Sometimes things do get done: my story in the Oct/Nov Asimov's

I have a story in the upcoming Asimov's, the October/November 2016 "Special Slightly Spooky Issue". The story is called "The Forgotten Taste of Honey", and is a fantasy novella.

I don't write (or read) a lot of fantasy, so this is an odd one for me. And it's vaguely medievalish, with ponies, fortifications, and limited technology, which is even odder, because that is the kind of fantasy that least appeals to me. In part, the story was a way for me to examine why many people like that kind of setup, what they get out of this kind of story, and what it says about me that I don't get the same kind of charge out of it.

The underlying mythic/magical system is what came first, which is probable common for a science-fiction writer essaying fantasy. The system had some nice plot-generating elements, and, indeed, it did generate this story, about a woman of middle years who, through now fault of her own, gets stuck in a location she desperately needs to get out of.

What Tromvi does to get out of her predicament, and to rescue someone else she finds there, turns out to have serious consequences that eventually reverberate throughout her world, a mountainous island called Scarpland.

I didn't really think about this while writing the story, just happy to get her on her way home, but it became more and more clear to me as I thought about it afterward. So Tromvi may well end up in a novel, one called Icecliff, after the location she made her necessary, but dangerous decision.

Which is find with me. I wouldn't mind spending some more time with Tromvi.