First off, announcing my reading at the Bull Spec Issue 8&9 launch party at Atomic Empire on April 23rd… wait. It’s May. Hmmm. Well, just pretend that you attended, and that it was both ‘awesome’ and ‘intestinally twisting’ (gut wrenching?), ’cause, well, it was! A whole slew of quite talented authors, game designers, etc read some things from pieces of paper. There were a few Bull Spec contributors (like myself) and a squadron of special guests besides. Bull Spec Double Issue 8&9 is now officially available here.
Also, with the release, it means I now have my second professional sale, with “Barren Sky” joining previously published “The Watchmaker’s Gift”.
Speaking of “The Watchmaker’s Gift”, Daily Science Fiction is holding a ‘March Madness’ style bracket for all of the longer works they published in 2012. Voting runs from March until May 17th, at which point the winner… yeah, it’s already May 20th. Well, good news, I made the finals! Which means my story will be illustrated by Seth Alan Bareiss, who, if google has done right by me, is this guy. I’ll link the illustration when it’s completed.
Speaking of (erroneous segue), I’ve got a publication upcoming in Every Day Fiction. “Fine Young Cannibals” is set to release on May 6th… which has also past (okay, running gag is dead at this point). It was a nonsensical all dialog piece I wrote about 4 years ago. I decided to put a (thinly concocted) scene around it and experimented with using zero dialog tags though the whole piece. It… sorta worked? Seems like confusion reigns a bit at the end, and if I had to do it again, I’d likely ditch the ‘no dialog tag’ experiment (or, better yet, let it be what it is: an all dialog comedy sketch).
To end, one bit of actual upcoming news: “The Pale Farmer”, which appeared in Every Day Fiction on May 3rd, 2011, will be receiving an audio treatment, read by EDF’s Folly Blaine. Target release date is… Juneish.