This is the first time I’ve done anything like this, so if anyone has suggestions (or if I’ve done something wrong), I’m very open and will correct!
As far as I know, my written work is eligible for the 2016 submission periods for the Hugo Awards for Best Novel, Novelette, and Short Story, and Best Related Work categories, as well as 2 videos in the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) Hugo category.
My works’ covers also make me and two other artists eligible for the Hugo Best Fan Artist award, as far as I understand.
COVER ART BY:
RUNTIME, UN-DEAD, YOU’RE NOT GOING THAT WAY, ALWAYS BE YOU, THE LIBRARY GHOST/HAPPY REGARDS: Myself LIFE WITHIN PAROLE: Pencil/ink by Jillian Lambert, colors by myself CHAMELEON MOON 2nd Edition, THE LIFELINE SIGNAL: Art by Laya Rose
Thank you very much for your consideration, time, energy, and if applicable, spoons.
CHAMELEON MOON, 2nd Edition
Chameleon Moon, 2nd (thoroughly reworked) Edition, October 11, 2016 (Book 1 of a series, in which LGBT/disabled/polyamorous/asexual/neurodivergent people survive a hellish nightmare permanently-burning quarantined city… emphasis on Not Just Survive, but Live, and Basically Be Amazing. Full of hope, love, and rock n’roll. #Ownvoices, and Rebelliously Optimistic in the midst of Dystopia.)
Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire, its entire population quarantined and left to die, directly over the open flame. Regan, stealth and reconnaissance expert with a lizard’s scales and snake’s eyes, will do anything to escape. The ghostly Hans offers one: it just takes a little murder. Sonic superheroine Evelyn has a mission: keep everyone alive, don’t give up. If they do, they’ll all burn.
CHAMELEON MOON BOOK 2: THE LIFELINE SIGNAL, releasing March 21st. (Final/ARCs Available March 5th)
Book 2 of the Chameleon Moon series, in which LGBT/disabled/polyamorous/asexual/neurodivergent people survive a hellish nightmare – the devastated world outside Parole. Emphasis on Not Just Survive, but Live, and Basically Be Amazing. Full of hope, love, and rock n’roll. #Ownvoices, and Rebelliously Optimistic in the midst of Dystopia.
Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading.
Parole’s fire-ravaged streets are fragile, but filled with secrets and rewards if you know how to run them. Tonight’s run went off without a hitch. All stealth and surveillance expert Regan has to do is get home alive. But a grinning ghost named Hans is about to make him an offer nobody in this fiery prison can refuse: escape. All he has to do is betray everyone he loves. Welcome to Parole, where the fire is always burning, and everyone is always running out of time.
Happy REGARDS (14091 words)
It’s Evelyn’s birthday, and Danae and Rose are determined to make it absolutely perfect. But like the old rule goes, the harder you aim for perfection, if something can possibly go wrong, it will. And in Parole, ‘going wrong’ will involve robotic cats and dogs, disaster-prone cakes, hungry carnivorous plants, mysterious “coincidences,” and strangely morbid birthday cards with elaborate wax seals. Parole never stops being Parole, even for one day. Fortunately, the people who live there wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Library Ghost (12630 words)
Where the Emerald Bar is Parole’s resistance headquarters, if you need a warm bed and a safe haven, you head to the library. There’s one problem: people say it’s haunted. But like most things in Parole, the truth is both stranger and sweeter than fiction.
You’re Not Going That Way (11,225 words)
Nobody had seen the sun, moon or stars clearly in Parole for ten years. Still, even with the distortion of the barrier and the permanent smoke blocking out the sky, they knew it had to be there. No matter how the ground trembled or the fire roared, a few comforting thoughts remained: even if Parole was isolated and hidden from view, and vice-versa, the stars were still there. And the people they loved on the other side of the barrier were safe and living normal lives. Some things were eternal. They were wrong. Bridges story between Chameleon Moon Books 1 and 2.
Parole’s devastating collapse left overwhelming damage, and a lot of dead. As the city’s de facto leader, Evelyn Calliope does her best every day to hold everyone together, including herself. Now the sweet but sometimes-eerie Jenny Strings says she can speak to the deceased – and someone very important wants to talk to Evelyn. Unfortunately, where Jenny offers treats, Hans is up to his usual tricks. This ex-‘ghost’ has a brand-new body, and he’s having way too much fun stretching his legs to let someone take his place as the Emerald Bar’s resident poltergeist. Some secrets are meant to be kept. Some are meant to be shared. And some should just stay buried.
A sweet one-shot for Regan/Rowan (who appears in the short story THE LIBRARY GHOST from the collection LIFE WITHIN PAROLE, and will be super important in BOOK 2); they are quite romo since this ace/ace ship of mine are kind of ridiculously mushy, but as we’ll see, attraction/sexuality/sensuality/Feels In General Are Complicated and do not always match up.
Released in the Chameleon Moon Anthology LIFE WITHIN PAROLE, VOLUME 1:
Group Therapy (5143 words)
Rose is one of the last remaining (and sorely needed) therapists in Parole. Her weekly gatherings are oases of hope and healing for anyone who needs them. Cairus Maddox is an enigma; he’s never missed a Thursday, but never said a word. Until now…
Phoenix Down (7969 words)
Everyone knows Parole will one day crumble into the fire below. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop that – but they do have an early-warning system. The ‘Tin Can’ is a listening post ten stories deep underground, and its two completely un-superpowered operators sit inside day after day, waiting for signs of the city’s inevitable collapse. One day, they hear it. But something’s gone wrong, and nobody can hear them. Now, Parole’s last hope rests on two scientists, an experimental aircraft called the Phoenix, and a desperate race to save thousands of lives – and their own.
Come Home Alone (2506 words)
There are rules for surviving in Parole. Never leave anyone behind, including yourself. If you can, never leave anyone else behind. And if you have to break the first two rules, break them with everything you have. Never stop running. But most importantly, never lead the enemy home. If you’re followed, come home alone, or not at all. When Finn finds an injured Regan out on the street with pursuers close behind, he has a choice. Abandon a friend and live another day? Break a rule of survival, or come home alone?
Living in a city whose population has been quarantined and imprisoned over an eternally burning lake of fire isn’t what most people would call a ‘normal life.’ Then there are the superhuman abilities. Thousands of people with wings, scales, telepathy, sonic blasts – ‘normal’ seems long gone. But life goes on. Eventually, everyone discovers that life within Parole is just as real, meaningful, fun, frightening, mundane, and survivable, as any other. Sometimes it’s just a little more super-natural.
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) Hugo:
Cover of “Chase The Morning” from REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA (Singing all 3 parts) A Halloween celebration, dedicated to chasing the joy of life through chronic illness, disability, and pain.
Cover of “Going Through The Motions” from ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: THE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER MUSICAL – a commentary on carrying on through depression and emotional numbness.
Best Related Work (Hugo):
Sometimes Everything Isn’t Going To Be Okay (And That’s Okay) (on accepting depression)
Paper Art Isn’t Dead: 2D Animation and Movie Magic Can (And Will) Return (on the rise, fall, and rise of traditional animation)