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I've been down with a stomach bug for a couple of days, which is no fun--it's interfering with my attempt to return to climbing twice a week, for one thing. Still, I managed an 11 mile run last week, so it's probably not a bad time for a little enforced rest. I'll be skipping my long run this week.

But I'm making good progress on reading Jane Eyre, so I suppose there's a hidden silver lining.

I've just about talked myself into a half-marathon at the end of March. We'll see how it goes. And stillsostrange  has me almost talked into a Run For Your Lives! next year--either the Boston or Austin one. I have to say, Austin in December seems a lot nicer than Boston in August. 

Nothing like a good bout of gastric distress to really kickstart the weightloss. I do not recommend this tactic, but I can currently confidently report that my dry weight is about 186 pounds. :-P, as the kids say.

Here are some tables of contents for forthcoming anthologies in which I have stories!

Rip-Off (Gardner Dozois, ed:)
This is an audio anthology of all-new stories that share first lines with out-of-copyright masterpieces. My story, "No Decent Patrimony," draws its inspiration from Christopher Marlowe's Edward II

Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (Paula Guran, ed.)
Reprints my Promethean Age prequel story "Cryptic Coloration," along with stories by such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Carrie Vaughn, Simon R. Green, Charlaine Harris, and Sarah Monette.


The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (Gardner Dozois, ed.)
Reprints my Asimov's novella "In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns," as well as being the first print publication of the podcast original "The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward," which I wrote with Sarah Monette. This premiered on Drabblecast, and I believe it marks the first time a podcast-original story has enjoyed its first print publication in a Year's Best volume.

I'm pleased to say that some of my work has made a few of the annual year's best lists so far. Range of Ghosts made the Kirkus and Tor.com year's best lists, and it's a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. "In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns" will be reprinted in two different Year's Best anthologies (one ToC has not been released yet) and made Rich Horton's best of the year list.

Meanwhile, Shoggoths in Bloom made Jeff VanderMeer's list of the best collections of 2012. Which also reminded me that I need to get my hands on kijjohnson 's and 's books.

And I am interviewed in the December issue of Locus!. You can read an excerpt here.

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