January 12th, 2011

Living With Ghosts

Tales From the Ur Bar

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on—in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

My short story 'The Fortune Teller Makes Her Will' (title courtesy of the talented elisem) is to appear this March in the collection Tales from the Ur Bar, edd. Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. It's a fantastic line up, and I am delighted to be included. I loved writing this story -- it's set in my favourite time and place (17th century Paris) and let me play with one of my favourite historical mysteries (the Poisons' Affair). There's a lot more information about the project on its website here. Go look: it's going to be a wonderful anthology. I only wish I could get to one of the promo events...

2011 US conventions

I can't go to World Con this year (boo) due to a clash of dates. I shall be going to British Eastercon, of course, and I hope to go to Eurocon in Stockholm. Other than that, though... I'm in two minds about World Fantasy -- Parke Godwin is a big lure (I love his books with a passion) and, it being in San Diego, I'd get to see zaan (which would be wonderful). But on the other hand, it's not the best time of year for me, it is a long way, and I'm not sure I want to do three WFC in a row.
And then there's finances, of course. The car bill has rather eaten into my savings, and I can't guarantee any big windfalls this year. Plus the marquis has only so much annual leave.
So, what do you lot think? What if any con would you recommend (bear in mind that DragonCon and ComicCon are far too big for me)? I'm tempted by Sirens or maybe Readercon, or should it be WFC anyway?

Skirt of the day: jeans.