It was the sickle moon that finally broke her chains, lancing loops of shackle with horns upturned, piercing tips all jagged truth.

And in the smallest hours of deepest night, she drew her pen, and chose to write.

 

Testimonials: Inspired by Sirens – Yoon Ha Lee

During Sirens, we invited all attendees to write: a testimonial, a love letter, a tale inspired by Sirens. As we work on our new website, arriving November 1, 2015, we will feature the stories shared by the Sirens community.

 
Yoon Ha Lee (@motomaratai)
Sirens Story Wot Needs a Title

In a tower by the sea, there lived a woman who sang to the gulls every morning. Hers was not a beautiful voice, but she knew the storm-words and the rain-words and the tide-words, and with it she enticed the boys and girls and alts of the village. They would listen to her weather-prophecies before going to sea, and their nets brought back not only fish and kelp and shrimp but shattered chains, bent coins, silks rotted partway through: the treasures of ancient pirates and tribute ships.

One evening, as the woman gazed out the window, she sang again, and this time not to the village children but to the sea’s denizens. From the depths of the moon-blurred sea came sirens, their eyes dark as pearls, their skin like deepest night, their hair tangled with the broken-off bits of coral and driftwood. They sang back to the woman, saying: Why do you stay in the tower where you cannot swim? And she said, Why do you sing when you do not fish? They conceded the point, but from then on they sang to each other every morning and evening. As for the villagers, they kept this their secret, and so it went for generations.

 

Testimonials: Inspired by Sirens – Nivair Gabriel

During Sirens, we invited all attendees to write: a testimonial, a love letter, a tale inspired by Sirens. As we work on our new website, arriving November 1, 2015, we will feature the stories shared by the Sirens community.

 
Nivair Gabriel
At my first Sirens, I experienced a keynote address the likes of which I had never before seen. Alaya Dawn Johnson blended her genius with that of Janelle Monáe in a musical journey that made me see her work in a new and richer light. Johnson shared adventures from her travels, surprises from her research, and gems of her ideas with us. The depth with which she spoke and the thoughtfulness of the audience chatter afterward felt unique and exceptional. I decided: I have to come back to this conference every year that I can, come hell or high water.

Two years later, my bookshelves have grown fuller, my circle of friends has expanded, and my writing aspirations have found new encouragement. My hope in the transformative power of literature and the specific power of women is renewed every time this community meets. “I have a book for you” is still the most exciting sentence I hear, and I hear it every year from someone I admire as soon as I meet them. I thank the Goddess that this thrilling, inspiring gathering exists!

 

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