It is the end of the sixth month, and things are looking good.
There are new reviews for We Bury the Landscape:
Hayes Moore at A cappella Zoo
Rachel Joy at Kill Me If I Stop
a reader's review over at Goodreads
and a 2-star here (scroll down, scroll down).
My story, "The Chinese Zodiac," in Charles Tan's Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology, was called "exquisitely crafted" by Publishers Weekly. Kudos to writerly folks, Christine V. Lao and Paolo Chikiamco, whose stories were also favorably mentioned. Chikiamco, by the way, wormed his story all the way to the VIP lineup of a VanderMeer anthology.
Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology is forthcoming in August and is available for preorder via Amazon.
These lovelies also arrived in the mail.
Dadaoism (An Anthology), which can be pre-ordered from Amazon, is awesome, awesome, awesome! This is from the hysterical "Noises," a story by Joe Simpson Walker: The farting. That was what had finally done it, that's what drove him to desperation: when she started farting on purpose to torment him.
Here are the latest issues of Petrichor Machine, Picayune Literary Magazine, Yalobusha Review, and Ellipsis, where I've had work included. There are so many wonderful stories and poems that are published out there; I think a large majority of those end up getting published in the small presses.
My uncle gave my niece and my nephew one copy each of this lavishly illustrated 20-page book. I scanned the cover and the facsimile of the publication info. The text is written by Victor Jose Peñaranda. Foreword is by Daniel Ong.
Recently, we have new furry additions in our household. Snowy and Ruffy. They treat everybody in the household like a slave. Snowy and Ruffy come from my sister's place in the city. They were once stuck in a small house with a super-small paved front yard. On their first night in our main house, they are delirious -- seeing so much space, seeing the grass, seeing the trees. We'll get their mother soon.
And these two untouchables are the objects of the puppies' predatory urges.
BUILD A CAVE
I will turn this ultra-spacious wreckage into my library and cavernous bedroom. White walls, white ceiling, minimal furniture (translation: I won't have enough money left for the furniture), and glass. It's not much, I know. But soon...
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape