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I write stuff. And here, I mostly write about writing stuff and about writing-related issues. I've been posting poems, lately, and am likely to keep doing so.

Do feel free to friend me -- I shall be thrilled*. And do feel free to unfriend me -- I shall not be hurt. Though, if you are a real-life friend I'd like to know why -- because if I hurt your feelings I'd like to mend that, and if I didn't I'd like not to have to fret :)

I'd also love it to pieces if you tell me a bit about yourself, if I'm unlikely to know you from your lj name (my lj powers are weak). At some point when I'm finding it a bit less overwhelming, I'll be friending people back; I just haven't the focus to figure it all out just now.

I think that's everything for now :)

* ETA: Though, please read this before deciding if you want to friend me, because I am not necessarily going to make you comfortable, and I am entirely out of patience with so-called allies who only want validation & cookies.
ferriswheels: pic#70910539lessmess on April 1st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Hi! I read one of your stories in Strange Horizons and loved it. I, too, am a poet and fiction writer, and I love how you stretch across genres and categories of writing.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on April 1st, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Hi, and thank you!
It's more an inability to stick with any one genre/category, in my case :)

Do you have work online?
(no subject) - lessmess on April 1st, 2009 04:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on July 23rd, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
TJmyrathi on April 13th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
"Zoh mai gawd!"
I'sa Shwee! :O

Eeeeeeeee! :D
*runs circles around you then tackle-hugs*

I didn't know you had an LJ! Sneaky peep! How're you?


P.S. Excuse the reply to your announce-tagged post. I didn't wanna squee at any of your more up-to-date and intellectually stimulating posts as derailing them in any way, shape or form would've made me a very sad pandaggis. ;P

P.P.S. You'll know me from my LJ name. This made me giggle. *snicker*

P.P.P.S. Friended. :D

P.P.P.P.S. Any excuse for 4 P's in a post-pod amuses me for no apparent or discernable reason. Mehhehe! 0:)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on April 14th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: "Zoh mai gawd!"
You exist :)
Re: "Zoh mai gawd!" - myrathi on April 14th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
beloved of monsters and women made freepopelizbet on May 20th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
psst, Shweta, are you coming to Wiscon this year?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 20th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Afraid I'm not :(
I"ve had too many health issue this year. Next year, I hope!
(no subject) - popelizbet on May 20th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 20th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - popelizbet on May 20th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 20th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - popelizbet on May 20th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Джинджерginger_jane on July 4th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I just saw that you're also interested in cognitive linguistics, so we have something in common.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on July 4th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hi! Do you have a particular cog ling interest? I'm mostly looking at how linguistic and nonlinguistic information is integrated (which is to say, I'm studying comics *grin*)
(no subject) - ginger_jane on July 4th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on July 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
A. A. McNamaraaamcnamara on July 14th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Hi! We may have met briefly at Wiscon 2008? I keep seeing your work around the internet and it's really incredible, I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to realize that you would be a good person to friend.

I am, er, Alena. I'm teenaged and a writer and all sorts of things.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on July 14th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thank you, and welcome. (Did we meet at the YA panel, by any chance? My memories of wiscon are all blurry from the Massive Overstimulation...)

Your posts about your novel make me both giggle and want to get back to mine :) And your IB extended essay sounds cool. I remember when a friend of mine did hers on ... er... something about art and text and text as art (it was a while ago and mostly I remember the effect she got by writing in columns rather than rows for a paragraph) I was a bit envious that I didn't get to do one. Silly me -- now I am, only it's a dissertation and is very extended indeed. And me with a third of a novel going "You know you'd rather write me..."
(no subject) - aamcnamara on July 15th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on July 15th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Niamh Sageniamh_sage on July 14th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)

I'm here from Nira and I as well, and am thrilled to discover there's lots more of your wonderful writing online for me to read. :D

I love to write too, and am mostly fascinated by faeries.

