Friday, 28 January 2011

Space, Time and Open Mouthed

The planned writing break ended before it began. I have no problem with that. In fact, I think I'll threaten the muse every week and get it to kick its ass in gear. Worked on a short story this morning that has so much running under the surface, I think I may have to dredge a canal.

Spent this afternoon in the company of esteemed writers (Simon Beswick, Ally Bird and Joel Lane). I think I looked like a mannequin set to 'awe' and maybe a nodding dog. I felt like a pretend writer. Heck, with the time I spend on twitter even my laptop thinks I'm a pretend writer. Oops! I have to say Allyson Bird is one of the loveliest people ever. Not that Simon and Joel aren't of course.

Then, I arrive home and yay, the new issue of Space and Time is out in the world (and should be in bookstores in Canada) and my name is on the cover. Or rather my old name. I think this is the last story out in the wild that will appear under the name Catherine J Gardner. I should mark the name's passing with a moments silence or a biscuit.

16 comments:

onipar... said...

Hey, congrats for the cover name! :-)

I sometimes wonder if I should change my pen name from Anthony J. Rapino to Tony Rapino.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats! Your name belongs on covers. :)

Oh, and I finally reviewed Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits over at Skunk Cat: http://skunkcatbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/strange-men-in-pinstripe-suits-by-cate.html

Robert said...

Sweet!

wv: quindo

abrokenlaptop.com said...

You're a star! And you deserve it, 400%!!! :D

-Mercedes

Michael Stone said...

Colour me massively impressed re. that publication.

And lucky you, getting to hang out with three esteemed writerly bods.

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Anthony. Or should that be Tony ;)

Thanks so much, Kate.

Thanks, Robert.

Thanks, Mercedes

Mike, I read that as writerly bots at first and now my mind is spinning :D

Alan W. Davidson said...

Very cool over, and very cool that your (old) name is on said cover. Celebrate and mark the passing of the name...but only ONE biscuit (make it a Penguin).

Cate Gardner said...

I shall p-p-pick one up, Alan.

Simon said...

I too vote for biscuits. Bleep. Exterminate. Sorry, my programming's on the blink. That's what happens when you're a writerly bot.

Lovely to see you again, Cate. And you didn't look like a mannequin at all. :D Just sorry I had to dash off after so comparatively little time. Ah well, Liverpool doesn't lie far from civili- sorry, Manchester ;-)

Aaron Polson said...

Awesome, Cate! That's one of the better Space and Time covers of late, too. ;)

Cate Gardner said...

I hope you had a fantastic time at the meal, Simon. And OMG, how lovely is Ally.

Thanks, Aaron.

Gabe said...

That's great. I may have missed it, but what name will you be writing under henceforth?

I've been toying with the notion of changing my pen name to G.L. Beyers. Sounds more mysterious.

Glad to see you're doing so well.

Cate Gardner said...

Cate Gardner, Gabe. I've been using that name for about a year now, but Space & Time was an old acceptance.

Milo James Fowler said...

Space and Time - very cool! Unfortunately, they've been closed to subs for a while now, so I've missed out on further rejections from their corner.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Bisuit!

Katey said...

What a badass cover it is, too! Eeeee~