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More than half of the authors published in Beach Nights gathered in Browseabout Books between 2-4PM today to celebrate the release of this fourth annual Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology by Cat and Mouse Press.
To say the turnout was impressive would be an understatement. Many books were signed, much cake and wine consumed, and it was a joy to finally meet editor and publisher Nancy Sakaduski and several of my fellow contributing authors. My heartfelt gratitude to Nancy for all of her hard work on the Rehoboth Beach Reads contest from editing to publishing to arranging the book launch and everything in between!
Special thanks also to writer pal Susanna Reilly for making the trip from PA to show her support and to her dad for buying lunch at the Purple Parrot!
After the signing was over, I took the time to kick off my flip-flops and hit the beach for about 20 minutes before making the journey home with yet more fond memories of this wonderful town that has become my second home.
Below are the panels on which I’ll be speaking at Philcon (the Philadelphia Science Fiction Convention) during the weekend of November 18-20, 2016 in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Friday 9:00PM in Plaza II (Two) – Stories That Haunt Us
Sat 12:00PM in Plaza II (Two) – What To Do When Real Science Outpaces Your Current SF Project
Sat 6:00PM in Plaza III (Three) – The Care & Feeding of Editors
Hope to see you there!
For those of you within driving distance of Rehoboth Beach, DE next Sunday, November 13, consider stopping by Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue, just two blocks up from the boardwalk. Between 2-4PM, Cat & Mouse Press will be launching their fourth annual Rehoboth Beach short story anthology, BEACH NIGHTS.
In Beach Nights, readers will encounter a ghostly WWII tower (Phil says: Hey, that’s my story!) and a couple with an unusual annual tradition; a girl who finds her voice at a jazz club and a boy who learns the snow cone king has a secret; an old lady who is inspired to get a tattoo, and a despondent man who is resurrected through the tango.
Beach Nights opens with a funny and romantic story involving a high school prom, and continues through tales that involve a mermaid’s moon, a “Vampire Surf Club,” senior disco queens, a seemingly haunted Funland ride, a murder at a Rehoboth hotel, a moonlit sea turtle rescue, and a kid who sneaks into a James Brown concert and meets the man himself.
Many of the authors will be in attendance to sign copies of the book, as well as the editor and judges. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away!
Happy National Author’s Day!
Good luck to any and all of my writer pals participating in NaNoWriMo. For the past several years, I’ve always had a story/novel/novella already in progress by the time November rolled around, and this year is no different.
As of now, I’m nearly 3,800 words into a gods and monsters story that is due on 12/31, so I’m going to keep forging ahead on that rather than start a new project.
In the first quarter of 2016, I wrote the first four chapters of a science fiction novel that took me a few years to develop and outline. I had to put that project on the back burner while I turned my attention to a few more pressing projects, but I look forward to completing that first draft in 2017.
From a writer’s perspective, I can’t complain about 2016. Oh, I certainly wish I’d been more productive, but in retrospect, it’s been a good year. I had an essay published in March, I released three short stories in a speculative fiction anthology in July (for which I also served as content editor), I then took second place in a writing contest over the summer and that story was just published in an anthology last month. I am on the editing team for a mixed-genre anthology being released in 2017, and had a short story accepted for that book, too.
All told, not too shabby! Onward!