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Before I start, I need a moment.



Whew. There. Now that that’s out of my system, "Gloomy Sunday" has been confirmed as one of the stories in the upcoming Close Encounters of the Urban Kind by Apex Publishing. This is awesome for a couple of reasons: it’s only the second time I’ve been paid for my straight fiction (the first was "Questions" for the Pseudopod podcast), and it’s the first time I’ve been invited into an anthology instead of blindly submitting a story for consideration. I have a chance to do a polish and reformatting pass before the editor gives me redlines. And then, at some point in the future, the awesome happens.

But no time to slow down. I’ve been chugging along on Whitechapel, and I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turning out. I’ve been babbling about my writing process on that project quite a bit — you can check out my post-mortems if you’re interested.

And because my brain doesn’t have enough going on, I’ve been poking around with an older project for the past few days — a weird kind of pulp superhero universe. It’s something I’ve kicked around for a few years now, but it’s been intermingled with some other projects in my head, and I’m in the process of slowly extracting them so I can focus on fleshing out those elements. Originally I had a few different OpenOffice documents that I was trying to keep notes in, but it was hard to keep track of all the interconnections, so I’m now putting all my notes into a TiddlyWiki page. My time running a Scion cycle on Obsidian Portal has helped me to think of ways to use a wiki for cross-referencing world information and characters. Of course, I don’t have any plans to work on comic scripts or a superhero RPG, so I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do with it just yet, but I’m sure I’ll have some fun with it at some point.

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