What’re You Up To? (and micro-submissions update)

(Part of our own cabinet of curiosities, including a Romanian spaceship, a well-traveled alien baby, two fern-tentacles and sequined kiwi from a dear New Zealand friend [thanks!], gargoyles, etc.)

So, dear readers, tell me what you’ve been up to–feel free to plug whatever you like. I’m finishing up some further work on the Steampunk Bible today, so am wordless at the moment. (Note that if you post URLs, they might get temporarily caught in WordPress’s spam filter.)

Also, I forgot to actually link to my Omnivoracious list of the best SF/F of the year thus far.

Finally, we’re going to have to hold off on announcing which micro-submissions got into the Lambshead Cabinet anthology until early next week. Sorry for the delay.


  1. says

    We have been uploading Worldcon episodes of SF discussion podcast Galactic Suburbia at http://www.galacticsuburbia.com (also available at iTunes). The episodes up so far are:

    15.0 – the episode recorded with a live audience at Aussiecon4 last Friday, including discussions of SF news, Worldcon gossip, books by Nnedi Okarafor, Mary Robinette Kowal, Trent Jamieson & others, and a chat about favourite female SF heroes.

    15.1 – a post-Ditmars chat about the winners of the recent Australian spec fic awards, and an interview with Girl Genius creators Phil & Kaja Foglio.

    Over the weekend we have 2 more eps to put up, a post-Hugos discussion and a post-Worldcon round up.

  2. Mike Ankorite Casey says

    I’m currently playing host to Insomnia and trying to get my Muse to wake up. She, my Muse, needs to help me put Insomnia back in his cage. Although if that happens I’ll go to sleep and my Muse will have to settle for giving me inspirational dreams I’ll forget when I wake….

  3. says

    Jason Schachat and I are about to release our special anime-themed issue of Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record .

    This makes one full year of publication for Yipe! (available for free download at http://www.yipezine.com)
    Learning to stick to a monthly writing schedule has been an interesting adventure for me, but we’re rather proud of the result.

  4. says

    I’m sending stories around to different magazines (Tin House and Conjunctions for two examples) and finishing up my copy of The Third Bear (I think my favorite story so far is “The Situation,” with “Fixing Hanover” running a close second, but I’m not done yet so that may change).

    Totally digging the big drawing hanging on your wall. Who did it and where did you get it?

  5. says

    nearly done reading Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, and savoring every word. Trying not to stare lovingly at KJ Parker’s Devices and Desires until AFTER I’m done with the Abercrombie.

  6. Anne Barringer says

    Love the photograph! It looks like a reverse twist on Alice in Wonderland, where all those curious things stepped out of that awesome picture and are waiting to take over (oops maybe I should say explore) the world. Oh dear, there goes my Muse – grabbing coffee and writing NOW. ;)

  7. says

    Just arranged the book launch for my novella ‘The Empathy Effect’ (published by Screamingdreams) for 1st October 2010 at The Discovery Room, Swansea Library, from 5.45pm to 7.45pm. There will be readings, free wine, nibbles and a demonstration of teleportation… ok perhaps that’s a bit much to swallow… there might not be nibbles :)



    If you are in the vicinity please drop in!

  8. says

    I’m reading “The Complete Butcher’s Tales” By Rikki Ducornet, and it’s been wonderful, so far.

    Also, edits showed up for MAZE. I have, apparently, been completely overwhelmed by British punctuation choices. Many track changed punctuation marks need acceptance.

    The thing is, the British way makes so much more sense to me!

  9. says

    John Skipp’s new anthology, WEREWOLVES AND SHAPE SHIFTERS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE BEAST WITHIN is now (as of yesterday) in stock at Amazon.com! This book includes my first mass market short story sale, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Piggy Class”. (Oh, and there’s also a story by some guy named Neil Gaiman and a gal named Charlaine Harris in there, too.) ;) You can see the entire TOC listed at http://nicolecushing.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/skipp-werewolves-toc/

    My first book, HOW TO EAT FRIED FURRIES (Eraserhead Press) debuts at Bizarro Con (November 11). More information about *that* up at http://nicolecushing.wordpress.com/how-to-eat-fried-furries-faq/

    My short story, “The Bureaucratic Nativity of Panda Christ” will be appearing in the November issue of THE MAGAZINE OF BIZARRO FICTION

    Lately, I’ve been working on a bizarro novel (about half-way through the first draft). I’m taking a break from that to write a short story (tentative title: “Eulogy To Be Given By Whoever’s Still Sober”).

    Life is good.

  10. says

    I’m working on an update to my iPhone app “The Brainstormer”, an app for inspiration and overcoming creative block.

    Also, putting off a tiny revision to a story that I should be submitting by now.

    Finishing “Cloud Atlas”.

    And working on some iPhone games.

    ps. LOVE those tentacle bookends.

  11. says

    @Jeff — we’re still honoring the deal though we’re not advertising it anywhere. I’ll probably take it down in a few weeks. :) Need to do a big push on Issue 6 still. :)

    @Joel — ooh, The Brainstormer sounds nice. Most of my writing these days is for prompts, challenges, and the like. :)

  12. Ben Jones says

    Well, last weekend I sent a story off to a publcation I’m not naming, ‘cuz of the whole jinxing issue, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. Working on something else now, and reading a poetry collection by Phyllis McGinley.

    That little green man in the picture looks awesome. He(?) looks lime-scented. But not edible, don’t worry. And you wouldn’t want to take in that much sugar at once anyway.

  13. Jeff VanderMeer says

    Yep–he has his own facebook page–Alien Baby–and he’s been all over the world, even photos from the south pole.

  14. says

    Jeff–You’re so gracious about letting people plug their stuff here. Thanks!

    I’ve got a horror/sci-fi story coming up at LIGHTSPEED next month, as part of their Halloween issue. It’s called “A Taste of Starlight” and it’s the most disturbing thing I’ve ever written.

    I’m also doing final revisions on a new novel called THE LIFE AND DREAMS OF TALL EAGLE, which is a heroic fantasy with a Native American flavor.

    Good luck with FINCH at the WFAs! (I voted for it!)

    John R. Fultz

  15. says

    We have a probable date for publication of The Aether Age Anthology http://aether-age.com … not official yet, but almost there.

    I’m doing a final scan for edits on my story for the M-Brane Double #1 (done up like the old Ace Doubles –I think it was Ace– with two novellas back-to-back and retro cover art & typography). Alex Jeffers is the other writer in the Double. His story is ‘The New People’, mine ‘On the Demise of Captain Fantomas Patton-Guererro and Loss of La Amenaza Elegente’ aka Elegant Threat.

    Last, still reading for issue 1 of Fantastique Unfettered (FU for short) ( http://www.fantastique-unfettered.com )…. deadline is Nov 1. We did not get the Catalyst Grant, unfortunately, (see here for what that’s all about: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Grants/Fantastique_Unfettered:_A_Periodical_of_Liberated_Literature ), but this is my first attempt at this particular crazy funding idea, so maybe next time.

    Kaolin: I’ll have to finish my current flotilla of reads so I can check out the new issue of GUD. :)


  16. says

    I’ve been working on my squirrel herding techniques. Trying to teach squirrels how to be more discriminating about what constitutes “great, imaginative fiction” has been harder than I thought. And they seem to be more intelligent and clever than sloths or bears ;)