Monthly Archives: May 2012

ConNotations NewsZine

My paper copy of ConNotations arrived today! 

I love the fiction of my field and subscribe to several magazines. But I also love the news of my genre.  I want to know what is being published, who is nominated for an award, which conventions are when, and where, and what new movies are coming out.

For information of that sort, I turn to ConNotations and to Locus Magazine.

 ConNotations comes on newsprint and arrives every other month in my mailbox. And as I always do, I sat down and thumbed through the new issue.  There were some great discoveries for me, regarding the new Dr. Who girl, a BBC update on The Three Musketeers, information on signings and author events, and some book reviews. 

ConNotations is The Bi Monthly Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Convention Newszine of the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society.  You might think from the title that it’s only useful to folks living in Arizona.  You would be wrong.  It does focus on Arizona, but articles on the nominees for the Nebula Award, a listing of the upcoming Summer Movies, and announcements about Chicon and writers contests make it relevant to anyone with an interest in SF and Fantasy and Horror.

Part of the pleasure of Locus (The NewsMagazine of the SF Field) and ConNotations for me is leaning back in my office chair and enjoying them with my cat.  But for those of you who are more pixel oriented, I recommend the CASFS website.

Locus comes once a month,a glossy paged magazine with lots of color photos, and in depth coverage of the SF/fantasy field.  If I want to find out who sold movie rights, which author just landed a new contract, and what books are due out next month, I look in Locus.  It also does a lot of color photography and coverage of the convention scene, and reviews of both short stories in the ficiton magazines and novels.

For Locus, again, I love to get it on paper. But  there is an online version here.

Recommended for people who write fantasy/SF, want to write, or just want to know the latest rumors!


A Conversation with Helen Lowe

I’ve very much enjoyed the first two volumes in Helen Lowe’s The Wall of Night series.   The first volume is The Heir of Night.  Nicely convoluted plot, well realized setting and complex characters.  All written by an interesting person! Recently Helen and I got together on line to chat about books, writing and fantasy in… Continue Reading

Fandom Fest, Louisville, Kentucky

Just thought I would post my schedule for Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky.   This gathering goes from June 29 to July 1 and covers a wide spectrum of Fandom, from horror to fantasy, films and books, comics and games, and oh, yes, I gather there will be costumes! Friday 7pm Beckham Room Exploring Genres Fantasy:   An… Continue Reading

“Words Like Coins” update

As I mentioned in a previous post, “Words Like Coins”, a Six Duchies story first published in the Subterranean anthology A Fantasy Medley is now available as a lovely little e-book.  A great addition to the story is that it is now illustrated by Tom Kidd. Here is where you can find it. Please note… Continue Reading

“Words Like Coins” in e-forms

Good Morning! “Words Like Coins” is a Six Duchies story that was first published in the Subterranean anthology A Fantasy Medley.  This lovely little volume featured stories by Kate Elliott, Kelley Armstrong, C.E. Murhphy and myself.  It sold out in a heartbeat. Since then, I’ve heard from a number of readers asking if there is… Continue Reading

Elf Fantasy Fair and The Netherlands in 2012

So, just a bit of a recap here!  I’ve many fond memories, and friends have sent me some nice photos. I did some interviews during my visit, so I think I’ll add links to those here as well:    This one is at Magictales  with Cocky van Dijk and here is one at Planet Aeon with… Continue Reading

Wednesday, May 16th

If you enjoy Reddit’s AMA’s, then you should mark your calendars now!  🙂 I’ll be interviewing/ MC’ing a question and answer session with Helen Lowe at 6 PM Pacific time.   I’ve been recommending her books for over a year now.  Heir of Night was  the first book in what promises to be a four book… Continue Reading