Archive for February, 2013

“Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market. I did that for eight years before making my first sale.
Piers Anthony


Villipede Publications — the publisher that released the sci-fi anthology in which two of my stories were recently published — has a flash fiction contest underway. They’re featuring an original piece of artwork, and contestants are to submit their stories (600 words MAX) to accompany it.  There will be one winner and three runners-up. The main prize is a physical copy of a book that they’ve published, along with some promotional material. Your story will also appear on the website.

The deadline is March 1, 2013.

Find out more details here.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday!

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
-Mark Twain


I recently became aware of Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday, which is a web ring of authors who post snippets of their science fiction and fantasy work. I thought it would be a great idea to join in, get some comments my work, and it’ll expose me to some other really great writers too.

For my introduction into this ring of authors and bloggers, I chose a snippet from a story entitled The Stranger. It is an unpublished story that is still waiting for a home.

And, yes, I know today isn’t Saturday, but the blog post needs to be up before Saturday… Got it now? 🙂

To set the stage for this snippet, Ray is the captain of a cargo transport ship which was just recently shot down not long after taking flight. And during a recon trip in the area where his ship now rests, a team found and brought back an injured and unconscious man to the infirmary…


Ray watched as Doc penetrated the stranger’s skin with the needle. The next thing he knew, there was a spark, followed by a buzzing, and Doc’s entire body quivered.

“Uncle Doc!”

Doc was knocked to the floor. The smell of seared flesh reached Ray’s nose as he rushed around the table and bent over his uncle.

“Uncle Doc!” He patted his cheek a few times to make his uncle’s eyes stabilize on him. He glanced at Doc’s hand and there was a burn imprint in the shape of the needle he had held. “Uncle Doc, look at me.”  He patted harder.


To read other snippets from other authors, visit!

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
-Toni Mrrison


Following Duotrope becoming a paid subscription site, the folks at Diabolical Plots has introduced The Submissions Grinder. It is meant to be a replacement for Duotrope, but it has only been live for a few weeks now. Anthony and David are committed to not charging a fee for this site, which is something I admire.

The Grinder is still in its BETA stages, but it definitely looks like it has great potential. I haven’t registered, but I did use their search feature, and it’s adequate. I haven’t explored the entire site yet, but one thing that my personal preference would like to see changed is the amount of options in the Story Subject dropdown box. It has such a vast number of subjects (that remains the same whether you choose Science Fiction as your genre, Action/Adventure, or Romance). Maybe the fault is on me for likening “Story Subject” to “Sub-Genre”, which is how I initially perceived it. In reality, I think “sub-genre” is more closely found in what they call “Story Style”.

I would certainly prefer specific Story Subjects be exclusive to specific genres though. For example: How “Home/Garden” can be a “story subject” to a Science Fiction genre is beyond me. But that could just be me and my not wanting to wade through so many choices. Haha!

With that said, I do think I can get behind this new site. Although I respect Duotrope’s decision to go paid (after all, it’s not my site to run), The Grinder looks like it can be just as strong a resource for writers looking for markets to submit their work.

Since The Grinder is in its beginning stages, they would appreciate any word you can share about the site. After all, the more people who share their responses from different markets, the more accurate each market listing will be in terms of statistics. It looks as if a lot of people have already caught on though! But it can definitely grow some more.

They are very open to suggestions, as this is just the ground floor. Oh, and you can import your Duotrope data, so you won’t be starting from scratch!

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
-Mark Twain


As my previous post mentioned a new publication coming soon, this post announces that it is now available!!! It was actually available several days after I made that previous post in January. I’ve just been tending to things in life, such as moving into a new apartment. I’m settling in nicely; I was even given some things for the new apartment, including a dinette set, so it’s suuh-weet!

But not to digress. I’ll share the cover for the ebook again:


It is currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, Sony, and Smashwords. A couple other places are due to receive it as well, but I think those are a pretty good start! Now I just need to start marketing and just getting my name out there. Make more of a presence in the literary world and get a bit of a following. Get known. I really should have been doing that all along, but I can’t cry over what I didn’t do. I’ll just move forward with wiser decisions from here on out.

Someone did review it on Amazon and gave it a 4 Star Review though! R.J. Murano wrote: “This short story by S.C.Wade is a well written character study of two young people at a crossroads in their relationship. I look forward with interest to see what’s next from this promising author.”

I hope you all purchase yourselves a copy in whatever format you prefer!