In many ways, 2014 was like the second book of a trilogy. The year had its own narrative arc, but its primary purpose was to move the story forward to the point where Important Stuff Happens.
Nevertheless, here’s a few highlights of 2014.
- Walked over 2000 miles, approximately the length of the Appalachian Trail (minus the mountains and black bears…)
- Started hiking the network of trails in southern New England. Climbed Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, walked part of the North South Trail in Rhode Island and part of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.
- Daily exercise has, for the first time, become a firmly entrenched habit.
- Nonfiction: Read stacks of books focusing on the the science of habit formation, wrote a considerable amount of web content.
- Fiction: Published 2 short stories, 3 poems, and the foreword to a poetry anthology.
I‘ve been focusing on developing good health and fitness habits this year. Though I have a ways to go, I have been illness-free for over a year. No serious respiratory infections, no asthma, no panic attacks. Allergies are under control–the occasional itchy eyes, but nothing that slows me down. For someone who has been sick with one thing or another for YEARS, waking up every day feeling well and energetic is a blessing I will never, ever take for granted.
An interesting result of this lifestyle change is that the story tap is starting to flow again. Fiction is not my primary focus right now, so I quickly consign story ideas to a file and then get back to work. But every now and then, I catch a whiff of a story that’s busily fermenting (and sometimes fomenting) somewhere in the brain-basement. I have missed that warm, yeasty aroma.
As it has every year since 2009, Popcorn Press will be publishing a collection that’s mostly seasonal poetry, with a bit of short fiction tossed into the mix.
This will be my third appearance in PP’s Halloween collections. My contributions include a short free verse poem, two haiku, and the foreword. Editor Lester Smith brings his usual seamless professionalism and joyful sense of play to this project. If all collections were this much fun, everyone would be reading and writing poetry.
As it should be.
The second anthology set in the fantasy city of Taux is finally available in ebook format.
Here’s the link to the Kindle ebook at Amazon.com
Here’s the ePub version at State of the Genre website
A few days back, the contributors to this upcoming Cthulhu-inpired anthology received this Table of Contents and the go-ahead to share it.
Introduction by James Lowder
“There is a Book” by Dennis Detwiller
“The Lost Station Horror” by Geoff Gillan
“Bitter Shadows” by Lisa Morton
“La Musique de l’Ennui” by Kenneth Hite
“A Great and Terrible Hunger” by Elaine Cunningham
“Inscrutable” by Robin D. Laws
“Engineered” by Ari Marmell
“Black Cat of the Orient” by Lucien Soulban
“The Face of the Deep” by C.A. Suleiman
“Demons Dreaming” by Cody Goodfellow
“A Finger’s Worth of Coal” by Richard Dansky
“Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
“Stained Windows” by Joshua Alan Doetsch
“On the Eastbound Train” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The God Beneath the Mountain” by James L. Sutter
“Daddy, Daddy” by Penelope Love
Because clearly, one book of Mythos-inspired poetry is not enough.
Poet and editor Lester Smith is a man with a mission. He believes that poetry should be a part of everyone’s life, an everyday occurrence rather than a rare event. Popcorn, not caviar. This is the reasoning behind Popcorn Press, a micro-press devoted to poetry and to stories that don’t necessarily fit conventional publishing lengths and genres. For several years, he has been publishing an annualHalloween poetry anthology. This year’s book is a little late in coming, due to Life, but it’s now available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com or throughout the Popcorn Press website.
In addition to haiku, Cthulhu Haiku 2 has other forms of poetry and several pieces of short fiction, including a story by Robert J. King, who is one of my all-time favorite authors of short fiction.
If you’d like to sample the contents, the Amazon.com ebook has the Look Inside! option. Here’s a link. If you’re already convinced that you MUST HAVE this collection in particular or MUST SUPPORT Lester’s mission in general, some handy links follow.
Buy the Kindle ebook version
Buy the Paperback from Amazon.com
Buy the Paperback directly from Popcorn Press
The anthology By Faerie Light has an Amazon.com listing! Actually, it has two, one for the trade paperback and one for a very nifty hardcover edition.
Contributors include Dave Gross, Cat Rambo, Ed Greenwood, Jennifer Brozek, James L. Sutter, Erin Hoffman, Shanna Germain, Jeffrey Scott Petersen, Christie Yant, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Torah Cottrill, Erik Scott de Bie, Andrew Romine, Amber E. Scott, Jaym Gates, and Nathan Crowder.
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