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.
“The Nymph of Limantour,” mentioned previously in this post, is up today at Every Day Fiction as scheduled if you’d like to give it a read. If you miss it today, you’ll still be able to read it, but you may need to search for it.
My fantasy flash piece, “The Nymph of Limantour,” will appear in the online magazine Every Day Fiction this month. It’s currently slated for March 6. I’m delighted, and I’m grateful to the editors of Every Day Fiction for their support of this story.
It’s a mysterious thing, but I have more affection for some of my stories than others. I can’t really point to a reason why this should be, either in general or with reference to a particular story. I feel somewhat guilty about it, like I’m not supposed to have favorites among my creative offspring.
“Nymph” is one of those stories. Perhaps because it was fun, but difficult, to write. Perhaps because I find the main character, Marin, interesting, and her plight sad but hopeful. Perhaps it’s just one of those mysterious things for which there isn’t really an answer.
The story’s setting is a future, somewhat dystopic version of Limantour Beach. Fortunately, the Limantour Beach in our world is still clean and beautiful.