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March 2015



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Steven George

My beautiful daughter is now 17!

I know. Her birthday was three days ago, but I'm still bowled over by the fact that it was just 17 years ago that I held her in my arms the first time.

I'm really no older now than I was then, even though most of the hair is gone and the beard is white. She had nothing to do with that! :-)

In other news, I'm adapting Stn. George & the Dragon as a stage play during Script Frenzy. Let me tell you, it is nothing like I thought it would be! A choral drama/readers' theatre staged as a radio broadcast in front of a live audience. I'm a full scene (10 pages/10 minutes) into it now and am pleased (that I got this far!).

I'm putting finishing touches on a contract extension for my buddies in New York. I have to say I do love eBooks! Speaking of which, I just bought Gayle Lynds' new The Book of Spies, and I'm not in the least jealous, even if she did make a librarian one of her protagonists. I love the fact that she can make something up out of nothing and make it seem completely plausible. I'm learning from her. Also learning a bit from Jonathan Rabb's The Book of Q. (Is there a theme here?) I'm about one-third of the way through my "final" rewrite of Gutenberg's Other Book and am happy to say that it doesn't resemble either of these which might be a disadvantage. Maybe I should make it sound more like one of them. Could I introduce a CIA agent or embed the Library of Alexandria in the Vatican somehow? All I need is a bunch of homicidal priests coming face to face with a renegade CIA agent who is sanctioned. Hmmmm. I'd need an atomic bomb hidden someplace, too.

Well, we are advancing on some fronts with Long Tale Press as well. We're now in the second printing of This Side of Normal and almost ready to release print versions of Bread for the Pharaoh and For Blood or Money. Also have ePub versions of all our books nearly ready to go. Just need to work non-stop for the next several weeks and not sleep or eat so I can get everything done. Not much chance. I'm presenting at this month's PNWA meeting on "The Dark Side of Publishing." It is going to be great fun talking about small press, self-publishing, and eBooks. One or two people might actually come.

Well, that's enough rambling for now. I have to either a) write my play, b) write my book, c) read a book, or d) watch a movie. Any bets?