Destination Future


>In the short amount of time I have today, I have two really exciting things to share. I wanted to do a large post about it, but yeah, the time factor, so this will have to do. Plus, “Parasite” needs to get submitted again (meaning I need to glance over it), as I received a kind, personal rejection from Abyss & Apex the other day. Hopefully I can find the right home for that story soon.

First, Clarion accepted me for the class of 2011!! I’m so happy about this. Thrilled to death. And, today I’ve worked out the financial details, so I’m even happier than when I got the acceptance email about two weeks ago and then had to sit on the news. This is really going to happen!

Second, I just stumbled upon a review Cat Rambo did of Destination: Future. I respect Cat’s work a lot (I loved her “Amid the Words of War” for Lightspeed), and she says some really nice things:

Erin E. Stocks’ “The Light Stones,” moves in fantasy-ish direction, slightly flavored with Vance or Leiber-like overtones. Like so many of the other stories, it delights and provokes thought.

Yay!

Oh, AND, I finally found yellow split peas at the most gorgeous Whole Foods I’ve ever seen in my entire life last weekend in Chicago. Now I can make more of those vegan recipes I’ve been waiting to do (from Appetite for Reduction, naturally), since Moskowitz uses the yellow split peas as a thickener or replacement for flour.

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>A short yet hearty review of “The Light Stones,” which was exciting for me. I never found the story creepy much (whereas others of mine have had that effect on me), but I can see how worms invoke that sensation in others.

And, mushroom cannelinis and caulipots.

While I thoroughly enjoyed my leftovers today for lunch, I wasn’t as thrilled with the initial meal on Saturday. I believe the caulipots (cauliflower, tiny golden potatoes, veggie broth) just needed more salt, and the mushroom cannelinis perhaps fresh dill on top, and lots of it, rather than the dried dill that I used. Just more flavor, and that leafy green-ness that gives things a fresh, crisp taste.

Reading lately: Over the weekend, I made it about twenty-five pages through Amanda Downum’s The Bone Palace before I put it down, although I’m willing to say it’s me, not the book. As much as I love the idea of a third gender and necromancy and royal suspicions, I wasn’t interested enough, nor driven crazy by hooks like I hope for every time I pick up a new book. Maybe it’s too traditional for my current tastes? But today I did buy Kameron Hurley’s God’s War, which I’ve been looking forward to for awhile now. And I was still hooked five pages later. The writing lacks a certain lyrical eloquence, but more than makes up for it in color and grit and blood, and I’m perfectly willing to make that trade. Also, Holly Black’s White Cat, which is finally in paperback. I managed to resist Jo Walton’s Among Others, because it’s hardcover – we’ll see how long I can hold off on that one.

There’s more I want to dither on about, including the AMAZING Caitlyn R. Kiernan reprint I read yesterday, which John Joseph Adams may publish in Lightspeed. I really hope he does – the writing is simply stunning. Someday I will write like that, no matter how much blood and sweat it takes. Anyway, we’ve been seeing a lot of really good slush submissions lately, too, several of which he’s accepted, and I’m very eager to see published. Most of them have phenomenal worldbuilding, an exciting plot, and well-rounded characters that usually have some serious flaws, e.g., very human, and with the occasional AI thrown in. Keep ’em coming!

>I got tired of waiting for my contributor’s copy, so I decided to purchase my own copy of this book:

And voila!

I can’t wait to go home and look at it.

I also purchased an anthology from Australia today – it’s gotten extremely high reviews, but it’s only available there for some reason, this little anthology of novellas called X6. Shipped from so far away, I think $44 is a good deal, considering so many American anothos even at Borders are at least $20.

I’m nearly just as excited to read those stories as I am to go home and look at Light Stones in print. Getting a novella published is my next goal, although I suppose I need to write a good one. Maybe I should start with a novelette. Like Braeberry Street, which will go through one more revision after tax season.

>A real book! Well, just a story, but if it matters, it’s still John’s favorite story of mine, despite the constant revisions of Braeberry Street. But no, this is Light Stones, not Braeberry, which apparently keeps trying to steal all the attention it can, greedy little short.

Glamorous cover art and all, the Destination Future anthology can be found here.