As you may or may not know, I am a total ho for short stories. I think S.King’s short stories are far superior to his novels, and I’ve also gone through periods of addiction to Chambers, Lovecraft, Conan Doyle, Gaiman, and a load others.
So I’m completely over the moon with my extremely late Christmas present from Marijn: SHADOWS OVER BAKER STREET. It is amazing, fabulous, brilliant, wicked, rad, and other adjectives as well.
As an aside, I was surprised to see that it had a story by Elizabeth Bear. That reminded me that I might post something regarding the recent RaceFail ’09 debacle over on LJ.
I just got a rejection from the Footprints anthology. I was expecting that, as I didn’t think that a story about two campy telepathic aliens with a death wish would appeal to them.
Correction, I didn’t think it would appeal to anyone except me.
But I made the final list! Reading that blew my mind. I hadn’t expected to get anywhere close to acceptance for that particular antho, as it looked like it had damned high standards that I simply can’t live up to. The main reason I subbed was because I wanted to get back into writing short stories, so I went looking for the most evocative themed anthos and started writing stories to order.
(Not that they don’t have high standards. They do. I’m more shocked that I was able to even vaguely approach the benchmark they’d set.)
But yeah, holy crapola. This is the second-best rejection ever. (The first-best being a personal reply from none other than Ben Motherfucking Phillips, informing me that I was insanely close to getting intop Pseudopod.)
HR are opening up to a new antho in a few weeks, and I definitely plan on subbing–unless it involves me writing the kind of sci fi that actually requires an in-depth knowledge of science. I can do some stuff, like quantum and biology, but I’m still too much of an artsy-fartsy dipstick to get too much right.
And I’m glad M.S. Corley feels the same. His probably-not-entirely-legal-but-rad-as-hell project can be found, along with many other wonderful things, at his blog.
Thom has got his online fiction thing up! It is awesome and everyone should read it.
His Nameless P.I. character prods buttock.
Oh, and er, I might have a story hidden away somewhere, too.
I’m a magnet for ridiculous pick up lines. I’ve had people ask me where I got my ‘material’, and I’ve had drive-by serenades.
They’re fun and all, but what I really want is for a nerdy guy to say something like this to me.
I would also like said guy to be a cross between Adrien Brody and Damien Lewis, and to have ungodly amounts of money. Is that really so much to ask?
You know when you think, yeah I love robot versions of elements from Lord of the Rings, but I would love them so much more if they were illustrated in the style of Quentin Blake?