January 26th, 2010


Relief Needed at Pine Ridge

This call for aid crossed my desk tonight.  Pine Ridge is "my" reservation, through some distant connections.  I have visited there with my family.  The people are grand, but the conditions ... lend weight to certain of my low opinions about how well America provides for people's needs.  Our household budget is stretched tight as a drum right now, but if other folks have some leeway, please consider chipping in.

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, February 2

This is an advance announcement for the February 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "dreams."  I'll be soliciting ideas for dreamers, visionaries, devices (magical or technological) that deal with dreams, topics of dreams or visions, hopes and wishes, despairs and nightmares, events in dreams, dreamy plot twists, settings in which dreams customarily happen, unexpected settings in which dreams happen, settings inside of a dream, and poetic forms in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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Stories in the Mail

I've spent the last several days sending out stories.  All the currently market-ready ones are now submitted to various places.  Recent sendoffs include:

"The Quest for the Ivory Upik" -- Giganotosaurus
"Pebbles from the River Lethe" -- Greatest Uncommon Denominator
"A Soldier's Bargain" -- Way of the Wizard anthology
"All Heaven in a Grain of Sand" -- Way of the Wizard anthology
"June Dreams" -- Strange Horizons
"Kyrie Alison" -- Clarkesworld
"Red Path, Green Path" -- Beneath Ceaseless Skies
"Today I Speak" -- Asimov's Science Fiction and Fact
"Confliction" -- Absent Willow Review