A Review Is In!

Wanted to drop a quick note to share some cool news with you:

My latest story, “A Look at the Rise of Jihyun “Sardonicus” Layne From Pirate to Chancellor Through the Official Communiques of Her Predecessor” has been reviewed along with the other ten stories in the latest (and for now last) issue of The Sockdolager over at Quick Sip Reviews.

To say I’m thrilled to see that reviewer, Charles Payseur, liked the story would be a serious understatement. If you’ve read the issue, or are the sort who doesn’t mind spoilers, I strongly suggest heading over and checking out the full issue’s review. It’s a big post for a big issue, but it’s well worth your time.

Might I also suggest considering checking out Charles’ patreon and consider lending some support there? Supporting good markets is obviously incredibly important, especially in the face of losing venues such as The Sockdolager, but reviewers like Charles are also playing a really important role in the field. There’s no point to having good stories out there if no one is reading them or talking about them and reviewers help raise visibility and get the conversations started.


New Story! (It’s Been Awhile, But…)

So, it really has been awhile since this site has been updated with anything, but I’ve good news to share and it might bring some people by so I thought I’d best put *something* up!

So: I have a new story to share with you! It’s being published by The Sockdolager, it has a ridiculously long name, and while it’s a fairly short short-story it’s now the longest thing I’ve had published. I hope you’ll find it an amusing little tale and enjoy reading it as much as I did creating it. I also hope you’ll read the entire issue and consider supporting The Sockdolager, perhaps through their Patreon?

So that’s the important news. The other thing I’ve got to let you know is that despite not having used this place for far too long I haven’t forgotten about it. Indeed, I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. Frankly speaking, I am not in a financial position to simply flush money down the toilet and while this site isn’t expensive it does cost something. Which means I need to either use it or lose it.

I don’t want to lose it.

I’m not going to go into it now, but I haven’t been doing anything with this site because I haven’t been doing anything much about anything other than just getting by in life for, well, far too long now. That’s mean almost no writing or blogging.

That is going to change, though I’m not going to make promises about when just yet. I do have ideas though and I would like to get back to “Looking for Rabbit Holes” of story and music and culture that I enjoy and want to share with all of you.

The best thing to do for now though, if you want to keep up with me and my thoughts and writing and the things I’m sharing is to follow me on Twitter. Even at my lowest energy there’s always room for a tweet so I’ve been *a lot* more active there than here.

Hope to see you there, hope to have things to show you here soon, and I hope you enjoy the story. Please spread it far and wide if you do and remember to support markets like The Sockdolager. They’re important.


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.


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 Tor.com 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 www.firesidefiction.com. 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.


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 afrofantasy.net 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


Time For a Change

Anyone not coming by for the first time might notice a significant change on the website. I’m no longer putting up a link to my serial “Empire & Animal”. This is because I’ve decided to take the four completed E&A stories down from JukePop Serials. For those who might care I’d like to make a couple of things clear about this:

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A Random Assortment of Things & Thoughts

It’s been busy around here in my personal life. I’ve been focused on my son finishing up his first year of real school (grade 1 is now in the books) and his first season of organized sports (box lacrosse – two last games of the season tomorrow).

I’ve got stories out there doing the submission rounds and if my rejectomancy (a term I’d only recently heard of thanks to twitter) skills are any good I’d say that I’m regularly (though not always) making it past the first round of slush reading at a lot of markets, but still most often coming up on the thanks but no thanks list. One story in particular I *know* for a fact (due to emails from editors) has been seriously considered, but ultimately rejected, by many a market now and I’m having a hard time deciding what to do with it. That’s small picture though. In the big picture I think I need to strap myself into a chair and write, write, write because I may very well be close to reaching a new level in my storycraft skills.

One of the places that I have made a sale to and been published by, Fireside Fiction, is having a subscription drive right now. Please, take a moment and check it out. They have made meaningful compensation for authors telling great stories one of their founding principals, it would be a shame if they couldn’t keep doing that.

Finally, if you’re on Twitter you should really make it a point to be following Matt Wallace (@MattFnWallace), Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed), Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig), and Kameron Hurley (@KameronHurley). You can thank me later.

So….what are you reading this first week of Summer?