Submission Stats: January 2016

Time for some accountability. The first month of 2016 has come and gone and while I have no new stories completed yet I did have my mind in the writing game. I’ve revised some older stories and I’ve been submitting. Specifically:

  • I sent out 12 submissions (including a late night new year’s eve submission that I’m counting)
  • I received 6 form rejections
  • I also got 2 personal rejections (quite nice ones actually)
  • As of this post I still have 6 submissions out and awaiting responses
  • I have one finished story I’m deciding where to send next

Regarding that last point – I’m thinking I’ll be sitting on it awhile if only because there are some currently closed to submissions markets I expect to open by April/May that might be good fits and pretty much all the markets I could send it to right now would likely take even longer than that to answer back.

So that’s January’s nutshell. Bring on February.

Empire & Animal Story: Hybrid

The 2nd Empire & Animal story published here on the blog. You can get details about E&A and it’s current status and plans here.


Abana stood silently behind Zogby, the First Alchemist, while he discussed matters with First Proctor Amun. She was honoured that he allowed her to be with them while important Flesh-Crafter business was discussed. Amun similarly honoured his young aide, who stood quietly near the wall.

Abana tried to pay attention to their conversation, but her eyes couldn’t keep from sliding to the boy. He probably hadn’t been particularly striking before whatever had happened to him, but the extensive bandaging he currently sported made him notable. If the damage underneath was going to leave scars she suspected he’d be noticeable for the rest of his life.

When her eyes fell on him one too many times he caught her looking and stared back with a hard, challenging look. Despite her current status in the guild being far above his, she felt uncomfortable meeting that challenge. She turned her attention back to the two senior guildsmen while her cheeks burned at the embarrassment of having been caught staring. The embarrassment was only magnified when she considered that working for Zogby should have been more than lesson enough never to judge on appearances. The master stood only four feet tall, but was one of the most powerful flesh-crafters working in the Empire. Though such a stature might prove a practical hindrance to a soldiering career, or some other primarily physical occupation, it was no barrier to most paths of advancement in the Empire. Just as Amun’s aide’s scars would be no impediment to his success. Especially not if he’d gained any wisdom and cunning when he acquired them.

“My people are tired, Amun,” Zogby said.

“I understand, old friend, but the bulk of the work is done, isn’t it?” Amun asked.

“Yes. So now it’s time to talk compensation. A redistribution of guild assets, as it were.” Continue reading

E&A Story: Salatis and The Dog

The 1st Empire & Animal Story. You can get details about E&A and it’s current status and plans here.

Salatis and The Dog

Busy locals performed their dodging and weaving dances through the street on their way to or from various business. Other locals were going about more leisurely pursuits, such as shopping or strolling, and avoided the dashing working class with practiced sidesteps. Locals were never a problem. They knew how to be a part of the flow of Cesalphas, the largest city in the world.

For Salatis, a messenger boy, it was visitors who caused problems. They were like rocks in a river, blocking the flow, creating danger and chaos. Salatis was just veering left to avoid one such block in the flow when a hand shot out viper fast and grabbed him by the collar. Continue reading

Empire & Animal – A Relaunch of Sorts

There here is some behind the scenes info, for those who may be interested.

As some reading this may know the first writing I was ever paid for saw the light of day a few years ago as part of the launch of Titled “Salatis and The Dog” it was a complete short story that was going to be the first in a serial fantasy anthology I wanted to try writing. Basically, instead of serializing a novel I intended to serialize a series of short story’s, novellettes, and possibly novellas that would all share a setting, timeline, and sometimes characters. Continue reading

Please Support Fireside Fiction

Hey folks. If you follow me here or on Twitter you’ve almost certainly heard me mention Fireside Fiction. I am a huge fan the market and have been supporting them since just about their very beginning. I was also lucky enough to have my flash fiction piece, “All of Our Days“, published by them last year, and as I talked about in a previous post that made them the first professional market I ever signed a contract with. So yeah, they’re special to me.

But if you are a writer or reader of short fiction (of any genre) they should be special to you too.


Two reasons: Quality & Fair Pay

The second reason there is really the key, because by dedicating his market to fair pay Brian White, editor and publisher of Fireside, ensures that he will attract and can demand the very best stories. I mean, if you’ve written an excellent story, why wouldn’t you hope to sell it to a market paying more than twice the currently recognized professional market. (Actually, I’m  fairly certain that, with the closing of to unsolicited submissions, Fireside is now the second highest paying market available to writers of genre fiction).

