::whew:: That was exciting. For those who wonder where the heck Epiphany went for the latter half of last week and the weekend — the webhost company that houses the site got hit with a server attack. They’ve fixed the problem, but as you might notice, they also restored all the sites from older backups, so my last post and several recent comments are no longer here. Sorry! Fortunately, though, chapter 1 of The Broken Kingdoms is still up.
I’ve made another subtle change — got rid of the comment threading. I really, really prefer threaded comments, but because of the current WordPress template, that made for very long, attenuated comment fields that just… well… looked weird. I’m going to see if I can figure out a way to put comment numbering in place, so that people can respond to previous comments by just noting which number they’re addressing. Failing that, for now, folks are just going to have to call each other by name. (Waits for the gasps of horror to fade.)
Been quiet lately for another reason — yesterday was my birthday! So spent the whole weekend doing fun stuff with friends and family… but also working, because that’s how I roll. So my writing group and I did another Altered Fluid reading on Saturday morning for the Hour of the Wolf radio show — you can go listen to it in stream format here — and yesterday, I did a live interview with Chicago radio station WVON AM, as part of a kickass show on speculative fiction by black writers. Got to hear, but not interact with, Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, and also got to chat with Nnedi Okorafor. ::squee:: That was fun.
Am a bit philosophical about being a year older, in good ways and bad. I’ve achieved some of what I wanted to do in life — published author! living in New York!
fame and fortune some other stuff! — but not everything, so of course for me a birthday is a chance to regroup and re-focus. My first and foremost goal right now is to find a new job, since I never intended to be a full-time author permanently; was just doing it until I finished book 3. My second, overlapping goal, is to write another book — and shhhh, but I’m working on a new epic fantasy! It’s not solidified enough for me to share details here, but it’s a completely new world, unrelated to the Inheritance Trilogy, and it starts with the end of the world. Yay! (?)
Good stuff’s been happening on the short story publication front, too. I’ve sold a short piece called “The Singular Taffy-Puller” to the VanderMeers’ new The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, which has me super-excited because I loved the previous Thackery Lambshead collection. I also sold a cyberpunk short story called “The Trojan Girl” to Weird Tales, which actually happened a couple of months ago but I think I forgot to mention here.
So had a fun, busy, thinky weekend. What about you?