Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day - To You and You and You...

Okay - so I don't pretend to have a deep involvement or any particular stake in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, or their red-state - blue-state-like division over electronic publishing and Creative Commons and whatnot. But I know a good fake internet holiday when I see one, and Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day looks like one for the ages. Having just posted a bunch of stories with Creative Commons licences a week ago; and having just figured out that today is the day; and having just worked out that according to this guy, I am a scab (and therefore must spend the rest of the evening atempting to redefine exactly what one means when one says scab) - I will just wish everyone a very Happy Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, and direct you to the website, where you can read some stories.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Lawrence Nickle pictures posted...

... at least as illustrations, for The Sloan Men and The Pit-Heads for now. I'm going to set up a proper page for my dad on the web site real soon. In the meantime, here's his page at the Ingram Gallery, his dealer in Toronto.

An add to the website...

I've just posted an old essay written by my pal and onetime collaborator Karl Schroeder and I, about the delicate work involved in collaborating on a short story. A version of it was published in On Spec magazine, but the full, collaborators'-cut glory of it is available here.

Monday, April 16, 2007

It's been a good first day in the yard...

With no small thanks due to my pal Cory Doctorow, who was kind enough to sprinkle some magic boingboing dust on The Devil's Exercise Yard; and Peter Watts, who linked me up to his high-tech rifters.com armature. At least 241 hits on the first day; 541 page views. Almost certainly more, 'cuz I only started counting around 4.

Not. Bad. At. All.

I promise, at some point this blog will have more universally useful content than heartfelt thank-yous to friends that do me good.

The obligatory first post...

... And not much to report on it.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I spent some time at the World Horror Convention here in Toronto. It was easily the most enjoyable and hopefully professionally useful convention I've been into in this town, and certainly one of the best I've been to ever. So I'm happy to launch this thing with an unambiguous shout-out to Amanda Foubister, Steve Jones and Mandy Slater, along with the rest of the con team, for putting on such a professional, enjoyable and just damn rich show in my hometown.