Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sick 4

Hmm, it's been very quiet around here, on account of continuing illness, seems I've had a resurgence of glandular fever - well that's the gp's best bet, after a whole bunch of blood tests - something I picked up back in my late teens, like most people do.

If I ever have to choose between writing on the blog or scribbling me stories, the blog gets the chop, and I've only had the energy (barely) for the writing. It's been a somewhat hellish couple of months, imagine an ear ache and a sore throat for eight weeks straight, on top of some pretty debilitating fatigue, and you're kind of there.

Still, I'm just about finished a new novel*, and one I'm quite happy with, so it's not been all bad, just taken me twice as long as I'd anticipated, and the sore throat, other than the occasional flare up, is definitely on the decline. And I have been rereading my Fritz Leiber (Nehwon is a nice place to visit when you're ill). So huzzah, in a week or two I might actually be feeling normal.


*in fact I hope to see it done before the weekend, and then it's back to the kid's series, and it's first rewrite, which will be a lot of fun, because I've fallen in love with that world.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Zahir

Oh, and I see that Zahir have a new issue out. You might want to check out what is truly a neat, and very handsome looking magazine here.

So As We're Circling the Economic Sink

You, can tell, the pseudoephedrine has kicked in. All these damn posts. But The New Deal isn't the only thing of mine that's coming out in June/July. My story Day Boy will be in Murky Depths, a really cool Uk Magazine that mixes fiction with comics, and has some pretty slick art work.
At the moment the dollar is doing really well against the pound, so you might want to try these guys out.


And there should also be another rather exciting short story appearance, which until I see a contract I can't say anything about. But the moment I do...

Dreaming Again

I've seen this about, but haven't posted it here. Here's the table of contents for the new Jack Dann anthology Dreaming Again. I'm really pleased to be in this one, and I think The New Deal is one of the best things I've ever written.

I don't know how much more short fiction I'm going to be writing, I'm working on a few things, but most of my energy is going into longer works now. Nah, who am I kidding, short stories are just so much fun to write (and I'd certainly like to crack the ton* before I hit 40)

Anyway, it's due out in July.

Introduction: Dreaming Again
JACK DANN

Old Friends
GARTH NIX

A Guided Tour In the Kingdom of the Dead
RICHARD HARLAND

This Is My Blood
BEN FRANCISCO and CHRIS LYNCH

Nightship
Kim Westwood

The Fooly
TERRY DOWLING

Neverland Blues
ADAM BROWN

The Jacaranda Wife
A. G. SLATTER

The Constant Past
SEAN MCMULLEN

The Forest
KIM WILKINS

Robots and Zombies, Inc.
LUCY SUSSEX

This Way to the Exit
SARA DOUGLASS

Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo
A. BERTRAM CHANDLER

Lure
PAUL COLLINS

The Empire
SIMON BROWN

Lakeside
CHRISTOPHER GREEN

Trolls’ Night Out
JENNY BLACKFORD

The Rest Is Silence
AARON STERNS

Smoking, Waiting For the Dawn
JASON NAHRUNG

The Lanes of Camberwell
CECILIA DART-THORNTON

Lost Arts
STEPHEN DEDMAN

Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh
JASON FISCHER

Europa
CECILY SCUTT

Riding On the Q-ball
ROSALEEN LOVE

In From the Snow
LEE BATTERSBY

The Lost Property Room
TRUDI CANAVAN

Heere Be Monsters
JOHN BIRMINGHAM

Purgatory
ROWENA CORY DANIELLS

Manannan’s Children
RUSSELL BLACKFORD

The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross
MARGO LANAGAN

Twilight in Caeli-Amur
RJURIK DAVIDSON

Paradise Design’d
JANEEN WEBB

The New Deal
TRENT JAMIESON

Conquist
DIRK STRASSER

The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga
PETER M. BALL

Perchance To Dream
ISOBELLE CARMODY


*published that is, not just written, have easily done that by now.

Sick 3

So, I finally go to the doctors, get put on a course of antibiotics for the sore throat, and, as that gets better I get a @#%#ing cold. At least the middle of the day is ok.

Sure I shouldn't have gone to the laneway festival, but Okkervil River were playing and there was no way that I was going to miss that. And it was worth it. Three times now I've seen them live, and every time they've been brilliant, and every time they've had a larger catalogue of songs to play with - which was a problem with this show, because they only had forty minutes or so. I've never seen them phone it in, and these guys tour long and hard.

All my reading is comfort reading at the moment. Finally started on Steph Swainston's "The Modern World" I really think her stories of Jant and the Circle are some of the finest fantasy novels being written, and Jant has to be one of my favourite characters: joyous (when he's not being miserable) and brilliantly flawed. Steph has a beautifully direct and lyrical writing style. The Fourlands is a place I love as much as Middle Earth, Ambergris, and Nehwon. Hunt her books down and devour them.

Comfort listening too. Vampire Weekend are getting a serious listen, and the new Black Mountain album, In the Future, for those particularly bleak moments.

Even getting writing - well rewriting - done. So life isn't that bad.