Well, let me rephrase that. I wrote1, edited2, revised2, outlined1, translated3, reviewed4, critiqued4, and miscellaneous-othered5 100010 words. I set my goal for 100,000 words way back in January, performed some long division, and set up a Beeminder Goal for 274 words a day. Halfway through the year, with Summer approaching, I felt all stressed out…

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There once was a Dutch-language science fiction story I attempted to win the Harland Awards short story contest with. I subsequently translated it into English, aiming to have both versions ripe for submission at the same time: the deadline for the new Dutch Edge ZERO market. The process to complete revisions on both versions at the same…

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This is something I’ve wanted to blog about for years. High time I got around to it. How do you know your story is ready to go out? Where do you find the publications that might buy it? What are all the things you need to think about before submitting? And many other details… The…

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The life and death of George Hayes, a story inspired by an oddity on a Falk map of the Azores and my subsequent less-than-successful Google search, is now with Asimov’s. After writing 1,000 words in the summer of 2010, and another 8,000 in November in hurried preparation for the 7th Villa Diodati Writers Workshop, and…

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When I promised myself years ago that a book with my name on it would be published before I turned forty, I didn’t expect it to be a book by someone else*. Or in this case, ten someonelses. Nevertheless, I’m very proud that the Millennium anthology was officially launched last Saturday at the Elf Fantasy…

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Another book presentation, another free copy to win! With 5 days to go before the launch of the Paul Harland Prize anthology, I can finally go ahead and reveal both the title and the cover art. (Due to unforeseen circumstances, my hand is kinda forced here: last Sunday evening a review* of the anthology appeared…

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The Paul Harland Prize anthology I announced earlier will be launched at the Elf Fantasy Fair 2010, and its title and cover art unveiled. Details are as follows: Location: Elf Fantasy Fair 2010 De Haar Castle and estate Meet In lecture tent   Programme: 16:00 – Presentation and unveiling 16:25 – Mass signing at the…

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The deed is done. After days and days of writing, editing, compiling, collating, formatting, cross-referencing, indexing, cussing and swearing, the 107-page Judging Report on the Paul Harland Prize 2008 is complete. Had I known what I was getting into, I might not have answered in the positive when 2008’s prize organizer Wim Stolk asked me…

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