Tuesday, 31 December 2013

What's coming in 2014

Do you hear that? That squealing sound? It's this site struggling to stay alive... Or maybe I'm just hungry.

Some months ago I wrote a post on what I had done so far publishing-wise, and to this day it hasn't change much, so it is a nice read if you want to know how 2013 was for me. I made a couple of sales to add to that post, though: one of them to issue 14 of Innsmouth Magazine which is already out, gorgeously printed (or as an ebook).

Wings Issue cover

2013 was a nice year and, hopefully, 2014 will be better. Here's what's coming:

  • Sold "Squirrels", a piece of flash fiction, to Goldfish Grimm so you'll be able to read it soon. It's about squirrels, you know.
  • Sword & Mythos will be out in spring. Guess whose short story is blurbed in the back cover? Hint: is that lazy Mexican writer.
Sword & Mythos cover

  • Hopefully we'll manage to get an editor to finally release El escaque y otros trebejos, an interactive ebook in Spanish coded by my bf and illustrated by one of our friends. We finished the final draft a couple of years ago, but I'm not quite happy with all the words I made up and I think we need an editor to help me kill my darlings. Let's see.
  • It seems that 2 different versions of the same short story will be published in 2 different anthologies: one Mexican and the other German. But nothing is certain yet since both are non-paying markets and no contracts have been signed. I've already worked with the German translator and the outcome was pretty cool according to a friend who've already read the translation.
  • Mexican SF writers Alberto Chimal and Raquel Castro have started a census-like site which will gather bio-bibliography info about the Mexicans that are writing speculative fiction. It's a great project and I'm thrilled they asked me to be part of it.
Because we call it "literatura de imaginación"

  • I plotted a YA novel for NaNoWriMo but didn't manage to write more than a couple of lousy chapters. It's about Titan and cyborgs! I need to write that till my fingers bleed.
  • I'm also working on something experimental which I doubt someone would buy, so I'll self-publish it as soon as it's done and revised and edited and revised again and rewritten. I'm really exited about it so I'm hoping it'll be something you like as much as I'm liking the process of getting it done and not saying a word on what it is about :p.
Thanks for reading. See you next year (with more posts, I swear).

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A sloppy rebirth and some news

I'm the laziest person ever. I left this site unattended for a year and a half, and I think it grew wild, unsociable, surly; it's even full of weeds and creepy creatures hiding in the corners. I guess I have to do something about it. But I'm the laziest person ever...

Gladly I have some announcements so I can say this blog is alive! ALIVE!

  • My short story "Ahuizotl" (first appeared in Historical Lovecraft and translated into English by Silvia Moreno-Garcia) is going to be reprinted in The Apex Book of World SF 3 by 2014. I'm so happy about this one since it was my first sale ever.

  • I've been publishing some flash fiction in the Mexican webzine Penumbria. It's a nonpaying market, but one that lets me experiment and whose creators I admire. besides it's started to get noticed by the Spanish-speaking SF community. They recently published a printed anthology with the best of their fist year online: Penumbria, Año I which includes my flash/mutant fiction "Caza de shoggoths. Colección grotesca."
Penumbria, Año I cover

  • I made my fist pro-sale! “In Xochitl in Cuicatl in Shub-Niggurath” will be part of Sword and Mythos, an upcoming Innsmouth Free Press anthology. The ToC is wonderful, I'll be sorrounded by great authors like E. Catherine Tobler and William Meikle.

    Sword and Mythos cover

  • I'm also thrilled to be featured in "Women to Read: New Voices," a list compiled by A.C. Wise with women who have made their first speculative fiction sale within the last two years. There are lots of great authors listed. Give it a read.

So, there you have it. This site is back from its ashes like Felix, the cat... or something like that. Thanks for reading.