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I don’t tend to talk a lot about my copy editing work here on the blog, because I’m always working on someone else’s writing and I don’t always feel at liberty to talk about it without checking with them first. (Also, a lot of it is academic papers and dissertations, and the interested audience for that is, uh, limited.)

But one of the fun and interesting things I do is the copy editing for Lightspeed Magazine. Under normal circumstances, this is a monthly magazine the publishes four science fiction and four fantasy stories each month, plus assorted author interviews. (If you subscribe, rather than just go to the website, you also get a bonus novella and excerpts of upcoming books.) Recently, though, they ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund a huge double (although I suspect it’s more like triple or quadruple) issue focusing exclusively on science fiction stories by women, to be called Women Destroy Science Fiction. Here’s Christie Yant’s editorial explaining why, for those of you who don’t follow the sff field, (and it’s still good reading for those who do, but perhaps haven’t read it yet.) That issue came out this month, and I am very proud to have copy edited it.*

Here’s the trade paperback copy I got for having worked on it (available also via Amazon and CreateSpace):

The gorgeous cover

The gorgeous cover

And because that doesn’t really give you a good impression of just how big this thing is:

A substantial volume

That is 464 pages of awesome right there, my friends. (Not counting the acknowledgements, etc., section at the end, although that is not to say those pages aren’t awesome, too; pg. 479 is the one with my name on it, listed amongst the staff.) You should get yourself a copy! If you need some inspiration, two of my favorite stories from the issue have been posted online now:

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*In case you are curious how much of it I am responsible for, I’m pretty sure I did everything except the flash fiction and the limited edition bonus story that was added at the last minute. If you find any mistakes I missed, don’t tell me. I’m kind of scared to read my copy.

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It’s story day! Today on Lightspeed, Jeremiah Tolbert’s “La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza” is out. Go read it!

Jeremy is one of my friends, and the guy who built my Invisible Edits website, but he is also an amazing writer, so I was extremely pleased to find myself copy editing one of his stories for Lightspeed two months ago.* I emailed and offered to make him an author temari. For preferences, he told me he liked greens, but that I could do anything for the design. Since I happen to know that Jeremy is not a huge fan of the winter months, I came up with a ball that I call “Spring Always Comes Again.” It is extremely green.

Extremely green

Extremely green

I happened to have a cone of “sour apple” serger thread, about the color of brand new leaves, that was just waiting for something particular, and this seemed like the time to use it. For the main design, I decided to experiment with a yotsubishi (four diamonds) design in variegated green thread.

There’s an interesting three-lobed shape formed between the edges of the diamonds that’s basically perfect for a triwing accent, so those got filled in with the dark green outline thread.

Triwing center

Triwing center

Thanks to the variegated thread, each diamond is a little different.

Variegated diamond center

Variegated diamond center

I don’t think I ever would have ended up trying a bright green monochrome scheme on my own, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out in the end. (I did have Jeremy confirm that the temari was not too green for him before I sent it off, though. Fortunately, he seemed pleased with it as well.)

I saved posting about this temari until the story came out in Lightspeed because I’m hoping you’ll all go read it. Be sure to read the Author Spotlight as well. Jeremy’s doing some really interesting things to push some of the boundaries of the usual science fiction genre short fiction, and I’m hoping we’ll get to see more from him soon. You can find links to some of his previous stories here.

Grouping shot, for fun

Grouping shot, for fun

*Lightspeed copy edits always happen two months in advance, which is fun for me because I get a preview, but also frustrating because then I have to wait until the issue comes out to be excited about things to other people.

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