February? I may have temporarily fallen into a black hole. It’s okay. It got better.
Despite passing in a blur, it was a good month. There was a gathering of…we need a name, so I’m going to say…the Victory Writers’ Group. Food, beer, and stories, it’s hard to go wrong. I may have even wrangled a half-decent piece of flash fiction out of one of the prompts, we’ll see.
1) For authors who have submitted, or who may submit, to the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, there has been some minor shifting of our deadlines. There are also a few announcements of things that have been and things to come, which you can read about here.
2) The Children of Main Street made Locus’ 2010 Recommended Reading List, which means that’s it’s also on the Locus Award Ballot, not even as a write-in or anything. Given that I only had two stories printed or pixelated last year, I can legitimately say that half of everything I had published in 2010 made it onto the Locus Recommended Reading List. So there.
C) If anyone happens to have a spare $45,000 lying around, they should totally buy this, and give it to me. Just saying.
4 or D) I really shouldn’t compensate for stress by increasing my caffeine intake. Feeling rushed, fragmented, and distracted FASTER doesn’t particularly benefit anyone.
Fiv-E) Septa wins the fail war. Today, I was forced to disembark from a train because the engine managed to break in such a way that it could only go backwards.
The Children of Main Street is now available as a podcast for your listening pleasure over at Clarkesworld. Of course, you can still read it in the good, old fashioned way, too, the way the scribes of days gone by intended it…as pixels on a screen.
Speaking of things audio and/or visual, there’s a Sybil’s Garage promotional film in the works. How cool is that? You can read a bit about the film shoot here. And if you don’t want to wait for the trailer in order to enjoy the content, you’re in luck. Sybil’s Garage No.7, is currently 50% off for the holidays. Details, including the super-secret promotional code, are available here.
The December issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is here, bringing my story The Children of Main Street along with it. The cover art, as always, is gorgeous, and there’s lots of other good stuff in the issue, too. You should really go check it out, and not just because I said so. Here’s a little sample of my story to get you started:
The first thing the children of the colony learned after the ship landed was how to change genders. You can read the rest over at Clarkesworld.
Saturday night included another excursion to Dorian’s Parlor, the monthly steampunk event held at the Doubletree in Center City Philadelphia. There were no glow-stick sword fights this time, but there were fabulous costumes, daleks on the dj table, story tellers, a fashion show with zombies, and a stripper with a hula hoop. Drinks were consumed, pictures were taken, but not by me this time, and since the Gypsy Nomads were the headlining band this time, they played two sets, which is a very good thing.
In other news, Tangent Online reviewed Sybil’s Garage #7, and the reviewer had some very kind things to say about Under the Leaves. It seems, however, that the confusion over whether grandma is a ghost or a zombie is still alive and well, even if grandma herself isn’t.
I just learned that my short story, Trashman will appear in an upcoming issue of Shimmer, which just goes to prove that even something as mundane as taking out the trash can provide viable inspiration. I’m not sure when it’ll be out, but post more details when I know them.
Over at the Senses Five Press blog, Matt Kressel has posted the playlist for Sybil’s Garage No. 7, containing the majority of the author-suggested songs accompanying the poems and short stories in the issue. You can also find samples of some of the fiction and poetry on the blog, or download the entire Sybil’s Garage No. 4 for free.
Also, September is fundraising month at ralan.com, which is the best market resource for speculative fiction out there. If you happen to have a few extra bucks to spare for a good cause, head on over and help Ralan out.
Sad things have to happen, sometimes. So says Emiliana Torrini, whose song Dead Things is the suggested musical accompaniment to my story Under the Leaves in the current issue of Sybil’s Garage.
I’m in pretty damned good company, too. You can check out the full table of contents, and even purchase a copy of your very own here.
Readercon starts tomorrow. I will not be there, at least not in person, but my words will be going on my behalf. The latest issue of Sybil’s Garage, which contains my short story, “Under the Leaves” will be making it’s unofficial debut at Readercon. If you do happen to be going, you should pick up one of the limited number of copies that will be available. Editor Matt Kressel has been working incredibly hard to get issue #7 ready in time, and though I won’t tell you the TOC (it hasn’t officially been announced yet), I can tell you that it is awesome. The issue will have it’s official debut on July 21st as part of the KBG Fantastic Fiction Reading Series. I’m also not going to be there, though I really wish I was. To make up for all the places I’m not going to be, I will be at Victory Brewery this weekend with an awesome bunch of writer-type folks, sucking back Golden Monkeys, so that makes it okay.
I have it on good authority that Sybil’s Garage is where she keeps all her personalities. It’s also where she keeps her fiction, including my short story, Under the Leaves, which I just learned will appear in Sybil’s Garage #7! It should be out sometime later this year. I’ll post more details when I know them.