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Shimmer Gets a Hugo Nomination!

Hey Kittlings and Drekkheads – some great news for Team Badger over at Shimmer, who have picked up a nomination for one of SpecFic’s most prestigious awards:

As well as that, Shimmer’s editor E.Catherine Tobler is also nominated for Best Professional Editor (short form). You can find full nomination details over here on, and the intro to this years Hugo Awards ceremony over here – which is to be held in Mother Eire at Dublin, no less!

Shimmer are great. Their editing process is a dream, and they even sent a special thank-you card when they accepted one of my stories last year. D’awww!

Well done, Shimmer – and congratulations also to fellow nominees in all categories ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Story ‘Held’ in Shimmer 2018 Collection!

A bittersweet day today as Elise, Beth, and Catherine, and all the lovely peeps at Shimmer magazine have announced the final-evuh Shimmer collection of stories, read more about it here.

Super proud to have any small part in this – not in the least because I’m sharing pages with the likes of Octavia Cade, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Rebelein and a hot mess of people so talented, that I feel like the nerdy kid at the back of the room, hanging around the punch…


Madu is a satchel who is in love with Eliza, who is a woman and who is also a princess. Sometimes Madu thinks of herself as a girl, and sometimes she thinks of himself as a boy, and at other times all she thinks is that she is just another thing that Eliza carries around with her. Thatโ€™s okay because sometimes Eliza thinks of herself as a warrior princess who sometimes thinks she is a girl, and sometimes Eliza thinks she is neither of these things but a piece of flotsam on a swollen river, or a movable bank account beholden either to her parents or her job or the State.

I know it is confusing, but real life is seldom ever as simple as it is in fairy tales.

Many thanks to the Shimmery people for labours both past and present, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all get up to in 2019!

That time I wrote a love story about a bag…

Friends! Held is now available for free, online at your favourite abode of the eerie-weird-heartbreak that is Shimmer Magazine. Of course, you can also buy the full issue of Shimmer #41 with added extra author interviews and literary wonderfulness.


I had a great time working with the Editors (although I think they despaired over my conversational use of tenses XD), and in short the whole process went swimmingly.




And check this out – this very morning, along with the associated paperwork and contracts [actual-factual Author skills, yo’] there was this lovely thank-you card. D’awww. I think I am a bit in publishing-love with Shimmer now ๐Ÿ™‚

Shimmer are sweet, tho


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