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Recommended Reading: Part Whateverasauras

I’m so far behind on my online fiction reading that I’ve given up any pretense that I will ever catch up. But you should still read this: Saving the Gleeful Horse by K. J. Bishop. It’s lovely.

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Rock the Vote! (Don’t Tip the Vote Over)

Fantasy Magazine is holding their annual best story of the year poll. Go vote for your favorite Fantasy Magazine story, and for extra bonus points, comment on your favorite story for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

And they’re not quite at the voting stage yet, but the Hugo Awards are now open for nominations. If you attended Worldcon 67, or are attending Worldcon 68, you can nominate works now. You can also purchase a supporting membership to vote.

Do it. You know you want to.

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Recommendations: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Film and Otherwise

I’m still catching up – I’m always catching up – on short fiction, movies and life in general. Some recommendations of the speculative fiction variety are Golden Lilies by Aliette de Bodard, a lovely fiction piece on the practice of foot-binding over at Fantasy Magazine, and Mammals Underfoot! An Interview with Emerging Writers by Jeff VanderMeer over at Clarkesworld Magazine.

Also related to speculative fiction, I recommend you support Ralan during his annual September fund raising drive. If you’re even remotely interested in writing and publishing speculative fiction, you should regularly be checking Ralan’s site for new markets, market updates, and other tips. And if you are checking the site regularly, you should also be supporting it – it’s only fair, after all.

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Harry Potter and Recommended Reading

We went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night. I’ll try to keep my thoughts here relatively spoiler-free.

I enjoyed it. I thought they did a better job of keeping the essence of the book than they did in the last film, but I can’t put my finger on exactly how or why. I was pleased to see Bellatrix get more screen time, though I would have liked to have seen more of Snape and Neville (hopefully in the next film(s?)). As always, the movie was visually pleasing, and it’s interesting watching the young actors become more confident and grow into their roles. Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna, is fantastic. Now I have the urge to re-read the last two books in the series.

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Blog for a Beer

Over at Fantasy Magazine, this Friday’s blog for a beer asks, “If you could choose one mundane household item to be your magic reviser, which item would you choose and how would you use it?” If you want to take part in the fun, inspired by Revisionist History, and have a chance at winning fabulous prizes, you can do so here. Just post your answer to the question in the comment thread at Fantasy, and next Friday, the editors will pick the winner.

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know and Less

My official Author Spotlight, which accompanies my story over at Fantasy Magazine, is now online. This is my first ever interview. I don’t think I did too bad for a first-timer. Thanks to Marshall Payne for making it so much fun!

Head on over to Fantasy and check it out. Feel free to ask follow-up questions in the comments (here or there), or suggest ridiculous Oscars outfits. Just don’t ask what’s in the trunk.

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Revisionist History

My short story, Revisionist History, is currently up over at Fantasy Magazine.

The first taste is free:

After their third fight about whose turn it was to switch the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer, and therefore whose fault it was that the clothes now smelled faintly of mold, Robert started writing on the walls. He took a magic marker he found jammed into an old soup can full of pens, went into the spare room which they never used, and closed the door.

Read the rest here.

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Recommended Reading: New Releases

Despite December being a fairly quiet month, I fell behind on my short fiction/online reading. There’s something to be said for ‘the less you have to do, the less you feel like doing’ axiom. (If that isn’t an axiom, it really should be.) With a slew of new issues coming out in January, however, I felt I should attempt to catch up, or at least not fall further behind. While I’m not even close to being caught up, what I have read so far seems to indicate that the year is starting off strong. So, for your reading pleasure, I recommend:

Pretty much all the fiction from Issue #39 of ChiZine, though I especially enjoyed Nub Hut by Kurt Dinan.

And both fiction pieces from Clarkesworld #28, though again, I especially enjoyed Celadon by Desirina Boskovich

For your dead-tree variety reading pleasure:

I would highly recommend The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia and Fast Ships, Black Sails edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

And finally, speaking of recommending stuff – Fantasy Magazine is conducting their Second Annual Reader’s Poll. Head on over to their site and vote for your favorite story (or three favorite stories as the case may be). As an extra bonus, this year the author of the winning story gets a nifty prize. Readers also have a chance to win a nifty prize by commenting on their favorite stories.

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Fantasy Magazine

My short story, Revisionist History, will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Fantasy Magazine. I don’t know when exactly, but I’m presuming sometime in mid-late 2009. More details to follow when I have them, but for now, woot!

ETA: According to Cat Rambo’s journal, it should appear sometime in the first half of 2009, but the schedule is still a work in progress.

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