I found out this morning that my short story, “Doors”, which first appeared in GUD Issue 6, is now up, in podcast form, at PodCastle. This is now the second of my stories to appear there and I’m very happy to see it, and hear it, there. As much as I enjoy narrating for them, I enjoy having my stories up even more.
That being said, I have to say that I find it hard to listen to narrations of my stories. I have to listen to the narrations that I do – for editing purposes at the very least – but hearing someone else read my fiction produces a strange kind of dissonance. PodCastle always does a great job in selecting readers – this has nothing to do with that – I think it’s just hearing my own words which is the problem.
I am a little heartened, though, that this is something other people deal with. At a recent agency retreat I heard that other people have issues with it as well.
On the other side of the microphone, there are some other narration projects that I’m working on to hopefully announce soon.
I thought that I would take some time here to talk about all of my talented friends and the great work that they’re doing in the world of fiction.
First up, is E.C. Myers. Most of the people reading this probably know Eugene and know that he’s one of the hardest working writers around. And recently that hard work has paid off. He recently sold his YA book, Fair Coin, to Pyr and as someone who’s read the manuscript, I’m telling you that you’ll be wanting to read it when it comes out. It’s smart and fun and surprising and I can’t wait to see it turn up on bookshelves. Hell, I’m hoping that it will end up as a movie.
Eugene is also a short story writer and his story in Sybil’s Garage #7, “My Father’s Eyes”, has rightly been singled out by reviewers as one of the stand-out stories. SF Site said of it, “This was one of the most moving, and in an unforced way original, stories in the collection — my joint favourite with M.K. Hobson’s ‘Kid Despair in Love.’” Matt Kressel, Editor of Sybil’s Garage, recently made the issue available as a free download, but only for the next 2 weeks or so. You can download a PDF copy here.
Eugene is going to be leaving those of us in NY soon, but for a good reason – he recently got engaged as well. Eugene’s one of the kindest and most generous people I know and he will be missed, but I wish him and his fiancee (hi, Carrie) all the best.
I’ve been having website difficulties lately, so I haven’t had a chance to mention this here yet, but while I was at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus last weekend, I had the opportunity to see The Way of the Wizard anthology, which has my story, “Card Sharp”, in it. It’s definitely a worthwhile anthology, with stories from writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Jeffrey Ford, George R. R. Martin, Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link and more. It’s still a pre-order on Amazon, but I expect it will be available there, and in stores, soon.
However, if you don’t want to wait, several of the stories are available online in their entirety, including my story. The site also has more information and interviews with some of the authors.
I also read Card Sharp at World Fantasy in my first ever solo reading and I think it went pretty well. I think the high point for me was someone who came to the reading, who I didn’t know, who told me at a party afterward how much he liked the story.
If you check it out, hope you do, too.
GUD issue 6, which contains my story, “Doors”, is now available for purchase from the GUD website. You can buy it in PDF format (available now – also with a gift PDF you can send to someone else) or in print version (which also comes with the PDF). The print issue, as far as I know, is printing now, and will ship to you when available.
You can also buy just my story if you want, but don’t. In addition to my story, the issue contains work from Lou Antonelli, Lavie Tidhar, Aliette de Bodard, and Ian McHugh, among others. I’m looking forward to reading the issue myself because of all the other contributors.
Hope you enjoy it.
I have been remiss in not mentioning the Clarion West Write-a-thon which is going on right now. Some of you may remember this from last year. The idea is simple – during the weeks that the workshop is being run in Seattle, alumni (and others) set writing goals, get sponsors to sponsor them with cash money, and then work toward those goals. Many people share the results with those that sponsor them. It’s like one of those charity walk/run things except with writing instead.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are a lot of good causes out there that need your money. Causes that are bigger than whether I write chapters of my novel or not. But I think of it this way – you’re investing in the future of good writing. You’re helping to keep a workshop going that has a history of producing strong genre writers. A workshop that has helped writers like Kij Johnson (who is awesome), Daniel Abraham (also awesome), Cat Rambo (yes, awesome), Rachel Swirsky (very much awesome), Margo Lanagan (super-awesome) and more. So, the way I see it, if you take the money that you would spend on a book or a magazine or other fiction and donate it to the workshop, that’s guaranteeing you good fiction in the future. And it means another group of writers to keep writing the fiction we love, no matter what shape that fiction comes in.
