Here I am in conversation with Jonah Sutton-Morse on the Cabbages and Kings podcast. There’s a little about my own history as a reader and writer, but the focus is on historical fantasy. With a break in the middle for the excellent Charles Payseur to give some short-fiction recommendations.
I’m teaching an in-person workshop in downtown Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a little different from any course I’ve offered anywhere.
Registration is now open!
Who’s it for?
What will I learn?
Who’s the teacher?
Kate Heartfield (that’s me!). From 2004 to 2015, I was a member of the Ottawa Citizen‘s editorial board and a columnist there. I was shortlisted for a National Newspaper Award in editorial writing in 2015. I teach journalism at Carleton University and an online opinion-writing class at the Loft Literary Center. For more about me, see my bio page.
How should I prepare?
Where is it?
What does it cost?
How do I register?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please let me know if you’re interested in the class but can’t make it on this date. That will help me gauge whether to repeat the workshop in a few months.
What if I want to learn about opinion-writing but this course isn’t for me?
Good news! I’ll be teaching another session of my six-week, online, on your own schedule, opinion writing course through the Loft in June and registration is now open.
The contract is signed, so I can kermit-flail in public! I’m writing an interactive-fiction game called The Road to Canterbury for Choice of Games.
It is, as you might expect, loosely based on the Canterbury Tales. I’m having so much fun. The Choice of Games team has been wonderful to work with. Even the coding is fun! (That bit surprised me, I admit.) It’s for adults, although I’ll probably keep it roughly PG-13 because one of the greatest parts about this is how much my seven-year-old is impressed that Mama’s writing a game. He’s already my first beta-tester: he’s played through the first few thousand words of code.
The Road to Canterbury doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it should be out in early 2018.
Choice of Games publishes text-based, multiple-choice games. I highly recommend their other titles. I’ve had lots of fun with Max Gladstone’s Choice of the Deathless, Kreg Segall’s Midsummer Night’s Choice, Kevin Gold’s Choice of Alexandria and Rebecca Slitt’s Psy High, and am currently playing Kelly Sandoval’s Runt of the Litter.
Canadians tend to be weirdly proud of living a stone’s throw (for most of us) from “the world’s longest undefended border.” It was one of those stock phrases I grew up with. I also grew up with the notion that it was normal to expect to cross over that border without much difficulty. It’s so utterly normal to me that I can’t even tell you the number of times I have crossed the border into the United States of America, in my life. Maybe about a dozen, at a guess? Maybe more.
When I was a teenager, I took the Greyhound bus from Winnipeg to Houston and back again, crossing through the American heartland, washing my hair in America’s sinks. It feels like almost my own country, something like the way my nieces and nephews feel like almost my own kids.
I have a lot of friends (and family) in the United States. A lot of those friends are fellow writers of science fiction and fantasy, and seeing them is one major reason I try to go to conventions when I can. The last one I went to in the U.S. was World Fantasy, in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2015.
I drove with my family to New York City in November, 2016, a few days after the presidential election. We did tourist things and spent a lot (by our standards) of money on a great family holiday. That will probably be my last visit to the U.S. for at least the next couple of years, maybe longer. I’m not boycotting, exactly, but I’m not currently planning any travel there if I can help it.
Here are a few of my reasons. I have others; these are the main ones.
This has nothing to do with being angry at America or at Americans – I’m not. I love you all, and I’ll see you soon.
I don’t often link to my non-fiction stuff here (mostly because I’m too lazy to do it regularly) but I’ve had a few very different pieces come out in a few different venues in the last couple of weeks, so here’s a little round-up:
I don’t expect to be writing much opinion over the next few months, because I have a few big projects on the go that are up against their deadlines, and I’ll be teaching two classes starting in January. One’s at Carleton University. The other is an open opinion-writing class for The Loft online, where students work on their own schedules — sign-ups for that are still open.
Here’s a rundown of my work this year, by category. I’m obviously biased, but I’d really like to see the editors of the anthologies Monstrous Little Voices (David Thomas Moore) and Clockwork Canada (Dominik Parisien) get some award recognition in related works or editing categories. They’re both astounding books.
“The Course of True Love.” 20,000 words, published in Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World. Fantasy.
“The Seven O’Clock Man.” 5,000 words. Published in Clockwork Canada, from Exile Editions, edited by Dominik Parisien. Fantasy.
“The Wedding of Snow, Earth and Salt.” 750 words, Podcastle. Fantasy.
“The Automatic Prime Ministers.” 4,600 words. Lackington’s. Science fiction.
Non-fiction about SFF
“Decolonizing the future” in Article, Dec. 2016.
Very chuffed to see my story in this gorgeous hardcover.
It feels like a book I would have had as a kid, one of those books of wonder of unknown origin that have just always been on your shelf. The story first appeared in Postscripts to Darkness and remains one of my favourites.
You can order the book from the Book Depository or from Flame Tree directly.