Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

It Lives!

Yes, I am actually still alive.  I just don't have time to blog right now on account of various things such as deadlines and shit.  This is a pisser cause I really wanted to blog about Ãcon, but I don't have time to figure out why, for example Safari just pasted the "A" with the little "o" above it what I copied from Word as an "A" with a fucking tilde, fer fuck's sake, never mind tell ye all the cool shit that happened in Ã…land (just pretend that's a little "o") and how much fun it was, and how the Finns and Swedes and Nordic folks in general rock.

I have no time.  I officially have no time.  In fact, I have minus time.

Aaaaaaargh!  OK, normal service will resume presently.  I promise.  In the meantime, I just got this through from the nice folks at Night Shade, so I thought I'd do some pimping for them.

ADVERTISEMENT

It's sale time at Night Shade Books again. We've got a few big titles coming in, and we
need to clear space in a big way! So until midnight on Sunday, July 29th, we're offering 50% off all in-stock and forthcoming Night Shade books. Use the coupon code NSB0750, and there is a four book minimum order.

And just to entice you a bit more, we've just added a whole bunch of new forthcoming titles to the site, including new novels from Greg Egan and Walter Jon Williams, the new Detective Inspector Chen novel from Liz Williams, the fourth and fifth
Clark Ashton Smith
volumes, and a post-apocalyptic anthology called Wastelands that will
include stories from Stephen King, Jonathan Lethem, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe, Nancy Kress, Octavia Butler, and a whole lot more.

In addition, for those that keep asking, we're reprinting a bunch of classics. Volume one
of the Clark Ashton Smith series is sold out, but will be reprinted in
September.
Volume one of the Hodgson series will be reprinted in January, and volume two
will be reprinted in May.

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OK, so I'll be back.  Soon.  Honest.

9 Comments:

Blogger jukkahoo said...

Welcome back! Would've really loved to read perhaps a bit more coherent thoughts about Åcon (see, that easy!), but I'll settle for "fucking brilliant!", as that pretty much says it all. And btw, thank you one more time for being the fabulous GoH that you were and that Incredible Drinking Man to boot. Next time I'll know where I'm going to choose my room from.

And that's one great sale NightShade is offering!

Åcon2 (hah! there it is again, åååååå!) is coming! 1st to 4th of May next year.

9:29 pm  
Blogger Tero said...

The reason for the character malfunction is probably that we've used up the yearly quota of the letter Å with our frivolous mangling of the English language to better suit the spirit of Åcon. So sorry åbout that.

10:29 pm  
Blogger Michael S. Collins said...

ahhhhhhh! It's alive! It's alive! It's alive! It's alive! It's alive!

Well, you did walk into it


*Mandy may have come up with the idea, but I beat her to the execution.

11:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to se you blogging again. Deadlines are a pain, but their result is usually great.

On a Mac with MacOSX (and probably the older system also) you should get the nice little Åcon-character in any program by pressing alt-a for å and alt-shift-a for Å (if you have a UK-keyboard).

Cheers!

-Ben-

11:35 am  
Blogger John Klima said...

I had time to read that in one sitting. Was that really Hal Duncan?

3:22 pm  
Anonymous John C said...

Even if you have a Mac, it's unlikely you'd remember every keyboard shortcut for foreign characters.

The way to apply them to any piece of Mac-generated text is to go to Edit > Special Characters then look in the Accented Latin category for the relevant accent. Once found you press the "Insert" button at the bottom and it should insert the character wherever there's a cursor waiting ÅÅÅ like it did just then.

ⒿⓄⒽⓃ Ⓒ

PS: sıɥʇ ǝʞıl sƃuıɥʇ op oslɐ uɐɔ noʎ

4:37 am  
Anonymous John said...

I'm a little shy about this and all and I know you are probably a very very busy guy now, however I had just recently been able to finish Ink...

I work at a local bookstore and I had found Vellum amongst out Advance Reading Edition copies that we keep in the back room. I had finished American Gods by Gaimen only a week before and Vellum seemed to be something that I would fancy. I do believe that it actually changed my life. After picking up the unedited copy, I read and read and read, fingers greedily running across page after page, my eyes bugging, my fingers sedative, my mind ablaze, it was simply my nectar and my ambrosia. And then it was over. I thought to myself for a long time, and I reread the book over and over, I had finished reading for about the seventeenth time before I finally found Ink. For years I have tried to focus my ideas, get my fantasy down on paper, use my creativity that I know I possess, and Vellum and Ink were a gateway into finally achieving this goal.

Sir, I know not if you are going to read this, but you must know that your mind, filled with it myths, it future predictions, its uncanny eroticism that leads the way for deeper meanings, has been my Rapture. Please, one day, if ever ever possible, I wish to be able to talk to you, be it e-mail be it chatting be it even through my own delusions and dreams.

-signed John McNeal Gregory, Alotus

5:35 am  
Anonymous John again said...

Okay, sorry for posting again and taking up space...I noticed that it said my fingers were sedative, I ment receptive...hehe um sorry once again sir...

-signed John McNeal Gregory,
shouldn't fucking type with four espressos in him.

5:46 am  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Cheers, John. Glad the books hit you like that. If you want to email, by the way, there's a link on my blogger profile.

All the best.

4:58 pm  

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