Tumbleweeds, Conventions, and Progress

There are tumbleweeds taking up residence on my blog. They’re making the place untidy. It’s time I swept them away, or used them as kindling, or whatever it is you do with tumbleweeds.


Well, thank you, Internet. It turns out you can eat them. Tumbleweeds and Bacon. Mmm. Apparently, they also sell on eBay. Wow – these ones are ‘free range’, according to the listing. Ethical tumbleweed purchase! You definitely don’t want the factory farmed ones. Those babies need to roam free.

So now that I’ve kindled a nice fire over which to cook my tumbleweeds and bacon while listing the rest on eBay, I’d better fill this now-tidy space with something. August was a great month. I went to Loncon, which was every bit as geeky and massive and awe-inspiring and exhausting (in a good way) as I’d expected. I loved every minute, and met up with some great friends I haven’t seen in ages. I had a truly spectacular time, and wish I could go back whenever I feel like it. Sigh.

Writing-wise, I made my first pro sale (woo!), finally finished revisions on a story I’ve been dawdling over for ages, and got back to my much-neglected novel, which feels like it’s picking up again at last. I submitted five times, received six rejections, and am currently waiting to hear on five stories (not necessarily those five August submissions). I also heard that my story, ‘Rule of Five’ (there’s a pattern forming here…), is scheduled to appear in Pseudopod in November, and that ‘Rift’, my flash piece that appeared in Plasma Frequency last year, was top of its issue’s poll to be included in their Year Two anthology. Exciting! Voting’s open until the 16th of September, so if you’ve read and enjoyed any of Plasma Frequency‘s issues over the last year, you might want to consider voting here.

I also read the superb and much-anticipated Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb, which was every bit as excellent as I’d hoped it would be. I’m in awe of Robin Hobb. Her writing astounds and never fails to inspire me. Her books are magnificently crafted stories and serious emotional rollercoasters. I don’t want to wait a year for the next instalment!

If September has half as many gems to offer, I’ll be thrilled. Ack – better go, the tumbleweeds are simmering to a pulp.



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