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"Night, in Dark Perfection" illo by YK

“Night, in Dark Perfection” illo by YK

First of all, I have a reprint from Clarkesworld #59, “Night, in Dark Perfection” in Science Fiction World, the Chinese SF Magazine. I’d give the link but it doesn’t seem to be working at the moment (Gov. interference or just a down server, your guess is as good as mine). I do have the illustration, by an artist who wishes to be known as YK. I’ve included a scan of the first page, though I don’t read Chinese, so I’ll take their word for it. 🙂

And yes, finally, the rough draft of the novella project is complete at just over 35k words. Tough to say how close to the final word count it’ll be. I usually end up adding more words than I cut out, and I cut out quite a few. This time, however, there are a few continuity issues I’ll have to address, so I really don’t know. The working title is “Little Fire and Fog,” but that’s likely going to change…as will significant portions of the text. Rough drafts are called that for a reason.

The novella has to sit and cool for a bit before I tackle the rewrite, which is fine since there’s a short story I want to tackle next, then probably back to the LoP series, barring the unexpected. I can’t leave Marta hanging fire forever.

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With my location and schedule being what it is, I don’t do a lot of signings, but for anyone interested I will be at the Vicksburg Public Library (700 Veto Street, Vicksburg, MS) tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th from Noon to 4PM, signing copies of Southern Haunts along with Alexander Brown, Diane Ward, and possibly more contributors to the anthology. I’ll have copies of several of my own books as well, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by.

Also, last week my contributor’s copies to the Clarkesworld, Year 4 compilation anthology arrived last week, which includes my story, “Night, in Dark Perfection” in addition to others by a lot of other people, you know, Hugo and Nebula winners and that ilk. Check it out.