Found out a couple of nice things this weekend. First, the WAY OF THE WIZARD anthology edited by John Joseph Adams has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award! The book features my own story “The Thirteen Texts of Arthyria” (which you can actually read for free online at ). The World Fantasy Awards will be given out in late October during the culmination of the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, CA. Should be a humdinger. I’d also like to note that John Joseph Adams was also nominated for a separate WFA in the category of Special Award-Professional. Good luck, JJA!

Secondly, my sci-fi/horror story “The Taste of Starlight” was published and podcasted by LIGHTSPEED ). Turns out the podcast of this horrifying deep-space story is a finalist for the PARSEC AWARD ( ). I’m sure this has to do with the bravura performance of actor Kristoffer Tabori, who brought the story to life in all its macabre and bloody madness. LIGHTSPEED is also a John Joseph Adams brainchild, which gives you another idea why he’s up for such a distinguished Professional award. The man is unstoppable! And he really knows how to pick ’em. Stories, that is.

One Last Flash: Yesterday I completed the first draft of SEVEN KINGS, i.e. Books of the Shaper, Volume II. Next comes the revisions stage. Meanwhile, the first galley proofs for SEVEN PRINCES are coming in tomorrow, so I’ll be sandwiching those in between my SK revisions.

Hey! January — and SEVEN PRINCES — are now only five months away.

Orbit should be doing a SEVEN PRINCES cover launch soon. Watch this space for shouting from the rooftops.