Yes, yes, yes — we at the Ministry do apologise for the silence. We know that many of you are anxious to hear more Tales from the Archives, and rest assured, we are working to bring more lost stories from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Currently, our intrepid journalists are planning for their trip out west to Revovation: The 69th World Science Fiction Convention; but time will be set aside for the next installment. in the meantime, we have some lovely news to share from the past week, one matter concerning the very podcast you are anxiously awaiting to hear from.
ITEM: At the quaint little gathering called Dragon*Con is the event podcasters worldwide recognise as The Parsec Awards. Amongst the 2011 Finalists is the Ministry’s own Nathan Lowell. His short story “The Astonishing Amulet of Amenartas” has been short listed for the Best Short Story category. We wish Nathan all the best, and are pleased as punch that The Ministry is represented this year.
ITEM: Read by master thespian James Langton, Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel is now available on Audible.com. Mister Langton does a ripping good job telling our story, and we do hope that you leave us a review of the audiobook. It helps to give our little adventure a bit of attention, and tells Harper Audio how much these aural presentations are appreciated.
ITEM: Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel has been nominated for Steamcon’s 2011 Airship Awards. At Steamcon, held every year in the lovely port city of Seattle, Washington, the event hosts the Airship Awards, an honour exclusive to this steampunk event. This year, the third holding of this event, patrons of steampunk have nominated our modest romp for “Best Written Work” for the year. For any of our readers attending Steamcon III, please cast your vote for us between now and September 30th. We are thrilled to be in the running, and we thank you, the gentle reader and patron, and Steamcon III for this honour.
It has been quite an amazing seven days, and we hope this close to our summer of steampunk is merely the beginning of new and exciting adventures. We have appearances on the books, edits for our next adventure coming soon, and more installments of Tales from the Archives in the works. We at the Ministry look forward to bringing you more stories of the fantastic.
Again, thank you for continuing to voice your opinions, critiques, and praise for Phoenix Rising. Until next time, we will keep the kettle warm.