Sportsball fans like stats, so here are mine for the month:
- Publications – 3 (a new record)
- “The Astrologer of the Fifth Floor”
- “The Long View”
- “Just Another Night on Telegraph”
- Publications in premier issues – 3* (again, a record)
- Abandoned Places – the first imprint of Shohola Press (“Astrologer”)
- Reading 5×5 – first fundraising anthology from Metaphorosis Publishing (“The Long View”)
- Factor Four Magazine – Issue 1 (“Just Another Night”)
- Number of stories out for submission – 1 (lowest number in 10 years)
- Number of stories in progress – 3
- Number of stories in the trunk – 2
- Number of stories that have at least some notes but aren’t really in progress – 8
Thanks to all of my tribe who helped me achieve these milestones. You folks are the best.
Coming up next month: Futurescapes in Utah and the Leprechaun Mafia!
*”The Long View” also appeared in an expanded “Writing” edition of Reading 5X5, published simultaneously.
It’s been a busy month here on the island: new kittens, two anthology publications, and now, one of my favorite stories sold to a new anthology.
“Supply and Demand Among the Sidhe” is going to be in Strange Economics. This is my first sale to a Kickstarter-backed project, so I can tick that box on the Writer Bingo card™.
By the way, the Reading 5×5 fundraiser comes in two flavors: Readers and Writers. The Writers’ version has extra stories and exercises. Just so you know.
This week I received my pre-release copy of Abandoned Places, an impressive new anthology that features Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allen Poe, and a lot of younger, more active writers like myself. (You’ll find my story, “The Astrologer of the Fifth Floor,” on page 101.)
A day later, I opened the mail to discover a copy of Town & Country Creative Breads, the first book I edited for a client. I’d picked up the job through a referral from my doctor. He had another patient who was putting together a book of family recipes and health information and needed an editor. I was working part-time as an English teacher, so of course I took the gig. The writer, Ferne Chapman, was a lovely older woman from North Dakota, and we had a pretty good time on the project.
That was back in 1992. I moved from Seattle to the Bay Area a few years later and forgot about the book. Probably have lost my copy during the subsequent moves.
Last weekend, I was updating my author page on Amazon and did a search on my birth name, Karl Schlosser. Town & Country Creative Breads popped up on a used bookstore page, so I ordered it. Happy to say it’s now on my publication shelf with the new kid.
I have an Amazon author page. Check it out: www.amazon.com/author/karldandenell
The Reading 5 X 5 anthology is available today! I contributed a story seed for the Hard SF section, plus some original fiction, “The Long View.”
Finally, I’ll be reading next Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6 PM at Book Passage in San Francisco, along with my editor, Chris Cornell. Come and hear the madness of Abandoned Places!