The Winter 2007 issue of Shimmer, edited by by Beth Wodzinski, is full of magic, love, poetic prose, and again, magic. Not the kind of magic you expect in traditional fantasy storiesâ€”spells and bewitchmentâ€”but the kind of magic that pulses through the veins of a well drafted collection to enchant the heart. You will remember these stories long after you have tucked the small paperback among your other collectibles.
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My dear friends Chrissy and Spencer Ellsworth* have just delivered their first child. Spencer says she’s eight pounds, very pretty and somewhat purple. Mom and baby are happy and healthy, Spencer is a nervous wreck. Spencer had his laptop in the room while he and Chrissy were waiting through the thirteen hours of labor. Periodically his status comment on gtalk would change to indicate how many hours into the process they were.
I am so happy for all of them.
*Chrissy creates the wonderful Lucy cartoons for Shimmer and also has done several covers for us. Spencer and I went to Literary Boot Camp together.
I’m heading out to catch a train up to Seattle where I will be greeted by Chrissy “Great-With-Child” Ellsworth, one of Shimmer‘s very talented artists, and whisked off to the convention.Â I’m looking forward to hanging with her and Spencer and the other fine writerly folks I know.Â Some of whom I’ve only met online.
Today I got a box containing my copies of the Winter 2007 Shimmer.
Or cover story Juana and the Dancing Bear, by n. a. bourke has a beautiful Sandro Castelli original to grace it.
Also in this issue:
Dario Ciriello – Dwell on Her Graciousness
Amal El-Mohtar – Sparrow and Egg
Michael Livingston – Catch of the Day
Stephen L. Moss – Tom Cofferwillow Comes Undone
Chrissy Ellsworth brings us a new Lucy cartoon
Cat Rambo – Eagle-haunted Lake Sammamish
Mike Driver – Night Milling
Phillip J. Lees – Duets
Plus an interview with the funny and talented Cherie Priest.
This shiny new issue can be yours.
I’ll be taking this issue and several others with me up to Norwescon next weekend, where Cherie, Chrissy and Cat will be… hm. I’m feeling out of the club without a C to my name. Anyway, if you are there, you could get all three of them to sign it.
You can read the full update at The Slush God Speaketh: but meanwhile, here’s the short form.
Okay, so I’ve waded through most of the submissions now. I’ve still got 27 in my inbox that I haven’t read yet. Everything else has either been rejected or been set aside for further consideration (or possibly inexplicably lost–possible, but unlikely).
Yeeeaaah, I know it’s March but the Winter issue will be out before the first day of spring. We just finished final proofing and I’m sending it to the printer tomorrow. Why are we behind this time? First there was the moving back from Iceland thing and now there’s the moving to New York thing. I’ve been a wee bit distracted, and unfortunately, I’m the last hurdle the magazine has to pass to get to the printer.
My brother would be so happy; when we were growing up he was always saying, “It’s all Mary’s fault,” and this time he’s right. Thank heavens he doesn’t read my blog.
Besides that I ran the audio I recorded last night past the author and the publisher and they both like it, so I’ll go back into the studio tomorrow to record some more.
Of course, I do have the exciting pirate filter, so you can read his comments in the piratical style to which you’ve become accustomed.
Okay folks, the submission period has now closed, so I figure it’s time for an update for all those concerned. So…while the submission period is closed, I haven’t yet made any final decisions or anything, and it might be a while before I sort through all the submissions. I’ve still got 50 or so waiting to be downloaded, plus a number of others I’ve got in my reading queue already. But never fear — I am the Slush God, after all, so I should be able to get through them quickly enough.
Thanks to everyone who submitted, and good luck to those of you who still have submissions pending.
If you are filling out your Hugo nomination form at the last minute, here’s a reminder that Shimmer is eligible for a semipro magazine nomination.
I am eligible for a Campbell, but I’m in my first year of eligibility, so I’d like to put a plug in for a few folks who are in their second, and thus final, year. Ken Scholes, Nancy Fulda, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo and Eugie Foster.
(My apologies that I’m not listing everyone in their second year; these are the folks that I can vouch for and know that they are in year two.)
Need another reason to submit to the Shimmer pirate issue? I’ll give you two.
- James A. Owen, of Here, There be Dragons, has agreed to illustrate the entire issue. This will look hot.
- We’re doing a limited edition hard-cover version of the Pirate issue. This will look hotter
The submission window closes on February 28th. Have you sent your story in?
The deadline to submit nominations for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Best New Science Fiction Writer Award is not until March 3, 2007. Plenty of time. Howeverâ€¦ in order to nominate someone, you must have either been an attending or supporting member of last yearâ€™s WorldCon in Anaheim, CA or this yearâ€™s WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan by January 31, 2007.
In other wordsâ€¦ if you didnâ€™t attend WorldCon last year, and you donâ€™t intend to trek out to Japan this year, you have until tomorrow, January 31, to pay for a $50 supporting membership if you want to submit nominations. The official nomination page says you must be a member â€œbefore January 31, 2007.â€ I assume that means â€œbefore the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,â€ but like so many other things in science fiction fandom, thatâ€™s not clear.
Among the eligible candidates for the Campbell listed on the Writertopia Eligibility Page are my friends Cat Rambo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maria V. Snyder, and Joel Shepherd. Other names of note on the list include Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Justine Larbalestier, Cherie Priest, and Alma Alexander. Also included are some folks who stop by to make comments on this website from time to time, like Elaine Isaak and Marie Brennan. And then, of course, thereâ€™s, um, me, [David Louis Edelman] and thatâ€™s all Iâ€™ll say about it.
Besides the coolness of actually being eligible for the Campbell, I’d like to point out that you can nominate Shimmer for a Hugo as best semiprozine.
ETA: Thanks to Kevin Standlee for correcting my misinterpretation of the Hugo definition of semiprozine.
Ahoy, me maties! Cap’n Adams decided that it were a good idear to give ye lot o’ scurvy dogs a wee bit more time to get yer stories in ta him. Bein’ the benevolent cap’n he is, he’s givin’ ye till February 28th ta submit to Shimmer. But not a moment longer, or he’ll keel-haul ya.
Any questions? Arrrr!
Sandro Castelli has created a stunning cover illustration to go with n. a. bourke’s story “Juana and the Dancing Bear.” Here’s the table of contents to give you a taste for the other stories inside Shimmer‘s Winter 2007 issue.
- Juana and the Dancing Bear
by n. a. bourke
by Philip J. Lees
- Tom Cofferwillow Comes Undone
by Stephen L. Moss
by Chrissy Ellsworth
- Catch of the Day
by Michael Livingston
- Interview with Cherie Priest
- Eagle-haunted Lake Sammamish
by Cat Rambo
- Night Milling
by Mike Driver
- Dwell on Her Graciousness
by Dario Ciriello
- Sparrow and Egg
by Amal El-Mohtar