Category: Villipede Publications


“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 😛 ). 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.

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“Good writers indulge their audience; great writers know better.”
Tom Heehler

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Villipede Publications — the company that published the anthology where my short stories “Acts” & “For Zanna” can be found — has just recently opened villipede horror anthologysubmissions to a brand new anthology! They are accepting submissions for their horror anthology, currently titled Darkness ad Infinitum. The submission period is from April 15 – June 15, so you have just under two months to get a good story in. And just for your information, blood and guts splattering is not the focal point for this anthology. They want sophistication. Subtle, psychological horror. It can have violence but not needlessly.

But don’t let this blog post be your guide. Go to Villipede.com/Submissions and check out the complete list of guidelines and everything. I’m privileged to have worked with Matt Edginton for the first sci-fi anthology. I look forward to working with him again, although I doubt it will be by submitting anything to this anthology. I don’t write horror — psychological or otherwise. Then again, I haven’t exactly tried…

Secondly, Villipede has a brand new Featured Flash photo through April 30. They provide the original artwork, you submit the short piece of fiction to match! The winner receives a free copy of one of the books they’ve published. You can check that out here.

“Writing a book is an adventure.”
-Winston Churchill

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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!

tgpThis Saturday starts a brand new string of snippets! I appreciate all of the comments on my previous snippets; you all know how to encourage a guy! For the next several weeks (up until April 13) I’ll be sharing a snippet from a different short story — Acts. It is actually published in Villipede Publications‘ sci-fi anthology, The Glass Parachute. This first snippet is how the story begins.

Tammi stood on the second floor of the ballroom and peered down at the sea of assorted colors before her. Per standard formal attire, the damsels at the meetings wore gowns that matched their natural-born hair color – some shade of violet, orange, or green. Formal attire for gentlemen who lived on Nobile never bred variety, because each one was required to wear a two-piece silver suit.

“This turnout is repulsive,” she whispered just loud enough for the communicator in her ear to transmit.

She looked to her right and saw two damsels in conversation. Tammi glanced at their forearms and saw that each of them had a red band embedded beneath their wrist.

“The new Nobility Act is more repulsive,” her consort, Westin, responded through the communicator. “Limiting the amount of times a year you can take a space tour of the neighboring planets?”

“I swear, if we don’t relocate soon….” Tammi let her statement trail off and she walked toward the stairs.

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

“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

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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.