I’ve been a bit lax on updating the blog with sales news. The headline says most everything you really need to know, but that would make for a poor blog post so here are more details.
When I got the email from Sheila Williams on Friday, I scanned it and thought it said she was rejecting the story at first. When I read it a second time and realized that she said she wanted to take it provided I rewrite the over-long first sentence, I let out an involuntary shout that scared the cats and had my wife calling from upstairs to know what was wrong. Then I started hooting and maybe dancing a little. It’s all a blur.
Selling a story to Asimov’s Magazine has been a dream of mine since I was 13. My father read Asimov’s religiously, so for me this sale is special. I’m very proud of the sales I have made to Lightspeed and Interzone, but it was Asimov’s that represented “breaking in” for me for so many years. My Dad would have been almost as excited as I am.
Equally awesome, Podcastle contacted me about podcasting my fantasy story from Lightspeed last year, and of course I agreed. I’m really looking forward to hearing their production of it, and their interest in it has reminded me that I need to somehow make time to write the sequels to that story that I have planned. A world where human souls are a commodity lends itself to a lot of world-building fun.
In other writing news, I’ve received in invitation to write a short story for an anthology called Wrecked Earth which is a series of stories set in the world of CLUTCH by C.E.L. Welsh. This will include a short comic book adaptation of the story.
In longer form writing news, work continues apace on the NIGHTFELL graphic novel I’m working on with Outland Entertainment’s lead/colorist Jeremy Mohler and artist/penciler Nicolàs Giancondino. This is going to be a longer form (150 pages or so) graphic novel that is kind of epic fantasy and kind of something… else. I’m really excited about working with the artists; collaboration on this scale is new to me, but if all goes well, I think this is going to be great fun to work on and read.
Life in general is very full, busy, and generally awesome. I’m keeping busy with all the writing, freelance web design, and unpacking our belongings in our brand new house here in Lawrence, Kansas. The only thing I need right now is a few friends over to play board games on our new dining room table. And that should happen soon enough, I’m guessing…