In the meantime, there’s a very nice review of Wild Hunt on Tor.com. I had one of those “Oh God! The Internet found me!” moments discovering it — I clicked over to Tor.com just out of curiosity, saw the cover of Wild Hunt, made a sound audible only to bats, and shut down my browser before I could read any of it. Normally I don’t have that panicked a reaction to reviews, I swear, but this one caught me by surprise. But personal neurotic author reaction aside, it’s a great review, and I’m glad they saw fit to post it.
On an entirely unrelated note, I’ll be at the Danvers Literary Festival on Saturday, May 8, as part of a panel on fantasy. I’m not yet sure what we’ll be discussing within that topic — for all I know, the moderator will bring a stopwatch, point at each of us, and yell “FIVE PROFOUND THOUGHTS ON FANTASY! GO!” That might be entertaining in itself, even though my five profound thoughts would probably consist mostly of “wha?” and “do what now?”
That totally failed to rhyme.
I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to blogging lately, so all of these are a little out of date. Which in Internet terms probably means they’re approaching antediluvian, but what the hey.
Second (and with no excuse, since I’ve had my shiny contributor’s copies for a little while now), Realms 2: The Second Year of Clarkesworld Magazine is out, and while my story “When the Gentlemen Go By” is reprinted in it, that’s not why you should get it. You should get it for all the other fantastic stories — “Blue Ink” by Yoon Ha Lee, “The River Boy” by Tim Pratt, and “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica” by Catherynne M. Valente are just a few of the stories that have been haunting me since I read them. Clarkesworld has also been nominated for a Hugo in the Best Semiprozine category, as have two stories from last year (including one of Nora’s! Woooo!). If you’re not reading it, you should be.
Another online magazine that I’m far too fond of, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, has bought another of my steampunk short stories. “The Guilt Child” will be coming out sometime this year, and while it does not immediately follow the adventures of Charles, Dieterich, and the Professora, it’s part of the same world. (This is what happens when I start worldbuilding. I come up with a cool idea for backstory, then turn that into a story of its own, and so on…) I’ve been calling it the story of a girl and her stamping press, and really, there’s no better way to sum it up.
Meanwhile, the edits for the third book are in, and they look…startlingly good. Usually I read the edits, fuss for a day and feel all cranky that My Beautiful Deathless Prose is being questioned, and then go and make all the edits anyway (which inevitably makes it much, much better). This time, though, I can’t think of any of the edits I disagree with. That’s encouraging, I think, and it’s certainly making this round of edits a lot easier. I think this will be a better book than the two that preceded it, though as usual I’m too close to it to tell.
...can you use “antediluvian” when referring to the Internet? Maybe in a scaled-down sense, such as “before a flood of new traffic”…no, I’m reaching. Also, it’s late and I’m babbling, but that’s what a blog is for.
Man, I’ve been away from this blog too long. And I need to update everything. Bah.
I’ve got some news coming up on some small projects — more later this week — and the revisions for Soul Hunt are coming in shortly, so I’ll be working on that. In the meantime, I’ve put up a post at the Magic District on exposition and infodumps. Take a look, and as you know, Bob, you can leave a comment either here or there. (WARNING: that second link will devour all of your time if you let it.)