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Again this year, I’m eligible for the Aurora Award, one of Canada’s speculative writing awards. My stories or poems have to first be nominated, and the top nominations in each category are put onto the voting ballot. That’s usually 3-5 nominees per category. To nominate and vote, one must be Canadian or ex-pat Canadian and must pay a $10 registration.
Nominations close on March 31st, and voting begins on April 16th. If you’re interested in registering, you can go to the Aurora site. To view a list of eligible Canadian works, go to on of these two sites:
http://www.canadiansf.com/node/161 or http://friendsmerrilcontest.com/2011-can-SF/
My works are listed here. Reprints are not allowed but fiction or poetry published in other countries is and two of my stories and two of my poems were published in the UK and US respectively.
*Anderson, Colleen. “A Book By Its Cover.” Mirror Shards. Thomas Carpenter, ed. Bad Moon Books, Aug. 2011.
Anderson, Colleen “It’s Only Words.” The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies (England). D.F. Lewis, ed. Nemonymous Press, June 2011.
Anderson, Colleen. “Tasty Morsels.” Polluto #8 Magazine (England). Victoria Hooper, ed. Aug., 2011.
*Anderson, Colleen. “A Good Catch.” Polu Texni. Dawn Albright, ed. April, 2011.
Anderson, Colleen. “Darkside.” Chizine. Sandra Kasturi, ed. May, 2011.
Anderson, Colleen. “Shadow Relams.” Witches & Pagans #23. Anne Newkirk Niven, ed. BBI Media. Aug. 2011.
Anderson, Colleen. “Sundance.” Chizine. Sandra Kasturi, ed. June, 2011.
And you can read my poem, “Queen of Heaven and Earth” now up on the Eternal Haunted Summer site.
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It’s been a while since I did much in the writing department. Last fall slowed down for various reasons. So here’s a recap of last year. First I have several works from last year eligible for this year’s Aurora Award, one of Canada’s speculative writing awards. If you’re Canadian (current, expat or living abroad) you are both eligible for works published and able to nominate or vote. I believe the $10 fee now covers both nominating and voting. A list of works by Canadians is viewable at the Canadian SF Works Database. My eligible works for last year are:
- “A Good Catch.” Polu Texni. Dawn Albright, ed. April, 2011. (can be read online)
- “Darkside.” Chizine. Sandra Kasturi, ed. May, 2011.
- “Shadow Relams.” Witches & Pagans #23. Anne Newkirk Niven, ed. BBI Media. Aug. 2011.
- “Sundance.” Chizine. Sandra Kasturi, ed. June, 2011.
There were a few other things published last year but they were reprints. You can nominate me or any other Canadian writer until March 31st and you can vote starting on April 16th. Along that line there is a short review of the Mirror Shards anthology, and Des Lewis has gathered all the reviews for the Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies.
In the world of new, some time this year my poem “Visitation: Leda’s Lament” should be coming out in Bull Spec. “Gingerbread People” in Chilling Tales 2 has now been postponed until 2013. 😦 And my poem “Queen of Heaven and Earth” will be coming out in the spring issue of Eternal Haunted Summer.
I’ve been trying to finish my German steampunk story but still cannot come up with a good resolution, though it’s mostly done. I’m working on a tale about skin and psychopaths for another anthology if I can work out the structure. It’s being elusive. And still chipping at the novel. I also made January submission month and sent out quite a few poems and stories. Now I have to buckle down and get more
I haven’t done one of these in quite a while so here is an update on the writing front. “Obsessions,” a long poem came out in the gothic anthology Candle in the Attic Window through Innsmouth Free Press. It is available online and you can read the online interview about the poem here. I received my copy right before Hallowe’en.
“A Book By Its Cover” came out a few months before this in the Mirror Shards anthology, a collection of stories about augmented reality. This story was not written for the theme and needed little adaptation to fit in. There are a couple of reviews at agrippinalegit and thenewpodlerreviews.
Across the pond in England, “Tasty Morsels” came out this summer in Polluto #8. I haven’t seen any reviews of this magazine so I have no idea how well-known it might be even over there. The story, “It’s Only Words,” written specifically for Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies also came out in the summer. Publishing and writing dynamo, Des Lewis has worked hard at getting various reviews for the anthology. There will be an interview with him coming up in the next issue of Black Static and it will also highlight this anthology.
