I have a short short story that was delivered to inboxes everywhere this morning through Daily Science Fiction. If you don’t subscribe to DSF–although who doesn’t want free SF every 24 hours?–the story should be online at the DSF site in a week.
The first draft of “Nesting” was written back in 2011. I was thinking about writing more of this urban fantasy involving psychopomps. But that didn’t happen. Instead, I rediscovered a 2009 side-story (secondary characters, same universe) that was a lush-in-prose, and thin-on-plot, Pygmalion retelling. From the artist/creation theme, came “Nesting,” which is, I hope, a much more practical love story.
General Note: It has been some time, maybe even quite some time, since I’ve had any publication updates. This is mainly due to working–>not writing–>not submitting–>not published. I did have an SF coming-of-age poem accepted for publication in the YA spec fic zine Scape. Unfortunately this zine is on indefinite hiatus.
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A little disturbing–or disturbing little–poem I wrote appears in the January/March 2012 volume of Star*Line: the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s quarterly publication. You can read the Editor’s Choice poems for this issue online; I love the quality and imagination and variety of the work in this issue. And I am over the moon (Ganymede, to be precise) that I stumbled across the SFPA–as they are the wonderful people who bring us the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards.
An SF/F poem I wrote, “Come Morning,” is out in the twelfth issue of Silver Blade magazine. Silver Blade is a wonderful online publication of thinking, human nature, and fantastic adventures. Basically, it is full of the stuff that makes science fiction great. So, if you like speculative poetry, I would recommend reading the poems in order–as chosen by the poetry editor, John C. Mannone. I especially enjoyed the minimal, social, political ones. And the stories in Issue 12 are rollicking good speculative times.
Microfiction is the genre I like to read on my mobile, and not only because it fits. Little story bites are like desk candy or sips of coffee. You end up wanting more but are satisfied just the same. Therefore, I was happy to find trapeze magazine on Twitter. You’ll find everything from moody dystopias to SF poetry to silly space opera. My microfic was published on November 3rd. And it, of course, falls under the “utterly ridiculous” category. The humorous stories are usually too on-the-nose to be reader favorites, but they serve as Kit Kat breaks for the serious stuff. Trapeze is edited by Jessica Otto. And her varied choices make the mag fun.
I have a short, short story out in the October-December 2011 issue of The Lorelei Signal. If you like your fantasy with fiesty females–or if you are a fiesty female who doesn’t appreciate being called fiesty–then this is a fun publication. The editor, Carol Hightshoe is open to new writers. This issue is packed with swords and sorcery, so please check it out.
My short prose piece “OTR” is in August 7th’s issue of Short, Fast, and Deadly. SFD is an everyman’s literary apéritif: a palate teaser for the reader. And I like the strict word counts–420 characters for prose–and a fairly consistent tone (as promised by the SFD title). SFD is edited by Joseph Quintela, and he usually replies to submissions within a couple of days. So, if you’ve written something short, fast, and deadly, see if it might fit SFD and send it his way. Also, check out the topics of upcoming theme issues.
Have a genre microfiction story you want to share with the internet? Send it over to G.W. Thomas, who publishes a story a day on “Flashshot.” I have two stories up this month. The first is posted today.
*EDIT: The second flash is up 8/11/11.