Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Hottest July on Record

July is usually a hot month, but jeez!

Got back from Fandom Fest steaming in more ways than one. I won't go into the details here, because there are more than one places you can find out the details of what happened, and it seems like overkill to restate what I and many others have said about it. I'll put some links at the end of this post for those who still want to know.

Otherwise, we have closed submissions for the September issue of parABnormal Digest and are now reading for the March issue. Will be doing the final edit to forward to the publisher soon. I am really looking forward to seeing this newest issue in print. We will have stories by Lindsey Duncan, Tom Howard, Eamonn Murphy, Bill Rasmussen, Matthew Tolbert, and more. Cover artwork is a beautiful piece (pictured here) by Sandy DeLuca and interior art from Sandy and Karl Eschenbach. Poetry from Lauren McBride, April Bullard, Wade German, Marina Lee Sable, and others help color the pages while articles from Leslie Cargile and Shelly Beard and interviews with the South Eastern Paranormal Society (SEPS) and the Mississippi Society of Paranormal Investigators (MSSPI) round out the issue. The digest is finally beginning to measure up to what I believe it should be, and I hope the readers are both entertained and educated by it.

I do feel compelled to explain why I accepted one of the stories for PD: Lindsey Duncan's "The Herd Mentality". Now, strictly speaking, it is not what I consider paranormal. However, the very fact this story exists at all is, IMHO, a paranormal phenomenon. The premise of the story is Just. So. Bizarre. I had to accept it. Blame me, if you must, for breaking the guidelines on this one.

On a personal front, my novella High Kings was a big seller at the convention and I couldn't be more pleased. Now that I'm back, I have a couple of months of down time as far as conventions, etc. are concerned. This will give me time to catch up on PD, Imagicopter, and family projects as well as finally get some serious work done on Deity.

I am reading manuscripts for a couple of friends, Wes Yahola and Steven Baird. Both are fine writers and I use their MSs for diversion from my own scribbling. Hope to have those done for them soon, and they find my critique useful.

Okay, enough. Check with you next month. Stay cool and dry until then.

Oh, here are those links about the Fright-Night Film Festival/Fandom Fest weekend, FYI: