So some of you may remember that a long time ago – years, ages, eons – I sold a little retelling of one of the stories from Ovid’s Metamorphosis to my friend Michael M. Jones’s anthology Scheherazade’s Facade. And then, due to one of these unavoidable shit-storms that happen in the publishing industry sometimes but are no one’s fault, nothing much happened with the book for a long time. So my story and those of my co-contributors lay in an enchanted sleep, awaiting the coming of the handsome prince/lovely princess whose kiss could awaken them from slumber.
And now, gentle reader, let me tell you that that attractive specimen of royalty might be you.
Yes, Scheherazade’s Facade is alive again and in Kickstarter form. Circlet Press, bless their freaky hearts, are taking over the actual distribution of the book, but we still need funds to do this right. Fortunately, as of this writing, we’re already over halfway to our goal, with most of a month left to go! But we’re not there yet and we still need you.
Can you contribute? Spread the word? Both? Oh, fetching nobility, do say you will. This enchanted bed isn’t really all that comfy.
No podcasty-thing for this week, as I’m battling the second iteration of comps-related illness that I’ve had so far this year and my voice is a wreck (though perhaps it would actually be a husky, sexy wreck). However, since the last few installments have all dealt with my weathering of my comprehensive exams in some manner, I should note at this point that I’ve officially passed both and will be proceeding to PhD candidacy just as soon as I get my ass in gear enough to get the paperwork turned in.
So that’s good.
A couple of note-worthy things:
- Circlet Press has fixed the malware issue on their site and it’s now safe to once again go and cast your vote for your top five favorite Circlet stories to be included in their best-of anthology. And again, my story “Catch & Release” is up for a vote, so if you haven’t voted for it that would be a lovely thing to do.
- I’ve fixed some of the broken links on my fiction page; stories on sites that have vanished into the ether are now linked in their Archive.org editions. I may actually host the stories here myself, but for now this seems like an okay stopgap. I’ve also linked to the Smashwords edition of “We Are Such Stuff”, lately out of print from Torquere Press.
- I’m still working on the untitled angel novel and I really like where it’s going now.
- Stay tuned for some super-awesome amazing news in the next week or so. Seriously, I can hardly stand it how much I want to talk about this right now.
Hopefully next week — or possibly even this Friday — we’ll be back with more audio. In the meantime, wash your hands carefully and frequently. Cough cough.
Fresh new post-comps edition of the ongoing podcast-esque project. I talk about something I’m running into in one of the books I’m currently reading that is proving to be a barrier to me really immersing myself in its world, and that I feel is often a stumbling block when it comes to constructing really vital, believable fantastic worlds of any kind – especially hard to deal with because of its subtlety.
I also read a bit from one of my current two WIPs (short SF time travel-gone-wrong piece). The text of it is after the cut. Enjoy.