Saturday, September 05, 2009

Green Across The Board

I'm not being very good at keeping up to date with this, am I?

In my defence it's been another mad month. With my wife falling prey to pneumonia I've had my hands full keeping things together in the household, something not made any easier by both kids also falling ill and leaving me literally the last man standing.

That aside, I've somehow managed to get some writing done too. After July's abysmal fumbling of many and varied projects, I set my sights a little lower for August, aiming to finish and submit just two short stories on deadline. And I'm happy to say I managed both - they're away being pulled apart and mulled over by editors right now, and I should find out in the next couple of weeks if either, both or none of them have been commissioned.

(This is also a good time for a quick shout out to the Australian Horror Writers Association Critique Group, whose members were kind enough to act as beta readers on both stories. Indeed when I shot them across one story in particular - mildly panicked at the swiftly approaching deadline - they dropped everything to get me five pithy and detailed crits in under twelve hours, allowing me plenty of time for rewrites. Thanks, chaps!)

Things are also looking good on that other project that shall remain nameless (although not for much longer, I hope!). After some last-minute scrabbling to replace a couple of authors with scheduling difficulties, my co-editor and I are now in possession of all thirteen stories for the anthology. Of those, we've gone through around half which are now back with their writers. All being well the remainder will be cleared in a week or so. There are some great yarns in there, by some writers I'm very pleased to be able to work with ... as ever, more news when I'm allowed to reveal it!

And finally Grants Pass has now been released in the US and should be available in the UK and Australia in the next few weeks. Already the Horror Writers Association in the States have requested a copy as a possible nominee in the next Stoker Awards, and what press I've read concerning the book seems overwhelmingly positive. Hurrah!

Meanwhile editor Jennifer Brozek and a handful of the book's writers have been interviewed for Seattle Geekly - you can get the podcast here.

That's it for now then. Next project: more timely updates to this blog ...


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