Various & Sundry 3/7/08

I’ve scheduled a doctor’s appointment for Athena, so running around with that is going to keep me busy for a good part of the day. So, quickly, some stuff.

* Oh, for the days when incompetence wasn’t rewarded with hundreds of millions of dollars. I’m not a huge proponent of limiting CEO salaries, but I really do think when your actions materially contribute to the implosion of the entire American economy, and possibly the global economy, getting millions upon millions of dollars as your reward is not the appropriate response. What I think these guys should get is fifteen minutes in a room with a mob of foreclosed homeowners, and the next CEO has to clean up the room with a mop before his mob of foreclosed homeowners arrives. Repeat as necessary.

* Jeff VanderMeer and PS Publishing are jumping on the free eBook train and releasing Jeff’s upcoming book The Situation for you to peruse and enjoy, and you can find it here, along with an interview with Jeff and his wife (and Weird Tales editor) Ann. Jeff say this about his book: “it’s like Dilbert-meets-Gormenghast, as Margo Lanagan put it.” Hey, Jeff, you had me at “Gormenghast.” If you end up loving The Situation, as I’m sure you will, Jeff has put up some information on how you can procure the signed limited hardcover editions of the book.

* Also for your free electronic reading enjoyment: Butcher Bird, by Richard Kadrey, by the good graces of Night Shade Books. The link to the download is at the bottom of the page I link you too, and is available in a variety of formats. Again, if you like it, consider buying a hardcopy. Authors like to eat, and as much as I like the idea of giving people these free online tasters, I do hope people take to heart that on the other end of these works are people who worked to bring them to you. Reward them if you like their efforts.

* Wait! More online reading! A selection of stories from the John Joseph Adams-edited anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is available for you here. Authors featured: Elizabeth Bear, M. Rickert, Cory Doctorow, James Van Pelt, Richard Kadrey and Tobias S. Buckell. Nifty. Here’s the Amazon page for the whole anthology.

* Jeremy Tolbert is attempting an experiment in getting paid for his short fiction; it’s a neat idea but he seems to be hampered by the fact that the site he’s using to collect payment doesn’t take sums less than $10. Which is not great pricing for short stories, although it probably wouldn’t be bad for, say, novellas or novelettes.

* Happy birthday Ficlets! The short-short collaborative fiction site is one year old today. Although I’m no longer an official part of it, I’m really proud that it’s succeeded and I encourage everyone to swing by there and write some collaborative fiction today. You’ll be glad you did.

* It’s just as well Athena’s not in school today; the school just called to let parents know to pick up their kids early because of the oncoming storm. Joy.

And there you have it.

Another Day Full of Joy

So, for today we have intermittent power outages (they’re shorter but more numerous), a winter storm warning with ten inches of snow expected by tomorrow and a daughter who possibly has strep throat.

Don’t expect great things here today, is what I’m saying.