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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
7:49 pm
Been a long time . . .
Yeah, I haven't been very good about keeping up with this journal. Some of you know about my other journal--kythiaranos--where I'm currently posting my Halloween projects (a new piece of dark writing every day for the month of October). Days 1 and 2 are available there now. Feel free to friend me there if you haven't already.

Enjoy!

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
8:23 am
On Dreamwidth
For those of you who haven't seen on my other LJ, I now had a Dreamwidth account (kossari_mage) where I'm posting some fiction content. If you're over there and want access, let me know.
Friday, April 17th, 2009
2:33 pm
Off to Eeriecon
I'm headed out for a weekend at Eeriecon in Niagara Falls. I'll be doing a reading at 12:30 on Sunday, and I've got panels lined up on worldbuilding, writerly work habits, and editing.

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, April 10th, 2009
7:29 am
Featured poet in Goblin Fruit; Eeriecon
Hey, all! Just speeding by with the news that I'm the featured poet in the latest issue of Goblin Fruit. Six new poems and an interview, and all absolutely free! Can't beat that.

Also, I'll be attending Eeriecon again this year, from April 17 to 19. I'll post more on the panels I'm doing (and possibly a reading).

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
5:32 pm
Book available
Now available from Amazon--the new Ages of Wonder anthology, including my story "The Stone Orrery".
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
3:20 pm
Update: Cleveland, Anthology
It's been a long time since I've posted. I've done a couple readings, in DC and in my town, both of which went really well. There are pictures of the DC reading on Facebook.

Monday evening I'm going to be in Cleveland for catvalente and sooj's Palimpsest show. As of now, the plan is to meet at Tommy's for dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you're interested in joining us, let me know. I should probably call for reservations if there are enough interested parties.

And in other news, the Ages of Wonder anthology from DAW Books is due to be released this month. The release party is at Ad Astra. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend, but you should definitely pick up a copy of this book. :-)

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
7:22 am
Writing news
I've sent out some things. I've had some things rejected. I'm trying again.

In other news, I have a reading coming up on Saturday, January 24th at the West Falls Library in West Falls, NY. If you're in the neighborhood and would like directions, let me know. I'll have copies of the two Hadley-Rille anthologies and Signs & Wonders available for purchase.

And I've gotten my first contributor's copies of the year, from Star*Line and Space & Time.

Current Mood: busy
Monday, November 24th, 2008
7:16 am
Contest results
No, I didn't forget. After a mad weekend of kids' birthday parties, I have the results. The runaway winner in the poetry contest was tithenai for "Bear's Song". If you haven't read it, I recommend you check it out here. And thank you to everyone else who posted a poem. You are a terrific, talented bunch.

The other winner is rose_lemberg.

Ladies, please send me your addresses, and as soon as I have copies of the book in my hot little hands, I will send yours on. Also, tithenai, you get an additional book. Would you like Desolate Places, Ruins: Extraterrestrial, or Jabberwocky 3?

I wish I had copies for all of you, but if you didn't win and you'd like to read Signs & Wonders, it's available at the Genre Mall.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008
4:53 pm
Poems--the poll
Hey, kids! The contest is closed, and I have five poems entered in the poetry side of the contest.

You can read them here, and then offer your opinion of which one deserves the prize:

a. Untitled--by Mary

b. "Courtship"--by gardnercastle

c. "Bear's Song: A Villain-elle"--by tithenai

d. "The Last Season"--by kmp_zxcv

e. "Japanese Maple"--by rose_lemberg

Please, let me know which one you like the best. Otherwise, I'll be forced to decide on my own, and I'm afraid my head will explode from all the awesomeness.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, November 17th, 2008
3:26 pm
More book stuff
I'm in the midst of birthday preparations for the twins' celebrations this weekend (yes, plural--I remain unable to convince them to celebrate together). But I wanted to remind you, there are still two days remaining in my poetry collection contest, so if you'd like to win a copy and haven't yet mentioned that in the replies to this post, please do so in the next couple of days. I'll close the contest on Wednesday night at midnight.

Also, in other news, Amazon has copies of the Strange Attractors poetry anthology. It's a really nice hardcover, and contains a wide variety of work on the topics of love and mathematics. And it includes my poem, "Mathematics".

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
12:05 pm
Getting to 'published'
Yesterday jdawson001, who is also the intrepid editor-in-chief at Flash Me Magazine, asked how Signs and Wonders came to be published. I'm not sure how useful this will be to other writers, or even other poets, but I can at least satisfy Jen's curiosity.

I'd been watching other poets with a certain amount of envy as they announced their collections. I purchased a few and checked them out, and wondered how I could go about doing something like that. But I never pursued it--lack of confidence, I guess. Then I got a letter from Roger Dutcher, the editor at The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. Roger's a great guy who provides an excellent venue to genre poets, and he's also one of those rare people who still write long letters for correspondence. In one letter, he asked if I'd done a collection yet, and said that he thought it was about time I put one together. Originally I meant to work on that project with him, but Real Life intervened as it often will.

