A busy busy year, as you can tell from my lack of posting. I’ve seen Stephen King (in Albuquerque) and I’ve read many lovely books, including EVERFAIR from Nisi Shawl. But for right now I’d like to mention that ALLEGORY (Ty Drago’s magazine of science fiction and fantasy) has published my story A THREE PERCENT CHANCE HE’LL EVER KNOW I LIED.
This is a dreamy story of Frankensteinian shenanigans and zombies. You’ll love it. The editors at Penumbra (another worthy magazine you should check out) published this in February 2013 for their zombie issue. Tangent Online did a hatchet job review and the issue and its brilliant dreamy stories sank without a ripple. So I’m pleased that ALLEGORY is picking this story up so you can read it for free.
You know what I don’t do, and I should do, is post reviews. I read hugely and subscribe to ALL the Magazines, so why don’t I say something? Well… because I read June’s issue in December, when June came out in February. I feel a trifle behind the times, you know?
But what the heck. Time to get with it, short fiction wise.
I subscribe to:
Analog, Asimov’s, Fantasy&Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Apex, The Dark, and Forever. Oh, and Smithsonian. (I was subscribed to Locus but let that lapse, darn it. I’ll need to renew.) This costs about $22/month, so I’m not skipping any coffee. The epubs are delivered to my Kindle and look gorgous.
I’m not sure how I’m going to approach publishing my take on the stories but stand by. I think I’ll start from current issues (I just got The Dark for May) and go backwards through the beginning of 2016.
The Colored Lens has posted my story on their website for you to read for free (and comment, and share.)
This story describes, in a surreal kind of way, my experiences while living in a ‘circus’… Technomania Circus, you can find it on google… in San Diego. The locations, scenes, and some of the people (plus the dogs, let’s not forget the dogs!) are real and just barely disguised. Yes, there’s a mosque across the street and I loved listening to the mullah sing.
What’s fiction: my brother isn’t a devil and I am not an angel.
I cannot believe that I did not post about this story!
This story came from my time living in a circus in San Diego. You read that correctly, though calling the TechnoMania Circus a ‘circus’ is perhaps not utterly correct. Based in a former and historical church building, this performance art group featured many of the acts I mention in the story and that title is from a quote painted on the walls. Springer the dog is as true as I can manage in a work of fiction.
This story will be available to read for free on The Colored Lens’ website in May 2016.
James Gunn’s AD ASTRA has kindly decided to publish my extremely short piece of flash, A Superlative For Goodbye, in their Spring 2016 issue.
This is a second-person narration about being an astronaut. And decisions made, ah yes, by space agencies, governments, public opinion, and the astronaut herself.
I’ll post again when it’s published.
Yes, Virginia, there will be a Potlatch Science Fiction convention this year.
Potlatch 25 — March 19th, 2016 — San José California
Potlatch 25 will be at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San José, California, on Saturday March 19th, 2016. It will free and open to the public. The Potlatch 25 Book of Honor isConstellation Games by Leonard Richardson. There will be a Writers Workshop. We will be holding a Clarion West Benefit Auction on-line.
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I’m coordinating a writers’ workshop. Check the website for more information.
I have a huge TBR stack… embarrassingly so. New Years sorta-kinda resolution is to read these books. Here’s my start:
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, Sara Gruen. Fast read, structured like Stephen King’s THE GREEN MILE, but upbeat. The author used real photos from circuses to guide her chapters.
ASHLEY BELL, Dean Koontz. *sigh* Plus, don’t put antibiotics on new tattoos.
CALENDRICAL REGRESSION, Lawrence Schoen. I read half of this a while back and then lost the book. I refound it and reread it and yep, it’s fun, whimsical, and serious all at the same time, and its ‘aliens explaining the Mayan Calendar’ conceit is the best explanation that I’ve read yet.
THE LADY & THE UNICORN, Tracy Chevalier. This author also wrote THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING, which I loved as well. Historical romance regarding the people who made the art and the craft the the unicorn tapestries, with a footnote about what became of the tapestries.
THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS, Stephen King. Short fiction done up literary style. Most of these I’ve read in other venues (except the peculiar fireworks novella) and they’re okay, I guess. I have certain objections to official literary style (it seems to me that these types of stories are insufficiently thought-out plots where the author hasn’t figured out why he’s writing that story) but King, of course, still can write.
I’m currently within a few pages of the end of THE BURIED GIANT, by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is dense literary story telling about knights, dragons, and love. I’m liking it.
I have also been keeping up with Daily Science Fiction and Every Day Fiction and hope to post weekly overviews. I’m not reviewing these, btw, these are my surface thoughts.
Sparrow and g.d:Shrike, at Strange Constellations.
Now this is a reprint, but it’s an awesome story about RFID abuse. When I sent this around for critique, one person said, ‘People would have to be crazy to use RFID like this!’ and yet… it now seems to be happening. This was first published in M-Brane SF.
Also, I have a flash in REEL DARK, which will be released at World Horror Convention (May 7-10, 2015, in Atlanta, GA.) Editor L. Andrew Cooper will have about 100 copies to sell. You can already see the book on Amazon:
Thank you for your continued interest. SOME DAY I’ll actually blog on this blog.
Next is NorWesCon and I bet you’re jealous since GEORGE R.R. MARTIN is the Guest of Honor!
Okay, so you’re not jealous. And I’m not on panels with him. But I do have an autographing session, a reading, many many panel appearances, and I expect to have a heck of a great time with all my friends!
Seattle, WA, April 2-5, 2015
I will be on programming
I have discovered that I am just one pro sale away from qualifying for SFWA membership, which requires 3 pro sales. I *am* qualified for associate membership (the gate for that is one pro sale.) I’ve read about the controversies and the do it vs. don’t bother arguments and honestly… I’d like to be part of the organization. I’d like to be one of the in crowd. I’d like to check out the blogs that are behind the firewall and participate in the inner-circle discussions. When I first started writing, SFWA membership was one of my metrics.
So why am I hesitating?
I’m not much of a joiner. I don’t even maintain membership in Broad Universe (A highly-useful and professional group) because of a philosophical difference. When I join SFWA it will be for the perks and not because I’m a blogger that everyone follows.
I’m not a firebrand/rabble rouser/debater. When people I consider friends hassle me on Facebook, I walk away. People don’t debate on blogs and facebook, as a matter of my observation. They go straight to the nuclear options of insult and negation. And I can’t stand for that.
I think that an organization like SFWA needs the firebrands and pushy people. I think that’s needed for evolution of the genre and the way our professional organization addresses issues. And I’m not up to that, really, beyond espousing someone else’s stand.
Oh, I’ll get the membership, at least partially because it’s a club that doesn’t really want me. (To paraphrase a certain comedian.)