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May 7th, 2010


     So I just wrote a really good post--it took me half an hour and it was just loaded with great info and nuggets of wisdom. You would have loved it--it might have changed the world. However, I decided when I was done with it to upload a user pic (see above) and when I got back to my post it was gone. Gone, gone, gone. Argghh. So much for changing the world. Maybe next time.
     Anyway, here's basically what I wrote, minus the earth-shaking widsom and preternatural insights. 
     I started out with my basic apology for being so slow in my posts. Consider yourselves apologized to. I was much nicer the first time around. I then reported that Doug and I had a long delayed slush transfer about a month or so ago, and at 318 mss. it was the largest Doug has had in his Realms history! I said that Doug was mostly dug (ha ha, a pun!) out on his end, but that I was still bogged down. I had a buying moratorium for a while, since we were over-inventoried, and I made the executive decision (quite sensibly, I thought at the time) that since I still had a batch of stories from the batch before that one that I wanted to buy and couldn't, that I would wait to start reading the "new" batch, since I couldn't buy anything anyway. The "new" batch is about to be no longer new, but I did get to buy the stack that was on hold. Here's what I bought:

The Fall of the Moon, by Jay Lake (feel better, Jay!)
The Swan Troika by Richard Parks
Middle, by Eilis O'Neal
Maiden, Mother, Crone, by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky
The Banjo Singer by Dennis Danvers
Tools of the Devil by Jerry Oltion
The Time of his Life by Scott William Carter
Congratulations, all!

     I then talked about how cluttered my home/office is by piles of manuscripts, both short fiction and novel length. I felt sorry for myself and said that I didn't know how I kept up with it, except that I often don't.
     I then gave you some news on my day-to-day activities which you may or may not find of interest. I had dinner with Ellen Datlow last week and she very kindly took a picture of me for the WFC '11 committee to use on their website. Thanks, Ellen! And if there's anyone with more books and manuscripts around the place than me, it would have to be Ellen. But somehow she always keeps up with hers! Then, the night before last, I spoke to a fantasy writing class at NYU. The students were eager, lovely and well taught by my old friend Karen Heuler (who was actually my boss at my first-ever editorial job at Firehouse Magazine. Yes, you read that right. Firehouse Magazine. Deal.) If any of you are reading this, it was great to meet you and I'm sorry if I depressed you with my tales of the publishing industry! Then finally, last night I met another old friend (also from Firehouse!) for a wonderful dinner at Metrozur restaurant in Grand Central Station. The food was fabulous and so was the company. Hi Joanna! 
     And now, for the second and last time, here's the news you've all been waiting for--the winners of the first annual Realms of Fantasy Reader awards:
Fiction: Our Lady of Scarlet, by Tanith Lee
Art: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's illo for Impractical Cats, by K.D. Wentworth

Runners up were:
Fiction: Bob and the Mermaid, by Bill Eakin
Art: John Kaine for his illo for Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts, by Ben Francisco.
You might be interested to know that John is Tanith's lovely and talented husband. And I mean lovely in both the British and American senses!
     Winners will receive tropies when we figure out how to acquire them, and runners-up will just have to bask in the glow of approbation.         Congratulations to all of you!

That's all for now folks--ttul!



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