So I contacted another editor/publisher, Tyree Campbell at Sam's Dot. He publishes anthologies, genre magazines like Illumen and Aoife's Kiss, as well as some novels and collections. I just asked if he'd be willing to take a look at a collection if I put one together. I got an e-mail back saying that his poetry projects were invitation-only (cue sinking heart) but that he'd been meaning to contact me on just that subject. And that was the beginning.

After that, I had to give some serious thought to the collection. My poetry covers a pretty wide range, at least within the genre, and I wanted to put something together that explored a range of work. Eventually I conceived a two-part structure, of fantastical and mythological poems ranging from early history to the present, and science fictional poems going from there to the far future.

That's where I hit a major speed-bump of doubt. My two lovely readers, seajules and tithenai, liked the fantasy half but not the science fiction half. I really agonized over changing my vision of the book completely versus not going with the advice of people whose opinions I respect. In the end, though I changed some things around, I more or less went with my dichotomous vision. It may be that no one else will like it, but it worked with my history-geek personality. I think my next collection will be an all-fairy tale book, but I'm definitely not going to worry about that for a few years.

So now, I'm squeeing, and being nervous, and looking forward to getting my hands on a real, live copy of my book. And I guess the moral of my story is that the spec-poetry community is fairly small, but it's also the kind of place where it's easy to find people who want to share the joy of poetry with readers. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to take that next career step. The possibilities are out there.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
11:01 am
It's ALIVE--my poetry collection is available!
I wanted to be sure it was available before I posted. Signs and Wonders is a real, live book, available at Genre Mall. (The poetry listings are in alphabetical order--just scroll down to the 'S' section.)

This collection has some new poetry, as well as published works that have received Rhysling nominations and honorable mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

And if you'd like to win a free copy, here's what you can do:

1. Just post a message here. I'll do a drawing of all posters, and one lucky person will win a copy of Signs and Wonders.

2. If you're feeling more ambitious than that, write a brief poem (16 lines or fewer) on the theme of 'signs and wonders' and post it here. I'll take stuff that's already been published, too, as long as it fits the theme. In one week, I'll post a poll, and the winner of best poem will win Signs and Wonders--and to sweeten the pot for all your hard work, you'll also get your choice of Ruins: Extraterrestrial or Desolate Places.

(Just as a note, the runners-up in the poetry contest will also be entered for the general drawing. So don't worry that entering one will eliminate you from the other. Questions? Feel free to drop me a line.)

ETA: The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest, and watch here for the winners!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Monday, August 11th, 2008
12:38 pm
Book giveaway for Clockwork Phoenix
Mike Allen (time_shark) informed me that there's a book giveaway contest going on here. This anthology has gotten a lot of notice--if you haven't yet seen it, this is a good chance to win a copy.
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
6:54 am
I forgot to mention . . .
I have a poem, "Underground," in the newest issue of NiteBlade.

Current Mood: blank
Saturday, May 10th, 2008
6:31 am
Oh, hey! Free poetry . . . by me
My poem "Thousand Flower Sun" is up at Strange Horizons this week. Enjoy!

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
10:00 am
Hot off the presses
Three cheers for the USPS! They braved the horrid weather today and brought me my very own copy of Hadley-Rille Press' Desolate Places anthology, with my story "A Requiem for the Sons of Kings". It is such a pretty book. *happy sigh*
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
11:28 am
Author Roundtable and new publication information
In case anyone is interested, I'll be participating in a roundtable discussion at Borders Books in Cheektowaga on April 17th at 8:00 p.m. The other panelists, thus far, are Nancy Kress, Anne Bishop, and Joe Haldeman.

Also, the Desolate Places anthology is out, and there's information about ordering here on Amazon. According to ericreynolds, they often discount books after a few days, so if I hear anything of that sort I'll post it here.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
8:25 am
Eeriecon!
I just made my hotel reservation for EerieCon. Is anyone else planning to attend?

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
5:03 pm
Story sale!
I'm very excited to announce that I sold a story, "Seven Scenes from Harrai's 'Sacred Mountain'," to the Clockwork Phoenix anthology! I've been drooling over the cover art since Mike Allen announced this project, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
9:15 am
This is new, in a bad way
I went looking for a printout I made years ago, and leafed through the box of writing files in the attic for an hour without luck. I found a bunch of old stories that made me cringe. (Including My First Novel (tm). Remember the tomato truck, celli?) And to my surprise, I found the contract for a story called "Echoes of You" which I sold to Blue Murder eight or so years ago.

I have no memory of this story. None.

How did this happen?

Current Mood: confused
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