As reviews go, my story isn’t mentioned in many of them. So it goes that sometime you’re not noted for a particularly good or bad story. Some reviews really aren’t reviews, but just a recapping of each story. And one reviewer decided to only read a few of the stories by the authors he knew. Again, since I’m not British I got no reviews. Seems an odd and narrow way of reviewing stories. Why not expand the horizons and learn about other writing voices? Still any review is better than none.
Other writing news is pretty slim at the moment. I’m working on a freelance editing project and that’s been taking a lot of time. I still have one German steampunk story in the works but I’m stuck on how to get my protagonist out of her tight spot. Overall, I quite like the plot. I just need a good way for the resolution to work. That’s it for this time around. Following are the Horror Anthology‘s reviews.
It’s time for another writing update. Recently published pieces include “It’s Only Words” in the British Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies, and the poem “Shadow Realms” in Witches & Pagans #23. The Aurora Awards voting is now open to Canadians. This is for Canadian speculative fiction, published anywhere in 2010. My poem “Of the Corn: Kore‘s Innocence” is nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry. If you want to see a list of the nominees and vote, you can do so here. Cost is $5.50 to vote unless you are attending the convention where the awards will be presented this fall. Voting is open until Oct. 15.
“A Book By Its Cover” is in the Mirror Shards anthology, which is now available online and will be out in print very soon.”Tasty Morsels” in Polluto #8 should soon be making its way to me from the other side of the pond in England. This story blends parts of Little Red Riding Hood with aspects of the goddess Diana. And the poem “Obsessions: or Biting Off More Than You Can Chew” should soon be out in the gothic anthology Candle in the Attic Window from Innsmouth Free Press. I have another poem, “Leda’s Lament” coming out in Bull Spec but I’m not sure when.
I also just received word that “Gingerbread People” will be in Chilling Tales 2, edited by Michael Kelly, and published by Edge Publishing sometime next year. This tale was hard to place because it uses the motif of Hansel and Gretel but is a dark tale of incest, drugs, abuse and murder. I wrote it based on infamous sociopath killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. My premise was, what is the nature of true evil and which is worse: the person who commits the crime or the person who convinces them to do it?
And in little over a week I’ll be traveling to Europe. I hope to do some work on my writing while I’m there. I will also be going to British Fantasycon so soon the posts here will change to travel and observations along the way. Before then I have one story to rewrite and send out.
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Hello, world. Well two reviews have come out for Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies which has my story “It’s Only Words” as the opening story. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but Des Lewis seems to have delivered another intriguing anthology. The reviews are quite favorable to my story so check them out here: Matthew Fryer’s and Karim Ghahwagi’s.
I am also now working steadily (finally!) on my novel with the working title of Lyranda. It’s the name of the world but will not do for the title at all. It’s medieval style on a different world, with three races. I haven’t read Game of Thrones yet but after watching the first season I was inspired, thinking yes, my novel could be this good.
I tossed out about half of the first 30,000 words and was working on writing through one of the three story arcs, so I had something like chapters 2, 7, 12, 14, etc. done. But I finally got to a point where I needed to go back and familiarize where one of my other characters is going, since the three are on separate arcs till they all meet up halfway through. So now I’m going back and rewriting some of the original chapters. Procrastination is a powerful thing and I think I beat it down, finally. I’m going to try to keep up the impetus there.
“A Book By Its Cover” has just gone through edits and will soon be going to press in the Mirror Shards anthology, edited by Tom Carpenter. Witches and Pagans #23 should be arriving any day and has my poem “Shadow Realms” in it.
I’m working through slush still for CZP and reading a medieval style fantasy right now. That author has also inspired me to get on with my own story. I won’t know whether I’ll send that on to Sandra yet but it’s reading very well (after I asked for some rewrites) and I’m kept intrigued so we’ll see.
A discussion came up recently on our SF Canada list (and seems to be resurfacing): should one comment on a review of their work, especially if the reviewer got something wrong or didn’t read through the full story? The overall consensus is not to comment as it could just get ugly. But it’s okay to say thank you, or in some cases clarify info, but one must tread carefully. To get embroiled in the merits of a review is just not going to go well no matter what. There are even some infamous cases out there of authors going ballistic all up and down a reviewer (Anne Rice) for one and it just does not help. What do you think?
That’s it for now. A bit too busy to write much for the blog but I’m sure that won’t stop me. 😀