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.

4 Responses to Back from FLA

  1. Jamie says:

    Welcome home!

    I wanted to respond to your tweet about listening to Sondheim's “Assassins” whilst on the road. Was this your first exposure to it? I love that musical … Here's a taste of a live performance of the opening number you might enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XRg8scL7o

    And congrats on the sales. Woot!

  2. M.K. Hobson says:

    I've listened to the soundtrack of “Assassins” several times, and I
    like it more each time I listen to it. The cast recording I have
    features some absolutely incredible voices — particularly Johnny
    Booth. I love the conceit that there are two Americas — if you rise
    to the top of one, you become President. If you rise to the top of the
    other, you become an assassin. That's such a brilliant idea.

    Anyway, I was moved to listen to it on the flight from Houston to PDX
    because I was stuck in a middle seat and I honestly felt like killing
    someone. 😉

  3. “I’m home in Oregon, where it’s a lovely a balmy 70ish with no humidity.”

    Of course, now it's raining and gale-force-windsing out there.

  4. Jamie says:

    Two Americas … whoa. We could talk about THAT one for hours.

    I view the 22 years I spent in your country as a kind of extended anthropological sojourn … AmeriKa fascinates, beguiles, deceives, entrances and disgusts me simultaneously. My latest conviction is that – more than a dream, a nation, a “consent to an idea” (a la George Will), or a carny-show con – America is, fully and finally, a religion. Why? Because it doesn't exist without faith. And the assassins' main failing is a lack of faith – in themselves, in their country and of others in them.

    Notice you never hear about anyone assassinating Canadian prime ministers. Our politicians just don't elicit that kind of disgust. Or passion. :->

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