The good pay, and the quality that follows from it, also means that Fireside has attracted the attention of some of the best writers out there today. Here are just some of the people whose stories have appeared under the Fireside banner:

A. Merc Rustad, Caroline M. Yaochim, Sofia Samatar, Stephen Blackmoore, Helena Bell, Malon Edwards, Andrea Phillips, Daniel José Older, Annie Neugebauer, Lisa Nohealani Morton, Megan Grey, Rebecca M. Latimer, Nino Cipri, Jennifer Mason-Black, M. Bennardo, D.B. Starler, Jonas David, Jason S. Ridler, Karina Cooper, Adam P. Knave, A.E. Decker, Jake Kerr, Delilah S. Dawson, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Ken Liu, Kat Howard, Christie Yant , Lilith Saintcrow, and Chuck Wendig

And that’s not an exhaustive list by any means. And, of course, they also publish plenty of writers at the beginning of their careers. (*waves* – like me!)

And you don’t have to take my word for it – Issues 10 – 29 of Fireside are all available to read for free over at Please – go read!

While you’re there you might also want to notice the beautiful Galen Dara art that illustrates every issue. Fireside provides a quality package top to bottom.

But when you’re done checking them out please consider supporting Fireside by either signing up for their Patreon or Subscribing to the remainder of Year 4. You can read all the details about it at their website, but the fact is Fireside has bills to pay and not enough paying readers. You can’t provide one of the best per-word rates going for writers without the support of readers. Every little bit helps, after all $2 a month to the Patreon will knock $20 off the total they need to reach to support themselves for the next 10 months. If you are very financially comfortable though, by all means check out their $50/month tiers on the Patreon and help knock their subscription drive out of the park (while getting some very cool perks). Seriously though, every little bit helps.

A couple more things:

  • Everyone thinks that it’s nearly impossible to make a good, fair, fee for selling the rights to a short story. You can help prove the narrative wrong and help change the conversation by supporting Fireside.
  • Fireside has also started publishing Novels – their first, Revision, by Andrea Philips, hit a home run with critics and readers. (Deservedly so, I read it and loved it) Don’t let this small publisher die out before they can show us what other homeruns they’ve got up their sleeves.

So please – Go support a publisher who wants to support good writers telling great stories with fair pay. As readers and writers you’ll be supporting a better world for all of us.

“Next Time On…” aka The Series I Can’t Wait to Read More Of

I’ve always intended this place to be partly fro talking about the various rabbit holes I’ve fallen down. The stories and media that have sucked me into their worlds, set up a little home for themselves in my consciousness, and made me love them.

Unfortunately, sharing stories I love is just one of the many things I haven’t been doing around here with much consistency. So today I thought I’d do a little mental housekeeping and tell you about some of the things I’ve been reading (some recently, some less so) that I not only enjoyed, but that have more coming down the line for their continuing series.

If you haven’t read these things yet they get my strongest personal recommendation. Go get them, read them, and join me in jittery anticipation waiting for the next fix these authors have lined up for us.

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Hello 2016!

Hello, hello, hello.

2016 is here; 2015 is dead and decomposing out back. I’m here to bury that beast and lay out some solid plans for moving forward.

Last week I read a post by Troy L. Wiggins over at his blog entitled: “Set it Off: My Writing Goals for 2016”.  Inspired by that I decided I needed to codify my own goals and purposes for 2016. Because I have to say, my handling of 2015 was not good.

Strangely enough 2015 was both the best and worst year of my short writing career so far. Two pieces of mine were published by a couple of serious, pro, real-deal fiction markets.

  • H” was published by Daily Science Fiction
  • All of Our Days” was published by Fireside Fiction.

They are both free to read, so I hope you will.

That was the public face of my writing career, and hey – it was awesome. Unfortunately, behind the scenes I was doing little to progress my skills or career. I had the same few stories that I continue to believe in and send out on submissions and I wrote exactly 2 new pieces. One was finished in the summer and received an amazing personal rejection from it’s first market and is out there now, trying to find a home. The other was written on New Year’s Eve. Well, I had 300 words written and a couple weeks of thinking about it before NYE, but come noon on NYE day that’s all I had and a midnight PST deadline I wanted to meet before the story’s target market closed for submissions. Continue reading