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on July 14th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hoi, welkom, en dankjewel :)

Your post on YA fiction, adolescence, and risk-taking makes a whole lot of sense to me. elsmi and I were just thinking about that with regard to the decisions characters make in blackholly's Tithe.

I have a few faerie thingies online! There's One For Sorrow in Shimmer 10, Apsara and Displaced in the current issue of Goblin Fruit, and Half Flight, which is fairytale, at any rate, in JoMA.
(no subject) - niamh_sage on July 16th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on July 23rd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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shweta_narayan: happyshweta_narayan on July 22nd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, and welcome! :)
Kristenk_10b on July 23rd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hi ...

I find myself viewing your blog often via other folks (sartorias, mostly), and am usually interested in the conversations.

LJ seems like a fun place to hang virtually, but I'm not particularly faithful with it. I'm gearing up to attend Sirens, so am trying to re-engage literary brain.

Other random bits: I live in Maryland and work as a layout designer for the local library system. It's fun working in a building full of books!

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on July 23rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming by :) I'm not terribly good at regular lj attendance myself, but so far I've learned a lot from the conversations I have paid attention to.

I just don't know how people manage to keep up with all of it!
JoSelleupstart_crow on July 26th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Hi there :) Another poet who should have added you a long time ago. Sorry about that, and for not having read your poetry 'til today, especially since GF publishes us both! :O
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on July 26th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Hi back! I'm very glad you found me, because I love your poems and find them extremely creepy :) But I fail at livejournal, and hadn't put your lj-name and your real name together till today.
(no subject) - upstart_crow on July 26th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on July 26th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Juliaskogkatt on July 27th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Hello! I'm adding you because I have liked your comments in the SFPA conversation. I'm Julia Rios.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on August 5th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Hi! It is delightful to find cool poets, all the more because I've only recently admitted that yes, I might actually be a poet myself and not just someone to whom inexplicable moments of poetry happen :)
Ithilianaithiliana on August 4th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Friending you on basis of incredible comments I see you making around and about--most recently, the MAMMOTH one! I am a writer, and teacher of writing, and an academic as well as fan.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on August 5th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
I'm a sort-of-academic myself (in linguistics); how strongly I'll claim to be one depends on how long it's been since I've been well enough to make dissertation progress.
(no subject) - ithiliana on August 5th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on August 5th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Haddayr Copley-Woodshaddayr on August 25th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Just added you; I'm Haddayr Copley-Woods, also a speculative writer, and I loved your last story in Strange Horizons.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 1st, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Belatedly: Hi! I know you :)

My brain is full of fuzz, so right now I don't remember anything properly, but I am certain I've read & liked a dark creepily matter-of-fact fantasy story of yours. Was it in SH?
(no subject) - haddayr on September 1st, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on September 1st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Marshall Paynemarshallpayne1 on September 1st, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Just added you. Read "Charms" last evening. Fine story! I'm a fiction writer, interviewer. Used to do interviews at The Fix, now do them elsewhere and on my blog. And I don't really look like Audrey Hepburn. ;-)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 1st, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Hi :)
I am staggered and impressed at your summer output, by the way.
(no subject) - marshallpayne1 on September 1st, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on September 1st, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Justin Howejustinhowe on September 10th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Hi, I enjoyed "Nira and I" and am happy to have a way to get updates when you'll have more work online/in print.

Sadly, I resmble my userpic more everyday.

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 13th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Let's try that without edit errors...
Thank you! I'm delighted that you like it. Sorry for the delayed response, I somehow lost this message in email backlog or something.

I do have a couple of other stories available online -- Charms in Strange Horizons and Half Flight in the Journal of Mythic Arts :) There's also a story called One for Sorrow in Shimmer issue 10, which is available for free download.

And I need to update it, but here's a list of what I have published :)
Re: Let's try that without edit errors... - justinhowe on September 13th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
graeco_celtgraeco_celt on October 3rd, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Hi Shweta,

I just read Nira and I on the Strange Horizons website and really liked it, so I thought I would put myself in a position to read more from you. :)

I write quite a bit myself though, in all honesty, when it comes to larger works, I start far more than I finish!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on October 3rd, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)

Welcome, and I hope you'll like, er, other stuff too. :) Forgive the lack of coherence, it sort of comes and goes with how recently I had an asthma attack.

