Saturday, January 28, 2012

Slow Start for a Fast Year

January is almost done, but I'm already behind.

The Imagicopter anthology (Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells, Kerlak Publishing, cover art by Dan Gamber) won't come out this month due to logistical problems, although it should appear early in February. It was an ambitious project to begin with, so I suppose I should be pleased its appearance only slipped a couple of weeks. The experience has given me a whole new respect for small press publishers. I only hope the anthology does help the careers of the contributors. That would make the effort worthwhile.

I wanted to have the manuscript for Deity ready for Sam's Dot Publishing by the first of this year, but that didn't happen, and it's not likely to happen before March. I have two events in February (MS PulpCon and Mysticon) and one in March (MidSouthCon) I must attend. Preparation and travel for those events will take up a significant amount of time. As a writer whose muse is as fickle as a politician's loyalties, I find myself in a frustrating dry spell. I have tried every anti-writer's block trick I know without result. Not that I have given up, just spending a lot of time staring at a blank page with an equally blank mind. Some would say that's no real change from my normal state.

Of course, my short stories will be appearing in a couple of anthologies this year (Call of Lovecraft from Evil Jester Press and Rogues in Hell from Perseid Press [formerly Adventurers in Hell]) and I am working to try to get a few more. Still, my personal goals are to finish Deity for SDP, Traitor Angel for Seventh Star Press, make seven appearances by August, and finish stories for three other anthologies before their deadlines. Come September, I'll know for sure just how ambitious that is.

Meanwhile, a couple of stories have already gone to different periodicals for publication already. Evidence of the Eternal, originally appearing in 1999 at "The Harrow" magazine, will shortly be reprinted. A new science fiction story, Sparks, is under consideration at Aoife's Kiss magazine.

I was pleased to hear that my story The Real Magic (Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts, Kerlak Publishing, 2011) was nominated for the 2012 Pulp Ark Best Short Story Award. I have written two steampunk stories in my life, and both have been nominated for awards. Is it possible I have missed my calling as a writer? Should I be concentrating on steampunk rather than science fiction and horror?

*Sigh* I hope I find out before the world ends in December.

Back to the notebooks. Stay low and keep your powder dry!