Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oh, Canada

It's extremely surreal to sit here at my computer, three kilometres from downtown, and look at pictures of police cars burning. At Queen and Spadina.

Between this and the earthquake, it's been a week of disturbance.

And, as always, the literal upheaval is mirrored by another sort, in my mind, where a tectonic shift opens rifts in the landscape and shows me a new face of my earth. And I think about Operation Mincemeat and Schwerer Gustav and tiny china horses, and from this thought comes something springing, bright and spiny, through the broken soil.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Epic Rejection

The rejection from Apex was concise and polite, and ended with an encouraging invitation to submit more work. In short, the kind of rejection I usually receive. So what made it epic?

Maybe the fact that while I read it, there was an earthquake.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Friend in need

Alyssa Smith, one of my fellow slush readers at Ideomancer, has just lost her home to a fire.

Rose Fox has the story and a donation account set up here. If you're reading this, especially if you know Alyssa, please consider donating and/or boosting the signal.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ideomancer June Issue

Ideomancer's June issue is up today. It includes, as always, reviews, poetry, and brilliant stories.

"Saint Stephen Street" by Ilan Lerman is a quietly devastating look at a world slipping away. Lon Prater's "The Atrocities of King George" adds vampires to a historical moment and comes up with an answer wholly different from the amusing mashups we've recently seen. Megan Arkenberg's "The Copperroof War" untangles the threads of a court intrigue starting from its violent end.

Read, enjoy, and spread the word.