Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Mar 20, 2011 in Announcements

It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood…

You may notice that I finally bit the bullet and have installed Google Friend Connect on my sidebar. So far I have two friends, and one of them is me, so if you’re feeling inclined to make things feel a little less lonely around here, I’d sure appreciate it. I’m not really even sure what it’s supposed to do, but I guess we’ll see.

In other news, after two unsuccessful attempts to eat fish, I have finally succeeded. My 78-day vegetarian streak has ended.  Also, I don’t have the time or motivation to write a screenplay, and I have all but given up on learning Japanese. So that’s three Nonsensical Challenges broken, and it feels kind of good. We’ll see how long the others last.

In April, I’m planning to release a collection of my previously published short stories in ebook form. I figure it’s worth a shot to see how such things work, and it’s probably easier than looking for reprint markets. Here’s the cover I’ve come up with. Let me know what you think!

This last week brought a couple of second round rejections. They really stung. One was from a pro-mag that had the story for almost six months and the slush reader had practically foamed at the mouth telling me how much they enjoyed it. I was a little hopeful, I admit it. Form rejection from the editor. Ouch. I know that means I’m getting closer, or so I keep telling myself.

I’ve gotten very little done writing wise this week, but I’m almost caught up with all of my W1S1 stories. The week was pretty crazy…I had something going on almost every night, but I’ve got nothing on the plate this week, so we’ll see if I can’t knock out some serious wordage. April, on the other hand, is going to be CRAZY! Hosting book club at my house, visiting family, writer’s retreat, chicken and waffle party at my place, birthday madness, manuscript critiques, finishing my novel for critique, bah!

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New Site Plus Fish!

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Feb 28, 2011 in Announcements

Photo by Kate Mereand, Creative Commons

I’ve made some modifications to my website, hopefully for the better. I’m still ironing out some of the kinks, but I think it’s coming along nicely. It probably looks pretty similar to the old site, but there are a lot of changes on the back end, so let me know if anything shows up wonky in your browser. There’s also the possibility that you’ll need to reset your RSS feed.

Also, I’m really craving fish right now. I have a feeling that my vegetarian streak will soon come to an end. Fish really isn’t meat, though, is it?

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Antimatter is a Girl’s Best Friend

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Feb 19, 2011 in Announcements, My Fiction

Space and Time Magazine Cover

My story “Antimatter is a Girl’s Best Friend” is now available in the new issue (#113) of Space and Time Magazine. This story is a favorite of mine, and I’m glad it found such a sleek and sexy home between the covers of this issue. I just received my contributor’s copy, and the artwork is awesome–a nice illustration by Brad Foster!

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