Saturday, March 21, 2009

My Week of Red Dirt

We just returned from a week-long expedition to see my Great-Aunt Gladys in Oklahoma City. Yes, the dirt is red. No, not blood red, but red enough to surprise me. I'm ashamed to say this was my first trip to our neighbor to the south, even though I've lived in Kansas for thirty-four years.

Greeting me on the return was an acceptance from Parsec Ink for the Dark Glass Anthology (after a requested rewrite). I'm flattened and flattered. This should be a great collection.

I also won first prize in Catherine J. Gardner's ScaryCircusAct competition with my "living carousel" concept. It seems Wolf Dude didn't want anything shoved up his--well, you have the idea, don't you? Thanks, Cate. Sorry, Wolf Dude.

The funny bit: The story for Dark Glass mentions the Living Carousel. Spooky.

I'll try to post some Okie pics in the next couple of days. Now, I need to unpack.

16 comments:

Bobbie Metevier said...

Congrats on you win and acceptance!

Bobbie Metevier said...

No, congrats on YOUR win and acceptance! (:

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, either way. ;)

Felicity Dowker said...

Oooh, congrats on the Dark Glass acceptance - nice one!

And congrats also on winning Ms Gardner's excellent competition. Let us know what you think when you've read your prize(s).

Natalie L. Sin said...

Oh, I think he wants something shoved up there. He just doesn't want little kids with cotton-candy fingers riding him : P

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Wow, that's the best way to come home...published, enbooked (Word of the Day!), and vacationated (Word of the Week)

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks Felicity.

Natalie - What Wolf Dude does on his time...well...

Jeremy - and I learned new words!

BT said...

Congrats on Dark Glass, Aaron. I entered the comp rather than subbing direct to the antho, so I've still got my fingers crossed we could end up in the same publication at some point.

I'm 100 pages into Tainted - I must say, this is a surprising compilation of short stories. Although firmly planted in the horror genre, the style of prose almost makes one think this is more literary main stream in nature.

I'll say no more for now - save it for a written review.

katey said...

Congratulations on the eerily connected win and acceptance!

Red dirt. That's definitely horror-story worthy. Those should be fun pictures!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Congratulations on getting into Triangulation: Dark Glass. I've been watching the editors LJ account and they are being very tough in their selective process.

Aaron Polson said...

BT - thanks...As for Tainted, I think the source material might have had something to do with the prose style...maybe I'm wrong, but most of the subs leaned that way.

Katey - thanks...red dirt isn't as scary as it should be...

Cate - thanks...it was my second attempt.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Way to go on the Antho acceptance. Yet more proof that you are taking over the world one short story at a time. :)

Danielle Ferries said...

Congratulations on the acceptance and the win. Great news.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the acceptance! I used to be in a writing group with the editor; he knows his stuff!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks all--I'm glad to hear good things, K.C.

Barry Napier said...

Congrats on the Dark Glass acceptance!