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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Notes 'n' Stuff

The regularly scheduled Tuesday column, Splattering Guts for Fun & Profit, was preempted at the last minute by a sudden and unexpected OTOGU storm. SGFP will return next week at its regularly scheduled time.

However, I want to take this opportunity to reiterate what I said when I first launched the column. SGFP is meant to be an open column. If you have an area of special interest or expertise related to the subject matter of this column—which, basically, is violence, and how to use it in fiction without looking like a total moron—then by all means, we would love to run your column! In fact, consider this note a cattle-call for SGFP columns.

(Hmm. Perhaps "cattle-call" isn't the right expression. What sort of call would work to lure in writers? "Free beer! Free beer!" No, not specific enough. You'd also get a lot of undesirable rough species. "Hey, look, is that Harlan Ellison?" Hmm, again. I need to think about this some more...)

Speaking which, I'd like to remind you that Ultimate Geek Fu is also an open column, and we're always looking for people who want to take the workload off us to suggest an idea for discussion. As...somebody promised they would do for tomorrow. Henry? Kersley? Do you remember who promised to write tomorrow's UGF?

Also on the subject of cattle calls: I know it seems like we just pushed #1 out the door—and in fact, we did just push #1 out the door—but beginning after Labor Day, we will be looking at submissions for Stupefying Stories #2, provisionally entitled "The Scare The Cr@p Out of You" issue but we'll likely change that. Got that? Horror stories, but not until after Labor Day.

And finally, one more fairly important item. Because of the Labor Day Holiday, K&B Booksellers will be shutting down from NOON Central Time tomorrow until 5 PM Central Time on Friday, September 3rd. Which means that during that time period, it will not be possible to place orders for copies of STUPEFYING STORIES.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but it's because of Amazon's operating rules, and we can explain more if needed. Suffice to say that we will resume business as usual on Friday evening.
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