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Now It Can Be Told! (And a Short Update)

I haven’t been identifying my honorable mentions and semi-finalists in the Writers of the Future Contest by name in case a potential publisher is evaluating one of my submissions and visits my site. I don’t know whether a given publisher will consider a contest shortlisting a good thing or a bad thing.  In the “literary fiction” arena, from whence I hail, shortlistings are generally a good thing.  But I’m still learning the mores of genre submitting, and to make things more complicated, there seems to be conflicting information on just about everything having to do with submitting to genre publications.  As a lawyer, I’ve learned the value of keeping one’s mouth shut when in doubt and it seems silly to take the risk of prejudicing a decision, so I’ve kept mum on the subject.

Now that one of my honorable mentions has appeared in print (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 59), I feel I can make the following revelation.  Drum roll, if you please:


WOTF HM Across the Fourth Sea

I’m eagerly awaiting my contributor copy of ASIM 59, which I’m told will be winging its way to me shortly.

In other news, I just got back from two weeks in Scotland.  I’ve been before, but never for this long, and never as a tourist. I’d forgotten how much I love the UK in general and Scotland in particular.  Everyone I ran into was extremely friendly and there’s a joie de vivre about the place that is contagious.  Loads of fun, and now I just wish I could win the lottery (or at least make a living as a writer rather than a lawyer with that pesky bar admission issue) so that I can buy a little cottage in the highlands and live in a place full of history, magic and wonder. Here’s a taste:


Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, one of several castles we visited.  I have many, many pictures of this one, as it’s a large complex of buildings, almost all of which are accessible to visitors.  The day we were there, the tapestry weaving demonstration was closed, but other than that we saw all there was to see, including the kitchens, the prison cells, the great hall, and the royal bedrooms.

Doune Castle

Doune Castle, famous as a movie location, among other things.  You may recognize it from any number of films and television programs, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones, and the new Outlander series.  We only saw this one from the outside because we were running off to Loch Lomond.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle. A striking building from the outside, perched as it is atop volcanic rock at the end of the Royal Mile, seen here from the top of a double decker city tour bus.  Interesting, especially for us history buffs, but small, on the inside. There’s much more to see at Stirling in terms of square footage, but as this is one of Edinburgh’s main attractions, it’s worth a visit.

The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond The bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.  A gorgeous, peaceful lake in an idyllic wooded setting.

Loch Ness

The dark waters of Loch Ness.  Nessie did not make an appearance during our boat ride on the loch, but I had a beer called Nessie’s Monster Mash from the bar on board.  Enough of those and you’ll see her doing the Macarena in a polka dot chiffon dress.

I could go on, but I’ll quit while I’m ahead and close with a few for the Harry Potter fans:

Jacobite 1 ViaductJacobite 2

The Jacobite Steam Train, aka Hogwarts Express, which you can ride on a route that travels over the viaduct pictured above.  Poor train.  It was photobombed by my no. 2 son’s replica of itself.

Ah Scotland, I miss you and I’ve only just left.  Cheers.

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 59 Now Available!

I just checked the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine web site and was delighted to learn that Issue 59 containing my story, “Across the Fourth Sea,” is now available for purchase here.  I hope you’ll check it out.  It looks like a great issue!

June Writing News

I’m told that my story in the Spring 2013 issue of The Colored Lens“Bottle This,” will be available to read on their web site on August 27, 2013.  Enjoy!

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine accepted my story, “Across the Fourth Sea,” for issue 60, but it now appears that what was to be issue 60 has been pushed forward to issue 59.  I’m looking forward to seeing edits to the story and ultimately to seeing it in its lovely new home.

My first accepted speculative fiction story, “The Righteous in this Generation,” was originally scheduled for publication in the June 2013 issue of Aoife’s Kiss.  Because of various issues arising out of the sale of some of the Sam’s Dot publications to White Cat Publications, this date has changed.  Though it seems clear the story will appear in Aoife’s Kiss within the next year, the exact date is not yet determined.

In other news, I went to my first SFF convention!  A friend and I went to Baycon for a day in Santa Clara last month.  We sat in on an interview with Lois McMaster Bujold and attended an urban fantasy reading.  Now that I’ve got my feet wet, I can see how these gatherings could be much fun.  Wiscon and Worldcon in 2014 or bust!

My day job has become busier than usual, and I have gone through something of a fallow writing period.  I haven’t  completed a new story since January.  Meanwhile, I’ve seen a lot of my inventory depleted, which is a good thing.  But most of the stories I have circulating now are either flash or novella.  I’ve been more successful at short story length than flash length, and my flash tends to be unconventional.   I do love two of the flash stories I have circulating so I continue to hope for the best and let the chips fall as they may.

I have been attending my Writer’s Studio class and turning in my exercises, but I haven’t been inspired to continue any of them into a story. Until very recently.  I’ve been working on a structurally experimental story, i.e., it breaks a lot of rules about tense, conventional narrative, dialogue — okay, pretty much everything that has a rule.  I could wish that this wasn’t the exercise that spoke to me, but that would be unfruitful.  Whatever it turns out to be, marketable or not, it will be fun to write.

I’m looking forward to the summer.  Another class with Cat Rambo on online presence for writers (which I clearly need), a UCLA extension class on SFF, and my Writer’s Studio class, and, I hope, a vacation.  Scotland is high on my list, and my no. 1 son’s, but we shall see.

Andromeda Spaceways Acceptance!

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.

April Writing News

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.