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New Apex Digs

Apex Book CompanyIt is done! “Apex Digest”:http://www.apexbookcompany.com has a brand new website! What’s nice about this is that, before, Apex Digest had its own website and then the Apex catalog had _its_ own website. The new website brings these two halves of Apex Book Company together into a cohesive unit, with the addition of some new features, like a discussion forum, mailing list, and RSS feeds for new product announces and Apex Online. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll also be unveiling some new features and making Apex that much better.

I’ve been living and breathing this project for the last three weeks and have sunk countless hours into the redesign. It’s all been worth it, though, and I’m really happy with outcome. So, feel free to step over and check it out, but be aware that some things are still a little askew. At this point, I’d say the site is about 99% complete, and I’ll be spending some time over the new several days massaging the code and pushing things into proper place.

I’ve had a lot of fun with it, so I’m glad Jason – fool that he is – gave me enough of his trust to take on a massive and important project like this. Go and buy some books, order a subscription to Apex Digest, and keep your eyes on Apex Online. I’m hoping to continue bringing you stories and interviews from notable writers and driving Apex that much closer to global domination.

Book Reviews for an Alien

“Check it out”:http://www.apexdigest.com/Online/review071203.shtml – my first set of book reviews for someone other than myself. Awhile back, Jason Sizemore, the editor-in-chief of “Apex Digest”:http://www.apexdigest.com put out a call for a part-time book reviewer. I responded, gave him some past samples of a couple of books reviews I’ve done here, and then he shipped a book to me. It scored a bonus because it was actually one of those two-books-in-one deals. The results of that can now be seen at the link above. Hopefully, this will work out well on a monthly basis. I enjoyed reading the books and writing the reviews, so I’m looking forward to doing more of them in the near future.

Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Joe Sherry, who won the copy of Apex Digest #6 I was giving away this week. This giveaway had the best response so far, and I hope everyone will come back for the next one.

A note of interest: I’d like to continue doing book giveaways on a regular basis here, whether they be actual books or speculative fiction journals of some kind, but unfortunately I’m running low on materials to give away. I have one more book for one final giveaway and then I may have to put book giveaways on hold for awhile. If anyone has any books or journals they’d like to donate to the cause, please let me know. I have a lot of fun with these and I think my readers do, too.

Apex Digest and Clarity of Night

A couple of items of note:

* “Apex Digest”:http://apexdigest.com is running a subscription drive. They need more subscribers in order to be able to raise the pay rate for contributing writers. If you like science fiction and horror, then I highly recommend this publication. Go order a subscription or three!
* Jason Evans at “The Clarity of Night”:http://clarityofnight.blogspot.com has opened his seventh short fiction contest. Go to his blog to see the writing prompt and rules and then send him your 250-word or less story!

Apex, Writing, Reclaimer

I guess I haven’t updated here in a few days. We’ve been neck-deep in projects, like getting a new furnace installed, a new well dug and water lines dug out to all our outbuildings and horse paddocks, and trying to get our roof re-shingled. I’ve also been fighting off an upper respiratory infection the last couple of days, but I have drugs now, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon.

There’s been a great response to my giveaway for “Apex #6”:http://shamuswrites.com/2007/10/31/book-giveaway-apex-digest-6/, which I neglected to mention in the original post (because I didn’t know) is sold out. I’ll be drawing a random winner from the pool of folks who’ve put their name into the hat, and hope that all of you will come back again for my next giveaway (which may also be the last for awhile until I can find some more things to give away).

There’s also been no response so far to last Friday’s “writing prompt”:http://shamuswrites.com/2007/11/02/writing-prompt-2/. Admittedly, I’ve kind of forgotten about it myself. I’ll try to remember to write up a bit of flash fiction based on it and hope that at least a couple of other folks will do the same and leave a link to their story in that entry.

I’m thrilled to find that I’m actually producing my comic “Reclaimer”:http://comic.shamuswrites.com on a regular schedule. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find the time, but it really has gotten easier and faster to do with each one. I’m on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule with that now, so you can look there on a regular basis for updates, or just subscribe to the “feed”:http://comic.shamuswrites.com/feed/.

And with that, I think it’s off to bed for me. This puppy’s still sick and needs his sleep.

Book Giveaway: Apex Digest #6

Ok, this week, I’m not giving a book away, exactly, but it may just be the next best thing. Heck, it may even be better. And it’s a perfect giveaway for Halloween!

I’ve been a huge fan of _Apex Digest_ since the journal’s inception a couple of years ago. Jason Sizemore, the founder and editor-in-chief, has done a remarkable job of building this new science fiction and horror journal from the ground up.

Now – I have an extra copy of Apex Digest Issue #6. Mint condition. Never been read. Except maybe by the little fuzz monster that lives under my desk. It’s possible _he_ might have cracked the cover one night while I was sleeping. But if he did, he cleaned up when he was done because the journal still looks pristine.

So what is _Apex Digest_? It’s science fiction. It’s horror. Even better, it’s the love-child of the two. And it’s fabulous. If you like your sci-fi with a bit of darkness (or vice versa), then _Apex Digest_ is for you, and I have just the appetizer to whet your appetite.

_Apex #6_ contains stories from writers like Ben Bova, Bryn Sparks, Mary Robinette Kowal, and more. There are also interviews with Poppy Z. Brite and Kage Baker.

Just leave a comment (with valid email address) on this entry for your chance to win Issue #6 of _Apex Digest_. One comment only per person, please. Entrants with multiple comments will be disqualified. I’ll randomly choose a winner next Wednesday, Nov. 7. Everything clear? Yes? Good.

Things To Do

Geez, I have a lot of things on my non-work-related to-do list:

# Finish writing the two blog drafts currently waiting in the queue
# Write up the handful of new entries that are sitting in my head
# Update my “other blog”:http://stitzelj.wordpress.com
# Read issues 9 and 10 of _Apex Digest_ (yes, I’m a bit behind on things)
# Read issue 5 of _IGMS_
# Read _Damned Nation_
# Read _Goodbye, Darwin_ (courtesy of “Cavan Terrill”:http://blurredline.blogspot.com/) and write up a little review
# Write a story for a flash challenge at “Liberty Hall”:http://libertyhallwriters.org to get back into the swing of things
# Work on my fantasy short story and finish it up

And that’s just the short list. Of course, I’ll be going back to work for a half day on Monday to see how I do and will be slowly working regular daily activities and physical therapy into my routine, as well. Not to mention copious amounts of sleep, since I’m sure all this ‘new’ activity will wear me right out for awhile until I get back up to regular strength again. Looks like the ‘busy’ just found its way back into my life again. Should be fun.