The Auroras, and Prairie Starport… and the flu

So, I had the flu. Three days of brutal stomach stuff where all I could do was sip ginger ale and moan. So, I slept a ton, and when I wasn’t sleeping I was watching episode after episode of Angel. You remember Angel? The Buffy the Vampire spinoff about the vampire with a soul? I’d almost forgotten just how good some of the writing was for that show. Laughed out loud a couple of times, and that’s saying something, considering just how monumentally horrible I felt.

But when I finally dragged my carcass out of bed, I found my email box was full to the brim with lots of good stuff. All which had to be replied to, of course. So, after I did that, I figured I’d let you in on some the good stuff coming up in the next little while.

First up–Prairie Starport. This is the brainchild of Rhonda Parrish, my editor for the past couple of Marie Jenner books. This is a thank you to Candas Jane Dorsey, who is a magnificent writer, mentor, and all round friend for much of the speculative writing community in the Edmonton area. (Not just Edmononton, truth be told.) Rhonda put out the call–and we all jumped on board.

So, here it is! Memories of Candas–and of course–stories. After all, she’s all about the stories! Here’s where you can find it:

Official website: The Poise and Pen site. Lets you know who’s in the anthology and where profits go. (Hint. It’s to the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, in Candas’ name.)

And remember. A review always helps!

Second–it’s Aurora time!  (Actually, it’s nominating time, but…)

The Auroras are the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s annual love fest to all things Canadian and speculative. So, if you read Canadians, love Canadians, and are Canadian, now’s the time to go and make sure your favourites make it on the ballot!

Here’s the link. Remember, you have to buy a membership to be involved in the fun, but $10 is nearly nothing when you consider that you will get all the  shortlisted stories and novels–for free–when voting begins. A deal, right?

And don’t forget that Dying on Second is in the running in the novel category. But time’s awastin’! You only have a few more days to make your decisions. So go! (Well, after you finish reading all my news,  but you know what I mean!)

Last but not least–The Bony Blithe award for light mysteries.

Have I mentioned I LOVE crossing genres?
Dying on Second’s been shortlisted for the Bony Blithe! I’m so excited!

I’ll be heading to Toronto for the minicon and awards banquet at the end of May.

Here’s a link. Hope to see you all there. Us “light mystery” authors know how to have a good time! You won’t want to miss it!

All right, that is most of all my good news. Actually, there are upcoming events I’m involved in that are hugely exciting, but they happen later in the year, so I’ll save them for… well… later in the year.

Want to know a weird thing? When I was sick with the flu, my allergies didn’t bother me at all. But now that I’m well, they’re back. Hardly seems fair. At least I’ve got good events coming up as I sneeze and sniffle my way through this spring!