It’s a send-up of cooking shows. A snarky bit of horror, written with a certain ambiguity to allow several interpretations.
Check it out, if you get a chance.
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.
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 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?
We’ll be discussing the craft of flash fiction; my new e-zine, 10Flash and whatever other writers’ issues that may arise.
It starts today. Stop over and participate. It should be fun.
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.
“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 photofocus.com comments on What Photographers Can Learn From the New Star Trek. Writers would do well to heed his suggestions, too.
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.