All in all, it was a pretty damned good year. I appear to have broken the cycle of only even-numbered years being good in terms of seeing my work in print (for definitions of print that include pixelated goodness). There was also an overall positive trend in the ongoing war of rejection vs. acceptance. I submitted less this year, which makes me feel like a huge slacker, but I did “complete” two novels, so that’s something. Self-pimping follows; if you’d prefer to skip ahead to the end, I won’t judge you.
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The Journal of Unlikely Entomology received its first review! In her latest short fiction column at Locus Online, Lois Tilton reviews Issue One of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology. Overall, the review is quite positive. Needless to say, I’m ridiculously pleased. Congratulations to all of ours authors!
So it seems that Bewere the Night snuck out into the world a little bit early. Somehow that seems appropriate for a collection of stories about shifty, changey creatures that aren’t quite what they seem. I didn’t think it was supposed to be released until May, but according to Amazon, it’s available now, and according to Sean Wallace’s blog, it’s already going into its second printing, so that’s a good sign!
I received my contributor’s copy last week. It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to read the other stories. My piece in the anthology, The Thief of Precious Things, has a special place in my heart. I hope people read it, and enjoy it, and I hope one day I’ll figure out a way to do justice to the larger world I feel waiting beneath the surface of this particular tale.
Their shadows are crows.
They are two men, standing at the mouth of an alleyway, watching the night with dark, guarded eyes. Their long, black coats flap in the wind, and their shadows have wings. They have feathers and beaks and claws.
When the moon reaches the apex of the sky, they crush their cigarettes against the bricks. Their shadows break into a dozen birds each and take flight.
They have been waiting for her.
You can pick up your own copy of the anthology to read the rest of the story here.