Sunday, June 12, 2016

"Another Girl, Another Planet" moves towards publication

You may recall I inked a contract with WordFire Press in February for my first novel, "Another Girl, Another Planet", thanks to Acquisitions Editor Dave Butler and Publisher Kevin J. Anderson.

My manuscript went to Developmental Editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, and then back to me for edits and rewrites. I finished those this weekend, and it is back in Bryan's hands.

I believe that, from what I've heard over the years, that editors tend to ask authors to trim verbiage from their works, but Bryan's over-arching observation was that in fact I needed to add description at numerous levels. He pointed out that it was obvious my day job is as a journalist, and that I tended to write too tightly and tersely.

(Even the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has described my writing style as "spare").

The manuscript I turned in to Bryan this morning was over 13,000 words longer than the first version, and clocks in at 101,555 words. Which for me is enormous. The longest thing I've ever had published previously was a novelette just over 11,000 words.

But I still think it's pretty tight and in keeping with my "swift, convincing narrative style" - again, from the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Like most authors, I can be my own worst critic, but I think I've done good work this time, and you all are going to enjoy it.

Finally, I'd like to note that at noon on Saturday at LibertyCon (July 9) I will be moderating a panel tailor-made for me, and "Another Girl, Another Planet", on "Retro-Futurist Alternate History".

It should be good.

Friday, June 10, 2016

My SoonerCon schedule

I will be guest at SoonerCon 25 in two weeks. Here is my schedule for the weekend:

Reading - 2:00 p.m. - Friday, June 24

Autographs (1 hour) - 11:00 a.m. - Saturday June 25, 2016 - 10 Forward

Fissionable Fiction (M) - The Bomb's impact on all aspects of pop culture: A celebration and a warning!

12:00 p.m. - Saturday June 25 Mann

Tim Frayser, A. Lee Martinez, Tommy B. Smith, Tex Thompson, Joy Ward

Our Wars Are Different: Alternate History Battles - An alternate history look at American warfare beginning with the Revolutionary War through the Cold War.

2:00 p.m. - Saturday June 25 Ballroom D

Jeff Provine, Gorg Huff, Melinda LaFevers, David Weber

Conspiracy Theories (or What's Really Happening) - Are the multiple theories of alien visitations, government cover-ups, and assassinations really there to hide the one true conspiracy theory?
4:00 p.m.Saturday June 25 Mann

Daniel Erickson, Mark Alfred, James K. Burk, Tom Meserole, Joey Rodman

Internet Culture and the Future of Mankind - How will the internet culture of today shape the real-world society of the future? From Reddit, to Anonymous, to hashtags, to potential political revolution, where do we go from here?

11:00 a.m. Sunday June 26 Mann

Travis Nance, Courtney Oliphant, Jeff Provine, Peter Pixie, David Oak Rice

Friday, June 03, 2016

I wish I didn't look so serious when I take a selfie!

OK, I picked up my author's copy of the Decision Points anthology last weekend at ConQuest from Bryan Thomas Schmidt, and it's been deposited on my "Brag Shelf".

It seems I miscounted previously, "The Milky Way Dance Hall" is my 98th short story publication - not 97th - since I started almost 13 years ago in 2003.

It's my third of this year.

Friday, May 13, 2016


As some of you may know, I have Type II Diabetes. It's an insidious disease that take constant monitoring and control. Unfortunately, I had a small health issue sneak up on me recently.

While in Virginia April 30-May 1 for the Ravencon convention, I took advantage of the local shopping malls. I bought a nice new pair of shoes at a department store, and wore them back to Texas.

Earlier this week, one night as I went to bed, I saw that I had developed a bad blister running up along the small toe of my left foot. I tried to take care of it myself, but today I went to see my doctor.

He patched it up a bit, and gave me some antibiotic cream, but said I had developed an ulcer. I will be seeing a podiatrist next Wednesday.

My doctor also said I should not wear shoes without socks any more. I went and bought a bunch of ankle socks this afternoon.

The problem seems to have been caught in time, but this is the first time I developed a diabetic complication like this. Then again, I've had the disease almost 20 years.

This will be the first time I've seen a podiatrist in my life. Just a reminder to be vigilant in watching this disease.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

My ConQuest line-up

Well, I have received my line-up of panels for ConQuest in Kansas City. Here it is:

Friday, May 27 6:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
Authors Reading Their Favorite Authors
Moderator: Earline Beebe
Panelists: Me, Sean Demory, Ozgur K. Sahin, Caroline Spector, Dennis Young

Saturday, May 28 10:25 a.m.

Saturday, May 28 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
The Legacy of H.G.Wells
Moderator: ME!
Panelists: Rich Horton, Jeff Pryor, Tom Trumpinski

Saturday, May 28 5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Writing The Future: Imagining What We Can't Possibly Know
Moderator: Tom Trumpinski
Panelists: Me, Chris Gerrib, H.G. Stratmann

Sunday, May 29 11:00 a.m.
Navigating the World of Short Story Submission
Moderator: Jack Campbell Jr.
Panelists: Me, Jude Marie Green, Tom Trumpinski

Sunday, May 29 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Future of Space Travel
Moderator: Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Panelists: Me, Robin Wayne Bailey

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A better path develops for a distraught man in “Double Exposure” by Lou Antonelli (debut 6/11 and reviewed by Frank D). Jake is about to end it all. He has been trying to keep his high maintenance wife happy for decades and has needed to embezzle to satisfy her spending habits. Now, on the verge of indictment and abandoned by his spouse, he buys a gun. Before he pulls the trigger, he spies a Kodak one-day photo hut. Curious, he pulls up to the window. They are holding pictures of him and his last girlfriend from 30 years before. The package is a lot thicker than it should be. Double Exposure” is listed as an Alternative History story but I would classify it as a Magical Realism tale. It is set as a second chance tale, a look into a life that should have been. The author is inspired by his memories of the old photo huts (I remember them) and of their disappearance. A cool idea (photos of another life), one that I could imagine would make for a great anthology.

- Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots

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- James Hanzelka, Diabolical Plots

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