Today

I’m tired. Another long day, but I wanted to check in with you fun internet kids, just to keep you up to date on the world. I’ve calmed down and am quietly preparing for my interview on Friday. I’m taking solace in the fact that I’ll be on holidays in less than 48 hrs. I’m not googling ‘symptoms +’ to find out what the pain in my chest is – most likely it’s a strained muscle between two ribs, and I’ll know that for sure come Saturday when I see the doctor. I’m not editing this month’s Locus columns yet, either. That can wait till the weekend. I also should have some project news round then too.

So, what am I doing? Well, I’m reading Jay Lake’s Escapement, which is swell. I think Jay is getting better and better as a writer, and this is his best book length work yet. I am wondering how changing around from one type of book to another will affect his profile with readers, but I am seriously interested in reading Green. I’m also reading Ken Scholes’ collection. This guy is not so well known right now, but I think he will be. In between reading those, I’m just now beginning to work my way through the collected short fiction of Peter Beagle so that I’ll be ready to do his ‘Best of’. It’s a fun task to be faced with.

Oh, and I’ve been meaning to comment on the launch of Tor.com. I drafted and redrafted something that commented on the mini-blogstorm that showed up, and then realised it wasn’t necessary. I like the site. It’s not a killer app for SF folk, but then I don’t think it was ever intended to be and I’m not sure we live in the age of killer apps anymore. What it is, though, is an interesting blog site with good fiction. I wish they published more fiction (Patrick Nielsen Hayden edited the only original antho series of the past 20 years that I wish I’d edited – Starlight – so his editing more short fiction is very welcome news to me), and I wish they organised the blog posts regularly, but I’m very happy it exists, will be checking it regularly, and would recommend it to you. It’s at www.tor.com.

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