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[writing] Stories out the door, et cetera

Two stories out the door last night. Both to requesting markets. One I wrote fresh to requirements, “Grindstone” at 5,100 words. The other is an existing piece from new-but-unsold inventory, “Down in the Ship Mines” at 3,000 words. (The second has already been accepted, by SQ Magazine.) Which is terrific, but I really need to up my short fiction submission game a little.

I also finished the Kalimpura copy edits and got them back to Tor. Started working on some forthcoming conference critique, and also about to launch into that aforementioned tight editorial read of Other Me.

Work work work. I love it.

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[sale] Short story “The Cancer Catechism” to Dark Faith II

Per co-editor Jerry Gordon here, the table of contest of Dark Faith II. The subject of my story is left as an exercise for the discerning reader.

“Subletting God’s Head” by Tom Piccirilli+
“The Cancer Catechism” by Jay Lake+
“The Big Blue Peacock” by Nick Mamatas+
“Kill the Buddha” by Elizabeth Twist*
“Robotnik” by Lavie Tidhar+
“Prometheus Possessed” by Matt Cardin+
“Night Train” by Alma Alexander
“The Sandfather” by Richard Wright+
“Sacrifice” by Jennifer Pelland+
“Thou Art God” by Tim Waggoner*
“Wishflowers” by Tim Pratt
“Coin Drop” by Richard Dansky+
“Starter Kit” by R.J. Sullivan*
“A Little Faith” by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens
“The Revealed Truth” by Mike Resnick
“God’s Dig” by Kelly Eiro*
“The Divinity Boutique” by Brian J. Hatcher*
“The Birth of Pegasus” by K. Tempest Bradford
“All This Pure Light Leaking In” by LaShawn M. Wanak*
“Fin De Siécle” by Gemma Files
“The Angel Seems” by Jeffrey Ford
“Magdala Amygdala” by Lucy A. Snyder+
“A Strange Form of Life” by Laird Barron
“In Blood and Song” by Nisi Shawl and Michael Ehart*
“Little Lies, Dear Leader” by Kyle S. Johnson+
“I Inhale the City, the City Exhales Me” by Douglas F. Warrick+

+ Original Dark Faith contributors
* Unsolicited submissions

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[sale] German rights to Endurance

I am pleased to be able to announce that my German publisher, Bastei Lübbe, has acquired the German language rights to Endurance, to go along with last year’s acquisition of Green along with the Mainspringtrilogy. This is via my agent Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

By happy coincidence, today she also sent me the link to the art for the forthcoming German translation of Escapement. The German cover art is gorgeous.

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[writing] A little bit of this, a little bit of that

The review I recently wrote of Mary Robinette Kowal‘s Glamour in Glass has been accepted by the requesting market with modest revisions. (I’m even getting paid!)

My lost colony steampunk religious novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”, has been accepted after a rewrite request by Asimov’s.

Yesterday I managed to bang out a 4,200 word first draft of “The Woman Who Shattered the Moon”. I had told myself, “4,000 words” before I dove in. Interestingly, I rather disliked the story at first and wondered if I was going to have to ditch it and start over. By the time I was done with draft, I liked it a lot. I’ll have it off to the requesting market by next week. Once again, we learn that my writing subconscious is smarter than I am.

Rewrites have been submitted on novelette “You Will Attend While Beauty Awakens”, though I don’t yet have final editorial response. Over the next day or so I’ll fiddle yesterday’s short story draft, then send it back in. Plus I expect to be on final revisions to Calamity of So Long A Life by Friday.

Not a bad week so far.

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[sale] “A Long Walk Home” to YBSF29

I am pleased to say that Sunspin novelette, “A Long Walk Home”, has been accepted by the inestimable Gardner Dozois for reprint in Year’s Best Science Fiction 29. For those of you wondering where this piece fits with the novels-in-progress, it’s deep backstory, about the Mistake. So while it doesn’t directly inflect the plot, “A Long Walk Home” definitely carries some of the world-building and future history.

I’m particularly pleased about this because it means Sunspin continues to receive favorable attention in the field. That hopefully will help drive the future reach and success of the novels.

If you’d like to read it now, the original appearance of the novelette at Subterranean Online is here. I also note with some pride and optimism that Subterranean Online will soon be running a Sunspin novella, “The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future”, which is in a sense chapter zero of the novels, and takes place immediately prior to the opening of the story in book one, Calamity of So Long a Life.

Further, I will make the observation that this novelette is probably my best candidate for Hugo or Nebula award consideration in the forthcoming award year. So if you’re an eligible voter, please consider having a look at the above link.

See also my Facebook thread of yesterday for a number of comments on the sale.

