January 29th, 2009

c is for cat


The Hugo nominations are open, and while I usually hate vote-begging, I'm going to engage in it now because it doesn't really pay to be above anything these days. Plus short stories can be hard to find.

I didn't have a novel out last year but I did have several short stories. Links are below--if you are eligible to vote, please do consider these. These are the ones available online; The Harpooner at the Bottom of the World and The City of Blind Delight are in print anthologies and magazines--which is a pity because I ADORE Harpooner, which was in Bantam Spectra and therefore mostly unfindable unless you can find the mystical place to buy that magazine.

Noms have to be in by 2/28. Click here to nominate if you attended Worldcon in the last two years.

A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica


The Proslogium of the Great Lakes
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Allow me a small squee. Ok, a big one. I have been waiting and hoping and emailing back and forth it came to pass and I can't even believe this man read my book, let alone liked it.

The Museum at Purgatory
is on my shelf/mantle of Books that Made My Brain. If you haven't read it, you need to STOP. Hammertime. Drop everything and do so now.

That's how much l love this writer. Thus, the following is beyond special. (There are only a couple of books on that brain-shelf of which I have a hope getting a blurb/any contact at all from the author without a Oujia Board, and I don't think John Crowley, Neal Stephenson, Greer Gilman, Salman Rushdie, Mark Helprin, Umberto Eco, or Milorad Pavic is going to be reading my books any time soon. Only one other mantle-resident has actually been so kind as to correspond with me, that being Diane Wakoski, of the brilliant book Medea: The Sorceress.)

But! It happened! This writer I adore. And who lives on an island on the other side of the continent, thus necessitating small mailboats on each end. Just sometimes, when you are brave enough to ask, you can get extraordinary things.

"It's never enough to merely read a book like the Palimpsest, it has to be imbibed, and its sensuality fully savoured."

--Nick Bantock
Author of the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy and The Museum at Purgatory.

*runs off screaming into the snow*

Also if Warren Ellis AND Nick Bantock liked it, you KNOW it's a weird book, and one you might have to own. Just saying.

(I actually found myself proving the usefulness of blurbs the other night, while looking at a book that seemed a bit lame. But I shrugged and said: Well, if Kenzaburo Oe liked it, it can't be all bad. And I picked it up. The system, occasionally, works.)
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modern lit

Always Check Your Contracts

Turns out that sixteen weeks after publication, I can do what I want, Cartman-style.


The Harpooner at the Bottom of the World.

Please read and (hopefully) enjoy. It is eligible for the aforementioned Hugo, as well, but mainly I just want you guys to get a chance to read it, as it was originally published last summer in Spectra Pulse, a convention-only magazine. Hooray internets and kind-hearted contracts!

And yes, this is a writing on skin story. My kinks, let me show you them.

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c is for cat

Last Thing About My Books Today, I Swear

After a really unforgivably long delay, upstart_crow 's gorgeous jewelry based on three poems from A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects are up on my website, along with a meaty interview and links to her wonderful new work, The Memory Palace. Jo is an extremely talented jeweler and an elegant poet--check her out!

And remember, if you create art based on one of the Fragile Dialects poems, that poem goes up on my site for free, for everyone to read, along with an interview with you and links to all your work. (Click on the titles under the glittery awesomness--man, I wish I could afford Inhumed!) The whole collection can be hosted online for free if you all take it into your beautiful heads to make it happen.

In other news, I am useless today.

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