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Archive for February, 2008

Because it’s Friday . . .

. . . and because it’s Joe Bonamassa . . .

. . . and because there’s a funny story here.

OK, so you’ve watched it now, right?  You know that singalong bit at the end, where some guy out of frame does the a capella thing?  Yeah.  That was me.

In my own defense, I was expecting others to jump in there, too.  That’s the point of a singalong, isn’t it? 

Well, not so much, I guess.  My wife, who was toward the rear of the crowd, informed me that I could be heard all the way in back.  Must have been the thin mountain air.

Progress Report, in which I am spurned by one playmate, but find another

Came down with a nasty bug last week.  Fever, chills, stomach problems, muscle aches.  Missed three days of work.  Needless to say, writing productivity took a hit, too.

Feeling better now, thanks.  And news of my WotF finalist status helped take the edge off.

Anyway, that new story I had mentioned last week?  Yeah.  Turns out it really doesn’t want to come out and play right now.  I knocked and knocked, but it just sat in its house, not even bothering to answer the door.  I was too tired and ill to argue with it.  So I picked up my toys, went to the next house down the block, and rang the bell.

Boy oh boy did I get a different response.

My new playmate all but knocked the door down.  Must have been waiting this whole time to make a friend.  I’m only too happy to oblige.

Working title is Petra Released.  Obviously, it’s the sequel to Petra.  I’ve been filling up pages with notes.  All kinds of ideas are springing at me, from all over the place.  What’s going to happen next with this character?  I no sooner ask the question than I’m scribbling the answer, or possible answers.  If that thread starts to lose steam, I switch to another character/situation, and out pops another torrent of ideas.  And so on.

This is quite cool.  I’ve never done a sequel before, so of course I’ve been a little unsure how it would go.  I guess you could say it’s looking pretty good so far.

I still don’t have any overall shape of the plot yet, nor any sense of the length, but it’s very early days yet.  With Petra, I gave myself a month of prep time before I started writing.  I figure I’ll use a similar time frame with this project, which means I’ll begin chapter one by April latest.

So there, reticent story.  How do you like that?  Nyah, nyah, nyah.

No updates for Write Club.

Onward . . .

IGMS Freebies

A reminder:  InterGalactic Medicine Show is offering free fiction for the month of February.  Check it out:

To Readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy everywhere,

When you have something great, you want everyone to know. So you tell people about it. You share it. You pass it along to friends everywhere.

Well, that’s what we’re doing with InterGalactic Medicine Show. We want to make sure everyone has had a chance to check out what we’re doing, so we’re offering up a sampling of our stories ­ for free.

During the month of February we are going to make one story from each of our first four issues available at no charge. Two stories will be set free on February 1st, and two more on February 15th. Just visit www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com and explore the table of contents; the free stories will be clearly marked.

Issue one’s free story will be “Trill and The Beanstalk” by Edmund R. Schubert, issue two’s will be “Yazoo Queen” by Orson Scott Card (from his Alvin Maker series), issue three’s “Xoco’s Fire” by Oliver Dale, and issue four’s “Tabloid Reporter To The Stars” by Eric James Stone. Each story is fully illustrated by artists who were commissioned to create artwork to accompany that tale ­ as is every story published in IGMS.

“Tabloid Reporter To The Stars” will also be featured in the upcoming InterGalactic Medicine Show anthology from Tor, which will be out this August (we wanted you to get a sneak peek of the anthology, too). However, the other three stories aren’t available anywhere except the online version of IGMS.

It’s really quite simple. Great stories. Custom illustrations. Free.

 We’re pleased with and proud of the magazine we’re publishing; now we’re passing it along to our friends and telling them about it. We hope you’ll enjoy it and do the same.

Edmund R. Schubert
Editor, Orson Scott Card‘s InterGalactic Medicine Show

Please visit this site at http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

And while we’re on the subject of IGMS, I strongly urge you to check out the latest issue (#7) for a story by James Maxey called “Silent As Dust.”  It’s an absolute stunner, and deserves to be remembered at awards time next year.  So shell out the measly $2.50 and get a whole issue of great fiction, wouldya?

Also, look for my story “The Frankenstein Diaries,” slated for issues 8 and 9.

That is all.