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Tangent Online reviews Shimmer, Winter 2007

Shimmer, Winter 07 coverWe got a lovely review at Tangent Online for the Winter 2007 issue of Shimmer

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 stories—spells and bewitchment—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.

Welcome Baby Ellsworth!

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.

Norwescon ho!

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.  I’m looking forward to hanging with her and Spencer and the other fine writerly folks I know.  Some of whom I’ve only met online.

Winter 2007 Shimmer is released into the world.

Shimmer, Winter 07 coverToday 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 CirielloDwell on Her Graciousness
Amal El-MohtarSparrow and Egg
Michael LivingstonCatch of the Day
Stephen L. MossTom Cofferwillow Comes Undone
Chrissy Ellsworth brings us a new Lucy cartoon
Cat RamboEagle-haunted Lake Sammamish
Mike Driver Night Milling
Phillip J. LeesDuets

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.

Shimmer, Winter 2007

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.

The Slush God Speaketh: Shimmer: The Pirate Issue update

As if any of you writer-types read my blog and not The Slush God’s, but, just in case, here’s what Captain John Joseph Adams says about the slush pooling in the holds of Shimmer‘s pirate issue.

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.

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines

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.)

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines (DeepGenre)

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines (DeepGenre)

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. However… in order to nominate someone, you must have either been an attending or supporting member of last year’s WorldCon in Anaheim, CA or this year’s WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan by January 31, 2007.

In other words… if you didn’t attend WorldCon last year, and you don’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 “before January 31, 2007.” I assume that means “before the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,” but like so many other things in science fiction fandom, that’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, there’s, um, me, [David Louis Edelman] and that’s all I’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.

Pirate Issue: Submission Deadline Extended

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!

Shimmer: Winter 2007 Cover

Shimmer, Winter 07 cover

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
  • Duets
    by Philip J. Lees
  • Tom Cofferwillow Comes Undone
    by Stephen L. Moss
  • Lucy
    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