"Suteta Mono de wa Nai" will appear March 1st in Clarkesworld Magazine. The title roughly translates as "Not Easily Thrown Away," but also implies a thing that you shouldn't make the mistake of undervaluing. This fantasy story features a girl, Kitano Naoko, a sometime Harajuku cosplayer who lives in the Tokyo suburbs. She's having trouble studying for her college entrance exams, and then she starts hearing voices...
"Lady Sakura's Letters" will appear soon in the inaugural issue of the STRAEON anthology from Stupefying Stories. This fantasy story features a Japanese tengu spirit gets struck by lightning and trapped in the wood of his home tree. Not until he starts receiving mysterious letters does he realize his tree has been made into a box, and is now kept as a pillow by a lady of the Heian Imperial court. She has experienced terrible tragedy and is slowly losing her mind, but the two of them may be able to help each other in unexpected ways...
"Mind Locker" will appear in May, in the July/August issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
Hub Girl is twelve years old and lives in the slum of a major city. She keeps herself and her gang of friends fed by hacking the radio transponders of vending machines, and coordinating complex raids using the Arkive, an in-your-head internet which allows everyone to overlay customized information upon their reality. However, when the mysterious Locker begins kidnapping the children and disconnecting them from the internet, Hub Girl investigates and finds not only nefarious hackers, but a far bigger political problem than even the police suspected. Here's the opening:
She's a night-walker, she's a child-stalker.
Won't see her coming, no use running
hands'll snatch you, she'll catch you
She's the night-walker, she's the mind-locker.
*Since there won't be room in the magazine for me to provide a dedication, I've done it here and on my blog, TalkToYoUniverse. I'm dedicating this story to a group of amazing authors who have provided me with incredible inspiration, constantly showing me what kind of excellence is achievable, making me think, and opening my eyes to new ways of seeing the world. My deepest thanks to the late Octavia Butler, and to the vital and vibrant Nnedi Okorafor, Nora Jemisin, and Mary Anne Mohanraj. I couldn't have written this story without them.