…yes, whither, as in where are we off to now? Goodness only knows, because all sorts of amazing things seem to be happening at Mercury Retrograde Press. Let’s start with the addition of Jonah Knight to the lineup, something that has all the markings of becoming a legendary partnership. Jonah’s musical talent and stage presence has captured the attention of convention after convention over the past few months, and he’s agreed to write a number of custom songs involving the various worlds of the Mercury Retrograde Press authors. The first of those should be showcasing in January, so keep an eye out on his web site and Facebook page for up to date details!
Edward Morris has some fantabulously exciting news; he says:
I am in the black ink as a fully self-supporting writer. I am Weekly Fiction Editor for PHANTASMAGORIUM magazine, eagerly awaiting the distro for Robert M. Price’s OVER THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and Joseph Pulver’s A SEASON IN CARCOSA; featuring, respectively, my commissioned adaptations of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft (did it as a Charles Beaumont TWILIGHT ZONE teleplay) and Robert W. Chamber’s immortally creepy THE KING IN YELLOW (did it as a Surrealist play by theorist and pro junkie Antonin Artaud)
He is, at the same time, running an increasingly successful writers workshop and working on another dozen or so short stories–commissioned short stories, mind you–he notes that he’s “almost too busy to write this update…more updates when I have two free fingers to type with.” Now that is the sort of thing we love seeing! *cue wild applause*
On a less ambitious scale, if only by comparison to Ed, let’s move into the double release of the next two books in the Children of the Desert series, scheduled, respectively, for MarsCon 2013 and Ravencon 2013. Those launch parties are apt to be incredible fun all by themselves, as is the increasing lineup of writing classes Leona is getting herself involved in. She’s teaching at the Muse Writers Center of Norfolk, at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, and in her spare time she is writing away on her next novel, blog, short stories (oh, there’s an anthology launching at BaltiCon that features one of her longer short stories), and the occasional bathroom wall. *ahem* No, not really. But it’s tempting at those unfortunately timed moments of inspiration….
Meanwhile, Larissa Niec is getting herself ready to take on WisCon, her big promo event for the summer: WisCon being, of course, supportive of another of Larissa’s favorite activities, the Interstitial Arts Foundation (and don’t forget Broad Universe!). Larissa will be reading from her books, discussing what it means to get religion “right” in fiction, and introducing people to the wonderful world of the IAF. If you’re in the area, WisCon is always a good, thought provoking weekend for writers!
Barbara Friend Ish has been seeing a lot of the world lately, too. After recent appearances at Mysticon-VA, The Library of Congress, RavenCon, and MobiCon, she’s barely bothering to unpack the car before heading back out to Balticon this weekend–as a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. Stay tuned for the announcement of who wins that prize; she’s just honored by the recognition the book has gotten, and looking forward to all the fun. (And the party. If you’re going to be at Balticon, stop by The Party in the Middle of Balticon and sample Langlois Brewing’s SUNSHADOW ALE, the first beer we know of that was made for a book.) She’ll be rounding out her whirlwind tour with Faerie Escape Atlanta and ApolloCon–and then diving into preparations for next year’s fantastically exciting line-up of books (more on that soon) and work on The Heart of Darkness, sequel to The Shadow of the Sun.
Zachary Steele, for his part, is working on his Storyteller series, “hopefully nearing a contract”. He’s even built a blog around the work, which can be found here; it details out “the path of J.C. Rudolph, the author whose series of books my young protagonist is drawn into. Giving it all a sense of realism, having a lot of fun with it.” Here’s to a successful contract hunt and much success with the series, Zach!
And here’s to a successful creative life to us all, and to all a good write! 🙂 Until next time…