As mentioned in this post, I sold a story back in January to Mad Scientist Journal and it went live today, along with a gorgeous illustration by Justine McGreevy.
This is the first time one of my stories has been illustrated and it’s such an indescribable feeling to be able to see with my eyes an artist’s vision of something that I’d previously seen only in my mind.
The story is “Evolutionary Tendencies Observed in the Callentradian Snare” and the illustration is, fittingly, of a snare — a fictitious bird from a fictitious planet, but now very real-looking indeed and quite beautiful.
I’ve linked to it below so you can see for yourself.
Earlier this month, I mentioned that an awesome semi-pro zine accepted one of my stories, “Across the Fourth Sea.”
Now that I have a bit more information, I feel comfortable announcing that the magazine is Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine! This is for issue 60, which is expected in October 2013.
I’m delighted that the story found such a venerable home. I’m also quite tickled to have made it through ASIM’s blind reading slush process. Knowing that not one but several readers enjoyed the story enough to recommend it gives me the warm fuzzies.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the editorial staff at ASIM. I’m looking forward to working with David Kernot, the editor who selected my story.
I’ve received an acceptance on another story of mine, “Across the Fourth Sea,” from an utterly awesome semi-pro zine — but I’m going to wait until I get the contract signed and returned to discuss which one in public. Superstition, you know. Kenina hora and all that. Suffice it to say, for now: I couldn’t be more excited about this news!
The story is a secondary world fantasy. It’s my first attempt at this subgenre in a fully invented world (as opposed to one based in historical fact). It’s one of my longer pieces to date as well, just under 10,000 words. I don’t want to spoil the read so I’ll just say that it explores a particular aspect of father-son relationships — and by extension any similar parent-child dynamic — against a backdrop of adventure and magic.
I also learned recently that the current go-live date for my story at Mad Scientist Journal is April 29, 2013.
Don’t worry, I’ll remind you when the date arrives. Heh.