S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu

Creating fiction, poetry, translations, theory, and remote learning

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About S. Qiouyi Lu

I'm S. Qiouyi Lu, a writer, editor, and translator of speculative fiction. I've been publishing in the genre industry since 2015; my debut biocyberpunk mosaic novella In the Watchful City (edited by Jonathan Strahan, cover art by Kuri Huang) was longlisted for a Hugo Award. You may know me from my longform sociocultural analysis threads on Twitter; I also write erotica as December Seas. You can find complete bibliographies at s.qiouyi.lu and december-seas.com.

Why Patreon?

I currently have a very physically demanding, full-time day job. While I love my day job—it combines many of my strengths and is great for my mental health—I don't get paid enough there, nor do I get paid enough doing my creative work.

With the cost of living ever-increasing in Los Angeles, it's been difficult for me to break even every month and save for emergencies. When it comes to freelance work, I usually have to chase down invoices to get paid. I rarely get paid within the same month that I delivered a piece, and some work doesn't get paid out in full for 18+ months from delivery.

Your support on Patreon gives me more breathing room and financial security to work on my writing, instead of focusing so much on budgets, bills, and fighting—often unsuccessfully—to be paid in a timely manner at the rate my work is worth.

What to expect

Monthly status updates

It's difficult for me to find time to work on even my writing that's on deadline, so, realistically, you won't be getting a ton of extra content on Patreon. But, at minimum, I will make a status update on the 26th of every month describing where I'm at with my various projects and any major life changes, events, and updates.

Monthly "director's commentary" open comment section

I will make a post on the 13th of each month where patrons can comment with craft questions about any of my work, past, present, or future, open until the next director's commentary post. I'm happy to explain my thought process with creative decisions, explain background context, share research, provide Word of God tidbits that didn't make it to the page, and answer any other questions you may have. I reserve the right to not answer questions, but I will endeavor to at least reply to every comment. Posts will include a code of conduct for commenting.

Modality Irrealis crossposts

New issues of my sporadic newsletter Modality Irrealis, which focuses on craft, will be crossposted in full to Patreon as well.

Pamphlets

Patrons at the Manuscript and Palimpsest tiers will receive print editions of short fiction, poetry, essays, and coursework. These will be small print runs limited to patrons only. If there is an exclusivity clause on the work, I will note that in an update about the release, and pamphlets will go out after the exclusivity period has ended. Pamphlets of translations will only be sent out if I can contact the author and the author grants permission for me to reprint the story.

Signed books

Patrons at the Palimpsest tier will receive signed copies of new book releases. Please note that if I have not received sufficient author copies for everyone at this tier, fulfillment may be delayed as I buy extra copies to send out. I will send out a survey at least a month before release for you to confirm whether you would like to receive a copy of the release or skip it.

Audiobooks

For audiobooks that I self-publish, such as the In the Watchful City audiobook and the forthcoming Razing Babel audiobook, all patrons at all tiers will receive a copy to download on release. Please note, however, that I don't usually have distribution rights for audiobooks that I didn't produce, so I can't release those on Patreon.

Current projects

Razing Babel

My next novella for Tordotcom Publishing, also edited by Jonathan Strahan, this time a solardieselpunk sociolinguistics scifantasy novella set in the same secondary world as In the Watchful City. Brief summary: Locust patrols, kink, language as tangible object, genocide. Long summary: See Razing Babel project page.

Essays

There are several essays I want to write, including:

  • Kink representation in Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
  • Chinese-American cultural context for Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
  • Second-person POV as dissociative self-talk
  • Personal essay on my undercut as a queer continuation of Chinese hair culture and evolving hair norms

...and more!

Big Ideas: A Planner for Creatives

I would like to update and expand my modular, disability-first planner Big Ideas: A Planner for Creatives to include more page types and activities. I would love to eventually offer printed packs of sheets for people to build their own planners!

Resources for learning Chinese

One of my life goals is to demystify Chinese and find novel ways to explain the language that make Chinese more accessible to learners. I want to add more topics and posts to the Learn Chinese section of my website.

Open-access coursework

I believe education should be both high-quality and free. I want to first ensure that I have a functional, accessible learning management system (LMS) on my website, then provide free courses with an optional tuition jar.

Courses I plan to develop include:

  • Writing Your Own Heritage
  • A Linguist's Guide to Worldbuilding
  • Crafting Lyrical Prose
  • Creating Character-Driven, Emotionally Resonant Narratives
  • Metacriticism 101: How to Reflect on Critiques You Make
  • Disability-Centered Dialectics for Creatives: Self-Talk for Resilience
  • Navigating the Genre (currently a loose set of blog posts; I want to experiment with turning it into a course structure for more cohesive presentation of information)

Website maintenance and the Hub

My day job has taken up much of the time and energy that I would normally spend updating and maintaining my website. I need to thoroughly QA all my websites and fix bugs, missing content, speed, and other issues, including updating my publicly available Royalty Dashboards and my Neopronouns in Speculative Fiction database. (Please feel free to report an issue on my website so I know what I need to fix!)

I want to make a copy of good Twitter threads on my site so there's a permalink and backup for each of them. WordPress already has an unroll thread feature; I just need to improve the performance of my site or explore the WordPress app to do this more consistently.

I also want to migrate the incomplete Codex on my website to Notion or another content management system (CMS) and expand it to be more complete as the Hub (a reference to the Hub in In the Watchful City). I believe that only execution matters and that ideas aren't precious, and I want to put that into practice by sharing my notes and creation process with the public.

Goals

I have no intent to quit my day job. It's steady, good for my mental health, and stable. What I need isn't necessarily more time—I need less of the daily frustration of being underpaid and undervalued, especially as someone who is multiply marginalized and disabled, and who creates work that is consistently high-quality.

Calculations based on an average of 170 working hours per month and pre-tax figures. I'm using my day job as a benchmark for wages because my freelance pay rates are (1) far more variable, and (2) far more abysmal when calculated against how many hours it takes me to create something.

My first goal is to make up the difference between what I'm currently paid at my day job ($19/hr) and a realistic minimum livable wage for surviving in Los Angeles ($25/hr; current minimum wage in LA County as of July 2022 is $15.96/hr). ($25/hr × 170 hrs/month) ($19/hr × 170 hrs/month) = $1,020/month.

My next goal would be to make up the difference to reach a comfortable wage that would allow me to save and also have a few nice things here and there without worrying about how much it's going to put me into debt ($35/hr). ($35/hr × 170 hrs/month) ($19/hr × 170 hrs/month) = $2,720/month.

I may also include goals to raise funds to go to conventions (usually around $2,000 per convention when travel, room & board, and membership fees are totaled). Currently, conventions are too costly for me to attend regularly.

If there is specific equipment or resources that I need, I may also set those as a more urgent goal.

Thank you!

It's been a huge fight to stay in the genre industry, as I have faced exclusion across multiple fronts. But this is where my passion is, and where I feel I can make the biggest impact, both with my creative work and with the models, theories, and paradigms that I can offer to restructure space and the way we think about things.

Every subscription, no matter the amount, is an affirmation that my work matters and my voice is important. Thank you—that's the most powerful thing that keeps me going.


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$70.09 of $1,020 per month
Minimum livable wage goal!
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