Ever since Duotrope went behind a paywall, I’ve been meaning to make a master list of literary journals to which I can/should/do periodically submit stories. This list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully be a good starting place for any other SF/F writers who would like to expand their list of short fiction markets. Continue reading
Since I could not attend the Nebulas this year, Ken Liu graciously offered to accept on my behalf should it be necessary. This required that I write him a speech. This is that speech. Continue reading
Robot is this week’s featured story on Escape Pod. You can listen to it here:
It’s quite different from Cat Rambo’s version from Clarkesworld (link), and Norm’s intro and outro were fantastic. My favorite line:
You should listen to old people, there’s a lot to be afraid of. –Norm Sherman
Lesson 1: Never take tax planning advice from someone who is not a tax attorney or your personal accountant.
Lesson 2: Just because someone is a tax attorney or your personal accountant doesn’t mean their advice will be completely accurate and/or audit proof.
Lesson 3: Don’t be scared of the IRS; don’t ignore letters from the IRS; respond to letters and requests for information from the IRS as quickly and as accurately as you can.
In the most recent SFWA Bulletin a writer wrote a quick guide to the tax laws affecting writers. It was meant to be “high-level review of tax guidance that might help you organize your writing life a little better.” I don’t know the author in question, but I think it’s safe to assume that he is neither an attorney nor an accountant. I applaud him for taking the initiative to write such a guide… but unfortunately it’s not very good. Continue reading
HT to Sarah Grey for the title
Over on the writer’s forum Codex there’s been a long and interesting discussion on the wisdom of cover letters. This post will attempt to explain my theories on the practice based on my experience both as a writer, and as a reader for Crab Orchard Review from when I was at SIU. I don’t expect I’ll be saying anything experienced writers don’t already know, but feel free to check my post for general accuracy and disabuse me of all my notions in the comments (plus share slush stories! I love slush stories ).
Silence is always the hardest part, but like all things it ends eventually. This morning the SFWA announced the final ballot for the Nebula Awards and my short story “Robot” is on it. I received a call a few days ago from Kate Baker informing me of the nomination (which was complicated because my phone is broken. I can hear people; they cannot hear me which makes conversations… difficult) and have spent every moment since then bouncing up and down desperately wanting to tell ALL the people. Continue reading
The lovely Brooke Wonders tagged me in a meme that’s been circulating around the lit blogs. The idea is to interview yourself about your current (novel or other long length) project. Alas, I do not have such a project in the works. But what kind of person would I be if I let such a tiny little detail such as that slow me down! Continue reading
Over at Shimmer you can order a copy of Issue 16 which features stories by K.M. Szpara, Charlie Bookout, Greg Leunig, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Christie Yant, Cate Gardner, William Jablonsky, Rebecca Emanuelsen, A.C. Wise, Laura Hinkle, Nicole M. Taylor, M. Bennardo, as well as my story: In Light of Recent Events I have Reconsidered the Wisdom of Your Space Elevator. I don’t know if that’s the longest title ever published by Shimmer, but it’s certainly the longest in this issue as well as the only one that takes up two lines in the Table of Contents. Continue reading
My blog may not be very loud, so ultimately this is pointless, but I’ll say it anyway.
For best fan writer I think you should consider two particular individuals.
Bogi Takács: She runs a review site, www.prezzey.net, which pays particular attention to under-represented groups in the SF/F community. She’s thoughtful, eloquent, and smarter than I am.
Requires Hate: I’ll admit it, Requires Hate scares me a little. Part of that is because I’m terrified of what’s going to come through on her twitter account (she likes to post quotes of what awful thing she’s reading at the time), and partly because her posts remind me of all the idiotic things I’ve said and done in the past (homophobic, transphobic and racist thoughts/reactions/statements). But she also makes me a better reader, and more aware of things I would’ve missed before. She’s thoughtful, eloquent, smarter, and more foul-mouthed than I am. And as Nick Mamatas points out, think of the speech she would give! Continue reading
ETA: Story is up!
I think Ken Liu and Aliette de Bodard might have thought I was joking when I said I was going to start calling my story notes Bodard Notes in Aliette’s honor (since I’m stealing the practice from her) but I wasn’t. Also, there’s a strong possibility this post will go live before the story is actually published on Clarkesworld, but since the story is a bit odd, I felt it was important to ensure that it went up early enough that anyone who read the story would have somewhere to go for an explanation of sorts. So I suggest you not read this entry until you’ve actually read the story in question.
And if this doesn’t explain the story to your satisfaction, I’m sorry. I get that a lot. Continue reading