Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I am going to give myself six months to make this move. I'm not sure where I'll end up, but anywhere else will be a start. I want to leave Wales and Britain completely, but that might not be possible for a long time yet. We'll see. London might be a stepping stone. Most of my friends are leaving or have already left for a variety of locations and it finally seems inevitable that I will join this exodus.
May 2007 is therefore my provisional date for my escape.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
"Cintra's Glorious Eden" (Byron)
My Portuguese trip is over far too soon. But I have some good memories to take home with me, including an origami lesson in which I learned how to make a crane (the bird, not the lifting apparatus) from a piece of paper. I plan to return to Portugal next year, maybe in April or May, and I'm already looking forward to that voyage. But first I have to fly back to London and then catch the bus back to Wales!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Cobbled Together Hills
But today the sun came out and very nice it was too. I attended the Fórum Fantástico and read four short stories. Then I had a photo shoot and an interview for a newspaper (can't remember which one: but I'll find out). I'm only in Portugal for a week. I didn't meet any of the people in London I planned to meet, apart from Sarita, and I doubt I'll have time to do so when I fly back. Maybe next month?
Friday, November 10, 2006
Just Like a Duvet
Every silver lining is wrapped in a big black cloud, and so it was for me, when my cherished pirate novelette was rejected yesterday, only twenty four hours after I submitted it... No matter. It will be published elsewhere (I'm sure) and in the meantime I managed to sell my most recent book, The Less Lonely Planet, to a new upcoming press, Humdrumming, whose senior editor is a former Emmerdale actor... I'm always delighted with all my books, in fact I'm particularly delighted with them, but with THIS book I'm particularly particularly delighted... It's so very daft! The supposedly-relevant map above was drawn after I finished writing it, and is almost completely useless, praise be!
Seems that the big black cloud that covers the silver lining is wrapped in its own silver lining, which probably has its own big black cloud, and so on, and so on... I'm just glad I'm not the person who has to change the covers! Duvets are bad enough.
I also sold another novelette to moutons électriques... 'The Old House Under the Snow Where Nobody Goes Except You and Me Tonight' has the longest title (so far) of any of my stories. It made the cover of Postscripts #2 a couple of years ago and now will be available in French. C'est bon, n'est-ce pas? Beaujolais nouveau! In France my surname apparently is Hugues. I like that, don't know why, but I do.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Parrots & Pirates
Other so-called news:
- I am poor and miserable,
- Moutons électriques have just won the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, which I guess means that part of me has also won it,
- I have agreed with the Greek publishers of my Infamy book to 'customise' that edition, by altering the contents somewhat,
- John Clute is on the verge of writing the introduction to my Harpy reprint,
- Michael Bishop is on the verge of writing the introduction to the English language edition of my Crystal Cosmos novella,
- The publisher of that novella, PS Publishing, have just won two IHG awards, including one for Postscripts, a magazine I have often appeared in,
- I am travelling to London next week where I hope to meet up with my friend Sarita, John Clute himself, possibly my agent John Jarrold, the excellent poetry performer Rhian Edwards, perhaps my ex-girlfriend Lowri, and anyone else who would like to come along.
- After London, I'll be leaving for Portugal. I doubt I'll stay there long, as I have urgent business back here, but I'm certainly looking forward to my trip.
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