Writing Wednesday – Hello, I’m ‘Nathan

After Sunday’s post, I’m standing here in my wee blog looking at, well, a considerably larger number of people. I’m a little overwhelmed and really, really grateful to everyone being so damn polite an open to discourse and listening, and for that: thank you. Seriously. It matters so damn much.

Of course, now you’re here, I’m afraid you’re going to find I don’t often talk about much other than writing, my dog, and short stories. So. Hi! I’m ‘Nathan and I’m kind of boring.

(Unless you like huskies.)

Every Wednesday, I hold myself accountable for the writing from the last seven days. Last week, I was visiting my biological family and as such I didn’t get a lot done. I’ve been playing catch up since, and things aren’t woefully behind.

Also, I wrote a really long blog which was pretty darned well received, and that was neat and terrifying.

Speaking of Neat and Terrifying…

Lethe SaleLethe Press is celebrating its fifteenth birthday and to celebrate all the e-books, for the entirety of March, are $1.50 each (with a minimum purchase of three: that’s $4.50 for three awesome ebooks). Strange, neat, and terrifying tales have never been so wonderfully priced.

I always feel awkward doing self promotion, but I feel no shame in pointing out anthologies in which I have a story because that supports the editors and other authors as much as it supports me. I shall make list said anthologies below, in case you wished to stock up on those awesome books in which yours truly has a wee story despite the book being so awesome.

“Vanilla” appears in Threesome: Him, Him, and Me, edited by Matthew Bright; “A Slice of Pi” appears in The Biggest Lover, edited by R. Jackson; “Wind and Tree” appears in Tales from the Den, edited by R. Jackson; “Time and Tide” appears in The Touch of the Sea, edited by Steve Berman; “The Psychometry of Snow” appears in Bears of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler; and “Aiming to Please” appears in Tented, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler.

A Reminder to Respond to the Launch RSVP!

Triad Blood coverThe launch of Triad Blood event posted is over on Facebook, right here. It will be at After Stonewall, here in Ottawa, on Thursday the 12th of May. More details are available through the event link. If you went to my launch for Light, and you have any feedback, please, please say so. I’m a big boy, and I can take constructive criticism. If you’d like to come, make sure you RSVP, as the owner has to watch for capacity laws.

I should point out that last time I had someone pass out at the event, but we had lesbian combat medics on hand to handle it, so as far as good-news/bad-news went, it all worked out. I don’t intend to have anyone collapse at this event, but if they do, don’t worry. I invited my lesbian combat medic friends. Never launch books without them.

The Novel(s)

I want to be at least 30k into Triad Soul by the end of March, and I’m catching up. If I have a couple of 1k days, I’ll be fine, so I think it’ll be golden.

Oddly, the train ride back from Toronto didn’t set off my motion sickness the way it did on the way in. So that was good for getting some words down.

On the dreaded self-promotion front, I’ve got two interviews lined up now for Triad Blood. Otherwise, noise-making set up so far includes a blog entry for the release at QSF, the awesomeness that is “Three,” the BSB blog date (I need to write the darn blog, but at least my spot is booked), and the launch. I also need to figure out my technological limitations for a potential pod-cast, which is equal parts exciting and nausea-inducing because, y’know, listening to your own voice.

The Short Stuff

I have a title! “Negative Space” is the title for my short piece I’m submitting to the ‘Survivor’ anthology (check out the calls below). It’s about a survivor who is taking an art class, and using his graphic design skills in a unique way with a perspective that he’s gained since his attack. Like most of my stories, it’s spec-fic but our world, so we’ll see how it does. I’m hoping to submit it today.

After that I need to pick a new short fiction piece to be working on. I should really bite the bullet and finish the second Village Stories novella, and then do a third, and then think about ways to release them.

My life is full of “should.”

Open Calls I Know About (and find tempting)…

  • Transcendent – Short, speculative fiction published in 2015 (ie: reprints) that features transgender characters, Lethe Press, Deadline: March 31st, 2016.
  • The Alice Munro Short Story Contest – Short fiction, entry price, Deadline: April 1st, 2016.
  • Gents: Steamy Tales from the Age of Steam – Gay male erotica set during the Victorian/Edwardian era, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
  • Survivor – SF/F anthology looking for stories of everyday trauma survival, Lethe Press, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
  • Magic and Mayhem – Mage/cyborg or tattoo artist/soldier stories (very specific, but it’s for a charity anthology, details at the link), Gay Romance Northwest, Deadline: March 31st, 2016.
  • Novella Call – The Book Smugglers, Deadline: May 30th, 2016.
  • Animal Magnetism – Tales of men drawn together over their love of animals, JMS Books, Deadline: July 31st, 2016.
  • A Scandal in Gomorrah: Queering Sherlock Holmes – Queering the canon or something more transformational, Lethe Press, Deadline: January 1, 2017.

Don’t forget to check the Lambda Literary site for more calls, as well as the Queer Sci-Fi calls for submission page (always a trove!)

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