News, reviews, and edits.

April 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm (Spiral Hunt, Stories in print, Stories online, Wild Hunt)

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I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to blogging lately, so all of these are a little out of date.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.

First off, a couple of reviews are up: one of Spiral Hunt in Realms of Fantasy, and one of Wild Hunt in Fresh Fiction.  *happy review dance*

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.

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