Thursday, February 2, 2012
Locus Magazine released their “2011 Recommended Reading List” in the February 2012 issue, and yesterday they posted the list online.
thrilled awestruck to see my own “Absinthe Fish” included as a recommendation. Lois Tilton has been a strong advocate of the story, but according to Locus’ own description, the list “is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers... for short fiction, Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell, Rich Horton, Lois Tilton, and others.” A consensus generally means that more than one person liked it, and that makes me giddy.
As of a few minutes ago, the “Fiction” section has been updated to include ePub, Mobi, and PDF versions of the story.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Last night we had Chinese.
Or, more accurately, last night my wife had Chinese, and I had Thai. It’s one of those Americans-assume-all-this-Asian-food-belongs-together places, which isn’t the most culturally sensitive way to market cuisine, but the hosts are always friendly and the food is good. And after every meal, you get a fortune cookie (which, by happenstance, is of Japanese origin!), regardless of which way your palate swings.
I love the taste of fortune cookies. The hint of lemon, the barely-perceptible traces of vanilla... and then there is the fun little slip of paper inside.
What I don’t love is the fact that more often than not, the “fortune” is more of a “platitude.” I dig that it’s easier to produce a pile of platitudes — all you need to do is shake a few greeting cards — and the occasional pseudo-mystic predictions that make it out of the cookie factory are so generalized that they require a high degree of interpretation and an exceptionally open mind to bear even the faintest whiff of relevancy.
All the same, I am a science fiction writer. How could I not love a fortune like this one?
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Welcome to the new website!
What? This is a new website?
Well, yes. VintageSeason.com has already been around for several years, as email and such. Now I’ve stumbled into the position of needing a web presence, other than simply via social media or blog contributions... so over the past week, this place was assembled.
You’ll notice that a few pages are still sort of, er, empty. As in, bereft of content, save for a subtle declaration of “what will be.” Give me a little rope, though... and if it doesn’t form a noose, I’ll keep adding stuff.
For now, in accordance with international law (as set forth by the Scalzi Statutes), this new entity shall be inaugurated with a picture of my cat sunning herself by the doorway.
Okay, that’s not exactly true. My cat died, over a year ago, and this is the closest thing I could find on short notice. It’s a picture of my daughter’s kitty hat, lying in the sun by our front door.
Yes, it sorta looks like a demented raccoon. She swears it’s a kitty, though.
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