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07 October 2010 @ 09:53 pm
Writing-related tidbits  
Here are a bunch of little writing-related news items too small to justify their own post:

You can now read my story "Finding Joan" at Daily Science Fiction. Free!

You can win a copy of Wild Cards 1 -- the reissue of the first volume in the Wild Cards series, with additional new stories by me, Carrie Vaughn, and Michael Cassutt -- from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.

StarShipSofa is going to podcast my story "A Passion for Art" from Interzone 228. Yay! But Gardner Dozois in Locus didn't like it. Ya win some, ya lose some.

Francophones! You can now buy Légendes, an anthology in French including my "L'histoire de l'Aigle Royal" (The Tale of the Golden Eagle) plus "Changement d'itinéraire" (Changed Itinerary) by Mary Robinette Kowal, "Le goût du miracle" (Taste of Miracles) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and more! I love that the shipping options on the order form include "I find myself in the Metropolis" (i.e. Paris), "I find myself overseas," and "I find myself elsewhere in the world."

(I've been feeling pretty worthless as a writer lately, since it's been very difficult for me to produce any words at all since before we left for Australia. But I have to remind myself that not many people can say "why yes, one of my Hugo-nominated stories was just translated into French." I'll find my way back onto that horse one of these days, I swear.)

mikandramikandra on October 8th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Good 'un. Just read it at DSF
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 8th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! Tell all your friends ;-)
mikandra: pic#104835383mikandra on October 8th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Zut! They need a 'tweet this' button
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 8th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
I'll let them know! In the meantime, you can retweet SFWA's tweet about it (http://twitter.com/sfwa/status/26720259598).
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 8th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
@DailySF on Twitter replied: "@daviddlevine The share button at the bottom of every story is for tweeting, facebook, digg etc etc. I guess it's too confusing..."
Annetxanne on October 8th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
No. Le La* Métropole is anywhere in mainland France, and outre-mer is any of France's overseas holdings. (Et félicitations!)

*All posts correcting grammar or typos will themselves contain a grammatical or typographical error.

Edited at 2010-10-08 11:40 am (UTC)
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on October 8th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
There's an old Gahan Wilson cartoon with a caption like "This isn't a 1786 Aigle Royal. It's a disc of stale chocolate in gold foil."
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on October 8th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
"Finding Joan"
You write in comments, "I like to think of this as a story in which ..." I think you succeeded.

Although I knew there's an I-405 in Portland, and that you live there, when I saw that number I immediately thought "L.A.", because for some reason I always think of stories like this as set in L.A.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 8th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: "Finding Joan"

Of course stories like this are set in LA. That's because post-apocalyptic stories are commonly told in low-budget movies, and low-budget movies are generally set and filmed in LA. But "Finding Joan" is a very Portland story.

(I've killed off my parents in fiction more times than I can count, but this is the first time I've killed myself off. Not that Joan is Kate, though they have things in common..)
Kalimackalimac on October 8th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: "Finding Joan"
No doubt that is indeed the reason I thought "L.A." Pop culture viruses at work.

I wondered if there was any of Kate and yourself in Joan and Dan, yeah.
cascade_writerscascade_writers on October 8th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Of course you have worth as a writer. Maybe you're just taking a well-deserved break. Think of Harper Lee -- she hasn't written anything since 1960.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 8th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
You're not helping. :-)
farmgirl1146farmgirl1146 on October 9th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Just get back on. Write. Write. Write.
qiihoskeh on October 9th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
You could try the "4 pages a day no matter what" approach, even if you're just retranslating from the French. How else is Titanium David going to save the day, if he doesn't write?