So, my page is here, where you can sponsor me quite easily with Paypal. I’ve committed to writing a chapter a week in my work in progress novel. I haven’t quite managed to stick to that so far (the first week I wobbled) but I’ve been getting back on track recently. But even if you don’t want to sponsor me, consider sponsoring someone else. I think it’s worth it.
Thanks for listening.
I just got word this morning that my story, Flowing Shapes, is currently up and available to read for free at the brand new magazine, Basement Stories. This is their first issue and I’m happy to appear there. I hope the magazine has a long future.
Please check it out.
Last year I had the good fortune to be an Associate Editor for Sybil’s Garage, a small press genre fiction magazine that I greatly admire. The magazine has quickly established itself as a source for great fiction under the leadership of Matthew Kressel. So when I was asked if I wanted to be an editor again this year, I had to say yes.
The reading period opens on January 15 and the guidelines have changed slightly:
Sybil’s Garage publishes a wide variety of speculative fiction, including traditional science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as more atmospheric/slipstream stories. For issue no. 7 we seek to cast a wider net and encourage contributors to send us both atmospheric/slipstream stories as well as those with traditionally strong plots and characters.
We also will look at stories with little or no speculative element, but with speculative tendencies (e.g. weird but not-necessarily supernatural.)
In addition, we are very interested in seeing stories written by and/or including varied ethnicities, social classes, and nationalities. We’d like to see more stories featuring under-utilized cultures and settings as well. Our editors and readers represent a variety of backgrounds and we’re always working to ensure that our publication reflects that as well.
Please send us your best work.
Full guidelines can be found here.
I just found out that issue 4 of Steampunk Tales is out, containing my story, “The Juggernaut”. The issue is available as an iPhone app, a PDF, or a MobiReader ebook. I’ve been a fan of Steampunk Tales since it’s first issue, so I’m very happy to be in the latest issue. It’s only $1.99 for 10 stories, so please check it out.
Issue 4 Summary
It’s also available for the Kindle.
Sybil’s Garage No. 6
It’s my pleasure to help spread the word that the 6th issue of Sybil’s Garage is now available. I helped read for this issue and Matt Kressel, and the other editors, have done an amazing job of putting together the magazine. Less a magazine, this is more of a mini-anthology and well worth your time and money. Details are available at the website and there will also be copies for sale at Wiscon.
Table of Contents
Liz Bourke — “The Girl”
Donna Burgess — “Ashes”
Lyn C. A. Gardner — “God’s Cat”
Alex Dally MacFarlane — “The Wat”
Susannah Mandel — “Metamorphic Megafauna”
Tracie McBride — “An Ill Wind”
Kristen McHenry — “Museum”
Jaime Lee Moyer — “One by Moonlight”
Daniel A. Rabuzzi — “Backsight”
Michel Sauret — “Brick Wall Giants”
Michel Sauret — “Son of Man”
J.E. Stanley — “City of Bridges”
Sonya Taaffe — “Skiadas”
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff — “Sun-Kissed”
Rumjhum Biswas — “Mother’s Garden”
K. Tempest Bradford — “Élan Vital”
Autumn Canter — “Day of the Mayfly”
Becca De La Rosa — “Not the West Wind”
Eric Del Carlo — “Come the Cold”
Jason Heller — “The Raincaller”
Paul Jessup — “Heaven’s Fire ”
Vylar Kaftan — “Fulgurite”
Keffy R. M. Kehrli — “Machine Washable”
Sean Markey — “Waiting for the Green Woman”
James B. Pepe — “I am Enkidu, his Wild Brother”
Simon Petrie — “Downdraft”
Genevieve Valentine — “The Drink of Fine Gentlemen Everywhere”
Stephanie Campisi — “Drinking Black Coffee at the Jasper Grey Café”
Toiya Kristen Finley — “Eating Ritual”
Donald Norum — “An Old Man Went Fishing on the Sea of Red”
Interview with Paul Tremblay by Devin Poore