It's looking like I'm going to be busier than I expected over the coming weeks and perhaps even months, so blogging may be a bit spotty, but I doubt I'll disappear completely (though I do know how).
Jeff VanderMeer's been putting a bunch of good things up on his blog recently. There's Ann VanderMeer's favorite music of 2005 (she knows her music), great news about one of my favorite editors (plus a killer photo), an endorsement of Delany's About Writing (which I told him to read, ha ha!), and one thing that deserves some extended comment...
Jeff writes a fine chronicle of the couple of days he and Ann spent up here in the frozen north with Eric Schaller, Paulette Werger, me, some hedgehogs, a turtle, and some drunk locals. (And despite what Jeff says, we were not the drunk locals. Most of us were quite restrained in our consumption of intoxicating beverages, especially in comparison to the people around us. Oh, and that stuff in the wine glass I'm holding is Belgian beer. The apparently self-satisfied expression on my face comes from my holding my breath while waiting for Jeff to take the picture, because for some reason it took longer than I expected.)
While Jeff details his relations with Eric and Paulette's hedgehogs and turtle, he does not tell the most extraordinary story -- we had to bail him out of jail after he got arrested storming a meercat farm. He let all the meercats go, trying to save them from being turned into fur coats. People don't know about Jeff's staunch advocacy of animal rights. (Just try eating a steak in front of him!) In fact, he was considering having Leviathan 5: Don't Smoke the Bunnies! be published by PETA. Ask him about it.
In other news, Strange Horizons released their first issue of 2006, and it includes a new column I wrote in an attempt to make sure Jay Lake develops an ego. I've been worried about him.
Here are a few old links I collected in my rare forays through the internets over the past weeks:
- Images of the Gods and the Ancients
- Country's Jingoistic Jingles
- Big congratulations to Richard Nash, publisher of Soft Skull Press, for winning this year's Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. When I'm Emperor of the World, everybody will have to read at least one Soft Skull book each year.
- Be sure to check out the comments to this post by Dan Green for some good discussion of the publishing world, agents, writers, monoliths, and that sort of thing.
- Dan Wickett of the Emerging Writers Network is offering a great deal on literary magazines: subscribe to three for the price of two, four for the price of three, etc. I've been meaning to resubscribe to Agni and subscribe to Hobart and Absinthe and ... oh, the temptations...