Writing

I am, at best, a sporadic writer, although I frequently wish I had the discipline to write more often. I’ve managed to get a handful of things in print, I’m happy to say. Here are some of my writing credits:

An early publication credit was a short story called “Nadine” published in CCDC Magazine. It was paid in contributor copies, but oh well.

My first major sf sale was the short story, “Ghosts in the Machine”, published in Aboriginal Science Fiction.

“The Riverbed of the World”, was published in Strange Horizons. Strange Horizons continues to be a major presence at WisCon every year. Coincidentally, I shared a shuttle to the airport with editor Jed Hartman, who told me about this new online SF magazine just before it went online. And I think that was my first year at WisCon.

OnSpec vol 20 no. 4

My short story, “Glamour,” was published in OnSpec vol 20 no. 4. It’s one of the few stories that I’ve had published that doesn’t make me cringe to re-read.

Quite some time after it was published, I learned that it received an honourable mention in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection. I stumbled upon this fact accidentally, and it made my day.

Recently, I made an eBook version of the story available for free. On the Internet!

WisCon Chronicles Vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom

A recent publication is a non-fiction piece in the WisCon Chronicles Vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom, edited by Alexis Lothian. I was pretty happy to have a piece included in this book.

My piece is called “Evolving a Class Conversation at WisCon,” and in this piece I attempt to wrestle with the multiple, competing and intertwingled definitions of class that have come up in previous years’ panels, while at the same time comparing class complexity to gender complexity as I’ve come to see it in various trans circles that I travel in.

WisCon Chronicles Vol. 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives

I also contributed a piece to WisCon Chronicles Vol. 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives. My essay is called “I was Born the Day I Began to Pass,” and it considers a variety of thoughts about passing — from the “passing as able-bodied” perspective as well as the trans meaning.

A review of the book from WordGathering writes, “Among the rehashes of panel discussions, BC Holmes’ piece ‘I was born the day I began to pass’ is the standout exception.”

Holmes, Inc #4 Cover

I’ve always been interested in the comic form, and have been working to improve my art skills to be a good companion for my writing skills. I’ve picked up a Cartooning certificate from George Brown College and I’ve taken a large number of classes from Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Bootcamp. This comic was produced as part of the “master class” course — different people who’ve taken part in the class contribute stories about the descendants of the Holmes family. I’ve written one story, and illustrated another. It was great fun.

Toronto Comics Anthology

The Toronto Comics Anthology (Goodreads) is the second comics anthology I’ve taken part in. The main theme is “Toronto” and it includes several stories set in the city — both real-world and fictional versions. I both wrote and drew a nine-page comic called “The Scottish Play.”

Buy it now on comiXology.

Toronto Comics Anthology Volume 2

The second volume of Toronto Comics is my third comics credit. I wrote and drew an eleven-page comic called “Sandwich Boards and Salami”, a story about Toronto’s crank writer from the 80s and 90s, Crad Kilodney.

The editors ran a really successful Kickstarter to help cover publishing costs, and we’ve received some really nice reviews.

Toronto Comics Volume 3 - small

The third volume of Toronto Comics launched at TCAF 2016. It’s the largest book to date.

In this third volume, I wrote a story (“Lofty Aspirations”) about a couple who live in a loft in downtown Toronto who become suspicious of their neighbour. In a departure from previous years, I didn’t draw the comic — this year, it was illustrated by the amazingly talented Xan Grey.

Take a look at this review!

Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart was released at TCAF 2017.

For the fourth volume, I wrote the story “Housing Challenge,” about Toronto’s really redonkulous housing prices. More specifically, I imagined a future where housing prices are so unreasonable that people go on reality television to fight each other in giant robot mecha for a chance to win a condominium. Y’know. As one does.

My collaborator for this story was the artist, Brenna Baines, who truly amazed me with her designs and final art. In particular, when I finally saw the final coloured pages, I was all agog.