Sunday, March 01, 2015

Busy weekend

I traveled extensively Friday and Saturday, covering events for C-Spot magazine. The visit Friday to College Station for the George R.R. Martin donation of the first edition of "The Hobbit" was a 460 mile round trip, but well worth it. I sat in on the press conference before the ceremony from 10:15 to 10:50, and then the actual event in the Rudder Auditorium started at 11 and lasted past noon.

Martin was very outgoing during the press conference; journalist were told two questions were off-limits - he wasn't to be asked about his next book, and his health.

Patricia with George R.R. Martin Saturday night.
Some students started lining up outside the auditorium at 8 a.m, to get good seats. Martin spoke for an hour, concluding by reading the end of "The Hobbit".

It was one of the better events I have ever attended as a "genre" journalist.

The trip to Nacogdoches Saturday was half the distance; Patricia came with me. Martin signed books at the local Hastings from 11 to 1, and Patricia and I arrived right at 1. I didn't need to cover the book signing, but Hastings had the press passes. As we arrived, Karen Lansdale was driving Martin off, and Patricia stopped and chatted with both of them in the parking lot while I went inside and got my pass. Joe left separately because he was on a 1 p.m. panel.

I spent the afternoon attending panels at the downtown art center, and that evening, the panel at the SFA student center. That panel had Joe Lansdale, Martin, Howard Waldrop and Michael Cassutt, and again, it was one of the best panels I have ever attended.

In addition to covering the film festival I interviewed Kasey Lansdale at the downtown art center for a musician-profile story.

That makes three stories gathered up in two days - the A&M gift, the film festival, and Kasey Lansdale. The game plan right now is to use them in the first print issue of C-Spot, to come out in April.

It was good to see Howard, as usual; he's holding up but showing his age. Then again, aren't we all?

In the case of A&M, I drove in later Thursday and stayed overnight before driving back Friday. Nacogdoches was a day trip.

Spent most of Sunday sleeping, cleaning up and unpacking.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Visit to A&M

The George R.R. Martin event went great. They had a press conference beforehand, and his talk in the Rudder Auditorium was fantastic and lasted an hour

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Upcoming anthology publication

Took some time today to look over the edited version of my story which is running in the next Ruins anthology being published by Hadley Rille Books later this year. Editor Eric Reynolds was very kind with the revisions.

This book will be the fourth in the series of Ruins anthologies. The last one was published in 2008 . These are anthologies of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Historical, and Mainstream stories with an Archaeology theme. This particular volume being called "Ruins Excavation", and my story is called "Would Olympus Fall".

Other authors who will be in this volume include Sarah Frost, Vanessa MacLelland, Jamie Lackey, Tammy A. Branom, Micah Hyatt, M.C. Chambers, Kaolin Fire, Memory Scarlett, Rob Darnell, Jamie Lackey, Amy Herring, Ransom Noble, Micah Hyatt, Gerri Leen, Neil O’Donnell, Rebecca L. Brown, Jennifer Crow, Rob Darnell, M. C. Chambers, and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Persistence

Here's an interesting factoid, perhaps an encouragement to aspiring authors. A number of people have said I am prolific and pointed out how often I have been published - 90 stories in less than 12 years.

But rejection is a part of the game. I've only had two pro publications that sold on the first submission - "A Rocket for the Republic" in Asimovs and "Double Exposure" in Daily Science Fiction.

"Great White Ship" - which was a Sidewise Award finalist in 2013 - was submitted 16 times.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book donation

At the conclusion of my book signing today at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, I donated a copy of "Letters from Gardner". It was accepted by Head Librarian Helen Thompson.

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