Oh, hello. This is Paul Hughes. I'm on the far left in the image over there. Also there: Mark Brand, Russell Lutz, and Len Nicholas, all seated in Jumbo's Diner in illustrious Gouverneur, NY on the morning of 10/10/10. I'd gotten married or something that weekend, so it was a good opportunity for Silverthought people from near and far to congregate. There was karaoke. I may have punched an in-law.
I include this image because sometimes it's easy to forget in the sterile nothingness of the World Wide Web (the exception of course being Facebook, which is far from sterile and is just about everything that is important anymore) that real people exist behind these simple pages. Some very brilliant people have assisted me in constructing this sliver of the internet. There are three of them in that image. In the spirit of full disclosure, we are also friends on Facebook.
Yeah, so anyway, Silverthought, which started off as a tiny site where a handful of writers serialized novels they were writing, is about to debut its twentieth printed work, Human Sister, a novel by Jim Bainbridge. Wait--twenty books? For those keeping score at home: Silverthought: Ignition, Corporate Porn, Broken: A Plague Journal, The Perfect Revolution, Iota Cycle, Red Ivy Afternoon, A Dark and Deadly Valley, Exposed!, Chaise, The Trinity, Bleach, Blackout, Tales from the Kodiak Starport, Bukkakeworld, Planet of the Owls, The Department of Off World Affairs, Affluenza, Horror House Detective, Thank You, Death Robot, and Human Sister. Twenty. That's a whole lot of me wanting to strangle Acrobat and Photoshop. Sometimes.
Human Sister is a very good book and you should buy it. It's now available for pre-order at a $5.00 discount. We're going to do our very best to make sure it ships in time to reside under any trees you may have placed in your living room and decorated with lights and glass. I've included another excerpt from this novel in this month's update to entice you.
This update also features short fiction from Silverthought newcomers Bruce Memblatt and Danielle Kaheaku. Assassination and murder are a recurring theme in these pieces. Happy holidays!
Do you like to watch? Specifically, do you like to watch Mark Brand interview people while they eat breakfast? Weirdo. We have the second episode of "Breakfast with the Author" (an episodic, guerrilla-media-style video podcast show developed by Mark featuring independent writers, critics, and industry professionals having breakfast and talking shop). This month's guests are Gina Frangello and Kathleen Rooney.
Hey! The response to our new submission management system has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone who's uploaded a piece and tested out the new system. No thank you to everyone who is still shotgunning generic submissions to DEAR EDITAR OF SLIVERTOUGHT PERSS at my personal email address. Stop that. If you haven't tried out our Submishmash submission system yet, you should.
And as a reminder, there is ONE WEEK left before the deadline for our Silverthought Sparkly Vampire Jamboree Contest. I've received many, many vampire story submissions so far, but I certainly wouldn't turn down more. I don't care if it's a new piece, an old piece, a reprint, work I've already read, or a simultaneous submission to some other site's Sparkly Vampire Jamboree Contest. Get those sparkly submissions in. I'll announce the winner in our December update. Remember, I hate vampires, but I don't hate you. If you can send me a vampire story that I don't hate, I will richly reward you with cash and prizes. Check out the contests page for full details.
Next month, you can expect a few details about important upcoming projects Silverthought will be undertaking as we enter our tenth year. Ten years? Yes. People have been predicting our demise for about ten of those years. And then they have the Dyson spheres to send me friend requests on Facebook. Sigh.
I am thankful for your continued support. Enjoy this little update. Buy some books. Tell your friends. Plant a tree.