Get deep enough into the writing of a story and the characters you’ve created tend to become rather tough to shake. In fact, they can be downright self-centered, occupying your thoughts and demanding your attention to the exclusion of the flesh and blood human beings in your life. You know, like body snatchers. . .
Help! I’m being held prisoner by Pod People in an undisclosed location.
This is exactly what has been happening with me these past several weeks, as I wade deeper and deeper into a novel. So I hope you’ll understand if this entry feels a little rushed. I’ve managed to slip away, but I doubt I have more than a minute or two before the goons discover my absence and come racing out to drag me back.
Quick! Read this news before it’s too late for me. (And especially for you.)
First off, I’ve just made another sale to ASIMOV’S. Last I heard from editor Sheila Williams, the new novelette will be appearing in the October/November issue. The story is a tough one to categorize, so I’m not going to try, other than to say it’s an offbeat tale likely to carry a “mature reading” advisory.
The other news is that the much delayed IMAGINARIUM 4: THE BEST CANADIAN SPECULATIVE WRITING (published by ChiZine) is available now online and in bookstores.
If you haven’t read my World Fantasy Award-nominated novella, HOLLYWOOD NORTH (originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) here’s your second chance. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.) Along with an introduction by Margaret Atwood, this 542-page collection is jam-packed with some outstanding reading. It’s well worth springing for even if you’ve already read HOLLYWOOD NORTH. You’ll find the complete table of contents here.
Lastly, I am very excited to tell you that I— Ah, jeez! Oh, no! I hear them coming now. Gotta run. Just don’t forget t—