Monday, January 11, 2010

Beating the Spartans by 100

...this being my 400th post (or so says Blogger...all hail Blogger).

So, whoot. I celebrated by watching five stories slide into "short list limbo" over the weekend. Man, I know how to party. And now, I wait. And wait.

Sometimes waiting pays off...like hearing the news that "Cargo" has made the cut for the Blade Red Dark Pages anthology. Whoot! Mr. Tomlinson has kept me on the proverbial pins and needles with his updates, and now I can wipe my brow. A little. Edits forthcoming...

Speaking of edits, I sent back The House Eaters and I've arrived at the rip-snorting, action-packed portion of Loathesome, Dark, and Deep...which means I'm almost done with my final edits. Which means I need to write a query letter. And a synopsis. And shove some bamboo splinters under my nails--er, not that last one. But I guess it shows how I feel about the querying process, huh?

Off to teach. My students (those who didn't freeze over the weekend) should be here soon.

17 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

5 short list!? You are an animal. Congrats on the Antho selection. This one is definitely on my to buy list this year.

Aaron Polson said...

Jamie - It's only fair to say that three flash stories have been shortlisted for the same antho...obviously only one might make it.

Jeremy Kelly said...

You are off to a rip roaring start this year. Good luck in the short lists. Oh, and the dreaded query letter.

Cate Gardner said...

Congrats many times over.

katey said...

Congratulations on the acceptance-- I'm already very excited about that collection, and this just ups it. Congratulations on the edits-- nothing like finishing off a huge one like that. And, of course, sympathies on the querying. I think there's nothing I dislike more about writing, and never could be. Bamboo splinters under the nails would be a relief.

Aaron Polson said...

Jeremy - I'll cool off soon enough. Feast or famine, right?

Cate - Thanks many times over.

Katey - BT has really sweetened it through all the updates. This writing thing is hell on my ulcer.

Michael Stone said...

Congratulations, and here's to a few more sales very soon!

Martin Turton said...

Congrats on Blade Red! I think I'm in the "close but not close enough" group :) Still, I have two flashes on hold at the other antho; fingers crossed I'll be able to share a ToC with you there.

Aaron Polson said...

Michael - I won't hold my breath (and I wouldn't advise any one else to, either). But thanks.


Martin - You'll place your piece soon, then. Sounds like they had some good reads. Best of luck with the flash.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Woohoo on CARGO! That is going to be a GREAT anthology : )

Danielle Ferries said...

Congrats on Cargo, that's fantastic news.

BT said...

Congratulations on making into the best antho to be released in 2010 - at least that's my totally unbiased opinion :c)

I'm pretty sure all notifications to the shortlisted will be finalised today. We had a couple of last minute hiccups that you won't believe, but at least everyone will know their fates in the next few hours or so.

I'll put everyone who has commented here down for two copies each on pre-order...your invoice will be in the mail shortly :c)

Aaron Polson said...

Natalie - Looks like it - thanks!

Danielle - Thanks, good to have you "back".

BT - I think Jamie said he wanted five. ;)

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the shortlistings! Five, eek!

It's awful that the reward for completing a manuscript is writing a synopsis and query. The reward for completing a manuscript should be, like, a sinful dessert with lots of chocolate and booze in it.

K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, and I forgot to congratulate you on the accept! That's amazing and fantastic! You deserve a sinful dessert. :)

Aaron Polson said...

K.C. - I will eat a whole week of them (sinful desserts). Heh.

Nishant said...

obviously only one might make it.

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