Tuesday, March 15, 2011

News, Awards, and Honors!

It's been an exciting week for me on the writing front!

The 2010 Ursa Major Awards finally announced their nominees, and I'm very happy to say that my work has been nominated in two of the categories. The Seventh Chakra is up for Best Novel, and The Peculiar Quandary of Simon Canopus Artyle is up for Best Short Fiction.

Competition in both of these categories is pretty strong. Still, while it may sound trite, it really is an honor just to be nominated, and I'm happy with just that.

In arguably even more exciting news, I've also been invited to Camp Feral! this coming summer to be one of their Guests of Honour. Yes, note the 'u' there; I'm going to be traveling to mystical, far-off Canada for the first time. My passport renewal application is sitting in my car right now, waiting to be mailed off.

This is a really, really exciting thing for me. Having my writing recognized on this level is beyond flattering, and I was floored when I got the invitation. It's equal parts scary and exhilarating, and I'm sure the time between now and the actual event will be like a roller coaster of anxiety and giddiness in the meantime.

So, yeah, big news all around on that front! Hopefully the good news will continue.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Project Updates

My writing continues apace!

I've got a new short story called "Shadows of Novoprypiatsk" that's featured in the just-released ROAR volume 3. It's set in the same universe as my novels Thousand Leaves and The Seventh Chakra, but it doesn't directly tie in to either of them, so you can read it even if you haven't read the books. I'm really happy with how this one came out, and at least one of the characters in it is clamoring to make a return in a future piece.

My third novel is coming along nicely, as well. I'm not ready to reveal a lot about it yet, except to say that it is not related to either of my previously released novels. I know that I promised a follow-up that delves into the history of the Butterfly Islands War, and I do still plan on writing that; this other story just crept up on me when I wasn't expecting it and demanded the brainspace to be written.

I expect to have a near-finished draft of it done by the middle of Spring or so. It's already been through a few revisions already, and the current manuscript is feeling pretty solid to me. Should be pretty exciting.

Stay tuned for more info and updates!