So, first off, yes, The Ammonite Violin & Others
has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the category of Best Collection. And yes, I am surprised and very pleased. Richard A. Kirk
(who did the cover and endpapers for The Ammonite Violin & Others
) is also
nominated for a WFA this year, in the category of Best Artist. And! He's the Artist Guest of Honor at the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. So, don't we fucking rock? My thanks to everyone who sent congratulations yesterday, including the 200+ who did so via Facebook. Soon, we will
be listing copies of the sold-out collection on eBay to commemorate the nomination.
Yesterday, I wrote 1,749 words on Chapter Five of Blood Oranges
, and the wolfulous aspects of Siobahn Quinn's nature made their first appearance. May I write as well today.
We had dinner from the farmer's market. Spooky brought back a huge tomato, four ears of corn, peaches, and a length of kielbasa (from pigs born, raised, and slaughtered out on Connanicut Island). A locavore's feast, it was.
And now, from the Ministry of the Truly Fucking Embarrassing, the van finally
came back from the shop on Tuesday, as you know, and yesterday afternoon Spooky discovered a cache of unmailed eBay packages in back, mostly hidden by a beach towel. And our eBay customers must be bloody saints, because no one has said, "Hey, my book's a month late!" Thank you for that. Anyway, amongst said packages were the signed signature sheets for Two Worlds & In Between
. Now, I signed all 600 of the damned things way back on May 19th (and if you look at this entry
, you'll see a photo of me doing it). And then...well...shit happens. I lost track. I'd feel worse about this if anyone at Subterranean Press
had noticed the pages hadn't arrived. They'll go into the mail today, along with the tardy eBay packages, and all the more recent eBay packages.
Here's a new and very
with me, on the occasion of the reprinting of "Charcloth, Firesteel, and Flint" in the forthcoming A Book of Horrors
(even though I am not a horror writer), edited by Stephen Jones. Yeah, I go for the danishes every time. Especially if they're cherry and cream cheese.
I should also mention another anthology, Halloween
(Prime Books, edited by Paula Guran), which will be reprinting "On the Reef."
Okay...that's a lot of announcements. Enough for one day. The platypus is looking askance, the lowly fucker. But I will say Rift RP is going very
well. We had a great scene last night, and my thanks to everyone in our guild, Watchers of the Unseen
, who took part. Despite a sort of rocky beginning, the scene quickly became what was probably the best large-scale group RP (as opposed to one-on-one) I've done since my days in the late, lamented Dune sim on Second Life (ca. February 2008). Sure, last night was all mages and warriors, but what the hell. Oh, and one very troublesome rogue.
Yeah, platypus. Keep your panties on. Comment, kittens!