Tag Archives: Bottle This

“Bottle This” Now Up at The Colored Lens Web Site

My story in the Spring 2013 issue of The Colored Lens, “Bottle This,” is now up at their web site.  You can find it here.

In other news, I’m in week eight of a ten week speculative fiction writing workshop with Alyx Dellamonica through UCLA extension.  It’s been really great to be back in a full blown academic workshop environment, even an online one.  I’m enjoying the other students’ commitment and participation as well as Alyx’s perspective and commentary.

In the middle of the workshop, we went on vacation to Costa Rica.  It’s a beautiful country with lots to see and do.  We went to La Fortuna, near the Arenal volcano, to spend a few days in the rain forest there.


Then down to Quepos, near Manuel Antonio national park to spend a few days by the Pacific.  We rode horses through the rain forest to a gorgeous waterfall.


I’ve posted a few more selected photos on Facebook (JJ Roth) and Twitter @wrothroth

I can’t say enough good things about Costa Rica as a vacation destination.  Pura vida!

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.

The Colored Lens, Spring 2013

I just finished reading the Spring 2013 issue of The Colored Lens.  Admittedly, I’m somewhat biased because my story, “Bottle This,” appears in the issue, but my story is only one small reason you should read this issue if you like speculative fiction.  At $2.99 on Amazon, this issue is a bargain.

The issue includes twelve stories in addition to mine, all nicely done.  I particularly enjoyed Maigen Turner’s steampunkish whodunnitish story about a murdered wizard, “In Glamourglass Court,” Rebecca Schwarz’s lyrical mermaid story, “The Gyre,” S. R. Algernon’s fascinating and somewhat beguiling “Once More, onto the Beach,” and the themes of memory and love underpinning John Zaharick’s “Fossil Fire” and Michael Shone’s “The Flower Garden.”

Now, off to read the latest F&SF and Asimov’s!

“Bottle This” is Available!

The Spring 2013 issue of The Colored Lens is now available!  My story referred to in a previous post, “Bottle This,” is in this issue, along with a dozen other stories I can’t wait to read.  The issue is available for the Kindle at Amazon with a lush, inviting forest path on the cover.  Isn’t it pretty?

Work at my day job has heated up quite a bit over the past few weeks and my reading and writing have both suffered as a result.  I hope that the next time I have writing news to post, I’ll also have some good reading recommendations.

February Publication (and Other) News

I’m excited to announce that The Colored Lens accepted my near-future science fiction story, “Bottle This.”  The story is scheduled to appear in the Spring 2013 issue.  Thanks so much to everyone at The Colored Lens.  I admire the vision and aesthetics of this lovely publication.

I won’t give anything away in case you’re inclined to give the story a read — I’ve learned by now that the story I thought I wrote isn’t necessarily the same story readers read, and I don’t want to predispose anyone to reading in a particular way.  I’ll just say it involves futuristic pharmaceuticals and a lawyer for whom things are not going at all well.  Thanks to my beta readers for helping to improve this piece.

On the reading front, I’ve been curling up with Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No. 28 lately and have started Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.  I love how the stories in LCRW inspire me to dig deeper into weirdness in my own writing.  The Road has sucked me in from the first pages.  I’m trying to read it as a writer, but it’s just so appealing to read as a reader I have to keep reminding myself to examine McCarthy’s technique.

Finally, I was delighted to learn that my teacher, Cat Rambo, has a story on this year’s Nebula ballot.  The story is “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” and I read it in her collection, Near + Far.  It’s both lovely and disturbing on a visceral level.  I don’t have a vote — not yet, anyway — but congrats to all the nominees.  I’m looking forward to reading those of the nominated stories I haven’t yet read.