Monday, December 31, 2007

New Things

Sam's Dot Publishing's 2008 Calendar is now available at the Genre Mall. One of my flash stories is featured somewhere in there.

My son is opening canvas - an art gallery in Seattle, Washington. The gallery is located in Pioneer Square. The website is canvas an art gallery. The Grand Opening is this Thursday, January 3rd. If you live in the area, drop by for some free drinks and to peruse the art. One of the artists will be producing a canvas during the Grand Opening. Stand back or you'll get paint spatter.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

News Flash!

"Dragon Soup" is now for sale at vanZeno Press. Check it out to read excerpts and admire a couple of the interior illustrations by Marge Simon.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Customized Books

Here's a concept. How about a place where you can sample the first few pages of a story, then add it to a customized book built from just the things you'd like to read?

The folks at Anthology Builder are hoping the idea appeals to you. Mix and match authors and genres as you please. Combine up to 350 pages and get a nice trade paperback, complete with your own selected cover and notes. Pay $14.95 plus shipping. Voila! Custom books.

I thought this an interesting idea, so I shipped off one of my stories for inclusion in their database. Checking back, I see that stories are being added every day, some from a few 'name' authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal or look for zines such as Abyss & Apex, Alienskin, Asimov's or Fantastic Stories. Big publications with heavy-weight authors. Getcher stories right here.

They take only reprints, so you can be pretty sure the story you think sounds interesting is actually well-written and worth inclusion in your personalized anthology. Send in your own reprints and include yourself in a customized anthology. Perfect gift for friends and family.

Take a look at Anthology Builder and find my story, "If You Could See Her," here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Wondrous Web Worlds #7

Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 7 edited by J Alan Erwine {Sam's Dot Publishing}

The annual Wondrous Web Worlds series presents the very best science fiction, fantasy, and horror published online at Sam's Dot Publishing, and includes two dozen selections from The Martian Wave, The Fifth Di..., and Aoife's Kiss.

The material in this seventh in the series deals with some of the fundamental questions raised in the genres. What happens when you go mad from loneliness on Mars? If extra-terrestrials eat terrestrials, should you bring one back to Earth? Is it time to move on when you can't even entertain a rag-tag bunch of robots? What are the benefits of DIY terraforming? Come experience the literary potential of zombies, and learn why the Bone Slayer needed help against the skeletile, and discover the true purpose of biwigglies out Alpha Centauri way. You'll find some of the finest names in the genres between these covers: Richard S. Levine, Wendy Leeds, Marva Dasef, Tyree Campbell, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Keith P. Graham, Karen A. Romanko, and many more!

Home For Supper by Tyree Campbell
Alone on a Lake on Mars by Cathy Buburuz
An Asteroid By Any Other Name by David Lee Summers
Future Fourth by Bruce Boston
To Sit in Judgment by Amanda M. Hayes
Devoted by Julie Shiel
A Comic on Phobos by Richard S. Levine
First Tree on the Moon by s.c. virtes
Just a Kid by Derek J. Goodman
This Old Earth by Karen A. Romanko
Bone Slayer by Wendy Leeds
Zombies on a Roll by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Fish Story by Marva Dasef
Final Days by Aurelio Rico Lopez III
In the Mind of the Beholder by David Puro
The Raw Princess by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Unplugged by Keith P. Graham
Martian Vespers by Theodora Fair
Farewell, My Droidy by Karen A. Romanko
Judas Rising by Elizabeth Barrette
Geow-lud-mo-sis-eg by Jane Mitchell
Heart by Jaime Lee Moyer

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Awards Season

My story, "Chilpequin - 22 Miles," was first published on Lorelei Signal in 2006. At the end of the year it was included in the best of anthology "A Time To..."

Carol Hightshoe, the publisher/editor of Lorelei Signal, Sorcerous Signals, and the anthology was recently informed that the anthology is a finalist for the 2008 Eppie. Epic (Electronically Published Internet Connection) is a professional organization for publishers and authors of ebooks and ezines.

The awards will be presented at the EpiCon event held in Portland, Oregon in March. So, the anthology has a shot at winning the top award. In any case, congratulations to Carol and all the authors included in the anthology.

ADDENDUM: I just heard from the lovely Ms. Hightshoe that two more of my stories will be included in "A Time To..." Volume 2. The anthology will be published in Spring 2008. The stories included in the 2nd volume are "A Visit to Potter's Field" and "The Delegate."

Friday, December 07, 2007

Good News and Good News

It's nice to have good news to report. Of course, I never report the bad news (well, except about my poor kitty).

Good News #1: I received email from the Cybils Awards coordinator that somebody nominated "Tales of a Texas Boy" in the middle-grade fiction category. Yes, an author can nominate herself, but I swear I didn't, so somebody else must have enjoyed Tales and decided to do so on my behalf. I thank them very much.

Good News #2: Sam's Dot Publishing just put out their publishing schedule for 2008 and I found my science fiction novella listed for June release. How cool is that!? I'll provide additional information as it becomes available to me. In the meantime, check out Sam's Dot offerings.