Monday, January 25, 2010

2010? Already?

If there is one thing I have discovered about blogging, it's that I was never meant to be this wordy. Nevertheless, I will try a little harder this year to get at least one post per month written and published. It is one of those "New Year's resolutions" that I hope won't fall by the wayside.

On the news front:

Sam's Dot Publishing has accepted my short story Sands of the Marid for the October 2010 issue of their Shelter of Daylight biannual magazine. Sands is the story of a soldier from small-town Tennessee during the first Gulf War encountering forces he doesn't understand and how he copes.

EMPEROR, the second Thran book with Sam's Dot, should be out shortly. I understand the cover art is being worked right now. With luck it will be available by MidSouthCon in March.

No word yet on whether my time-travel novella High Kings has been accepted. I'll keep you posted on that.

Work proceeds on Deity, slowly. I had a burst of energy on Angelkiller that made me think for a moment I might actually get the final draft done before the end of this year, but that doesn't look good anymore. The Boathouse, my secret society thriller, got some serious attention for the first time in over a year, so it is likely that might come out before Angelkiller.

I am working with Stephen Zimmer on the screenplay for a short film based on my novel ASCENDANT. Cineline Productions will be the outlet from which this will spring, hopefully before the end of the year. More on this as it develops.

I continue to work on a number of short stories, mainly as a way to distract myself from the monotony of looking at the same plotlines for days on end. In the works are stories about electronic viruses onboard asteroid mining ships, intelligent cacti, demonic insects, and a plethora of other twisted and fascinating concepts. Thank God I have writing to purge these things from my brain. I can't imagine how long my sanity could survive if it had to co-exist with these things for any longer than it now does.

There are several family events pending that will keep me busy as well, but I won't go into those. Suffice it to say, we are all getting older, even the smallest of us.

As for my participation in Imagicopter, it continues unabated. I will be attending an Imagicopter event at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville, TN on February 6 with several other writers, and will continue to attend at least one a month at least through August at locations throughout the south. The Imagicopter writers and artists are great people and I always look forward to spending time with them.

Interestingly enough, over the last couple of months, I have noticed several groups surfacing with the same idea as Imagicopter. I don't know if these organizations pre-date Imagicopter, but it is nice to know the idea is now or has been as popular as it seems to be.

Stay safe, all! Back to work...