The reviews for Sister Margaret are starting to come in, and they are making me very happy. Yay!
The most recent review was by Puss Reboots and she said, in part, “The vampires therefore are just one of many different species living in the city and are not presented as the mysterious lust-worthy nobility with a dark side as they so often are these days.”
That makes me very happy because I don’t want the vampires in this story to be smooth sex symbols. She also said ““Sister Margaret” reminded me favorably of any number of fantasy short stories I’ve read in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.” Which is flattering just no matter how you look at it.
If you’d like to read the full review you can check it out >> here <<.
Release day is drawing closer. Sister Margaret is being released by Eternal Press on April 7th. If you are subscribed to my Newsletter you can expect a short special announcement to remind you on that day LoL Also, I will be giving a copy away to one random subscriber, I’ll make that announcement on the 7th as well.
When the editor of ‘The Monsters Next Door’ invited me to submit something to her upcoming poetry anthology I was blown away. I’ve never been personally invited to submit to an anthology before! You can bet your butt I was going to take advantage of the offer 🙂
It was tough though. I put all sorts of pressure on myself to come up with some new poems that would fit her theme (dark, scary and not haiku LoL). In the end I submitted four poems, one of which was a repeat; The Sepultress, Zonnet (a zombie sonnet), Lycantrick (which I co-wrote with Jo) and a set of three werewolf haiku.
She accepted them all. Yay! I think the book is due to be released in May, so hopefully everyone else will like them too once that happens LoL
My haiku, Lovers, has been nominated for a Rhysling Award!
I probably should have shared that in a more restrained manner, but I’m so incredibly honored and flabberghasted that I just had to blurt it out — especially after forcing myself to wait so I could share it first in my newsletter 🙂
Thank you so much to who(m)ever nominated it. You rock. I love you.
Congrats to everyone else who had work nominated this year, especially to my friends Greg Schwartz, Deborah P. Kolodji, Joshua Gage, Marge Simon and her husband Bruce Boston. I’m so very honored to know I will be sharing a table of contents with you all in the 2009 Rhysling Anthology.
I have some pretty exciting news, but I’ve decided to wait and share it first on my newsletter (which comes out on the 15th). Does that make me bratty? I don’t mind if it does, I just thought I’d check 🙂 So if you haven’t signed up yet and you’re intrigued the url is here >> Rhonda’s Newsletter <<. Don’t forget that this month I’m giving away an Amazon gift certificate to one random subscriber.
In other news, that I’m willing to share today, I had a short prose poem published on Outshine today, which is a Twitter zine. Twitter is a very cool thing that I fail at remembering to update or read…but I think having a Twitter-based magazine is a very cool idea. I’m not sure how to link directly to my poem but Outshine’s twitter page is here.
As for the poem. I think under most circumstances I would have written it as a three line poem, but on Outshine you can’t have line breaks and they only publish prose poems. So does having it there and minus line breaks make it a prose poem? I don’ t know, you tell me.
So first of all, the new issue of Niteblade is out 🙂 This one is full to bursting with awesome-ness. Seriously. The cover piece is a poem called “Sentry” by Greg Schwartz, a deliciously evil poem that I just adore. There are also poems by Sarah Wagner, Brian Rosenberger, Sheryl Nantus, R. J. Walker Miller, Suzanne Sykora, T. J. Trancell, Lucien E. G. Spelman, Cathy Buburuz, Joshua Gage and Howie Good.
In addition to the poetry, there are great stories by Christian Roberts, Ty Fanck and Emily Mah, Tai Dong Huai, Brandon Satrom, Gregg Winkler, Beth Cato, Kristine Ong Muslim and Lynette Mejia.
I’m not going to review the issue here now because, obviously, I’m biased, but I really think it’s worth checking out. If you read it I’d love to hear what you think. What were your favorites? Which your preffered illustration? (Mine is the picture for Chasing Rabbits I think 😉 ).
In other, completely unrelated news, my erotic short story is in this month’s erotica issue of Sonar 4 E-zine. The Legend of the First Reptar is a story I wrote as an expiremental attempt to successfully combine erotica and fantasy. I really like the story, but agonized over whether to publish it under my real name or not. In the end I did, mostly because the story deals with Reptars which are a race of lizardmen who figure very prominantly in my Aphanasia stories. Because of the nature of this story it’s not suitable to be read by anyone under 18 or who is easily offended. If you enjoy it great, if you’d rather not read it I won’t hold it against you 😉