I’ve been busy and haven’t updated the blog in a while. I just found a new app to do images with so have been playing with @canva. I hope it’s better than @piccollage, which I love but isn’t that sophisticated. So here are some images from our summer vacation. It was a bittersweet vacation. I love seeing my relatives and friends, but my father’s 89 and slipping away from us now due to cancer. So it was sad but I was very glad I splurged out to take us there. Plus, we did a lot of enjoyable visiting.
I’m very please to announce that my poem, “Card” was nominated for a 2018 Aurora Award. Please vote and show your appreciation for Canadian SF. There are categories for novel, YA novel, short fiction, graphic novel, best related work (magazine publication), visual presentation (TV, film, theatre), artist, fan writing & publication, fan organizational, and fan related work.
Got this blog Google verified tonight. Not that hard to do. Working on writing a lot lately even though the day job is being stubbornly time consuming. I don’t mind 40 hours a week, but 60 recalls the bad old days of film & TV…
Accomplishments this week
Finished first draft of a new story and sent it to my beta reader.
Found out about another Polar Borealis upcoming poem publication.
Got a very nice rejection from Strange Horizons.
Sent out my On Spec and Tesseracts 22 submissions. These are important Canadian publications to be in and I hope I make it in!
Sent out another short story that is a hard one to get published. Unlike a lot of authors, I find my comic stories easier to sell than the more tragic ones.
Getting my own garden plot and going to first meeting about it.
Planted some more early flowers on balcony. I have a few 2 leaf plants now from last week’s early attempt. The petunias didn’t come up but the mixed hardy wildflowers had a few sprout!
Hyacinths almost done but were great! Street is full of cherry blossoms!
Enjoyed an hour at Southlands Nursery and bought way too much for a balcony and a small garden plot.
Emailed Garden Manager to see if I can have another plot.
This features my story “Night Market” as well as the stories of Rob Boffard, Holly Schofield, Nicholas Jennings, David Wright, Elisha Betts and Alban Goulden. This was edited by up and coming SF/F editor Ellen Michelle. The front cover art which is terrific is by Elisha Betts.
Reading took place September 18, 2017 at the Cottage Bistro, Vancouver. It was part of a double reading series with Pulp Literature launching their issue 16. White Dwarf Books attended to sell copies of the books! It was a great night! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it reminded me of the Edmonton poetry scene where I first read my poems.
It’s the time of year when Eligibility Lists form for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards – the Aurora Awards.
This year, I’m happy to report, I’m on the eligibility list. If you’d like to nominate my story, “The Cup” in Polar Borealis & thus allow me to proceed to the Nominations List, click here: Aurora Awards site.
This is a really great deal, btw, because for Canadian Aurora voters, you can download a package of the top novels in the field before voting for them. It’s been an incredibly great way to see what’s new in SF&F and have nice pdf versions I can read on my Ipad.
And, you could, ahem, nominate my little story 🙂
To read my story: Just go to http://polarborealis.ca and click on “Current/Back Issues” in the header, then scroll a short distance down to the link.