I came home from Kansas to find Christmas. Shroud Magazine #1 is out, with my story “Amuse-Bouche.” http://www.shroudmagazine.com/ My copy of Warrior Wisewoman, with the story “Ice Queen” arrived, http://www.norilana.com/norilana-sf.htmas well as my copy of Cone Zero, with my as yet anonymous story in it. http://www.nemonymous.com/ Can you guess which one is mine?
And my poem, “The Trials of Lemons” is up at Chizine. http://www.chizine.com/trials_of_lemons.htm
I received my cheque from Shroud magazine this week for my story “Amuse-Bouche,” which means it should be out soon. http://www.shroudmagazine.com/index.html
My cheque also arrived for my story “Strict Management” out in the Cleis Press erotic anthology Open for Business, and the books arrived today. http://www.cleispress.com/index.php
And I also received word today that Maxim Jakubowski has accepted my story “Stocking Stuffers” originally printed in the Cleis Press anthology Naughty or Nice, for the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 8to be published in 2009.
Other than that, writing beyond this blog is on hold. For the CSSF novel workshop in Kansas I have had eight other people’s partial novels to read (up to about 50 pages) and critique. I have one and a half more to do and I leave on Friday. http://www2.ku.edu/~sfcenter/campbell-conference.htm The workshop begins next Monday in Lawrence.
The stories cover a wide range with a medieval epic fantasy, an uplift style SF space race story, two near future SF stories with altered humans (but by very different means and reasons), a world with specially empowered people and angels, an alternate history with Hitler, a magical mystery PI story, and a clairvoyant conspiracy with a mystery. My story falls into a pre-industrial medieval fantasy but on a different world with different species and gods. Overall, we have quite a range and everyone’s story is very intriguing so far.
I’m looking forward to my two weeks of being immersed in the creative medium, which ends with the Campbell Conference.