This and that

  • The check was in the mail today from Analog (Dell Publications, actually) for Flotsam.  Still no word on publication date, but then that’s from another office.  I’m ever so pleased with the payment,  and I’m excited about the sale; but the numbers on the check — $360 — show why a writer can’t make a living selling genre fiction.   Even so, Analog!  Woot!
  • The Best of Everyday Fiction Two is on the shelf now.  I have four stories in it — I Must to the Barber’s Chair, In His PrimeOh, Woman of Easy Virtue and Upon The Doorsteps.  The title is linked.  Check it out; you won’t be sorry.   It’s a great collection from a great publication.  Congratulations, Camille.  You’ve hit a home run again.
  • I’m on target for 150, 000 words this year. 14,500 since January 1 and three short stories completed — Crossing the Barrens, a westernesque fantasy that features a medicine show with God as its chief shill; Cretaceous on Ice, a tongue-in-cheek eccentric inventor tale that feels a lot like the SF stories I grew up with, and The Night Bus Doesn’t Stop Downtown on Mondays, Anymore, a moody bit of flash fiction set in Seattle.  The first two are already in the mail.  I’m still polishing Night Bus.

At A Thousand Faces

Issue 10 of A Thousand Faces, the quarterly journal of super- human fiction, is out today and it contains my story, A Son of the Night.

I’m sort of pumped about this one for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s been a long time coming, even though it’s the first SF story I sold that is longer than flash length. Editor Frank Byrnes bought it last October — October 2008 — and now it’s found it’s way into the magazine.

Second, it’s being presented online and in print. I love to see my work on the Internet. But there’s something special about ink & paper. Don’t you just love the smell of laser-jet ink in the morning?

Third, a story by one of my online friends, Erin Kinch — Dinner for Three — is also in the magazine. WTG, Erin! Another notch in the pistol for both of us.

And finally, it’s just a heck of a good story. Rory Mathersby, a graphic novelist, wants so much to be a superhero, just like his creation, Swath. Rory has the money and the determination to pull it off — if the realities of life would just stop interferring.

You can check it out online at A Son of the Night, until Issue 11 comes out. Or you can buy a paper copy of the magazine at Lulu and keep it forever. Either way, I hope you enjoy Rory’s story.

At Every Day Fiction

I’ve always been a sucker for a uniform, particularly dress uniforms. I had a whole closet full of them at one time. One of my favorites is that of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Red Serge is front and center in my flash fiction, The Maple Leaf Manuever, at Every Day Fiction today.

The story pokes a bit of fun at American and Canadian stereotypes. Check it out, if you get a chance.

Let me know what you think, eh?

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Jon Pinnock is a funny fellow who writes cracking-good flash fiction, as well as the odd piece of poetry, and blogs about it at Jonathan Pinnock’s Write Stuff. Today, he’s got a post about meeting deadlines and he mentioned me. Check it out.


I had the occasion this morning to share one of my favorite pieces of animation — Fifty Percent Grey. Wicked funny. It’s been around for a time but if you haven’t seen it, check it out.


On a familial note, today is my son’s 31st birthday. Happy birthday, kiddo, the check is in the mail.

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“I have a great idea for a story.  We could make millions, if you’d just help me write it down.”

Ever hear that from someone you just met?  If you haven’t and you tell people often enough that you are a writer, you will.  Raincoaster talks about the woes of admitting you write at Everyone needs an editor!


scottbourne at comments on What Photographers Can Learn From the New Star Trek.  Writers would do well to heed his suggestions, too.

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There is nothing more irksome, working my way through the slush pile for Every Day Fiction, than coming upon a submission in which the author has made no attempt at formatting. Lynn Price, editorial director for Behler Publications, offers up a wonderful little rant about such Philistines. Every writer should memorize her words.


It’s a sad day in Munchkinland. Mickey Carroll, who played the Munchkin town crier in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, one of my favorite movies, died yesterday in St. Louis. He was 89.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a new online magazine “dedicated to publishing the best in literary adventure fantasy.” It began publication last October and so far it has delivered on that promise.

Kris Dikeman’s Clockwork Heart, Clockwork Soul, a fresh reworking of the Frankenstein legend, is a fantastic example of the sort of story this magazine presents. It appears in the May 7, 2009, issue and it just may be the best piece of fantasy-horror writing I have ever read.