Sunday, September 30, 2012

The End of the World is Near!

For those of you keeping track, we are just a little over 80 days away from the end of the world, so if you're planning that around the world trip, better get started. If you start now, you might make it half-way before the four horseman start their ride. By the way, this is the culprit responsible, not the gaily colored Aztec calendar you see so often accused.

I won't go into why this has caused such a dust-up. I refer to the Y2K debacle, the Big One (earthquake) scare on the New Madrid fault, and the upcoming elections as examples of how people can get stirred up about the improbable.

It does make for entertaining television and movies, though. Some real stinkers, too. E.g. 2012 and 2012 Doomsday. If it's really going to happen, then making movies about it seems kind of in poor taste, one would think. But hey, that's just my opinion.

Anyway, time enough to worry about that.
L to R - Bill Eakin, myself, Hilaire Smith, Aaron Drown

I was in Hot Springs earlier this month and gave the initial workshop on writing short stories to a full house at the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center. I greatly appreciated the attendants' interest and interface. It was a room full of dedicated writers and writers-to-be very interested in the craft and ready to learn. My thanks to the HSFAC and everyone who participated in the workshops given by myself, Aaron Drown, Bill Eakin, Dan and Jackie Gamber, LR Barrett-Durham, EG Glover and Herika Raymer.

On the publishing front, I got the acceptance for my short story Identity Crisis to be included in The Big Bad anthology edited by John G. Hartness and Emily Leverett. I am particularly pleased about that, as Hart is a writer whose work I admire. My micro-story Ninjabot will be appearing in the Blink! anthology from Ink-Monkey Press (Mandi Lynch, editor). Pro Se Presents #13, which contains my short story Kelly's Beast is out as well. Some time ago I set the goal of trying to get 12 stories per year published. I continue to set that goal each year and it looks like I might actually get close to it this year.

The blog tour for Traitor Angel begins in October, courtesy of its publisher Seventh Star Press. This is the first time I will have participated in something like this. I do hope the cover artwork is done soon. I'm very interested in seeing what Matt Perry has come up with this time. 

With any luck, this blog tour method will take the place of having to travel all over the country promoting my work, saving me a boatload of money and allowing me to spend more time writing. The wonders of technology! Could I finally have found a way for this mechanical monstrosity known as the web to be useful to me besides as a gaming platform?

Only time will tell. Hopefully before the end of the world.

Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry.