My story “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” (F&SF, January 2008) is on the final Nebula ballot this year — after initially being left off. I am stunned and amazed. Happiness at the nomination is now finally beginning to return after my initial surprise.
Luckily for me, the flights to the west coast end of April turned out to be amazingly inexpensive, and my husband I will be there.
The biggest news is that my novel Flamme und Harfe (“Flame and Harp,” originally “Yseult”) is now out and can ordered through Amazon Germany:
There are a couple of very positive reviews on the web as well, in German, of course:
Just returned last week from the latest Villa Diodati workshop — a number of pictures on my Flickr site. My next non-writing project is to update the web page with info on the previous two workshops and participants.
In other news:
– My story Troy and the Aliens is now up on Abyss and Apex.
– The brochure for the Spring 2009 program for the new fantasy imprint of Random House Germany Penhaligon includes a three page spread for Flamme und Harfe (once known as Yseult):
Note: Trying to open the PDF in my browser killed it, but if you have the same problem and you really want to see it, you can right click and save to disk, and Acrobat will open the local file with no problem. Further note: The chick on the first full page spread is me, with a lot of help from a brilliant photographer and expat like me. (Apparently the explanation is necessary, since a number of my nieces and nephews didn’t have a clue it was me when I showed the brochure off.)
– Reprint rights for Yseult in Dutch have just sold to a publisher by the name of Mynx for a surprisingly respectable advance.
– I sold my short story “On the Shadow Side of the Beast” to Apex Magazine. I have never written horror in my life, so I’m a bit surprised and very pleased with this particular sale.
– The subagent for Random House Germany in Spain has named Yeult / Flamme und Harfe “Book of the Week”: link
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks / months, jumping countries and continents, and including death, sickness, and birthday. Anyway, with all of that, I never got around to reporting the recent story sales and publication news.
– “To Act the Witch” to Tales of Moreauvia
– “Troy and the Aliens” to Abyss & Apex. It’s scheduled to come out in the fourth quarter.
– “Ghosts of Dead Ideas” to the newish mag Renard’s Menagerie – my zombie unicorn in space story.
In other news, my piece “The Parrots of Bad Cannstatt” is now up at IROSF. It’s a condensed version of the talk I gave at Italcon in Fiuggi in March.
My story “Act of Conviction” sold to Helix and “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” (which appeared in the January F&SF) is going to be translated into Hungarian.
John Joseph Adams put up an interview with me about my short story “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide,” which is in the most recent F&SF (January 2008). Also, some nice reviews of the story already here and here.
Sold my story “If Tears Were Wishes” to Abyss and Apex. It’s a dark and light contemporary fantasy set in my old home town of Eugene, Oregon, with second generation hippies and revenge and the consequences of having tears that will grant wishes.
I’ve been asked to be a Guest of Honor at the annual ItalCon / DeepCon in Fiuggi next year. Two other guests have already confirmed, the actors Claudia Christian from Babylon 5 and Tom Braidwood from X-Files.
Dates: March 13 – 16, 2008.
My Big Fat Arthurian Fantasy, Yseult, sold to the German imprint of Random House, Blanvalet. It is a retelling of the Tristan and Isolde legend, title TBD. It is scheduled to appear in hardcover, Winter 2008-09, with trade and normal paperback to follow.
In other news, I organized a European workshop for sff writers in English which we have named the Villa Diodati Workshop. We had our first weekend workshop at the end of October, 2007, and it was a blast. We hope to make it at least a biannual affair.