Friday, August 3, 2012

July In a Nutshell

Now, I know it's August. I should have done this last week. But then, there was a lot going on.

Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY went well in spite of the fact that the literary events and track continue to be snubbed by the con committee. Once again Stephen Zimmer and his troops made a silk purse from a sow's ear, taking the substandard organization they were allowed and making it into something really good. My hope is that the thing will be separated into two events in future, with the Film Festival and its megabudget in one venue and the neglected step-child, the more modest literary event can stand on its own. It might not have the traffic, it might not have the exposure, it might not even have the participation, but it would at least have the respect of those who attended. It would receive the attention it deserved from the press, not a miserable mention as afterthought.

It is better to stand on your own in humility than cooperate in humiliation.

This is not a condemnation of Zimmer and his people. Last year they magically transformed a failed event into something to be proud of. This year they did even more, and there are no words to express how grateful all the literary guests were to them. There are also no words to express how badly they were treated by the Fandom Fest PTB. There were reports of volunteers for the literary track being abused verbally by high-ranking members of the committee. Literary guests were not even afforded water until Zimmer's people begged. Although the venue was thousands of times better than last year, nothing had really improved between the two conventions. I doubt they ever will.

Enough of ranting. Actually, more of a sadness expressed.

On the writing front, I have sent the manuscript for Traitor Angel to Seventh Star Press for final editing, illustration, and publication. My short story Grudge Match was sent to Pro Se Press for consideration for their The New Adventures of Foster Fade (Tommy Hancock editor), a resurrection of the Lester Dent character from the 1930s. I sent The Nomad's Testimony in to SSP for consideration for The End is Not the End anthology (Joshua Leet editor) and finalized the August 2012 issue of parABnormal Digest. Identity Crisis was sent to John Hartness for consideration for his Big Bad Anthology. I continue to work on the last Thran book for Sam's Dot Publishing as well as on short stories for three more anthologies.

On the publication front, The Shed (Call of Lovecraft, Greg Norris editor) and Chasing the Key (Rogues in Hell, Janet and Chris Morris editors) are out and available. I received word that The Last Frontier was accepted for Dreams of Steam III (Kimberly Richardson editor, Kerlak Publishing) and it should be out before Christmas.

Upcoming I have a radio interview (thanks to Robert Krog) with WKNO on August 8th at 9:00 AM, concerning the upcoming Imagicopter event at the Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis. I will soon be participating in writers' workshops in Hot Springs, Arkansas and a few other events before the end of the year, but the majority of my time will be spent catching up with my writing.

There are a lot of personal events taking place this month. Birthdays mostly but a significant anniversary (beside the Imagicopter one on 8/11). I'll get back to you on the monthly announcements around the 31st. Till then, stay low and keep your powder dry!