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My first original short story, Illegal Beagles
, is available right here on this LJ as a freebie. Read, enjoy, feedback is adored. There is a completely optional "donate" button at the bottom if you feel like tossing a couple of bucks my way. ;)Summary:
Russell Fisk hates transporting live cargo, but a creditor has him over a barrel. So now he has to get a pack of hunting Beagles to the client, while dodging Feds and dealing with an alien passenger who's more than slightly odd. And, oh, hey, one of the dogs is in labor.
I've had eight short stories published in various venues.Different in Blood
was published in Plasma Frequency
Ben Lockwood, werewolf private investigator, finds himself embroiled in the weirdest cheating spouse case ever
. What the hell is a squonk? He's about to find out.
Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit
was published in Stupefying Stories
Faerie shows are cooperative enterprises between humans and faeries. When a faerie is kidnapped, it's a race against time -- and against faerie rights activists, the larger Fae, and an unscrupulous fellow competitor -- to find her before something terrible happens.
The Cow and the Beanstalk
was published in Azure Valley
, an imprint of TM Publishing
We all know the story of Jack the Giant Killer. How he traded a cow for some magic beans, killed a giant, avenged his father, and lived happily ever after. Now, everyone assumes the bean man was out to cheat Jack -- but, you know, the beans really were magic. He delivered on his promise and then disappeared, never to be seen again. So, what was so special about a cow, that a fellow would be willing to trade beans like that for her?
was published in Plasma Frequency
A security guard with electronic sensory enhancements accompanies a group of art students down to the home planet of a new alien species. While there, he sees things he shouldn't--but he's not sure if he's really seeing them, or if the enhancements have finally made him crack.
"Affairs of Dragons
" was published in Renard's Menagerie
, which is sadly defunct. It's also available through Anthology Builder
, which is where the link to the story will take you. And you can read the beginning of it here
. It's the sequel to "Illegal Beagles."Summary:
A spaceship crew is hired by a mother dragon to move her eggs from one planet to another. She's in the middle of an ugly divorce and an uglier clan war. The eggs aren't supposed
" was published in AfterburnSF
but can no longer be read online. It's available through Anthology Builder here
, and it also appears in the "Fight On! Weird Enclaves and Black Pits
" anthology. The link in the title will take you to a short preview, and it's available through Amazon here
Desperate faeries raid a beehive for the honey they need to make it through a deadly winter. But at what cost to both faeries and bees?
"Fortunes of Soldiers
" was published by Cosmos
magazine, with a fabulous illustration by Emrah Elmasli
. You can also buy it through Anthology Builder
(link takes you to a preview of it).Summary:
Two week's pay for one night's work, babysitting a spoiled asteroid heiress? Mercenary Jake O'Dell thinks all his jobs should be this easy. Until, of course, everything goes disastrously wrong.
"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
" was published by Darwin's Evolutions
, with a fabulous illustration by Karl Nordman
. It's available as a trade paperback for $9.99 (along with several other stories by several other awesome writers), or a high-quality .pdf download for $2.73. It's also available through Anthology Builder
. You can read the beginning of it here
, and purchase it here
Mark Newman loves being a werewolf. But when his wife finds out she's pregnant, she attempts to cure him against his will, in his sleep. Naturally, it goes horribly wrong--and it goes even wronger when she gets a well-meaning priest involved, poor fellow.
My author page at Anthology Builder is here
. You can read more of my fiction right here on this LJ. I have a "DVD extra" from my first novel that introduces a couple of characters to each other under less-than-optimal circumstances, and you can read that here
. This is one of my very favorite scenes. And I try to post a snippet every Saturday (subject to change), and those can be accessed via my snippets tag
Most of this LJ is me whining about writing, with some Real Life and Fannish Squee thrown in on occasion. I have more information on my User Info
page, or you can peruse my tags
and see if anything in there looks interesting. You can also follow me on Twitter
So. Come in, kick back, have fun. If you feel like commenting, please do.
Thu, Dec. 12th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Wed, 21:30: Word just had a hissyfit, making me panic that I'd lost these outlines. OpenOffice opened them fine, however, and then Word decided to work.
Wed, Dec. 11th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Wed, 00:27: So that was fun. Spent an hour or so w/tech support because my wifi croaked. Finally did a system restore back to the 7th. That worked.
