At Wily Writers

Uh huh, that’s a pig.

My short story, Stuff of the Elder Gods, is up at Wily Writers Podcast. It involves a plucky waitress, a West Virginia highway diner, two escaped convicts and a drift of pigs.

It sounds like screw-ball comedy, but it most decidedly is not.

Wily Writers has an interesting set-up.  Each month they present two new stories — as both a podcast and a text download —  that focus on a common theme. The February theme was Vigilantes.  A vigilante, of course, is a person who takes the law into his or her own hands, as by avenging a crime.  Listen to the story and I think you’ll see how that fits.

The story was selected for publication by guest editor Martel Sardina, Contributing Editor for Dark Scribe Magazine, and Submissions Editor for Apex Magazine. Thank you, Martel.

Angel Leigh McCoy, Wily Writers’ Editor, recorded the podcast and did a masterful job with the character accents. Thank you, Angel.  You made the read sound easy and I know it’s not.

I’m doubly pleased with this publication because Stuff of the Elder Gods is my first piece to be podcast.  It’s both exciting and humbling to listen to someone else read your words.

Stop by and listen, if you get a chance.

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?

A milestone at 10Flash

10Flash had its 10,000th visitor this afternoon.  That’s a bit over 2,000 hits per month since the publication debuted on July 1st.

It’s not record-breaking, by any definition, by it’s not bad for a new e-zine, particularly when you consider that I haven’t done any paid promotion.  We’re listed now on Duotrope, for which I am pleased, and I am hoping to have a dedicated domain site — 10flashmagazine.com — up and running for the January issue.

And speaking of the January issue, I’ve purchased all ten stories and they’re all super.  Some returning authors, lots of new folks and even a couple of excellent tales that are first-time publications for their writers.  That’s one of the reasons that I started 10Flash.

If you like genre fiction and enjoy flash fiction, stop by 1oFlash and check it out.  I think you’ll have fun.

10Flash: Issue 2

Its hopping this morning over at 10Flash, my genre flash fiction quarterly.

Just a bit past 8:00 a.m. PST now, eight hours since Issue 2 went online, and we have hit 500 readers. Issue 1 had 1,000 visitors its first twenty-four hours. We’ll see how things go today.

If you have a chance, pour yourself a cup of coffee, settle in at the computer and check out the stories by some red-hot writers.

Mmmmm … Good stories. 😉

An update: It’s just a few minutes before 1:00 a.m. on Friday, October 2. Almost 1,200 folks dropped by 10Flash on Thursday to have a look at Issue 2 and we’ve already had 50 visits since midnight.

I want to thank all of the visitors; I hope you enjoyed the stories. I also want to say thank you to all the readers who left comments. They are appreciated.

And I want to say thank you to the eleven writers who let us peer inside their imaginations. I believe that is the underlying reason that people seek out art of all sorts. We all live inside our own heads. Experiencing art, particularly the written word, allows us to witness what someone else is thinking.

And to Laura Eno, author of Heist Outré, a special thanks for flogging the blog. Of those 1,100+ visitors yesterday, 316 dropped by to read her story. You’re an angel, Laura! 😉

At fear and trembling

I’ve got a piece of flash,  Hostel Intent, over at Fear and Trembling today.  It’s tongue-in-cheek horror, set in a dormitory at an large and anonymous university somewhere in western Washington State.  Seattle, I think.

Yeah, definitely.  Seattle.  And it features the twenty-fifth Teerthankar of the Jain, a freshman from Idaho, with a most unfortunate name, and an assistant dorm proctor named Babbu.

Check it out — if you get a chance.  And may Shiva’s blessing go with you.

Trying my hand at the publishing game

I haven’t told you yet about 10Flash.

10Flash is a new on-line flash fiction site that will specialize in genre stories — fantasy, horror, science fiction and suspense. Once each quarter, we will present ten pieces of flash fiction that share a common theme.

I am the editor and the first issue will go on-line July 1st, 2009. It’s a paying market, too; not much, because it’s coming out of my pocket, but still 0ne-two cents a word isn’t anything to sneeze at.

Submissions for the first issue is by invitation. Those have gone out and I’ve heard back from everyone. I’m encouraged by the response — eight said yes and two asked for a week or two to think about ideas. Two of the affirmatives have already submitted a story.

Of course, everyone and their second cousins are starting on-line magazines. I think what will make 10Flash special is that each issue is tied up by a theme thread. All the stories for the July issue, for example, will involve a librarian traveling in a foreign land.

Check out the site at 10Flash, if you like. I’d love to hear what you think.

Another dead soldier

Orbital Decay is headed for the Old Story’s Home.

It made the rounds in 2008 without success and the rejections I received had a darker tone.

Orbital Decay is a story about an early suicide, told from the perspective of a middle-aged man. Not all it’s rejections offered comments, but those that did were unanimous.

“The writing is solid but what a bummer ending.”

Even so, I believe it’s a good story; so I’m posting it here.  Give it a read, if you like, and let me know what you think.

Old soldiers never die

I’ve decided to retire This Little Piggy.

It has made the rounds, this past year, and keeps coming back with one of those notes that say, “We are sorry to inform you –”

It has it’s own little story tagging along behind, though.

At is heart is one of my favorite jokes, but the idea for the story came to me when I discovered that E.B. White and George Orwell were contemporaries; both ardent essayists and sticklers for grammar.

I fancied the idea that at some time, somewhere, they met before Orwell’s death in 1950, and the conversation worked its way around to farms and pigs. And This Little Piggy was born.

Some of the rejections I received were amusing in their own right.

The folks at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine “liked this joke the first time. And the second time too. And even the third. But –”

So, I’m going to pull it in, but I’m not going to toss it into the rag-bag. I still think it’s too good a story for that.