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if I were me


My turn on the PodCastle merry-go-round has come again: Sun's East, Moon's West, read by MK Hobson!

The best comment on the forums so far--indeed, the only comment--I think helps sell the tale better than I could:
I think one of the things I enjoyed most about this story was the sense of wit underlying the tale. While it wasn't overtly humorous aka 'Another End of the Empire,' there were amusing details here and there that made me grin. Like Pheasant, the fire-breathing dragonsparrow. Best pet ever - I want one! :p

I do think its the underlying wit that makes this more than just a mishmash of various tales. Rather, its a mishmash, but one that's tongue-in-cheek. A fun listen!


In other news, my writing group buddy C.L. Anderson has won the Philip K. Dick award. AWESOME SAUCE.

435 days until my next book is due. It seems important that I keep on that metric.

And I have to go back to work tomorrow...
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Got two doses of awesome news when the wonderful Anna Schwind accepted my story, "Sun's East, Moon's West" for Podcastle--the first is the obvious one (sale). The second is--Anna's an editor! At Podcastle! Anna was pretty much the first person I didn't know personally to write me about a story of mine and say she liked it.

That's so cool!

Then, I got another dose of news, this by way of tinaconnolly, who has been doing a much better job tracking the progress of the cute robot book, Unplugged [Amazon] than I have. First, there was the starred review in Publisher's Weekly, which I may have mentioned before (and Tina herself is name-checked)--but then there's the Booklist review, which I haven't seen all of, yet, but in which I am name-checked as having written a "genuinely delightful tale." (They're talking about "The Girl-Prince," which sartorias first bought like a year and a half ago for Coyote Wild.) We love being geuninely delightful!

And even more awesome, I got email from Neil Clarke saying that my copies of the Cute Robot Book should be here on Wednesday, which is really cool, except for that my ego-shelf really doesn't have room. (Woe.) But maybe I should stop using a magazine file and get a real shelf. Hm? Or keep the magazine file for magazines, and get a shelf for books. Something like that. (WOOOE!)

And, and, have I mentioned that sarah_prineas is totally the best? Because she is. If it wouldn't get reverted, I would go put it in her Wikipedia page right now. (It would get reverted because they would be all, "You have to cite your sources," and I would have to confess, "It's primary source material," and hang my head in shame.)

I think that's it for now. (Considers.) Yep.
Happiness (Scrubs)

Crazy schmorgasbord of good news!

In no particular order:

psamphire has himself an agent! Patrick Samphire is not only an awesome writer, but he's also the awesome father of mrdarcysblog and the awesome husband of stephanieburgis. I met Patrick and Steph a few years ago in Glasgow, and have been watching them both gear up for great things since...

gregvaneekhout sold a kid's book called Kid vs. Squid. Greg's user name is pretty much his real name (Greg van Eekhout) and I met him (and Sarah Prineas) at a Strange Horizons tea party at some con or other years ago (I want to say WisCon. But it could have been WorldCon). You may know him from this journal for having written only my most favorite short story ever, In the Late December.

And nisi_la (Nisi Shawl) is nominated for the World Fantasy Award for both a story and for her collection Filter House, which I got to hear her read from back when she did a reading in Ann Arbor--not only is she a great writer, but she's also a Michigan woman. And a Michigan woman, as in, University of... She preceded me in my same college, in my same dorm, and don't think I don't love that coincidence. There are few enough spec fic folk in the world, you have to treasure your connections where you can. And by you, I mean me.

Also, I'm not above a little reflected glory via the alma mater that way.

Also, she helped found the writing group that I am in an offshoot of.

And there's other good news for people I've not yet met, like Aliette de Bodard's trilogy sale (w00t!) And sartorias's book launch day for Treason's Shore, the final Inda book. We love Sherwood far too much not to mention that!

Gosh, is that it? Seems like there was yet more good news to be had. Hm.

ETA: Aha! Yes. marrael, aka Janet Chui, has also been nom'd for World Fantasy, in this case for the art in A Field Guide to Surreal Botany... mwahahaha, I own World Fantasy Nominated art! (For reals. I bought the Library Plum art.) Yaaaay, Janet!
if I were me

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I met Leah Bobet (leahbobet) at Worldcon back in 2004, right? With me so far? And I was overwhelmed by her awesome then, and I've been frequently overwhelmed by her awesome since.

Today, she got herself a book agent*, and that's just freaking awesome, too.

I think it's weird when people tell other people to go congratulate someone they've never heard of, so don't do that, but I am telling you that if you haven't heard of her--and here, I'm probably not talking to my writer-friends (since most of them have known her better and longer than they've known me, for sure), but my other friends, the ones who like to read, and more specifically, the ones who like to read what I like to read, because her short fiction is good, and you should be as ready for her book as I am so we can talk about it some day, and perhaps give it to each other as a Christmas gift.

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