• a Dublin weekend

    I’m travelling to Dublin today. I’ll be interviewing Kim Newman on the subject of “Writing Horror” for members of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild later in the evening. I’ve been prepping for it this week, but since Kim is an authority on the genre I expect I’ll only have to nudge him with the occasional question. There’s been strong interest in the talk, and I expect the room will be full. Yet, I haven’t forgotten it’s Thursday, so here’s my weekly piece of fiction in under 140 characters: We nibbled crumbs of data first – a byte filled us – then chomped and gobbled mega. Now, we swallow banquets…

  • a flash sale

    Today I heard from Tyree Campbell, the editor of Aoife’s Kiss, that my flash short story, “Homunculus”, will appear in the September 2008 edition of the publication. Hurray! Eastercon, or Orbital 2008 (the annual UK SF convention), is two weeks away, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s my first Eastercon, but it won’t be my last as I’m already booked in for the following year: Eastercon LX. I’m impressed with the programme for Orbital, which has panels and events running into the late evening every day. I won’t be bored. I’m contributing on three panels during the convention: At 10am on Saturday in the Commonwealth East and West…