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“A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”
-Williams Strunk Jr.

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For those who came by the blog this past Friday in anticipation of my reviews of Daily Science Fiction‘s stories, I do apologize for not having a post for you. I had taken on a freelance writing gig that’s taking up some of my free time, and since I do have two jobs and I also volunteer, my reading fell by the wayside… I don’t think I’ll be posting a DSF Reviews post this upcoming Friday either. I do plan to get back to it. But I’m sure some of you know how it is with new things and finding the right groove for everything.

Also, I haven’t posted a snippet for Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday for two weeks in a row. I plan to get back to that as well!

And speaking of SFFS, I met J.M. Blackman through that webring of authors, and she so graciously asked me for an interview. It was posted last week and we discuss my take on the diversity in speculative fiction today. You can check out the interview here.

“You can’t edit a blank page.”
-Nora Roberts

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Well, it’s been a while since I’d gotten a short story acceptance letter in my e-mail (the last ones being when “For Zanna” and “Acts” were accepted into The Glass Parachute anthology, and that was early 2012) but I received one today! It was quite a surprise, because I’m expecting to receive e-mails from new freelance clients and I get an e-mail of a story acceptance instead… Works for me!

The market is Red Fez. It’s not a paying market, but it’s a publication and I’m stoked. The story that was accepted is “What Are Friends For,” which is a story I wrote a while ago (at least 2 years ago)… I reread it today and there are several things I would like to alter and/or add, lol, but I think it’s because I’ve grown since I wrote it (and last read it too, apparently, or else I would’ve changed some things :-P ). But I don’t think any writer can write something, have time pass, and then see perfection in their previous work. At some point you have to stop editing anyway in order to get it out into the world.

But this story was a fun story, which is basically everything I say I don’t write, lol. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s fluff. There is no deep character development, no real point to the story. It really serves absolutely no purpose, but I drew from my life to write it, and it amused me. I had fun writing it. Even rereading it today I found myself still chuckling at the words on the page. And I don’t write humor, so hopefully I’m not the only one who’s chuckling… lol.

With that said, the story is already published online! It is Red Fez’s 56th issue. A direct link to the story is here.

And in The Glass Parachute news, Fanboy Comics has reviewed the anthology! It is The Glass Parachute‘s first review, so I know we are all excited about it! Even more excited that it is a good review! You can check out the review here. And if you’ve purchased the anthology, feel free to write your own review on Amazon.com.

“Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
-Barbara Kingsolver

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sunglasses_a_1April 29, 2013
Shades of the Father
by M. Adrian Sellers
I liked this story! Aubrey’s father passed away, but in his dad’s will, the only thing left to him was his pair of shades. And Aubrey didn’t understand why, until one day he put them on. Now, although the story does present a few questions (like: what father would actually leave his son only a pair of shades?) it didn’t ruin the story. It reminded me of a small video short a lady named Shalini Kantayya had done on a reality TV show called On the Lot (not very popular; lasted one season, haha). This is Mr. Sellers’ first sale, so a huge congratulations goes out to him for that! You can read Shades of the Father by clicking here.

April 30, 2013
It’s Good to See You
by Douglas Rudoff
This story was definitively character-driven. The conflict here was an internal one, which I give two thumbs up to! The backdrop is 3,000 people take a voyage to join a new Earth. However, the space journey being so long, they would only allow 100 people alive at any given time. And each person has 100 days of being alive, then they are dead for eight years, and brought back to life for another 100 days to heal. And repeated. It’s not as weird as it sounds, nor is it disturbing. The main character is a man named Brad who has given up on many things throughout his life and eventually gave up on Earth. Then he finds out that his ex-wife is also on this voyage. I would have liked to actually see their past play out in scenes as opposed to summary, but it’s still a good story. You can read It’s Good to See You by clicking here.

May 1, 2013
Persephone at Arm’s Length
by Bridget A. Natale
I can’t say I’m a fan of this one. The writing was good, but I’m not entirely sure what I’m supposed to come away with after getting to the end of this story. I can’t even properly say what it was about. I know I don’t condone the adulterous actions of the characters, but I didn’t really see the theme to this story. If you would like to read Persephone at Arm’s Length, click here.

May 2, 2013
Lyam
by Jez Patterson
Amusing little story about a couple, Geoff and Moira, adopting an alien baby. The inadequacy that Moira felt actually hit home with something I was feeling very recently. My situation had nothing to do with a child, but the principle is still the same. It was nice to see Geoff’s responses to Moira’s doubts; it’s nice to have someone like that in your life. I thought Mr. Patterson did a good job with their relationship, as I thought it was a good dynamic. That said, Geoff did feel a bit “perfect” but it’s still a nice story. You can read Lyam here.

bookcaseMay 3, 2013
Things We Leave Behind
by Alex Shvartsman (his website)
This is a great story, with a very slight speculative bit. But it is autobiographical in a lot of ways, and you can get that by how rich the characters were and their situation. I am so glad Daily Science Fiction published this story even though the science fiction aspect is just hardly there. It’s about a family in the Soviet Union who wants to move to America, but the father has a bookshelf full of books that he claims keeps their neighborhood safe, and he is hesitant to uproot. The relationship between father and son is done so well. This story is definitely recommended. Kudos to Mr. Shvartsman! You can read Things We Leave Behind here.

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“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.'”
-Jef Mallet

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday is…a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres. I am just one author in the midst of awesome authors. To read other snippets, or learn how to join us, visit scififansat.blogspot.com!

This week I’m sharing another snippet from my Work In Progress, April 11, 1978 (tentative title). Click here to read the first snippet and here to read the second.

In all of Marc’s years of impersonating others, he had never been hired to be intimate with anyone. In his college years it was impersonating someone to take a test; later, to fight a boxing match. As his career advanced, he even became an extra line of security for important sports stars and politicians.

A lot of politicians.

Marc set the needle on the sink and sighed. He never saw himself as a man who had the best morals, but going inside a woman as someone else seemed like the ultimate deception.

The real Casey was a married man with children and didn’t have the nerve to do what he hired Marc to do for him. Because Monica offered career advancement to Casey if he slept with her, Casey offered a hefty amount of cash that Marc hadn’t been offered in a long while.

“I’m losing the mood.” Monica’s voice was right outside the door.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet! And be sure to check out other snippets by the other authors at scififansat.blogspot.com.

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