January 25, 2012 in General Topics
March 7, 2009 in General Topics
So the first sale of the year is in — “Eee”, as originally seen in the september 2007 issue of Afterburn SF, has been picked up by welltoldtales.com. This is one of the darkest science fiction pieces I ever wrote, as well as one of the most “out-there” examples of my train of thought.
True story: the idea for this piece came from a discussion thread over on EscapePod.org’s discussion boards. The topic was six-word stories. Here’s the idea I posted that I decided to expand upon:
“Cybernetic dolphin. New Kingdom of EEEEEEE.”
I can’t wait to see the guys at Well Told Tales give this one the proper treatment.
June 7, 2008 in General Topics
I’m back from my vacation. It was good, and very needed with some of the stress I’ve been under lately.
Remember when I said this, in last week’s post?
Vacations have been interesting events for me as far as writing in goes. In each of the past two vacations I took, I came back to find acceptances in my inbox. I’m hoping lightning strikes thrice and I can snag another one over this trip.
Well, I must be burned to a cinder, because lightning did strike thrice. In fact, I got a double-jolt in this particular blast.
I’m pleased to announce that Murky Depths has taken “Best in Class” for their upcoming issue #6, December 2008. “Best in Class” is a dark science fiction tale of a prized collector’s car whose AI struggles to understand stark circumstances it has been thrust into. Murky Depths ran “Paston, Kentucky”, another tale of mine, for their very first issue, and it’s a pleasure to do business with them again.
In equally exciting developments, Something Wicked, a horror magazine operating out of South Africa, has taken “The Eighteenth Floor” for publication, details to be provided to me in the near future. I am thrilled to see this piece finally get its due. Every author has those extremely rare stories that they think they fired on all cylinders with — this is one of them. When this horror piece hits their pages, my fiction will have graced its third continent.
My sincerest thanks to those that have read my stories, and whom continue to read them. And I’d like to thank both these fine publications for running my work. It is my pleasure and honor.
May 10, 2008 in General Topics
I’ve sold the non-exclusive audio rights to “Old Clara’s Favorites”, a little horror piece of mine, to “The Drabblecast”. Although this is the same tale that you can find under my free fiction section, the version they’ll be running is expanded to add a few more bits of detail. Oh, and it’s edited better. Keep in mind, I wrote the original version of this tale completely stream-of-conscious last Halloween, so I cleaned it up a bit for these guys.
I’m thrilled to know I’ll have work go live on Norm Sherman’s neck of the woods. I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while now, and I personally think his episodes are consistently top-notch; the style and length thereof more to my liking than some of the other big players in this segment of the speculative fiction universe.
I highly suggest you drop by and subscribe, if you haven’t already.
I’ll be posting an announcement here, as always, when the tale goes live.
In other news, I see D.K.Thompson has a new tale up with my friends over at Variant Frequencies. Kick ass. Although I haven’t had the chance to listen to it yet, the premise sounds wonderful, and I’ll post my honest thoughts and feedback once I’ve given it the once over.
January 15, 2008 in General Topics
So there’s my first sale of the year. Sniplits, an upcoming audio e-magazine, has contracted “One Night at Ollie’s Stump” for publication once their site goes live. As I understand it, production is slated to hammer out the work in audio format in the next week or two. I’ve also earned more off this tale than I have any other thus far — good pay for a small-press site, in case you’re wondering.
I’m excited about Sniplits. I’ve read-up on the concept and I think the market will take it. Anne Stussey, editor-extraordinare, really is a pleasure to work with, being all those things you want editors to be: approachable, friendly, and excellent at communicating. I’m sure this venture of hers is going to take off.
The story itself is a comedy piece. That’s right, a comedy. It’s all about a backwater town in a fantasy kingdom. It’s all about notoriety suddenly visiting a place known only for its single bar, “Ollie’s Stump”. It’s all about a group of misfits, the tough woman working the counter who’d likely knock your head off if you called her a maiden, and a local mage with all the ambition and half the preparation that makes for an accident waiting to happen.
I’m not one of these writers you’ll really be able to nail down as falling into one genre or another. I think limited range can be a trap, can doom a writer to one kind of reader. I put on whatever hat feels right when I sit down behind the keyboard. For this tale, the jester’s cap fit perfectly.
I’ll let you know when it’s live. Stay tuned.