Posts Tagged ‘writing’

The Future is Now?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I received a phone call today from a nice administrator lady at the Writers of the Future contest. I have been named one of eight Finalists, for the First Quarter of 2008. (The formal announcement will appear on their blog.) The eight Finalists’ stories, I’m told, will be sent to the external judges, the famous-name writers. Then the First, Second, and Third Place stories will be announced in mid-March.

I’m delighted to have made it this high in the contest. I happen to know, through various writing workshops, three of the twelve place-winners from last year: Andrea Kail, Aliette de Bodard, and Kim Zimring. The high quality of their fiction leads me to suspect that all the Finalists’ stories must be quite good, but I think mine is damn good too. So, into the breach!

Like Clockwork!

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Several of my writer friends will be appearing in the Clockwork Phoenix anthology, forthcoming from Norilana Books. The Table of Contents has been released, and it includes a story by rising short fiction superstar Cat Rambo, who I had beers with at a workshop last summer. It also includes pieces by my Homeless Moon cohorts Mike DeLuca and Erin Hoffman. Well done, all!  I will definitely be snagging a copy when it comes out this summer.

A Review of “Excision”

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I found a nice review of my story “Excision”, which appeared in Weird Tales #347. It’s by Jeremy Tolbert, a neo-pro SF/F writer whose work I had not heard of, but whose name I recognize as a former editor of Fortran Bureau. I’m glad that he was intriuged by the healing magic and that he wants to read more in this setting. I am currently outlining a new story that fits perfectly into this setting, so hopefully I can make it work.

My personal favorite in WT #347 so far is Amanda Downum’s story “Catch.” It’s not the sort of setting or tale I usually enjoy, but the characters’ emotions just dripped off the page. Very well done.


Sunday, January 27th, 2008

My pal in writing and often also drinking, Justin Howe, has a prose poem now online in the current issue of Abyss and Apex. He has a unique blend of the fantastic and the bizarre, always worth checking out.