A Scattering of Stuff

Last week was a busy swirl.  I can hardly sort day from day.  Still, if you join me in imagining these as sort of like Muppet News Flashes, I think I can get through.

Tomato Plants: This Will Make Sense by the End

Tomato Plants: This Will Make Sense by the End

News Flash: I’ve been invited to be Guest of Honor at the 2015 Conduit in Salt Lake City.  It’s over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 to 24.  We’re already planning some special events, so it should be a great time.  I hope some of you will be able to join us.

News Flash: The release date for Artemis Invaded has been finalized.  Look for it June 30, 2015.

News Flash: Wanderings on Writing is nearly done.  We’re messing around with fonts for page headers and looking for potential printer errors.  The cover looks great and I’m pleased with the contents, too.

News Flash: I’ve started constructing the manuscript for the book of short stories you folks requested several months back.   In addition to an introduction, each story will have its own afterpiece, talking a bit about what went into each story.  Writing these has been a real trip down Memory Lane for me since, in many cases, over twenty years have passed since the story was published.

I’m starting with some very early pieces, then will do some skipping around.  What’s been really fascinating is how many people have said, “Are you going to include such and such story?”  It’s interesting to find out which stories have remained vivid in reader’s minds.  So far “Jeff’s Best Joke,” “Keep the Dog Hence,” “The Travails of Princess Stephen,” and “Hunting the Unicorn” have been requested.  Any others?

I’ve been debating on whether to include previously published original stories set in the universes of my Firekeeper novels, The Buried Pyramid, and Changer.  Many fans of these novels never saw these stories.  What do you think?

In case you wondered, I’m not including any of the stories I wrote for someone else’s universe.  I’m debating including these in another collection.  I’m also not going to include any of my short stories with continuing characters (such as the “Albuquerque Adepts” or Andrasta).

News Flash: Remember you can download my most recent short story, “Born from Memory” for free from the Science and Fantasy Fiction website.

Since we recently acquired a bunch of new readers, let me mention a few projects related to my work that you can download for little or nothing.  Here’s a short list:

Thursday Tangents free ebook, with original introductions by me and Alan Robson.  Alan supplies a table of contents here or you can go to “My Books” for a free download.

What would you be if you lived on Artemis?” quiz.

“My Love is Like a Panther Swift,” an original song by Chad Merkley, based on and expanded from lyrics that appear in Artemis Awakening.

Various interviews, both audio only and film are available via my website.  Links here.

For less than a dollar you can download several original short stories, including “Hamlet Revisited” and “Servant of Death” from Snackreads.

And the Captain Allie stories, individually, or in the collection Star Messenger, available via my website bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com.

If you feel like spending a little more, my novels Changer and Changer’s Daughter (originally published as Legends Walking) are now available both as e-books and print on demand.  Want your book signed?  Go to my website bookstore and order from there.

News Flash: I’ve recently started Twittering @JaneLindskold.

Also, my author page on Facebook is a great place to go for reminders about contests or on-going projects like the A Night in the Lonesome October book club that’s still on-going (and getting really intense now) on Twitter.  #LonesomeOctober

Wow!  I believe I’m “newsed out”!  It’s a lovely autumn day here and, although the frosts at night have been nibbling at the leaves of my squash and basil, I still have a pretty nice garden.  I think I’ll step outside and pick tomatoes.

I forgot to buy bacon this week.  I really need to do so while we can still make BCR’s – bacon, Swiss chard, and Roma tomato sandwiches!

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9 Responses to “A Scattering of Stuff”

  1. Alan Robson Says:

    I’ve been debating on whether to include previously published original stories set in the universes of my Firekeeper novels, The Buried Pyramid, and Changer. Many fans of these novels never saw these stories. What do you think?

    Yes please! I love the novels, I’ve never seen the stories. I want to read them. QED. Simple, really…


    -Alan

  2. Tori Says:

    I would be very interested in the short stories connected to the worlds of your previous novels! In particular I am keen to read the one in the Changer setting.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    Does Hunting the Unicorn end with a discovery about unicorn nutrition? If so, I’d forgotten it was yours. Be happy to see it anyway.

    • janelindskold Says:

      No, I don’t think so… I’d be curious as to what story that is!

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        Unfortunately, I recall neither author nor title. It starts with someone remarking that the unicorns are getting hungry; the story recounts a rather ambitious young man taming a unicorn – and ends when it runs its horn through his chest. Since, as it turns out, unicorns only eat their masters!

  4. Chad Merkley Says:

    I read “Born from Memory” last night. Really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to your short story anthology.

    And thank you for mentioning my song again! I’d like to add that there is more of my music available at https://soundcloud.com/chad-r-merkley. It’s a mix of stuff, most of it from a festival that we played at last summer, but there’s also some original compositions and arrangements and solo stuff. I’ve got several new things that I’m almost ready to record and post as well.

  5. janelindskold Says:

    Okay… I’ll be including at least three stories set in the same space as various novels. I actually set one up and wrote the after piece yesterday. I’ll do another today.

    Slow but steady. Now that I’m moving into longer stories, I’m probably going to stick to one a day.

  6. Paul Genesse Says:

    This is all awesome news!

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