August 31, 2012
My humorous take on the nature of art and creativity is published at Every Day Fiction today. You can read “Those Who Can’t Do” here.
In a related bit of news, my very first published story “Good Advice” has been selected for inclusion in “The Best of Every Day Fiction Year Four” anthology.
July 10, 2012
It’s been a busy week for me, to be sure. In addition to all the anthology work, I managed to sell two stories and also had two anthologies (available in real, physical dead-tree format!) come out that include my stories.
First up is In Situ, a collection of short stories featuring alien archaeology. My humor story “The Field Trip” closes out the book. Here’s a little preview:
The planet in question had been populated by tool using bipedal mammals who learned to split the atom a little too soon for their own good and went boom. The scenario was so common in this part of the galaxy that there are entire digital storage units full of examples, and they are all filed under “Boring.”
You can read more about this story in my interview on Dagan Books web site over here.
To purchase the book click here.
The second anthology out this week is The Memory Eater. All stories collected in this book are inspired by the technology that allows its user to selectively erase memories. The first story I wrote for this book titled “The Take” didn’t make the cut there, but was published at Daily Science Fiction. My second story was “Seven Conversations in Locked Rooms” and I’m rather pleased with it. Click here to buy a copy.
I should add that both of these fine books were published by small businesses and every dollar really counts. So if you like my stories, and those of the other contributors, and can afford it, consider supporting them by purchasing these books.
On to new business:
My humor flash story “Those Who Can’t Do” was accepted at Every Day Fiction. This will be my fourth appearance at EDF, the first magazine to ever publish one of my stories. “Those Who Can’t Do” should be released sometime in August or September.
And yet another humor flash story, “How To Locate and Capture Time Travelers: a Memo” was picked up by Third Flatiron publishing and will be released on December 1 in their “Origins” themed issue.
June 20, 2012
I’ve been concentrating on the anthology, but there are lots of other great writing-related news to report as well.
Early this week I learned that my application was accepted and I’ll be attending Viable Paradise 16 – a very prestigious speculative fiction workshop that takes place on Martha’s Vineyard each October. I applied and didn’t make it in last year, but was encouraged to try again. I did, and it worked out. VP is an opportunity to learn from some of the top writers and editors in the industry. This year’s instructors include TOR editors Patrick and Theresa Nielsen Hayden, Elizabeth Bear, Steven Brust and James McDonald among others. I’m thrilled to be attending and hope it will help advance my writing to the next level.
Speaking of workshops, much of that is about having other writers read and comment on your manuscript, which segues me nicely to the next bit of news.
A guest blog post I wrote for Penumbra Magazine was published today. It’s called Get The Most Out of Beta Reader Feedback. As you may have guessed from the title, it’s about cabbage farming. Seriously though, if critiquing interests you, you should also go read Jake Kerr’s excellent Eleven Rules On How To Get Great Critiques.
The cover above is from Penumbra’s Politics themed issue, which includes my story “Price of Allegiance” and is coming out in early July.
Finally, I’d like to bring your attention to an excellent blog post by Jeff Chapman who selected my flash story The Traveling Fair (published by Every Day Fiction) as his story of the week and dissected it with some thoughtful comments and interesting things to say. Thank you, Jeff!
April 18, 2012
This story was written for one of the Shock Totem contests. Every few months the horror/dark fiction magazine sponsors a contest where a prompt is provided and each author submits their story anonymously, to be judged by fellow entrants. I enjoy the process and try to participate whenever I can, and it often results in pretty good stories. “Spidersong” — my first SFWA sale — was another ST contest story. For “The Traveling Fair” the prompt was to write a story under 1000 words featuring a giant monster and fireworks.
Click here to read The Traveling Fair at Every Day Fiction, and don’t forget to rate it!