Friday, November 22, 2019

Story sale! "Carnival Days and Days" to Daily Science Fiction

Quick news that I've sold this flash fiction story, a sort of trapped-by-forces-beyond-our-control horror/fantasy story. With clowns. It will be my fourth story in DSF.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

2019 eligibility post

Lots of posts going up on Twitter about this year's eligibility for various awards, etc. I have two more short stories that I'm expecting to come out before the end of the year, so I'll add those in tentatively and update it with links, new stories if any, and deletions if necessary (there's also a forthcoming story in DSF that I haven't even announced yet, but I suspect that won't be out until the new year):

Short stories:
"The Scapegoat Village" in Kaleidotrope
"Amid Stone and Sun, an Alias" in Mirror Dance
"To Climb by the Light of the Sputtering Sun" in SFFWorld's Dying Earth anthology (hopefully out by the end of the year)
"Heroes Never Die" flash fiction in Frozen Wavelets (first issue is currently rolling out, so...possibly by the end of the year)

And then my collection Cities of Wonder, Rails of Irreality included some reprints and also these previously unpublished short/flash stories:

"City of Animals"
"The Singing Caves"
"The City of Corpses"
"City of Letters"
"The City of Lost Voices"

and it includes these previously unpublished poems:

"The Locus of All Rails"
"The People of Train Smoke"
"The Fossils of Yahm"

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

“The Game” in the Lyrical Worlds newsletter

I mentioned in my November Lyrical Worlds newsletter that I would share pictures of the original publication of the reprinted story in it, "The Game."

Fictitious Force had a unique shape. I suppose it was simply folded the other direction (hotdog bun style instead of hamburger bun style, as I used to explain to kids), but it definitely makes it stand out in my box of contributor copies. The cover for this issue was even inspired by my story, so that's a cool thing.

The story itself is a rather jaded take on the political process...sort of. Or else it's a cynical take on office culture and the things people engage in outside of work to keep life meaningful. But really it's a fantasy story of a fantastical city where everything is decided by a game of numbers, skill, intrigue, and subterfuge.

Or as a friend used to say about all his stories when forced to explain them: you know, a love story.

This issue had quite the table of contents. Some of these are writers I haven't heard from since then, but many have established themselves as prolific and award winning writers. Contributors, in addition to myself were Aliette de Bodard, Ian Whates, Michael Merriam, Brian K. Derkson, Michele Winkler, Anetta Ribken, Brian Dotlon, Cheryl McCreary, Mari Ness, Sarah Monette, Kurt Kirchmeier, and Michelle Scott.

So if you've signed up for the Lyrical Worlds newsletter, be sure to open that email and give the story a read. If you haven't signed up yet, sign up now and then send me a quick email saying you'd like to have the November issue as well as future ones.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Dying Earth cover art

I announced a story sale to this anthology some months ago, and at the time it was expected to come out fairly soon, but there were some delays in getting to publication.

Now it's finally getting close to publication, and we recently were sent the cover art. Looking good!

I'm excited to get a peek inside the antho once it's out, so keep your eyes peeled here, at SFFWorld, and elsewhere for news on when it actually comes out.

Monday, November 04, 2019

November newsletter almost ready to go out.

Here's what could be in your inbox soon...

This newsletter includes a short story that has never appeared online before, a story that appeared (I'm just rediscovering now) alongside some now well known, award-winning short story writers. So if you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, do so soon.

And check your spam folders. The test emails, at least, are getting sent to my spam folder in Outlook... So if you don't think you got an email after signing up, check again!