April stories. Yay!

• Caren Gussoff’s “Section iii,” originally published in Abyss and Apex, was podcast(ed?) by Dark Fiction.

• Cat Rambo’s “Soft,” which she describes as “overly didactic science fiction flash,” appeared in Daily Science Fiction. 

• “The Fisher Queen,” also by Cat, was published in Fish. It’s an Excerpt from the Arthurian cycle set on the Outer Banks.

• And in more Cat Rambo news (yay, Cat!), “Dagger and Mask”–space opera assassin and pirate captain–appeared in The Other Half of the Sky.

• Emily C. Skaftun’s “Final Testament of a Weapons Engineer” was published in After Death. In it a dead man must prevent his children from stumbling onto the booby trap he set for himself.

“Melt With You,” also by Emily (and permit me to squee, for this is me!), appeared in Clarkesworld. It’s a tale of religious war among garden decorations. Also available in audio.

Happy 2013, y’all! Here are some HM publications/news to get the year started.

• Sandra M. Odell’s “The Poison Eater” appeared in the anthology Deep Cuts from Evil Jester Press.

• Eliza Hirsch’s story “A Map of the Heart” came out in Con(viction): Anthology of the Con.

“The Passing of Grandmother’s Quilt” by Cat Rambo appeared on Every Day Fiction. It’s a flash piece about the grieving process.

• Issue #16 of Shimmer came out this month, with editing by Keffy R.M. Kehrli.

• January’s issue of The Colored Lens contained stories by TWO miscuers. Kris Millering’s “Those Who Do Not Reap” is about aliens, alien sex, and how stories grow. Emily C. Skaftun’s “A Fairy Tale” is a cautionary tale about firefly hunting, magic, and relationships.

• The stage version of Liz Argall’s “Dear Ms. Moon” was/will be performed January 26th and February 2 as part of Pulp Diction. If you missed the shows you can read or listen to the story.

• And finally, Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, is available now, with stories by ANOTHER TWO miscuers! Not only will you get Caren Gussoff’s new novel start, “Free Bird,” and Erik Owomoyela’s “Steal the Sky,” but the proceeds from the book support the Carl Brandon Society, which helps more awesome people attend Clarion and Clarion West. The anthology is only available until June.

Remember, remember! The month of December!

In all the excitement about the end of the year I kind of forgot that December is also a month. And yet, Miscuers still published things!

• One of them is a book! Sandra M. Odell’s The Twelve Ways of Christmas was released by Hydra House. Publishers Weekly calls it “a bewitching enterprise.”

• Caren Gussof was part of a GalleyCat crew who rewrote the mostest purplest vampire book ever, “Varney the Vampire.” It’s free at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266802

• Caren’s story “Anything Chocolate” is also live now at Toasted Cake. Yum!

• Cat Rambo’s story “Events at Fort Plentitude,” which originally appeared in Weird Tales, was podcastified by Tales to Terrify. It features a frontier rife with fox and snake women, frozen soldiers, and flying demons.

• Emily C. Skaftun’s “The Red Sno-Cones Are Not for Sale” appeared at Every Day Fiction. It’s a “chilling” tale of ice-cream trucks gone bad.

Another month . . .

Another bunch of stories to read! This November has seen:

• Caren Gussoff’s short, “The Moon Illusion,” is at mixer. I could describe it, but you may as well just read it. Go on!

• Sandra M. Odell’s “Dining with Salmoxis” is now up at Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi. It was written from the shadows.

• Emily C. Skaftun’s not-particularly-SF story, “Like Braces for Broken Teeth,” is at Every Day Fiction. Read it to find out what roads eat.

• and, last but not least, Derek Zumsteg’s novelette, “Musici,” is in the latest issue of Electric Velocipede.

Norwescon Schedule – Caren Gussoff

Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Grand 2
Banquet
Rated: $
Dr. John G. Cramer, Cory Doctorw, Caren Gussoff, David Hartwell, Lelsie
Howle, John Jude Palencar, Vernor Vinge

Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Cascade 7
Testing the Limits of Urban Fantasy
What’s beyond all the vamps, werewolves, angels, and demons?  Having
explored all of the old tropes, what’s next?
Cat Rambo (M), Caren Gussoff, Jaye Wells

Friday, 11:00 a.m., Cascade 6
Independent and Small Press Publishing
Thinking about starting up a small press? What do you need to know? Where do
you find authors and artists? What niche do your books fill? Do you need a
million bucks, or will a couple hundred do? How do you get what you publish
into stores?  Are independent small press projects financially viable in
today’s market?
Caren Gussoff (M), Rosemary Jones, Rose O’Keefe, Mary Robinette Kowal

Friday, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Evergreen 1 & 2 (18+)
Fannish Fetish Fashion Show
We want. Flesh! Flesh for fantasy.
Surrender your flesh to your fantasies of delicious latex and lustful
corsets.  The Fannish Fetish Fashion Show is at it again!  This year there
is magic in the air, mystery around the corner, Tempting Tarts Burlesque and
a few surprises hidden up our sleeves (or is that tucked away snug under
that bustier?).   You know you want to take a peek…
Rated: A
Laurie Reynolds, emcee: Caren G.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Cascade 5
The Clarion West Writers Workshop
The Clarion West Workshop is in its 27th year of providing a six-week
workshop for writers of fantasy and science fiction. Graduates of Clarion
West will talk about their experience and answer your questions.
Leslie Howle (M), Greg Cox, Caren Gussoff, Jordan Lapp, David J. Williams

Saturday, 10:00 p.m., Cascade 6
Can We Change the World through Science Fiction?
The literature of speculative fiction provides the perfect oeuvre to hold a
mirror up to humanity and look at who we are and what we might become.  By
telling tales of “the other” we discover ourselves.  By projecting current
trends forward, we ask “what if?” and compare the world that is with worlds
that might be.  Fantastic fiction has long been the home of astute social
commentary and in-depth exploration of what it means to be human; but can it
be used as an art form to teach critical thinking?  Writers have long used
SF to tell allegorical stories that criticize political realties and
challenge us to question the status quo. How deep of an impact can
literature, or any art form, have on informing people’s thoughts and
behavior?
Leslie Howle (M), Caren Gussoff, Todd Lockwood, Ian McDonald, David J.
Williams

Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Cascade 6
Best Online Markets for Writers
What are the best online markets for short fiction in 2010?  Who is
publishing the best science fiction?  Who is publishing the best fantasy?
What’s new and exciting?  What are the best-paying markets?  We’ll discuss
the latest and greatest.
Cat Rambo (M), Caren Gussoff, Jordan Lapp, Eric James Stone

Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Cascade 6
Bloggers as Public Intellectuals
Is the blogosphere spawning a contemporary generation of important public
thinkers? Who are the ones you can’t afford to miss? What are they saying?
Caren Gussoff (M), Kurt Cagle, Cat Rambo, Derek Zumsteg