I've only been outside once since we returned from Amherst last Friday. And I almost perished in a cat-triggered squirrel attack. I think I'll stay in today.
If you haven't heard, I'll be reading from Agents of Dreamland at KGB Bar in Manhattan on October 19th, at 7 p.m. This will be my fifth time reading at KGB since May 2001. Jack Ketchum (Dallas Mayr), will also be reading that night.
Yesterday didn't go so well, and that's a little unnerving, because I'm still a long way from fully convinced that the crises of this past summer, The Drought, is behind me. Still, September and the start of October was exactly as productive as it should have been. I wrote The Chartreuse Alphabet, parts one and two, "Animals Pull the Night Around Their Shoulders," and made a finished novella out of scraps to create "M is for Mars." I probably did close to twenty thousand words in the last month, plus all the peripheral writing work that isn't actually writing. So, back on track, but no so back on track that a bad day doesn't scare me.
Also, we finished reading my aunt's second novel, and I read Gemma Files' very effective story, "Little Ease," in Ellen Datlow's Children of Lovecraft, the new anthology that also includes a new piece by me, "Excerpts for An Eschatology Quadrille." The book has a cover by Mike Mignola, and you seriously need to pick up a copy:
Please visit our eBay page to see the current auctions. Gonna need some extra cash to get me to and back from Manhattan this month. Readings are expensive. Thank you. Also, Spooky says, "We've lowered our shipping costs on eBay, offering media rate as the default instead of priority. I believe everything up right now has been listed accordingly - the novels, for sure. Priority shipping has just gotten so silly expensive over the years, even with tracking and insurance up to $50 included." So, there's that, too.
Time to make the doughnuts!