awards, Reading, Writing

Event Horizon Available as a FREE Download

Event Horizon is an anthology of stories by authors eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer–meaning writers whose first pro sale have been published within the last two years. The volume contains over 75 authors and 350,000 words, and, hanks to the efforts of Jake Kerr, is available for free download–until July 15, 2017–at the link above. That is a whole lot of good reading.

 

Congratulations to all those within the anthology, and good luck to each of those eligible for this year’s award!

food, plain silliness, publication

Pi Day Publication News!

So yes, it’s Pi Day–you know, March 14? 3.14…

Okay, yes, I’m making pie to celebrate. Key lime is about right this year. Something tart and sweet and refreshing. Yum.

Oh, it’s also publication day for my story over on the Colored Lens website! If you haven’t purchased the entire issue, you can read my story “Sanachi’s Escape” on the website now. Unlike key lime pie, this story is a grim little thing. More than a bit depressing. It’s a speculative fiction story set on another world that takes a look at the children who grow up amid violence and war. So brace yourself, then click the link.

I hope you enjoy it. And happy Pi to you!

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Yay–A Story Sale!

I’m particularly pleased to announce that my story, “Sanachi’s Escape,” has sold to The Colored Lens, and should be published in their Winter 2017 edition, sometime in the first quarter. That’s really soon!

Yes, you can be sure I’ll link to it here once the story is out. Until then, enjoy the Writer’s Christmas Calendar updates, and happy holidays!

goals, publication

That Good News…

Remember way back when–all the way back in June–when I mentioned good news I couldn’t share yet? Well, now I can: Fantasy Scroll Magazine is going to publish my SF story, “Catching and Letting Go” in their August edition!

Why yes, it is August already, so keep your eyes peeled for another update here, letting you know when it’s available. And as always, if you like Fantasy Scroll Magazine and the stories they print, please consider buying the issue. It helps keep my dog in biscuits and frisbees (sigh–he’s tough on frisbees).

food, publication, Writing

“With the Taste of Oblivion…” Now Available!

In all the rush and fury of late (and my current state of ill health–yuck!), I missed informing you that my story, “With the Taste of Oblivion in Her Mouth” has gone live at the online magazine Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Please note: the stories are behind a paywall. An annual subscription is $12, but I’ve read some great stories there (besides my own, of course!), so I hope you’ll consider joining.

A tidbit about this story? Of course!

This was written in response to two prompts. One was someone having a job that does not exist here-and-now, whether it’s futuristic or fantastical. The other prompt was an event that appears to be calamitous proves not to be so. And I’d been thinking rather a lot about cooking, and all the things flavors can say–how it’s a language in itself, sometimes, and how food can transport people, the same as scent, or sound. All these things wrapped around in my brain, twisting together, until this little story was born.

I hope you enjoy it. Bon appetit!

publication, Writing

Starting 2016 with a Sale!

With the contract signed, I feel I can share the good news that I alluded to earlier: I made my first sale of 2016! The new speculative fiction publication Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores has accepted my story “With the Taste of Oblivion in Her Mouth” for publication.

They’ve indicated it may be published quite soon (February or March), and it might even be illustrated! (!!!! OMG, really? squee!!!!) Needless to say, I’ll post here once I know more, and certainly when it’s available. But right now, I’m just basking in the warm fuzzies of acceptance. 🙂

Magic of the Everyday, publication

I’m Late! The Story is Up!

I was traveling when the acceptance came, and just very, very muddled with the arrival of October–yes, these are excuses, but wait! It’s good news–I’m very excited to announce that my story, “The Giveaway Box,” is now up at Abyss & Apex! (picture me grinning from ear to ear!)

This story started with the title as a prompt. That made me wonder What giveaway box? What’s inside? Who’s looking? Of course, giveaway boxes are common at yard sales, and that’s where this one went. This story is set in my former neighborhood of Clintonville, a part of Columbus with sidewalks that come and go, large trees, and lots and lots of pedestrians and cyclists–all ideal for yard sales. And for little bits of magic infusing life around the edges.

I’m so happy that this story found it’s home here, at a magazine known for the beauty of its stories, and I hope you’ll read and enjoy it. If so, please consider dropping a tip in A&A’s donate jar, won’t you? Thanks.

 

publication, signal boosting, Writing

My First Author Interview!

Each week, Michael J. DeLuca (guest-editor of LCRW #33) is posting an interview of one of his authors on his blog. Mine is up today! There are two other interviews before mine, and more to come after, so if you’re interested in those sharing the Table of Contents with me, read on! (I’m finding it fun and fascinating.)

If you’re finding me through that interview, hello and welcome to my online home. Feel free to leave a note; as always, comments are on.