Found out last week that my drabble from Farthing, issue 2, was accepted at Drabblecast! When the cast goes live, I’ll let you know. My PodCastle stories are coming up soon, too.
Just sold a flash piece to PodCastle, yay! Elf Aware, which I published way back when I was known as Finley Larkin. I wrote it for an OWW challenge — 2nd person — and sold it to Cafe Irreal.
It’s a very good way to start the week!
Looks like the blog is back up again, thank goodness. I’m switching hosts soon; by next weekend probably.
In happier news, the latest issue of Cerise is now live and includes my review of Diner Dash: Hometown Heroes. If you’re a DD fan, you should download this game. You should also play with me in Multiplayer mode!
- It’s Blog for a Beer day @ Fantasy. It’s open thread/freeform today; no theme.
- On SFBookswap there’s a list of fiction published by women in print magazines from January – April. I’d love for folks to stop by and give some opinions on any of those stories that you’ve read. Are there any I should definitely hunt down and read?
- PodCastle is finally up and running! I know I’ve been waiting with baited breath and all that. First story is Come Lady Death by Peter S. Beagle. I believe my story is set to appear this summer. Several weeks ago when editor Rachel Swirsky announced what the first few stories were going to be, I expressed delight at seeing Hillary Moon Murphy’s Run of the Fiery Horse on the list. I loved that story so much when I first read it that I wrote a fan letter (something I’d never done before). Rachel asked me if I’d like to introduce the story for PodCastle due to all my squeeing, and I said yes. I believe the story is episode 3, so add PodCastle to your feed thingydoo and don’t miss it.
- One of the prettiest (and most anticipated) anthologies of the year is finally out: Paper Cities. Filled to the brim with authors I adore, edited by yet another person I adore (Ekaterina Sedia), and published by a guy I tolerate ;). There are already many glowing reviews of the book and I’m sure there will be more. So buy it and stuff.
- If you haven’t checked out the Weird Tales 85 Weirdest People of the last 85 Years list, you should. Weird Tales is celebrating its 85th anniversary (starting this month, actually) and it’s absolutely amazing how Stephen and Ann have turned the magazine around. The design, the fiction, the non-fiction, just everything is awesome.
Ended last week on a high note, then woke up this morning to more good news. Rachel Swirsky of PodCastle accepted my story, Change of Life. The story was first published in Farthing 3 and now it will go on to have a second life, which makes me warm and fuzzy. Plus, the story is damn fun to read aloud, so I’m excited to hear what the reader will do with it!
I don’t have any info on pub/podcast date yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it. I’m excited in general since this means that PodCastle will start up soon, and I’ve been looking forward to it. EscapePod is one of my favorite markets and a beloved companion on many a long subway ride, so I’m sure PodCastle will be just as awesome.
That makes two acceptances in December. I wonder if good things really do some in threes? I guess we’ll find out.
I had a really great week these past seven days. I’ll blog the other parts of the perfect week once I have pictures uploaded, but I want to share this last happiness right away.
I sold one of my favorite stories, Enmity, to Electric Velocipede! Got the email late last night and did a happy dance that probably disturbed my neighbors. Now I have even more reason to wear my fabulous EV t-shirt.
More news as the publication date approaches — currently it’s TBD.
This last week was hell, but I got my story done right at the last minute! It’s actually the first draft of a children’s book that I need to turn in soon. I’ll get started on revisions as soon as the Write-a-thon is over.
Sorry this report is a little late. Yesterday I had to get up very, very early to get on a plane to come to the LaunchPad workshop. Despite the fact that the plane was very uncomfortable and the flight long, I am so thrilled to be here! I’ve always had an interest in astronomy but only dabbled lightly in it because I was a bit intimidated by it. But when I learned about this workshop, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Plus, it seems very non-intimidating.
There are many times that I wish I hadn’t gone to college right out of high school. I wish I had known a little better what I was interested in and wanted to do in life before going. Would have made all those years a little more productive. Maybe I would even have studied astronomy a little more seriously.
Since I’m at the workshop, this is the week I’ve chosen to do my second revision. I’m fixing Elan Vital up for prime time. I’m probably going to send it to Asimov’s when it’s done. I promise to take pictures and give a full report of the workshop at the end of the week. If you want more frequent updates, check my LJ. I may post more over there.
The Carl Brandon Society is taking nominations for the Paralax and Kindred awards until July 31st. See their website for details on the awards, but essentially one is for the best work written by an author of color and the other is for best work that addresses race (regardless of author color). They’re looking for works published in 2006. Anyone can nominate, and I encourage you to do so. I’m trying to put together a list of stories and novels available online that fit the criteria so that I can start making my choices.I had two stories published in 2006, one of which deals with race: The Seventh Reflection. I wrote this story about body issues, which includes skin color issues. I’m what folks would called “light-skinned” myself, but it still really bothers me that American media holds up light-skinned black women as closer to ideal beauty than dark-skinned women. One of the reasons I included skin color issues in the story was a response to that.
Anyway, the story was published in the Thou Shalt Not… anthology but I’ve put it up on the website here so that people interested in nominating for the awards can read it.
That’s all for this week. Next week is week 6! I can pretend I’m there in the classroom with Chip Delany, standing in the glow of a genius. Sigh! I miss Clarion.
KGB Fantastic Fiction Series, presented by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant (KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St, New York, NY) hosts a reading from Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing.
Readers: K. Tempest Bradford, Rachel Pollack, Veronica Schanoes, and Catherynne M. Valente.
Date: 20 June, 7:00 pm