I've realized: I write to be somewhere other than where I am. Over the years, I've found my favorite non-where to be is Bluffton, a little town in the Driftless Zone of the Upper Midwest. Whenever I'm here, I'm there. Come visit.
I received word this morning that the podcast I've hosted since January 13 of this year, "Tales to Terrify"by name, has been nominated for a Parsec Award.
Thanks go out to the show's producer Tony C. Smith, co-editor Harry Markov, art director Skeet Scienski, and Tim Ward, who put all the information together for the Parsec committee. And of course thanks to the authors and artists without whom I'd just sit at the mic and mumble about my cat.
The Parsec Awards were founded in 2006 by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga and Tracy Hickman. They did so to “celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media.”
The shows are nominated by fans and finalists are chosen by a steering committee. That’s where we are now. We finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside of podcasting.
When we began after the first of the year, it was us and our big sister, the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa.
Now we are four.
The StarShip and Tales to Terrify have been joined by "Protecting Project Pulp" and "Crime City Central," classic adventure and crime fiction respectively. Taken together, we are "The District of Wonders Network." Stop by at http://districtofwonders.com/
So. On to the rest of the day. There is a new show up right now, one I've wanted to do since the beginning, William Hope Hodgson's "A Voice in the Dark."
Started writing at 5. Won a playground storytelling contest at 8. In my 50s I got 2 nominations for the Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers Association. In 2001, my novella "God Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate Him," was first. In 2010, I was named Best Narrator for 2009 by the StarShip Sofa in Great Britain.
In 2002, I adapted and directed an audio version of Gene Wolfe's "The Tree Is My Hat." The show had Neil Gaiman in the cast and the script was my second Stoker nod. Fun, but not as much as the playground contest.
As associate producer of the "Hyde & Seeke" tv series, I wrote, directed and supervised production throughout the show's first season. That was fun.
In 2003, "Catching" was Stoker Recommended and received Honorable Mention in the Annual YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR antho. "So Many Tiny Mouths" was so-mentioned the next year.
My first novel, JUST NORTH OF NOWHERE; was published in 2007. A mess of fiction will be out in 2010...much of which is still being written. Look for DRINK FOR THE THIRST TO COME.
I live in Chicago and am married to Tycelia, the love of my life. That’s the ultimate fun!