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20 May 2015 @ 12:12 pm
Haven't been doing enough writerly updates lately, but here's a quick one:

- Stories: three currently under way.  One is an SF tale with some social / ethical exploration, another is an SF tale about cloning with... I'm not quite sure yet.  The third is a literary piece, already novella-length which is a bit of an indulgence, but one which I think can sell, and sell well.  All I have to do is finish it now.

- Books: signed the contract for my next ebook collection.  It's a collection of fantasy stories starring a couple of characters that I really like and a world which is very interesting to write (hope it's equally interesting to read!).

- Have also been asked for a drawing for a cover (*waves at commissioner, whe reads this*). I accepted with the express understanding that if the commissioner doesn't like it, they can discard and I won't be offended!

Wordage: about 1700 words since last report spread among the WIPs.
18 May 2015 @ 02:27 pm
You can see the post here.

Heroines of Fantasy is a space I've admired from a distance for some time, as they seem to share most of my values, but also support some people whose image of an ideal world differs greatly from mine.  However, by the simple act of asking me to be one of their contributors, they showed that my admiration was justified.  Many in their position would have avoided controversial voices - they, on the other hand, have embraced the discussion.  I only hope my posts do that sentiment justice (you can tell me otherwise in the comments, as always, here or there!).
13 May 2015 @ 09:54 am
Seems I'm using this as a place to brag and to post Classically Educated updates...  but the reason for that is that life has been hectic, but not in ways that merit any blogging.  No fun new stuff to report, so I'm staying quiet.

On the other hand, I keep updating the other blog with new content - the latest piece is about an Ingrid Bergman film which isn't among her most well-known, but does have a bit of interest to it, in mixing noir and the gaslit streets of London.  You can read it here.

I did write about 250 words onto an SF story, which is nice.
11 May 2015 @ 10:41 am
I seem to be a pretty regular contributor to Every Day Fiction.  My latest story there, "A Lot to Talk About" was published yesterday.

It's a hiuge change of pace for me, so if you've read any of my SF tales, you'll likely be surprised by this story, as there is no SFness in it whatsoever.  It does, however, look at relationships, age and families in a quiet way.

It should take maybe five minutes to read, as EDF is a flash publication.
05 May 2015 @ 01:37 pm
Have you ever had a disastrous job interview? If so, what went wrong?
They ended up hiring me... Nothing is quite as bad as actually landing a bad job.
05 May 2015 @ 10:42 am
Every Day Fiction has announced its ToC for May, and it contains a large number of extremely talented writers.  It also contains me (no publication is perfect).  My story "A Lot To Talk About" will be the featured story on May 10th.

Here's the complete ToC:

May 4 Van Zeller Liver Oil
May 5 Walt Giersbach Stella’s Chili
May 6 Kira Plummer The Education of Jimmy Cooke
May 7 LB Thomas Claws
May 8 Sara Roberts Fixing Things
May 9 Jared Golub Fire Water
May 10 Gustavo Bondoni A Lot to Talk About
May 11 Andrea LoFiego Breakfast
May 12 Hermine Robinson Thrift Store Princess
May 13 D. Quentin Miller Life Without Wishes
May 14 Nicholas Olson Neat Piles
May 15 Matthew Lavin Black Lake
May 16 Scott T. Harker Dumb Debbie
May 17 Bernard Reed At the Moment of the Giraffe
May 18 Aaron Emmel Jacob Gayne, Vice President
May 19 Jessi Cole Jackson Lady Cintron and the Bull
May 20 Steven L. Peck Tales from Pleasant Grove
May 21 C.M. Gabbett Her Number
May 22 Tim Hanson Flares
May 23 Kristin Lea Berry Goodbye, Mick
May 24 Georgene Smith Goodin Unwrapped
May 25 Buddy Shay The Report
May 26 M. E. Hopkins Object Lessons
May 27 Sean Hill The Baleful Tome
May 28 Justin Eells Bonzo’s
May 29 Terry Ibele Red
May 30 Clint Wastling Monsieur Alphonse’s Garden
May 31 J. J. Roth Barden Bernick, Living the Dream
27 April 2015 @ 11:22 am
Simian Publishing has announced the ToC for its forthcoming Apotheosis anthology.  Looks like a good one, and it includes my story "The Resistance and the Damned".

Here's the full list:

  • "The Smiling People" by Andrew Peregrine

  • The Pestilence of Pandora Peaslee" by Peter Rawlik

  • “Daily Grind” by J. Childs-Biddle

  • "What Songs We Sing" by L. K. Whyte

  • "Dilution Solution" by Adrian Simmons

  • "Earth Worms" by Cody Goodfellow

  • "Eliza" by Joshua Reynolds

  • "Footprints in the Snow" by June Violette

  • "Beware Poorly Chosen Words" By Jeffrey Fowler

  • "The Balm of Sperrgebiet is the Krokodil" by Steve Berman

  • "The Caverns of al-Shog Qaleth" by Robert J. Santa

  • "Of the Fittest" by Evan Dicken

  • "Overcome" by Jason Vanhee

  • "Paradise 2.0" By Glynn Owen Barrass

  • "The Divine Proportion" by Jeff C. Carter

  • "The Resistance and the Damned" by Gustavo Bondoni

  • "Twilight of the Gods" by Jonathan Woodrow

  • "Venice Burning" By A.C. Wise

24 April 2015 @ 11:45 am
For those of you who read Tuesday's article and wanted to know where things went from there, we have published the second part of "From Chancellor to Führer" on Classically Educated.  You can read it here.
msstacy13's brilliant historical novel continues to produce gems, and the latest excerpt brings us an intimate look at a crucial time in Hitler's rise to power. You can read all about it here, at Classically Educated.
15 April 2015 @ 12:18 pm
As a writer, I'm predictably fascinated by all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into making a book, so when I got a guest post from a publisher about this exact topic for Classically Educated, I was delighted.  You can read all about it, here.

Also, the planets seemed to have aligned and I found myself writing tons of words suddenly (more than 1100 on Monday evening), which means that some new work by me will be making the rounds soon.