Here’s what I have to tell you today:
1. I’m ecstatic to announce that my ridiculous story “The Elixir of the Not-So-Disgusting Death Smell” will at some point appear in Mothership Zeta, a new magazine edited by Mur Lafferty. Mothership Zeta will be all about publishing fun speculative stories, and I’m excited for a couple of reasons: one, I really think we could use some more SF/F magazines that are dedicated to pure enjoyment, and two, I’m absurdly attached to this silly little story. I wrote the first draft of it a long time ago, and I’ve been trying to sell some version of it for years now. (I’ve come agonizingly close a couple of times, which has only made it less of a hope and more of a Quest.) In fact, one of the previous drafts was actually my submission story for Clarion West, so I feel super sentimental about what’s essentially a screwball romantic comedy with zombies and Girl Scout cookies.
Publication date is unknown for now, but rest assured, I will update with bouncy enthusiasm when I know more.
2. You probably won’t hear much (or any) from me for the rest of the week. I’m headed up to Spokane, WA tomorrow for my very first Worldcon. I’ve been to big fandom conventions (Comic-Con, DragonCon) and little writer conventions (FOGCon, Potlatch), but never to Big Writing Conventions before. These are my basic expectations:
A. I will have fun hanging out with my sister and my buddies.
B. I will consider talking to writers/editors whose work I’ve read and admired.
C. I will reject the previous consideration in favor of hiding away in my room or, if forced into some kind of social situation, smiling uncomfortably and not saying anything at all.
D. I will watch the various controversies that unfold, particularly after the Hugos are announced. (I will not be attending the Hugos.)
E. I will buy too many books because my To-Read pile is becoming dangerously close to being reasonable, and we can’t have that.
A write-up of Worldcon may or may not follow next week in which I’ll determine if these expectations were met.
3. Finally, obviously the most important announcement: there is only one episode left in Teen Wolf before the show goes on hiatus again.
The world is cruel.