Friday, April 30, 2010

Five new stories at Anthology Builder

I've mentioned Anthology Builder in previous blog posts. It's a great site where you can build your own anthology from a wide variety of stories. I now have five new stories up on their site. Those stories are:

The Magenta Equations
Forgive Men their Trespasses
When Living is a Crime

It's really a great site, and I would recommend that you check it out...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bye bye honeymoon?

It looks like due to financial reasons, we're going to have to cancel our honeymoon. Like a lot of people in America, we've had a tough year financially. I'm still underemployed, with just writing, editing, and game design monies coming in...and there's not a lot of that. My unemployment ran out months ago, and I still haven't found work. On top of that, we've had a lot of unexpected expenses come up. Both of the girls have been to the doctor more this year than in previous years. It's never been anything serious, but the bills do add up...even with insurance, plus Rebecca's health has been far from great. On top of that, last week we had to get glasses for the oldest, and our insurance saved us a whopping $30...which means they were pretty expensive. And of course, earlier in the year we had all of the cat drama. Poor K.J. passed away, and we had to get his remains back, and at the same time, we had all the vet expenses of saving Mosi. All of these things added up to well over $1,000, and that pretty much tapped out our reserves.

A few people on Facebook have suggested setting up registries or asking for donations. Unfortunately, we only have three weeks left, and I don't think there would be enough time for us to get the money we need. Plus, I've always been the type of person who is very uncomfortable with the idea of asking for help. If it was something serious, then maybe, but this is just a honeymoon, so we may just have to say goodbye to our trip to Taos...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

Earth Day is here, and I'm hopeful that a lot of people will take this day to look at their way of life, and possibly do something to change it, although I have to admit that I'm not very hopeful of this. Most people give Earth Day lip service, or worse, they laugh at it derisively.

I know there are a lot of conservatives out there who think that we don't need to worry about what we're doing to the Earth, but they're wrong. There are even a few who think that we don't need to worry about it because God will save us...they're REALLY wrong.

The Earth is the only home we have, and there's not much chance that we'll be going to the stars any time soon, and even if we do, Mars would be the most hospitable planet, and the Earth on her worst day is a hell of a lot more hospitable than Mars, so we need to take care of our planet.

I really wish I would have finished the edits of Red Moon Rising earlier, because Earth Day would have been the perfect day to release it, but alas, I was too slow.

There are a lot of books out there that look at what could happen if we continue to screw with the planet, but I'll plug the one that I edited, and that would be Ecotastrophe. This was an anthology that looked at some possible futures for our planet. Some of the stories were very bleak, while others were a little more hopeful, although all of them have the underlying idea that we need to change our ways.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

The DASFA meeting

Last night I did my presentation at the April DASFA meeting. In general, I hate speaking in public, and it probably showed. Doing all of the Cons that I've done has made it easier for me to be part of a group speaking to a crowd, but this was just little old me, and I was terribly nervous.

It was a pretty open forum talk, so I just basically decided to talk about how I got to where I am today as a writer editor and game designer. I started with when I started writing, which was basically when I learned to put a subject and predicate together, and then went from there.

Overall, I think things went fairly well. I got a few laughs at times, and when we hit the Q&A session, there were quite a few questions, so hopefully I got a few people interested in my work...

I spent a lot of time talking about the Ephemeris Role Playing Game, and people seemed genuinely interested, so hopefully we'll have a few new players with the system soon. They had a party after the meeting, and there had been talk that they'd play the game...of course, being as nervous as I was, I forgot to ask Rose if they were going to do that or not. We, of course, didn't go to the party because the youngest fell asleep during my presentation, and the oldest was on her way towards sleepy town as well.

Speaking of Rose, she really surprised us by presenting us with wedding gifts. We weren't expecting anything like that until the reception, but it was incredibly nice of her...but then we've come to expect that from her.

During the Q&A there were a lot of questions about small press publishing, and specifically Sam's Dot, if you're reading this Tyree, you might expect a few more submissions in the near future. Also had one question about Flying Pen Press, and I strongly recommended them as well.

Overall, it was a lot of fun, and I hope that the members of DASFA didn't feel like they'd wasted an hour of their lives...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Problem in Translation is done

This morning I finished the final revisions on the novelization of my short story "A Problem in Translation." It's been a long process, and I'm glad it's over, although now I need to start the task of trying to find it a home. It came in a bit shorter than most of the major markets would want, so I'll have to do a little more research before I decide just where I want to send it first.

Now that this is done, I think I'd like to get back to writing some more short fiction. All of the readable SF that I've written has now been published, and I'm a bit burnt out on writing long stuff. So, I think I'll take a break and write a few short stories, and of course, I'll continue to work on materials for the Ephemeris RPG.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Hugo Nominations

The Hugo nominations were announced over the weekend, and no, I wasn't nominated for anything...nor was I expecting to be. It's nice to think that someday I might get a nomination, but I'd probably drop dead of shock if I did.

I was able to "watch" the nominations come in live from England as they were reported on through something like a chat window. The most pleasant surprise was when I saw Lawrence Schoen get a nomination for best short story. You see, many yarns ago when I was first editing for ProMart, I published a few of Lawrence's stories. So it was very nice to see one of the old time ProMartians get a nod. It kind of makes me think that maybe I do know a little something about editing...

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Genre Mall Bestsellers

The Genre Mall Bestsellers list for March has been posted, and three titles that I'm involved with made the list. The new issue of Aoife's Kiss, which features on of my stories was number one. The premier issue of The Martian Wave, which I edited was number three, and Wondrous Web Worlds Vol.8, which I also edited was number five.

To see the complete list, go to