UPDATE ON LIFE:
Things are going fairly well, all things considered. I have the following sales pending publication:
"Abraham Lincoln's Children" - Chimera World #2 (anthology)
"Empire of Silk, Empire of Flannel" - International House of Bubbas (anthology)
"Sibling Enmity" - Cyber-Age Adventures (magazine)
"Even Odds" - Revelations (anthology)
"Fantastic Revisions: An Introduction to Fantastic Adventure History" - Internet Review of Science Fiction (e-zine, non-fiction)
In addition, my story "Salvage" qualified as a Finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest, the most prestigious amateur-level contest for genre fiction. (Yes, I still easily qualify for amateur-level by pretty much any measure.) There is still a possibility that it will be published in the annual anthology, if the winning stories run short and they need filler, basically.
I will be attending GenCon Indianapolis from August 18-21 (though on Thursday & Friday I will be there only in the evenings).
In September, I will be attending the Banff Centre for the Arts' Writing with Style workshop, with Hugo & Nebula award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer. There I will be workshopping a short story, and also resuming work on my stalled novel Soulless. I also hope to get a couple of stories finished over this same time period for anthologies that have submission periods ending in October.
Things are obviously busy. Such is life. I will attempt to post again next week with some more news.