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.