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It's been a rough week or so, so this is a Good News Only post. There will be no complaining, no bad news, no sad anything. The word "Alas" is banished from my vocabulary henceforward and forthwith.

Where to start? I got a note from Frank Mentzer about Open Design, calling it "fascinating" and congratulating me on a "nice concept". I am floored: Mentzer is one of the first-generation D&D gang, and not far behind Arneson and Gygax.

Reviewers have been kind this week. First there was the ★★★★★ review from ENWorld for Castle Shadowcrag (go me! go Open Design!). Made my day, since I'm not sure that private commission projects really draw the critic's eye.

Then I saw the review of The Further Adventures of Beowulf in this month's Realms of Fantasy. Holy cow the reviewer LOVES it. I'm thrilled, as you can imagine. I'd link to the review, but it's paper-only.

On the reading front, I'm curling up with comfort reading like CA Smith's Zothique (I don't reread books often, but I make an exception for Smith), plus the new issue of Weird Tales, which seems under new ownership or something. And I'm reading a super-fluffy-fantasy but extremely well-paced potboiler by Jennifer Fallon, called Warrior. Reminds me of Dave Eddings in the weird racial politics, but mostly just a nice yarn.

Update: I knew there was one more piece of good news. One of my monsters got updated in the Underdark book — the gloura! A spelunking fey might seem the least likely pick, but I'm happy to see it again. If only they'd done the bainligor or the whispering moths as well.


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Apr. 27th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Congrats on the great reviews!
That is completely awesome, you rock!

I love C.A. Smith too. I thought I was the only one who read him, Lovecraft, and Brian McNaughton for "comfort food!"
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats on the great reviews!
I think that stuff is great reading when I don't want to deal with anything too fluffy or modern. But it's usually small doses for me.
Apr. 27th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats on the great reviews!
YEP it's pretty "rich". Best taken in small sips, like a really good liqueur.
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
There's some bad HTML that's fuxxoring your post. The first instance is after Then I saw the review of

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There's some bad HTML that's fuxxoring your post. The first instance is after Then I saw the review of

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Apr. 27th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Heh, I guess I shouldn't have copied 'n' pasted for it duplicated one of the errors. Hee!
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Yep, got it. Thanks. Stupid Amazon links.
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
The "Further Adventures of Beowulf" link looks like:

<a href="http://a href="http://www.amazon.com/ etc. etc.

It should look like:
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/ etc. etc.
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Weird Tales reorganized and under a new editor
Regarding Weird Tales, according to the press release from Wildside, here's the scoop:

In December 2006, Wildside Press publisher John Betancourt announced a reorganization at Weird Tales. Designed to strengthen and modernize the classic fantasy magazine, the changes include a new editor, a new interior design, and a new logo.

These changes continue the gradual evolution begun when Wildside purchased Weird Tales in late 2005 from DNA Publications, after a year which had seen the venerable magazine's circulation declining. Betancourt, who had previously relaunched Weird Tales in 1988 with current editors George Scithers and Darrell Schweitzer, brokered the deal and rejoined the editorial team.

In 2006, Weird Tales' circulation began once again to increase substantially, as a regular publication schedule, a significantly larger page count, and the return of featured-author issues helped to spark new interest in the world's original fantasy magazine. A more immediately obvious milestone will occur with the debut of a new logo on the cover of issue #344 in mid-2007 -- the magazine's first new flag in almost 75 years.

With these improvements well underway, publisher Betancourt and general manager Stephen H. Segal agreed it was time to explore further avenues for bringing the 83-year-old Weird Tales up to its full potential in the 21st century. "Our goal is to make Weird Tales the most dynamic fantasy magazine in the field," said Betancourt. "And clearly changes were needed to excite our audiences -- both current and potential. We took a long look at the last year of Weird Tales -- what worked, what didn't -- and decided to shake things up completely."

As a result, all three of the current co-editors will step away from story selection and into more specific roles, and Wildside will bring a new fiction editor on board in 2007.

Darrell Schweitzer will once again be regularly writing nonfiction for Weird Tales, including a new movie review column and in-depth interviews with a wide spectrum of genre authors and artists.

George Scithers is being promoted to Editor Emeritus and will continue on the Weird Tales staff in an advisory capacity. He will also select original fiction for the weirdtalesmagazine.com web site. His duties as editor of Wildside Press's forthcoming Cat Tales magazine remain unchanged.

John Betancourt will continue to oversee the magazine group as publisher, though his focus remains on Wildside Press's core business, its book publishing operations. Stephen H. Segal will handle day-to-day operations of Wildside's magazines as general manager and creative director.

On February 14, the following was announced:

WEIRD TALES publisher John Gregory Betancourt announced today the selection of Ann VanderMeer as the magazine's new fiction editor. VanderMeer, formerly the founding editor of the surrealist fiction magazine THE SILVER WEB (1988-2002), will take over the WEIRD TALES position as of issue #347 in October 2007.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Weird Tales reorganized and under a new editor
Seems I subscribed at a good time. :)
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
And congratulations on the Realms review! Yay!
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)

Also, Wolfgang the last article in your Clockwork series was posted this week on the WotC website. I really enjoyed this series. Sorry to see it end...
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I enjoyed writing it. I'll go check it out: they promised me a map with the last one.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Then be happy, as there was a map!
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