In case anyone wants to write something for these things.Apex is having a flash fiction Christmas contest
. The deadline is December 16.Unlikely Story has two open submissions
. One for people with a SFWA-qualifying publication, to write "the worst story you can bear to see published with your name under the title." Flash only, the deadline is December 15. The other is for a story containing some kind of map, and the deadline for that one is February 1, 2014.The Jim Baen Memorial Contest
is now open. They want near-future hard SF where Tech Is Good. The deadline is February 1, 2014.Of course, the quarterly deadline for Writers of the Future
is nearly upon us. Get your entry in by December 31.
There are various anthos
calling for various things.
I'm mulling a second story for the Apex Christmas thing, I've sent my Terribad story off to Unlikely Acceptances, and I'm outlining a pair of map stories and a near-future SF story. And I'm deciding what to send to WotF.
Sun, Dec. 8th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Sat, 22:00: Oh, the weather outside is frightful... Our high tomorrow is supposed to be 16F with a 60% chance of snow. That means it WILL snow.
- Sun, 11:20: The forecast was hilariously wrong, for which I'm profoundly grateful. It's still super cold, but the sun's out.
- Sun, 11:22: I had a thought about my Krampus story, which I put into practice this morning. It's better now, and I'm pleased with it.
Sat, Dec. 7th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Fri, 12:43: Not only is the outline done, but I've got the first couple of sentences scribbled down as well. Win. ON TO THE NEXT.
- Fri, 14:15: Rejected story flipped to F&SF. That's the last time I go to the post office until AFTER Dec. 25. Crazy busy.
- Sat, 09:44: And it's snowing again. Ugh, and brr.
Fri, Dec. 6th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Thu, 12:14: I have cleared my inboxes (all three of them, oh, God), and flipped a rejected story. Next: Bike, shower, more outlining, and "Frozen."
- Thu, 22:21: *squints* *stares* *drums fingers* ...I think this outline is done.
I'm going to be in an anthology with Greg Benford
, you guys.World Weaver Press announces the contributors for their FAR ORBIT anthology
How cool is that?
In other news, I've just bitten off a lot
in one of my January NaNo project stories, which will be henceforth known as "Time-traveling Ben." I realized while noodling this... thing
with my RP partner that it could easily be a novel, and now I hate my brain. It won't be, because I Am A Short Story Writer Dammit™, but there's definitely room here for an Expansion Pack.
This is the first outline for that project that I've actually gotten any traction on, too. How ironic. You know, if I wanted to write a novel for my January NaNo, I would finish the friggin' angel book.
Wed, Dec. 4th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Tue, 13:08: Woke up to snow. And it's STILL snowing. Gross.
- Tue, 22:32: Okay, I should NOT have Ben hired to repossess a DeLorean. Too obvious, drill sergeant. Although it would be FUNNY.
- Tue, 23:03: Why is it that when I look for time machines on Google Images, all I get are DeLoreans and HG Wells-esque things? #writerproblems
- Wed, 02:10: After researching repo men, I have now outlined up to the midpoint of my time travel story. Yay, progress!
Mon, Dec. 2nd, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Sun, 15:58: Time to outline: New adventures for Ben, Alex, and Russ. Plus a near-future SF, and a map story. January will bite me on the rear SOON.
- Sun, 20:35: I have the hook for one of my January NaNo project stories. Now to figure out if it's going to go funny or dark. #decisionsdecisions
- Sun, 22:12: And now I have the hook for my Map Story, thanks to brainstorming with the Hubby. Alcohol may have been involved. #herebedragons
Sun, Dec. 1st, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Sat, 21:07: Very sad to hear that Paul Walker has died. :'(
- Sun, 09:49: Stories don't spring fully-formed from keyboards like Athena from Zeus's forehead. Usually we patch them together like Frankenstein did.
- Sun, 11:11: My terrribad story "War of the Were-Mice" is off to the Journal of Unlikely Story Acceptances: http://t.co/OeonlPqmaj
Sat, Nov. 30th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Fri, 12:31: Trunked a story today. This makes me sad. But I've run out of all but token markets for it at this point, and it's worth more than that.
- Fri, 12:32: I'll probably toss it up on Amazon or my LJ sometime. I need a very specific picture for the cover, though.
