Frantic Post-ReaderCon Entry….
Things have been crazy busy, and I honestly don’t have time for a full blog entry, so here are some brief highlights of the last few weeks.
ReaderCon was a blast. I had a chance to meet so many interesting folks in the weird fiction scene (if I list everyone, I’ll be here forever…and I’ll forget someone. But, yeah, a lot of folks). My novella Children of No One didn’t win the Shirley Jackson Award, but I enjoyed attending the ceremony. Also, as a finalist for the award I was gifted the lovely, polished skipping stone pictured to the left. Shirley Jackson…stone…get it? (If you’re like the vast majority of my friends back home, you don’t. But the crowd reading this blog is no doubt more refined).
Anyway, congratulations to all of the winners (especially Veronica Schanoes, whose novella Burning Girls won and Joe Pulver, who won in the anthology category for The Grimscribe’s Puppets).
In other news, I’m hopeful to have at least one new project to announce in the near future. I can’t say much more than that and I’m almost afraid of jinxing it by even saying this much. But I’m quite enthusiastic about the possibility of this working out. Things are looking good.
And, last (but not least), this morning I enjoyed a brief Twitter discussion with Hugh Howey on his unbridled enthusiasm for Amazon. I’m not anti-Amazon, but think Hugh’s enthusiasm could use some bridling. Hugh (not surprisingly) disagrees.
Amazon isn’t the Evil Empire, but it isn’t the messiah either. The truth is always more complicated than a bumper sticker. It’s best to be a critical consumer of corporate press releases. The Amazon vs. Hachette debate needs nuance and moderation (such as that offered by John Scalzi and Walter Jon Williams), not cheer leading and talking points. If you want to see the blow-by-blow Twitter recap, check it out on Storify.
And with that, I’m off. Stay hip, cats!