I have yet to finish a novel m'self, but I'm still hoping!
b_writes: dickensb_writes on October 26th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
I keep seeing you over at seajules place and thinking 'damn, she's awesome.' So here I am.
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on October 26th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I am not particularly awesome, but you're very welcome :)
(no subject) - b_writes on October 28th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
shaunaroberts on December 7th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Shweta, for getting into Clockwork Phoenix 3!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on December 8th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Hi! :) I'm glad to have your lj username!
Azahruazahru on December 14th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Hey you, tis Liz from Clarion 2009. Just stumbled onto your LJ. Hope your energy levels rise (that reminds me I must go to the gym and get me some light box therapy, the lack of sun seems to really get to me.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on December 14th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Hi! :)
anna_maria_76 on December 26th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Hello dear Shweta,

I was surfing on the internet and happened to find your page. Do you remember me from BSN?
I've been thinking about you many times and wondering how you're doing.

Many Christmas hugs to you.
I will return to your site.

Love, Ann-a-mari-a :)
shweta_narayan: authorpic1shweta_narayan on December 27th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Hello
Oh goodness! Hi :)
How are you doing and what are you up to these days?
Re: Hello - anna_maria_76 on January 3rd, 2010 11:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Hello - shweta_narayan on January 3rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
some guy named Larrylnhammer on March 8th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I never did introduce myself here. I'm a sometimes poet and otherwise scribbler who liked what you read at WFC in San Jose. I'm told I come across as taller in person than I do online.

I envy your ability to write in free verse. I suck at that.


Edited at 2010-03-08 05:56 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 8th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hi :)

I've very glad you liked what I read, and likewise! Dunno if you remember responding to me on this, one of the poems you read at WFC (Psyche, At Midnight, in the Dark) stuck with me so much, (even after smokers hit my asthma the saturday night and I lost the next month or so to that and remember WFC only as a blur) that when I read it in Goblin Fruit I was stuck going "Haven't I read that before?"

I'm told I come across as taller in person than I do online.

It's the icon. It needs to be more like this:

I envy your ability to write in free verse. I suck at that.

I dunno, I understand envying whatever one doesn't do oneself, but I love (and envy) and hope to shamelessly steal from your ability to write metered verse that reads so naturally that one might think it was free verse until one read it a second time.

my new icon yay - lnhammer on March 8th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: my new icon yay - shweta_narayan on March 8th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: my new icon yay - lnhammer on March 8th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pyre006 on April 11th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
hi! i love your pieces on the spring issue of goblin fruit. hope you don't mind if i friend you
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on April 11th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Hallo! I'm delighted that you like them :) Welcome on board!
(no subject) - pyre006 on April 11th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 23rd, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Hi, welcome, and thank you *blushes*

I do hope you listened to the audio of Bone Harp -- it's got extra awesome to it (which I can say without embarrassment because I did not provide it directly, I fond an awesome person to do so).
advaitin on August 15th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Hi! Added you as a friend, hope you don't mind
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on August 15th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Hi! Welcome :)
I'm curious as to why, but you don't have to tell me if you don't want to!
(no subject) - advaitin on August 16th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on August 16th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Tanya D.tanyad on September 23rd, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
*Waves* I added you post Wiscon
After hearing your work read during the Split Tongues event. Hope you don't mind. :)

shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on September 23rd, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: *Waves* I added you post Wiscon
Thank you! I hope I say interestingthings :)
Lila Ralstonunhappytriad on October 10th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Friending you because of your amazing post about E. Moon. Friending you because I need to hear what you have to say. And I need to keep hearing it, and keep thinking about it.

--unhappytriad, white middle aged Southern privileged mom of a lesbian
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on October 10th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome! And thank you for the intro :)
And for thinking about it.