Updatery of various sorts herein.
In March, I had two acceptances, both nonfiction. One was a piece for the SFWA Bulletin, the other was a contribution to a book of writing exercises. That makes five first rights acceptances for the first quarter of 2012, two of which I haven’t been able to announce yet, plus one reprint acceptance for audio rights. Not counting a couple of very stale submissions that I should probably withdraw or write off, I only have one other piece out the door right now for consideration. As I’m constantly telling other writers, if you don’t submit, you can’t be accepted. (In truth this mostly has to do with a combination of low short fiction output the last few years and the fact that much of what I have written has been for requesting markets, and most of that sells on first submittal.)
As of yesterday I am done with Calamity of So Long a Life (Sunspin, volume one), at least until there’s an editorial letter on it. The book goes out to market next week along with synopses for the other three volumes. My profound thanks to all my first readers and commentors who’ve provided substantial aid on the project. I promise, I’ll redshirt you all in future volumes of the series arc. Tomorrow or Monday I’ll be diving into Their Currents Turn Awry (volume two), but as I’ve already got about 65,000 words of first draft, that book is well on its way.
Next week, of course, is Norwescon. I’ll be at the hotel in Seatac from early Thursday afternoon through early Sunday afternoon. If you want to see me, my schedule is here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Or look for me in the bar. I’m always open to being taken to lunch or dinner, too, at least til my dance card fills.
On Sunday, April 15th, The Oregonian is scheduled to run a feature length profile on me in both the print and online editions. Except for my Locus interviews, this will be my most in-depth media exposure to date. I’ll be quite curious to see how they present me.
Finally, there’s some very neat stuff happening around the whole Going to Extremes project. Watch this space for details, but trust me, it’s deeply cool.
I think that’s about it for right now. No writing today, taking a brain break. (Or maybe not, but I haven’t planned any writing time.)