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[writing] Catching up with the to-do list

Yesterday my story “You Know What Hunts You”, a Dark Towns story, was accepted by semiprozine The Edge of Propinquity for their final issue. Hooray! Also, I finished the current short story project, “That Which Rises Ever Upward”, which clocked in about 6,500 words, just where I originally expected. I’m pleased about that.

“That Which Rises Ever Upward” was my last piece of committed fiction for this year, in honor of the oncoming right brain shutdown expected from chemotherapy. That doesn’t mean I won’t write more if my brain somehow manages to stay awake a bit longer. It just means I haven’t made any more promises.

I do expect to do some more revision, on “That Which Rises Ever Upward”, and probably on Sunspin and possibly one last light round on Kalimpura. Also I expect to do some more brainstorming and outlining, on the Antarctica project and the collaborative novel outline with J.A. Pitts. Plus some miscellaneous other things.

This is how I cope through the chemo fog and cancer stress. I keep setting goals, making milestones, and doing my best to fulfill them.

And just for reference, my list from a week or so ago, annotated for achievement and expanded for continued goal setting:

  • Transmit Kalimpura to my editor for formal turn-in
  • Respond to an email interview
  • Revise and submit a short story currently in draft (now accepted)
  • Write a committed short story I haven’t yet been able to focus on (finished yesterday, now out with first readers)
  • Doing some editorial work on an anthology proposal
  • Draft a script on metastasis for a science podcast
  • Participate in a podcast interview
  • Make yet further notes on a proposal/outline for a mooted collaborative novel project with urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts
  • Review Sunspin feedback from several of my readers
  • Begin process of collating my last 3.5 years of cancer blogging into a book proposal (index built, proposal awaits)
  • Revisit Antarctica project
  • Some creative/academic critique for a friend

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[sale] German rights to several novels

Through my agent Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency, I have accepted an offer from my German publisher, Bastei Lübbe, for print, ebook and audio rights to Escapement, Pinion and Green. I am quite pleased.

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[links] Link salad is horrified to discover morning comes every day

Tales for Canterbury — I am a contributor to a NZ charity antho in support of the recent earthquake there, with a reprint of my short story “Eggs For Breakfast”.

Fantasy Literature reviews Black Gate issue 14 — Including a very favorable mention of the collaborative story by Mike Jasper and me, “Devil on the Wind”.

METAtropolis: Cascadia reviewed in Turkish — I think they liked it, if Google’s language tools can be trusted.

Another Comment on the Eisler Decision — Dean Wesley Smith on an interesting development in publishing.

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like SchoolNew research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Coercive Sterilization? Think of the Children! — Some peculiar and discomfiting reading.

A Clever End Run Around the Movie-Streaming Gremlins — A strangely retrograde approach to movie streaming. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Equatorial Rains on Titan — The sirens they bathe in streaming starlight, wrapped by wind and wave.

Three inventions that will change the world — Shirley, Goodness and Mercy?

A take on nuclear power — Tobias Buckell on the costs of various power generation schemes.

xkcd radiatesBad Astronomy on xkcd on a rational assessment of the dangers of radiation from various sources.

After the earthquake: A long, hot summer — A fascinating description of Japan’s real problem regarding the power plants. (Via [info]nojay.)

100 Years of Air StrikesThe world’s first aerial bombing mission took place 100 years ago, over Libya. (Via [info]danjite.)

Top Ten Ways that Libya 2011 is Not Iraq 2003 — Hmmm.

?otD: How tiny are your Gashlycrumbs?


3/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (took the day off to recover)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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[links] Link salad bucks the morning

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2011 toc announced — Includes my short story from the Maurice Broaddus-edited Dark Faith anthology, “Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes”.

J.A. Pitts with a stellar author moment

The Northrop XP-79 “Flying Ram”, circa 1945x planes with one of those aircraft photos that makes you doubt the sanity of test pilots all over again.

Antimatter: The Conundrum of Storage

Workers scramble to cool reactors; official says 2nd blast possible — Sigh.

Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis

Why cigarette packs matterBad Science on the behavioral effects of cigarette packaging.

Politically Expedient Sexism — Skanky politics from alleged moderates. This is wrong on so many levels.

U.S. Sends Conflicting Signals On Gay Marriage Law — As always, Right wing rage at the Obama administration is misplaced and historically ignorant. But I repeat myself.

?otD: Rodeo or roller derby? Please show your work.


3/13/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (forgot again, darn it)
Currently reading: Esprit de Corps by Lawrence Durrell

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[sale] Short story “A People Who Always Know” to The Modern Fae anthology

“A People Who Always Know,” written collaboratively with [info]calendula_witch, will appear in The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, for DAW.

This story takes place in [info]calendula_witch‘s Hobgoblin continuity. As she says, it features some important characters from that book, before the action of the novel itself.

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