Friday, April 29, 2005

Windy City

I'm about to catch a plane for Chicago for the Nebula Awards to see if I can win one. There are a lot of great stories in my category, though; I'll be overjoyed and flummoxed if I win, but I'll be pretty delighted if Greg or Ken or Eileen win, too.

And that variant would have the added advantage that I wouldn't have to read an acceptance speech... which I am going to write on the plane... ugh. I know, I've got extrovert brain chemistry and whatnot, shouldn't be a problem, eh? But you know. Something about it makes my skin crawl.

However, don't get me wrong... I am hoping to have this problem. :-)

Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Moses and Miriam

So at our family's seder we go around and tell the Passover story in our own words, right?

This year, Aviva (who also sang the intro to the Four Questions in pitch-perfect Aramaic -- well, with per-phrase prompting -- and cleared all the dishes, and generally had a great time and was delightful) told the story of Moses and Miriam, as follows:

"they wanted to kill the baby. but miriam said to her mommy, put him in a box. so they made a box. then miriam hid in the grass. she was little and she hid in the grass and her LITTLE BROTHER was in the box, um, um, um, and then this little princess came and she said 'I want a baby! But I dont have any milk!' and then Miriam JUMPED OUT and she said 'I know a woman who has milk!' and they got her and she gave the milk and it was MOSES'S MOMMY and then Moses grew up in the castle!"

Aviva is all about the saving little brothers from immanent peril.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005


I'm reading tonight at the KGB Bar in New York City. I'm about to go catch the Metro to the train station.

This should be fun!

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Monday, April 4, 2005

Crunchy Free Metafiction In Nine Crunchy Formats!

All ten of the stories I've licensed to them are now up at my page on Fictionwise. Two of them, "Embracing-the-New" and "Biographical Notes to 'A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes' by Benjamin Rosenbaum", are free on Fictionwise on account of the whole award thing. So if you want to go there and grab them for your Mobipocket or Franklin or Palm thingies or what have you, go for it. You can even rate them, so I'll have more ego-stats to obsessively check. I also get five cents when you download them. Ka-ching!

Of course, you can also get them here and here, respectively.

There's also some stuff up that I haven't yet otherwise released to the web -- "The City of Peace" for 42 cents, "The Valley of Giants" and "Red Leather Tassels" for 49 cents each, "Droplet" for 79 cents, and "The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale" for a whopping 85 cents. I'll probably put these up for free and Creative Commons them sooner or later, but I'm holding off for now; partly I'm interested in empirical data on that whole "does giving things away help or hurt sales?" question.

And if you are a true glutton/obsessive/PDA-cyborg/completionist, you can buy "Start the Clock" for 75 cents instead of reading it for free here, shell out 49 cents for "The Death Trap of Dr. Nefario" instead of reading it for free at Infinite Matrix, or give Fictionwise the 49 cents for "The Book of Jashar" that you really should probably be donating to the Strange Horizons fundraising drive since they published it first for free. (And by the same logic you might want to donate to Infinite Matrix, too).

Go crazy. :-)

(For writers interested in the economic side of this, the first batch of stories went up on 3/7, and Fictionwise owes me $118.79 in royalties so far -- $96.66 of which is due to the 2397 people who have downloaded "Embracing-the-New" for free. Next most popular is "Droplet" with 33 downloads -- maybe because of the phrase "Lovergirls, built long ago for pleasure and servitude" in the description?)

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