1) Beneath Ceaseless Skies is taking "The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere." Which is not only something I am very fond of and wrote very recently, but it is also that dreaded beast, the novelette! I love reading novelettes. I don't mind writing novelettes. Selling novelettes is not always the easiest thing. But this time, pretty much right off the bat, boom! Sold where I most wanted it to go! Yay!
The title/inspiration comes from a pair of elisem earrings of the same name, with a little Hope Mirrlees and Louis Armstrong on the side.
2) I wasn't sure it was okay to say this, but Mary Robinette Kowal put it up on FB, and she wouldn't steer me wrong (er, at least I hope not): this weekend I found out that Year's Best SF 15 (the Hartwell and Cramer version, not the Dozois version) would like to reprint "The Calculus Plague." This is my first Year's Best sale, and I am very much pleased. (scottjames, remember when you were asking if there were any markets that would displace the ones I have listed in my boilerplate cover letter? Year's Best totally makes the cover letter. In fact, I have the urge to write back to the agents I have queried and tell them, "Also I will be in Year's Best because I am just that cool, so you should totally represent me and sell my book to a publisher who will sell a gajillion copies of it and make all of us very rich and happy kthx." I suspect that this is not what we in realityland know as "professional," however, so I won't.)
Of course as usual this has had the effect of making me go, "Ack! Must write more stories!" So papersky will be pleased to hear that I am finally writing the time dilation homecoming one she told me to write ages ago, and it's going beautifully, and not just because of the wish fulfillment of sending the protag to the Hungarian restaurant near the Guy-Concordia Metro stop either. It's currently called "Some of Them Closer," but that might change.