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Apr. 28th, 2008 03:36 pm
martinlivings: (Carnies)
Finally finished Fantastic Wonder Stories, edited by [livejournal.com profile] punkrocker1991, today. It was both fantastic and wonderful, as befitted its title. Good stuff, Russ, and all contributors!

Now I'm working on 2012, edited by [livejournal.com profile] girliejones and [livejournal.com profile] benpayne. Only part-way into the first story by [livejournal.com profile] deborahb, and utterly loving it. It's a good excuse to avoid working on a story for [livejournal.com profile] markdeniz which is due in a couple of days.

Uh... how did I end up with more editors than writers on my LJ F-list? :)
martinlivings: (Genius)
There's been a nice review of Fantastic Wonder Stories over at the Tin Duck award winning review site ASif (plug plug, [livejournal.com profile] girliejones!). I haven't read the whole review, as I'm still working my way through the collection myself (and, to quote Maxwell Smart, loving it!). But the reviewer, Alexandra Pierce, said rather nice things about my story, so I'm a happy boy:

“There was Darkness”, by Martin Livings, is an interesting take on the post-apocalyptic world where people have turned to extreme religion for solace.

(cut for minor plot spoilers)

This is a really well written piece: to write without actually describing what something looks like must be a demanding exercise.


From what I've read of this book so far, it's an awesome collection, and I'm pleased and proud as punch to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. If you haven't bought it yet, go online and order a copy. Tell Russ I sent you.
martinlivings: (Changeling Child)
The Fantastic Wonder Stories character bribe continues!

http://martinlivings.livejournal.com/48709.html

So far I've had three people take me up on that... so [livejournal.com profile] ashamel, [livejournal.com profile] chrisbarnes and [livejournal.com profile] azhure are now officially going to be characters in my next book I'm gonna write, the young adult fantasy The Changeling Child.

I can't promise to be kind to them, of course... ;)

[livejournal.com profile] punkrocker1991 is also going to be in it. Seven hundred and fifty of him, to be precise. He really should have been careful what he wished for...

Still seven more opportunities for people to appear in the book... see the original post for details!
martinlivings: (Changeling Child)
Well, [livejournal.com profile] punkrocker1991 has announced that Fantastic Wonder Stories has made its way to the printers. It's a real book, guys! Pre-orders are available now:

http://ticonderogaonline.org/publications/catalogue.html

As an incentive, the first ten people who email me proof that they've pre-ordered this book can be characters in my next book, The Changeling Child. Fame and fortune as names in a little book by an unknown author, which will probably never be published. How can you resist?

Pre-order today!
martinlivings: (Writing Good)
Please excuse any typos, the wonderful cat we loved so much when we first brought her home has turned into the demon cat from hell and prevented us from getting any sleep last night, especially fun for my first day back at work! :( But [livejournal.com profile] punkrocker1991 has now announced the contents list for Fantastic Wonder Stories, and it's looking like a ripper!

http://ticonderogaonline.org/publications/fws.html

Steven Utley . . . "The Can-Opener"
Kylie Seluka . . . "Burning Bright"
Martin Livings . . . "There Was Darkness"
Patty Jansen . . . "Bigger Fish"
Rowena Cory Daniells . . . "Soulshaper"
Rob Hood . . . "Luxury Goods"
Nick Evans . . . "Goon of the Month in Lagerland"
Sonia Marcon . . . "Phantom Limbs"
Peter MacGregor . . . "Sandcastles, Spaceships and Worms"
Simon Brown . . . "Lonely as Life"
Deborah Biancotti . . . "A Scar for Leida"
Geoffrey Maloney . . . "'P' is for Power Station"
George Ivanoff . . . "The Colonist and the Choirmaster"
Shane Jiraiya Cummings . . . "Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon"
Deborah McDonnell . . . "Brolga Dreaming"
Marty Young . . . "The Wildflowers"
Tracey Rolfe . . . "Cast Off"
Cat Sparks . . . "Arctica"
Penelope Love . . . "Tell Him I Too Have Known"
Kate Eltham . . . "Tam Likes Green Bananas"

I can't wait to see it!

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