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M. David Blake
Science fiction writer, et cetera
Science fiction writer, et cetera
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Happy Arbor Day! The actual date varies around the world, but Americans celebrate on the last Friday in April. (You can gauge the value Americans typically place on this particular day of celebration by the absolute lack of any commemorative Google doodle.)

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Lois Tilton reviewed STRAEON 1... and not only did she recommend our debut cover story ("Lady Sakura's Letters," by Juliette Wade), she also had complimentary words for fiction by Pat MacEwen, Gillian Daniels, Ian Creasey, Jenny Rae Rappaport, Robert Dawson, and Heather J. Frederick.

Wow! On behalf of all our writers, thank you—and I'll be celebrating tonight.

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2015 is already off to a good start! 8yo daughter presented me with a trophy for being the "Most Adventureus Eater."

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Oh, hey, this happened... and we were also able to raise the rates a little, in the process.

STRAEON now pays 1½¢ per word (and we'll need to sell approximately 500 copies just to break even, since content acquisition requires almost $1500 per book at that rate).

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SIGNAL BOOST: With 4:20 to go, An Alphabet of Embers has superfunded! Any donation over $20 also gets the audiobook.

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An Alphabet of Embers, edited by Rose Lemberg, is fully funded... but guess what? There are strrreeeeetttcch gooooaaalls. (No, don't try to pronounce that. You'll sprain your epiglottis.) Some of those stretch goals rock extremely hard, or so I've been told.

Ms. Lemberg is looking for "unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose." She'd like to see submissions between 500 and 1400 words in length, and you can find the complete guidelines here:

The (beautiful!) cover is by Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara. It includes fish, and a dancing figure.

Yes, that combination makes me happy. You know what else would make me happy? Seeing the anthology overfund by a sizable margin.

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Here's a project I'd like to see succeed: An Alphabet of Embers, edited by the irrepressible Rose Lemberg. The concept is described as "An anthology of unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose," and once funded will pay 6¢/word for original pieces, or 3¢/word for reprints (between 500–1400 words in length, although the upper cap might be raised if the project overfunds).

The volume is already two-thirds of the way toward an initial goal, but still needs a few thousand dollars to be successful. If your taste in the beautiful weird could be described as "epicurean," you might want to help this one move toward the finish line.

[Edited to fix a typo.]

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I am very pleased to announce "The Soldier Who Swung at the End of a Thread" will appear in XIII, from Resurrection House (edited by +Mark Teppo).

Tonight many good friends will receive Nebula awards. I'll celebrate twelve years of marriage. No slight to the Nebs, but I value this more.

As a reminder, the 2014 CAMPBELLIAN ANTHOLOGY will be removed from distribution on 19 May! (2015 CA arrives 15 Jan.)
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