Forward to November, 2005...
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In all the hassle of last week, I forgot to post this announcement here on my "main" journal/blog/whatsit....
Lisa Silverthorne's debut collection The Sound of Angels has just been released and is now available, in hardcover and trade paperback, from Wildside Press. You can get it from Amazon, B&N and all the usual places.
The collection includes her Nebula Preliminary Ballot title story, "The Sound of Angels," originally published in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology BENDING THE LANDSCAPE. Dean Wesley Smith provides the introduction. Lisa's stories in general are gentle, heartrending, nostalgic, and bittersweet. Some of them are shocking and visceral, and all resonate on the emotional level.
She writes sf, fantasy, borderline mainstream, romantic slipstream, new weird, old ethereal -- whatever. If we have to talk movements, I categorize Lisa as an "Island in the Stream" (scroll down to see the Sunday 7-10-05 entry for the definition).
Having been fortunate to preview this collection in its manuscript stages, I recommend her work with all my heart.
Go get your copy now.
Huge news -- the 4-month remodel was done last Saturday (10-15-05) and on Monday (10-17-05) I immediately initiated the mortgage refinance to get the equity money back. On Thursday (10-20-05), the appraiser came and saw the new kitchen, two bathrooms, laundry nook and other home improvements, including new sewer pipes, new copper pipes, new sprinklers, etc.
To prepare for the appraisal I cleaned the house like crazy, putting away all the stuff back in its new places, washed every dish and pot and pan we own by hand before putting it in its new place in the new kitchen, and nearly killed myself in the process. Now, this week the refinance should proceed and we are expecting to close on the 30th of this month. These are the bare facts, but you have no idea of the intensity and levels of exhaustion that went into this whole process, and now my parents and the animals and I are recuperating in a finally peaceful and (mostly) clean house. I still have to clean up my bedroom and office, but it's not an insane rush anymore, and the rest of the place is all decent. :-)
Now, I think I can finally get back to regular posting.
For starters, finally, *drumroll and fanfare* my PS Publishing novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass is finally out and available! Go and get your copy now. :-)
More news soon. Hopefully, tomorrow.