Catching up

Wow, been ages, it seems, since I put key to screen up here. So, here are some of the things I’ve been up to, more like what I’ve sold and written and slogged over these past months, etc.

Paper Dog Books has published their first anthology, The Internet Is Where The Robots Live Now, of which I have a short piece included titled “What Machines Don’t Know Won’t Hurt.” It’s a 1,500 word story about a robot who doesn’t know how to treat its dog, some ‘bad ownership’ stuff in there.

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Ehhh, let’s see what else, got a reprint out in the October Issue (yes, October) of Bards and Sages Quarterly

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The good folks over at The Automata Review published a…well, I guess you’d call it a weird tale/horror story, but it’s really neither, of mine called By Bread Alone. They have a really cool blog, too, some good musings and craft posts.

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Manor Entertainment, previously the Manor House podcast (they bought my very first horror story) is now bigger and better and are producing audio dramas again. They will be producing a story of mine called “What’s Done in The Dark,” excited for that. Stay tuned.

And last but surely not least of all, my novelette “Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile” is now available for pre-order, or you can read it live starting March 14th at…wait for it…BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES! When I first began writing fiction, BCS was, and still is, one of my favorite magazines and podcasts, and I vowed to sell Scott H. Andrews a story. Not only a story now, but a novelette. Eight rejections, I think, later and I reached my goal. Scott was super helpful in all the edits and taught me a lot. Hope you all enjoy.

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Ursa Major Awards

So, I didn’t even know this was a thing–an award for an anthropomorphic point of view story. So cool. Even cooler, my story “Beyond the Great Divide” (from issue #5 of Cirsova Magazine) made it to the finals. You can check out the list of finalists here and, if you’re so inclined, vote for the Slagborn.

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New rain, old news

The holidays swept through like a storm, and still the grinding continues (not sure if I ever want it to end). The thought of constructing a yearly works post did cross my mind, and I might get to it if I’m lucky enough to breeze through all this work by the end of March. You see, school started today, and my reading list–along with the good ‘ole 75 pages of creative work–is daunting. I’ll be working on a final lecture about the decline of 3rd person omniscient narration and how it can work in modern fiction if done right. Readers don’t trust the voice of an all-knowing intelligence that doesn’t show up on stage. So instead of staying comfortable with genre stuff, I’ll be delving into old literary stuff like The Scarlet Letter and The Brothers Karamazov to excavate some gems.

Atreyu’s non-stop scratching, from some kind of allergy, has stopped. Yeyoo! He got a couple bones in the mail and is doing just fine. Although the rain is a welcome gift around this time of year, I’m hating it because Cymphonee is back on the road.

Residency was great and I’m looking forward to the next one. Went over dialogue tags and it seems my creative juices got lost somewhere around the Hemingway era. Learning modern craft is a breath of fresh air, and work-shopping did wonders for what I’m working on now and what I had in the trunk. I pulled a couple of them out, rewrote them, and the sales prospects are looking good. It’s amazing what a little polishing can do. Should have 2-3 pieces coming out this month, but I’m not sure where edits are right now so don’t hold your breath.

Been really excited about Matt Wallace’s new vlog (from the Angry Writer channel). If any of you get a chance check it out. It’s pouring out now, so until next time, or next story, stay dry and keep the numbers running.