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Where do I start to rave about When Words Collide? Our numbers were up–over 400 attendees. The Keynotes were inspiring, especially Adrienne Kerr’s and Anthony Bidulka’s. Personally, I sold 4 paintings, read at my own reading, two book launches (and had a new story come out in OnSpec) and IFWA’s Bedtime Stories, attended a really well-run Aurora Awards banquet (I didn’t win for best short story, but congratulations to Suzanne Church, who did! Woot!) and some really fun parties. AND, I launched my first collection! But of course, the best part, as always, was the incredible energy of the participants from so many different genres of writing. And exhausting, but very satisfying weekend.
Got the story edited for OnSPEC and the chapter for Edge–have a new chapter to edit for them now! Took a couple of days to hike with my sister and saw some spectacular scenery. Perfect weather. Did a little over 50 k in 4 days, with a total of about 5000 ft elevation gain and loss. Some sore muscles, but good food and a good visit with my sister. AND I thought of another short story idea! Wow, and I still don’t have my last short story (that was workshopped) edited…
And, got my hotel room for World Fantasy, coming up in a little over a month!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted in a month! So much has happened–at When Words Collide, I was approached by a small press editor and asked to consider doing a collection, at Renovation, Stan Schmidt gave me a lovely compliment and asked for a story–AND Liz Gorinsky requested the full manuscript of my novel for Tor, and when I got home, I got an email from Drabblecast asking if I’d like to sell them reprint rights for a podcast for “Orange!” Busy month! Now I am busy digging out, trying to get life under control again–editing for Edge, editing my own story for OnSPEC and sending out short stories. Got to get back to writing!!
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I just posted both stories (The Right Chemistry appeared in OnSPEC in their Summer edition, and The Director’s Cut just came out this November in Tesseracts Fourteen, by Edge Press) on the SFWA site, so if any of you are SFWans, feel free to nominate either of my stories!
Looks fabulous, too — they do a wonderful job. I read it over and am very proud of this one. Hope others like it, too!
I wasn’t sure what happened to the last script I approved for the radio play adapted from my short story, “Playing Games” (OnSpec, Winter, 2005) but I received another version this week. The script is quite true to the original; I made a couple of edits, then approved it. Hopefully it will pass all the tests and be produced this time!
Speaking of one’s work being adapted for another medium, I was awed this week to learn that Rob Sawyer’s novel, “Flashforward” has been contracted by ABC Television in the U.S. to become a series! Rob, that is incredible!! Congratulations! It will be interesting to follow Rob’s website (you can see Rob’s site is one of my links) as the show moves through the labyrinth toward air.
Would have posted earlier, but I only just today got Internet.
I’m very much enjoying Denvention. Sessions have been interesting and informative with lots of big name authors, agents and editors providing advice. One thing about advice is that once you hear it, it often makes so much sense you think, “Why didn’t I realize that before? It’s so simple!” John Scalzi, Michael Kabongo (agent) and Mary Robinette Kowal (Nebula nominee) gave a really funny panel on schmoozing that included, “What is a great elevator pitch?” Mary’s pitch for one of her current novels is “Jane Austin — with magic!” Just having a couple of examples like that is really helpful. So instead of the one I thought of earlier for my novel (“an adventure fantasy in which a journeyman thief is politically manipulated into. . . “) I’m thinking of, “adventure fantasy with thieves and con men.” Maybe I can still work on it (my daughter, Heather — a wonderful writer in her own right — could probably make it better), but at least it’s shorter and hopefully gets to the cool part sooner. Let’s hope I get a chance to try it out.
As for shmoozing, I’ve done a little. I had dinner last night with Edge Press publisher Brian Hades, and up-and-coming authors Ed Willett and Adrian (KA) Bedford. The day before, our table included L.E. Modesitt. Yesterday, I was on hand when friend, writer and OnSpec editor, Barb Galler-Smith learned that her first book has been picked up by Edge Press and will likely see its launch at Anticipation World Con in Montreal next summer. Very exciting news!! I also touched base with Analog editor Stanley Schmidt (who suggested I sit on a few panels — which I will be doing tomorrow), good friend Rob Sawyer, and generous mentor, Mike Resnick. Today, I signed copies of Tesseracts Ten and Tesseracts Eleven with Randy McCharles, a wonderful SF humorist whose stories appear in Tess Eleven and upcoming in Tesseracts Twelve. Afterwards, I volunteered at the SFWA table.
Tomorrow I sit on a panel on “Writing in Spite of Your Environment,” followed, of course, by the Hugo Awards (keeping fingers crossed for Rob’s book, Rollback). Looking forward to it!
My story, “Playing Games” (OnSpec, Winter 2005 / 2006) will soon be adapted for radio. On Spec magazine is currently working on a pilot project with David Chapman of Pied Piper Productions and Rattenfanger Radio, producing a series of radio dramas that will be available online. The first episodes will also be sent for consideration to several anthology broadcasts, including the Sonic Society in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Sound Affects in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If the initial project goes well there is hope that a regular series would be broadcast on CKUA Radio Network (approval pending) and would be available via podcast.