Monday, March 14, 2011

Guest blog #4, Honorable Mentions, etc.

My fourth guest blog "On Pushing Boundaries" is live on Literary Mayhem. A big thank you to Peter Scwhotzer! And a big thank you to anyone who reads and/or comments!

*On Pushing Boundaries*

I also came home from work the other day and found three of my stories (all three my first sales where I made some money last year!) are on Ellen Datlow's Honorable Mentions list for Best Horror of the Year, volume 3. Thanks, Ellen! And thanks to Shaun and Kevin (who also has an Honorable Mention! Yay for Kevin!) for their editing skills, and the publishers (Shane Staley, Steve Clark, and Boyd Harris) who picked them up!

*Year's Best Horror, volume 3: Honorable Mentions*

Some other things that are cool:

A neat little story by Cate Gardner. I have her fantastic collection Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and other curious things. *And, the bride wore ashes*

Also just saw that Cate's great collection is available on Kindle now: *Buy it!*

My Sunshine Lady, Kara, got a new job! Very proud of her!

You can find some great book reviews at *The Crow's Caw.*

And a great review of one of my favorite writer's new books: *Greg Gifune's Dreams the Ragman.*

I don't know if it's the time of year where writers compare themselves to their peers but it seems to be going around. So... um... stop it. That doesn't help you do YOUR thing. Or maybe it does. Maybe you need to get angry, disappointed, or jealous to write your best work, to move to the next level. Just keep an open mind. None of our paths are exactly the same even though the bedrock is usually fashioned of certain elements.

I'm feeling good. Could be the pride I feel for my wonderful gal, the honorable mentions, the progress on the novel, or a combination of them all, who knows, who cares. Life can always be a lot worse. Always. A lot. So smile. You've got good things going for ya!


Kara McElhinny said...

Hey! Thanks for the love, sir!!!

You're doing wonderful, Lee!! I've nothing but pride and admiration back to you. :)

Lee Thompson said...

Thanks, hon! You make it easy. :)

Aaron Polson said...

I like to compare myself to...myself. You hit it on the head. Write hard!

Lee Thompson said...

Good deal, man! I like your attitude.

Cate Gardner said...

Congrats to you and to Kara (and thanks for the link) :D

Kara McElhinny said...

Thanks, Cate!!

Lee Thompson said...

Thanks, Cate!

Rabid Fox said...

Congrats on the honorable mentions, and best of luck with 2011. Things are taking shape.

Lee Thompson said...

Thanks a bunch, Rabid! I hope you have a fantastic year, too!