Samhain 2012 Newsletter

Greetings Everyone,

Welcome to Issue #5 of my quarterly newsletter, posted to and e-mailed to subscribers on Samhain 2012.

Before I write anything else, I want to thank all of the Hal-Con volunteers for their gracious welcome and hard work. Hal-Con is a massive undertaking, and these volunteers put it on without any compensation whatever. Not only that, they do it brilliantly. It was a genuine pleasure to attend this year both as a guest and as a fan.

My panels went well at the con, and the feedback I received afterward was positive. My only regret was the lack of time for more discussion of the material with panel attendees. I'm already thinking about future topics and how I might pare them down to leave room for conversation; I enjoy teaching, but I like it best when everybody gets to chime in! If you missed the panels or simply need links to the resource pages, here they are:

Structure of the Novel
Technology for Writers
ConLangs 101

In other news, I was interviewed for Geek Inked Magazine Sunday afternoon about my half-sleeve tattoo and the elements of Paganism in my fiction (♪ these are a few of my fa-vor-ite things... ♪). Rob and Leja were fantastic interviewers and great people I hope to meet again someday. The interview hasn't posted yet, but when it does, you can find it here.

Forthcoming Anthology
Scheherazade's Facade is still forthcoming, I promise! My latest news is that the release date has been moved forward to October 31st and/or that there might be a launch party at World Fantasy Con this week, where I will be in attendance. As soon as I know something more definite, I'll post it to my blog.

Reprint in Print
My short story Yundah, which was originally printed in PanGaia, is also available now in The Shining Cities: An Anthology of Pagan Science Fiction, edited by Rebecca Buchanan. All proceeds go to benefit charity, so do check it out!

Vegan Recipe of the Quarter
I can haz loving french toast, and this vegan recipe is Saturday-morning-cartoon-worthy!

3 large, ripe bananas
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Sliced, whole wheat bread
Soya margarine

Blend all of the ingredients except the bread and margarine. Heat your griddle on medium-low heat, and melt a pat of margarine into it. Coat your bread slices with a thin layer of your blended mix, and fry one slice at a time for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the sides are golden brown. Top with sliced bananas, and serve with hot coffee. I recommend watching The Avengers while you eat, but your mileage may vary.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and I'll be back at Imbolc with more news and nomz.

All the best,
C.S. MacCath