This weekend was HP Lovecraft Film Festival, and man oh man, it was just as awesome as I hoped it would be. The Lovecraftian community is just such a great group of folks. Also, my lovely and talented friend Molly Tanzer was a guest at the convention, so we finally got to meet in person, which was absolutely divine.
Here’s a great picture of some of us Lovecraft eZine fans sporting our gear:
Speaking of Lovecraft eZine, Nick (in the hat) illustrated my story in this month’s issue! I can’t get over how perfect that mushroom guy turned out–exactly as I pictured.
After all the insightful panels, great readings, and terrific films, I feel incredibly inspired to create, and incredibly proud to be a part of the Lovecraftian community. Ia ia Cthulhu fhtagn!
I’ve got a serial up on Pathfinder Tales’ Web Fiction site–the story is called “Mother Bears,” and the third and final installment comes out this Wednesday. If you’re up for some fun adventure, I recommend it!
And if you’re interested in learning a little bit about the writing process for this piece, I blogged about it here.
Whoo-hoooooo! It’s award season! And since I went to WorldCon this year, I actually GET TO NOMINATE for the Hugos again, even though I can’t make it to Chicon (insert sad face here). I’m still mulling over all the possibilities of what I’ll be nominating, so feel free to send me some recommendations!
As for me personally, I did have a few stories published in 2011:
I think all of these guys are Hugo-eligible, and “Cold Iron” is Nebula-eligible. “Curvature of the Witch House,” “The Last Doll War,” and “Solitary Instinct” would qualify for the Bram Stoker, as they are all dark or horror-licious. Oh, and I’m in my last year as a contender for John W. Campbell award!
This was a pretty intense year. A few weeks ago I sat down and made a list of what I accomplished (I was feeling down and as if I hadn’t gotten anything done at all, and then nothing helps that like a list). Here’s what it looked like:
I read slush, proofread, and formatted the March 2011 – December 2012 issues of Fantasy Magazine. I also helped with the January and February 2012 issues of Lightspeed. I feel like I learned a very great deal reading all those submissions and reams of older anthologies and magazines. Getting to talk shop with John Joseph Adams every single day taught me loads about stories and the publishing business. I will never forget this year.
I wrote and sold my first paid nonfiction pieces, which appeared in Lightspeed, Fantasy, and The Broadsheet.
I interviewed some truly amazing authors that I would otherwise never have gotten to talk to.
I met all of the Inkpunks and made dozens of new writing friends during my travels to the Rainforest Writers Retreat, Renovation, World Fantasy, and Orycon. I can’t believe how wonderful it is to spend time with kindred spirits!
I had my first reading at Powell’s.
I sat on my first panels at conventions, and ground my teeth through my first time as a moderator.
“The Secret of Calling Rabbits” was an honorable mention in Year’s Best SF.
I saw my stories published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Bewere the Night 2, Innsmouth Magazine, Scape, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, and Subversion. I also sold a story to John Joseph Adams’ forthcoming Armored anthology, Ideomancer and another market.
I was just invited to join a super-secret project that I am incredibly excited about.
I am disappointed that I did not finish any novels or revise any novels, but hopefully next year will be a better year for the long form. I am blaming any and all failures on that front to the four months I spent being distracted by wedding planning–after all, I’m pretty sure that getting married was probably the absolute highlight of the year.
I hope that all of you are as excited about 2012 as I am!
To me, H.P. Lovecraft’s words are powerfully evocative of the chilly spirit of both early autumn and early spring. This is one reason I’m so pleased that a piece I wrote at the Rainforest Writers Village (a wonderful writing retreat that happens every spring up in the Quinault Rainforest) is now available for your autumnal delectation. I was reading a lot of Lovecraft up there in the cold north woods, and it inspired this sequel to “The Dreams in the Witch House.”
April 22nd, 7 pm Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005
Mark your calendars!
I’m very excited to be part of a great event promoting The Way of the Wizard, the wonderful fantasy anthology edited by John Joseph Adams. I’ll be reading from my story “The Secret of Calling Rabbits,” and the wonderfully talented Christie Yant will be reading from her piece “The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories.”