Writerly update

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.

My first post up at Heroines of Fantasy

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!).

When noir gets Victorian

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.

New story up at Every Day Fiction

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.

Every Day Fiction ToC for May announced

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

Apotheosis ToC Announced

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