- Fri, 12:38: 25 stories on my submission spreadsheet. 5 are green, meaning they're accepted or held. 18 are blue; they're subbed. 2 need to be subbed...
- Fri, 15:16: Re-read Hitman!Ben to see if it was suitable for a market. Good news: still love it. Bad news: not suitable. Goodness, the boy has a MOUTH.
Fri, Nov. 29th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Thu, 12:16: ARGH. I am not sure that my Mad Drabbling Skilz are equal to the task of cutting this thing from 313 to 250 words.
- Thu, 13:28: Down to word by word edits. GAH. 37 to go.
- Thu, 21:50: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Story whacked down to 250 words. ... now to write the next one.
Sun, Nov. 24th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Sat, 13:36: Alas. The movie device "music montage goes here" doesn't work in prose.
- Sat, 13:46: Actually, considering the fact that this THING will never be published ANYWAY, I guess I can do what I bloody well want!
- Sat, 19:58: At least the Terribad Story is giving me an excuse to exercise my penchant for awful metaphors. Whee!
- Sat, 22:40: Meeting with Writing Buddy shook next part of Story loose. And Terribad Story is probably as Terrible and Bad as it's going to get, so.
Wed, Nov. 20th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Wed, 11:33: @TZPPbooks I'm on Twitter. Clearly. I do not need YET ANOTHER invitation cluttering up my inbox. Stoppit, please.
Tue, Nov. 19th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Mon, 20:36: Bleargh. I've taken a BUNCH of pix this weekend, and whacking the best ones into shape for posting on LJ is TIME-CONSUMING, y'all.
- Mon, 22:00: I hate the publishing business sometimes. http://t.co/WKt5du36wB
- Mon, 22:51: When you're stuck, punch your character in the face. Works every time.
I am confused. And sober. Neither is a desirable state of affairs right now.
So, I sent a story (which will remain unnamed) to a publication (which will also remain unnamed) in September. I got a nice personal rejection from them a couple of weeks after I sent it in. Then I got an email four days after that, about a story that wasn't mine (different title, different author), saying it had been passed up the line. I emailed them back saying "Uh, not my story, you already rejected me?" And they said "Whoops, our bad, let me find the one that should have gone to you."
And so I answered back "No need, thanks, I already have it." THEN, apparently, they sent me one (which I didn't see for some reason, thanks a bunch, Gmail; it's there in my inbox but I swear
I didn't see it until just now) saying that it had been passed up the line. Since I never saw this email, I subbed it to the next place in line.
Then today I get another
rejection for a completely different reason. Which I'm almost glad about, because, guess what, the place I sent it to next? They don't take simultaneous submissions!
NOT ONLY THAT. But I went back and looked at the email informing me that Not My Story had been passed up the line, and now
that email contains my name and the correct name of the story.
And people wonder why writers drink. This. This right here, is why.
Fri, Nov. 15th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Thu, 15:59: ARGH. Cannot find my camera charger ANYWHERE.
- Thu, 16:20: GAH. There it is. I apparently left it in my blue bag from the last trip. I have WAY too many bags...
- Thu, 23:11: HAH. Part of my plot just came together. Go, me.
Thu, Nov. 14th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Thu, 07:45: That moment when you realize that you've prematurely hit the Great Swampy Middle and your outline is wholly inadequate? Yeah.
- Thu, 07:50: All this means is that I really need Moar Outline, which means I need to figure out what ACTUALLY, SPECIFICALLY happens in this part.
Sat, Nov. 9th, 2013, 12:00 pm
- Fri, 16:45: OMG THOR2. YES PLEASE GIVE ME MORE OF THAT. #somuchflailing
- Fri, 18:20: String of "better class of rejections" continues. Le sigh. Hoped this was The One for that publication. Of course, I hope that every time.
- Fri, 18:35: And I should stop obsessing over these submissions and work on the terribad story. Someone kick me.
- Fri, 18:50: *glares at Terribad Story* I think I'm going to just set this aside for a bit and let it marinate. I only have 29 words to play with anyway.
- Sat, 11:55: Good news in the inbox: passed slush. Still working on making Terribad Story more terribad. Outline for Angry Bitter Angel? What outline?