I’m home in Oregon, where it’s a lovely a balmy 70ish with no humidity. Perfect weather. Florida is beautiful, and the beaches are to die for, but 95 degrees and 100% humidity? No thanks. Not for this big girl.
Regular readers of this little thing I like to call a blog may remember that I once posted about how I had an uncanny streak of getting rejections and/or acceptances while on the road. It really is quite statistically improbable the number of communications from editors and agents that I have opened on my BlackBerry while sitting on strange hotel beds.
Anyway, I reference this because it happened again while I was in Florida. I got an email from Matt Kressel at Sybil’s Garage saying he’s going to take my story “Kid Despair in Love” for Issue #7. In his acceptance, Matt said, “We really enjoyed the surreal, frenetic pace and battling corporate skyscrapers.” Boy, if I had a nickle for every time someone told me that … in any case, I am thrilled. This is my first time in Sybil’s Garage, which I account a very fine market.
Since we’re talking short fiction, I should appease the Gods of Marketing by mentioning a couple of anthologies with my name in them. Out now is Ellen Datlow’s “Digital Domains” anthology, in which she’s collected “some of the best, and most controversial, works” to appear online. It contains my story “Daughter of the Monkey God”, which appeared in SCIFICTION and which was my first pro sale. To have Ellen take it for this antho was an incredible honor. And it (OK, the antho, not my story) got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!
Then, a ways off in on the horizon (September 2010) is the Haunted Legends anthology from Tor, in which “each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend.” My story is about Oaks Park in Portland. I read part of this story up in Vancouver BC and I think it’s the one I’m going to read at KGB in July. We shall see.
That’s all the news that’s fit to print at the moment.