Friday, October 29, 2010
That's all for now.
Monday, October 25, 2010
You get upset at stupid things.
Many people die horrible and unjust deaths in this world. Many starve. Babies are beaten to death.
And you throw shitfits when someone offends you with their words.
Grow up. Grow a spine. The world isn't a polite place to be. We living things eat each other to survive.
Mom used to say, "If they're calling you names, just ignore them." What Mom knew but didn't say was that you can't change an asshole, so what are you going to do? Raise your blood pressure? Who's in control of you? You or Mean People?
I'm betting that people who have to struggle for food or for survival in a war zone somehow don't let other people's words eat them up. We can't help that we were born into our soft lifestyles, but let's get some perspective here. At the very least carry yourselves with some dignity so you don't look like whiners to the other three-quarters of the planet.
If you're planning to comment that I'm getting upset over a stupid thing, don't strain your fingers. I already know that.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
That being said, this has still been the most successful year ever for my writing career, so you're not going to hear too much bitching from me. I haven't really gone into my health, but about a month and a half ago I found out I was zooming down that slope into all those middle-age fat diseases and decided I wasn't going to have any of it. I've dropped twenty-five pounds since then. Everybody was telling me how great I looked yesterday. Once I drop the remaining twenty-five, they'll only be talking to each other: "Jesus, Matt looks sickly!" Normal looks sickly to Americans..
Gord Zajac, the swell guy who edited my story Fluff and Buttons on the Teddy Bear Range for Chizine was nudging me about a novel the other day and I told him, "Not now," and then pulled out an incomplete novel and started digging into it. Don't anybody get your hopes up.
I'm reading some Raymond Carver right now as I have a couple of stories in suspension that could really benefit from his influence.
If you need some Fiction Crawler in your life, head over to this week's StarShipSofa. I apologize for talking so damn fast in it. I didn't realize it until I listened to it in comparison with everyone else. You also get a story by Pat Cadigan, the First Lady of Cyberpunk!
Coming Up This Week
Announcements: Larry Santoro on StaShipSofa Stories Vol 2
Fact: Fiction Crawler by Matthew Sanborn Smith:
Main Fiction: Life on Earth by Pat Cadigan
Fact: Looking Back at Science Fiction by Amy H Sturgis
Serial: Sublimation Angels Pt 2 by Jason Sanford
Fact: Everything by Morgan Saletta
Promo: Schlock Magazine
Fiction Crawler Links:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Aural Delights No 158 Jason Sanford & Jeff Carlson
StarShipSofa Stories Vol 2
Coming Up This Week
Announcements: StaShipSofa Stories Vol 2
Flash Fiction: The One That Got Away by Matthew Sanborn Smith
Interview: Jeff Calson
Main Fiction: Meme by Jeff Carlson
StarShipSofa Interrogations: China Meiville
Serial: Sublimation Angels Pt 1 by Jason Sanford
Narrators: Mike Boris, Josh Roseman
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I've got a sneaking suspicion that this qualifies as my third pro-sale as far as SFWA is concerned. If so, we may be hooking up soon.
As a bit of icing, I sent off 129 last week.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
A couple of days ago, a guy at the store asked for something and as we walked back to get it he said, "Man, you must have been an athlete. You move like a gazelle!" Certainly the first time I've ever heard those words. And I'm quite confident that he wasn't hitting on me. If this keeps up, people will demand to see video of me walking around.
The magnificent Harlan Ellison says that he is dying: http://www.isthmus.com/isthmus/article.php?article=30610 Which makes me a sad gazelle. You can listen to my open letter to Harlan Ellison on this subject here at the very beginning of the latest episode of StarShipSofa's Aural Delights: http://www.starshipsofa.com/20100929/aural-delights-no-156-robert-reed/
If you want to read my latest published work, head over to Twitter where Grant Stone's embryonic fanzine, b0t, is tweeting my Twitter serial, CITY1. One part is being released each day in October. Look: http://twitter.com/b0tzine If you're not familiar with Twitter, you'll have to read those posts (marked with the hashtag #CITY1) from the bottom up.