June 12th, 2008

Zissou dance

back and polyphonized

Janet and I got back to Singapore a few hours ago, and had dinner at Changi Airport with her folks. We both had a pretty good time in Thailand, although I think Janet liked it a bit more than me. Patong Beach is ground zero for Phuket's tourist industry, and I might as well have had a giant bullseye with a dollar sign on each tee shirt I brought, because every single tailor, tuk-tuk driver, masseuse, trinket-seller, DVD-seller, art-seller, etc. hassled me to buy whatever goods or services they happened to be selling. I've encountered some fairly aggressive people in both Bali and Hong Kong, but this was a hundred times worse. I couldn't walk three feet down the sidewalk without someone else grabbing my arm, or trying to shake my hand, or otherwise catch my eye. After the first day, I just ignored them all, looked straight ahead, and bulled my way through.

That aside, we did manage to explore a bit, and spent some time on the beach (although yesterday morning was the only time it was sunny during the week; unfortunately, the rest of the time, it was cloudy and grey and rainy), and managed to shop as well. I spent more time in the hotel room than I'd expected to, but the room was awesome, with gorgeous decor, and Cartoon Network and Mythbusters on the TV. Breakfast was complimentary, so we ventured out for lunch and dinner to the hole-in-the-wall Thai places, and had some amazing pad thai, green curry, tom yam, and fried rice, usually for pretty affordable prices.

Janet and I both took some photos, and I'll post them in a day or two.

After getting back home and hopping online (oh internets, how I did miss you), I opened my email to this fantastic news from mme_publisher/deborahlive (aka Deb Layne):

Dear Jason,

Thank you for allowing us to see "Strange Mammals."

We like the story very much and want to take it for Polyphony 7. The expected publication date is November 1, 2008.

And then I went "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!" for about five minutes. Janet asked if a lizard had dropped from the ceiling and into my lap.

I've really been hoping to sell a story to Polyphony (which, if you don't know, is a magnificent anthology series published by Wheatland Press, and I was so sad to have to sell my copies of the first five volumes before moving to Singapore) for five years now, and I'm beyond jazzed that my story will be in the seventh volume. (Doubly jazzed because seven is my favorite number.) Every year, Polyphony showcases outstanding talent among speculative short fiction with a slipstreamy flavor, and I'm honored and excited that Deb and experimeditor (aka Forrest Aguirre) have decided that "Strange Mammals" is worth inclusion.

W00T! Wonderful news to come home to.