Still at home, should be leaving in around 15 minutes. Thanks for all the well-wishes and those exercising their psionic skills to send me good thoughts.
Anyway, here's a must-plug for budding Filipino writers.
From The Grin Without A Cat:
Secondary fantasy worlds are well-written fantasy stories that take place in a self-contained and self-consistent fantasy world created by the writer. These can be epic fantasy, high fantasy, or even dark (horror) fantasy.
“The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines, edited by Joseph Nacino & Dean Francis Alfar” will be published electronically to make this collection of stories available to a wider international audience. Through this anthology we will be able to show the world that the Filipino writer can create worlds with the best of them.
Combining these two ideas—the short story and secondary fantasy worlds—is well-within the Filipino author’s ability. As a guideline though, we are not looking for treatise or travel guide books of the secondary fantasy world. In the end, a good story and the humanity of the characters in them must take precedence over the well-formed setting.
In keeping with the concept of fantasy secondary worlds, stories based on Filipino mythology are acceptable.
1. Only works of secondary worlds in the mold of epic or traditional fantasy will be considered for publication. As works of the imagination, the theme is open and free.
2. Stories must cater to an adult sensibility. However, if you have a Young Adult story that is particularly well-written, send it in.
3. Stories must be written in English.
4. Stories must be authored by Filipinos or those of Philippine ancestry.
5. We will accept only original unpublished stories.
6. First time authors are welcome to submit. Good stories trump literary credentials anytime.
7. No multiple submissions. Each author may submit only one story for consideration.
8. Each story's word count must be no more than 7,500 words.
9. All submissions must be in Rich Text Format (.rtf – save the document as .rft on your word processor) and attached to an email to this address: email@example.com. Submissions received in any other format will be deleted unread.
10. The subject of your email must read: F2W Submission: (title) (word count); where (title) is replaced by the title of your short story, without the parentheses, and (word count) is the word count of your story, without the parentheses. For example – F2W Submission: The Sword of Ivatan 4500.
11. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your name, brief bio, contact information, previous publications (if any).
12. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2009. After that date, final choices will be made and letters of acceptance or regret sent out via email.
13.This anthology will be made available online via PDF file. Target publishing date is May 2009.
14. Compensation is Php500 for every accepted story.
Kindly help spread the word. Feel free to cut and paste or link to this on your blogs or e-groups – and send your story in.
Dean Francis Alfar