Tags: writing


The Upcoming Schedule

Can't get enough Melko on-line? Of course not!

July 25-27: Confluence in former hometown Pittsburgh. I always enjoy going back and visiting with old friends!

August 7-11: WorldCon! I'll be in Denver next month for fabulous Denvention 3.

August 29: Lexington, KY. John Scalzi, Tobias Buckell and I are appearing at the Joseph-Beth bookstore. Ohio writers take on Kentucky!

September 26-28: Context in Columbus. Toby and I are doing a workshop on Writing Great Openings.


Publishing Schedule Change

Alas, Singularity's Ring has been moved to the winter 08 list at Tor from its original September 07 release date. It's too bad, but entirely understandable. Schedules slip in publishing, and this will ultimately be better for the book. Still, I'm a bit down about it.

The good news is that the collection from Fairwood Press is no longer dependent on the novel's release date. It will come out this year as expected.



Why This Job Rocks...

I just spent half-an-hour researching the common elevations of plants of the Rubus genus. Yes, indeed my characters would come across blackberries at that altitude.

In case you're wondering why, I'm in the middle of copyedits for Singularity's Ring, which are due back this week. Much fun.

No Submissions Out?!?!?

With the return of a story from Baen's (300 days, if you're wondering), I realized I had no short fiction in the market at all! Gasp! I do have of course a novel proposal under consideration, so I'm not completely without something in marketing limbo. But no shorts.

I spent the day correcting that: two stories off to new markets and the story critiqued on Sunday by the workshop is in revision. It should be done today, and perhaps in the mail as well.

Hugo Nominations

I received my Hugo nomination form in the mail today. (I love award season!)

For those who are interested in nominating my work, here is a summary of all my works of interest:

Novelette: The Teosinte War (Future Shocks ROC Jan06)
Novella: The Walls of the Universe (Asimov's Apr/May06)
Short Story: Snail Stones (Asimov's Jul06)

If you'd like to see a copy of any of these, I can provide one electronically.


The Year in Review: 2006

It was a good year.

I probably can't leave it at that, can I? What made it a good year, you ask? Well, here's a list:

* Sold Singularity's Ring to Tor.
* "Strength Alone" made the Preliminary Nebula Ballot for 2005.
* Participated with Charlie, Toby, and Liz in the Context Writers Workshop.
* Became head of a SFWA Taskforce for the Grievance Committee.
* "The Teosinthe War" appeared in Future Shocks.
* "The Walls of the Universe" appeared in the April/May Asimov's.
* "Snail Stones" appeared in the July Asimov's.
* "The Walls of the Universe" made the Preliminary Nebula Ballot 2006.
* Attended the fabulous Blue Heaven writers retreat.
* Landed a new job that requires zero travel.
* Coached two seasons of baseball and softball.
* Went to some nice conventions, including the Nebulas, WorldCon, Confluence, and Context.
* Resold "Fallow Earth" to a Czech anthology.
* Resold three of the pod stories to Russian magazine ESLI.
* "The Summer of the Seven" made the Locus Recommended Reading list.
* Spent less time with Graham in the hospital than 2005.
* Sold Ten Sigmas & Other Unlikelihoods to Fairwood Press.

There you go! I told you it was a good year.


Best Stories of the Year

One of the coolest things about being in SFWA is recommending for and voting on the Nebulas. I keep track yearly of what I recommend, and it becomes my list of best stories of the year. I'm limited to two magazines, due to time constraints: Asimov's and F&SF. I'll also read a story if someone asks me to. Here's my list of best stories of the year:

* Short Story: Matthew Corradi: Journey to Gantica (F&SF, Jan06)
* Short Story: Carol Emshwiller: World of No Return (Asimov's, Jan06)
* Short Story: Bruce McAllister: Kin (Asimov's, Feb06)
* Novelette: R. Garcia y Robertson: Teen Angel (Asimov's, Feb06)
* Novelette: Rusch, Kristine Kathryn: Except the Music (Asimov's, Apr/May06)
* Novella: William Shunn: Inclination (Asimov's, Apr/May06)
* Short Story: Cooper, Constance: The King's Tail (Asimov's, Apr/May06)
* Novelette: Mary Rickert: Journey into the Kingdom (F&SF, May06)
* Short Story: Jack Skillingstead: Life on the Preservation (Asimov's, June06)
* Short Story: Robert Reed: Eight Episodes (Asimov's, June06)
* Novella: Ysabeau S. Wilce: The Lineaments of Gratified Desire (F&SF, July06)
* Novelette: R. Garcia y Robertson: Kansas, She Says, is the Name of the Star (F&SF, July06)
* Short Story: Tim Pratt: Impossible Dreams (Asimov's, July06)
* Novella: Brian Stableford: The Plurality of Worlds (Asimov's, Aug06)
* Novelette: Rudy Rucker: Postsingularity (Asimov's, Sep06)
* Norton: Susan Beth Pfeffer: Life As We Knew It (Harcourt, Oct06)

As you can see, I haven't read too many novels this year, and mostly I read for Norton Award recommendations.

I posted all of these and summaries to the lj community hugo_recommend.