Wednesday, June 01, 2022

"Split Decision" Reprinted for fourth time

My short story, "Split Decision" is included in Dustin Bilyk's Summer of Sci-Fi and Fantasy collection, released June 1, 2022. This is still one of my favorite stories, published originally in Tesseracts #15: A Case of Quite Curious Tales. Pretty happy to see "Split Decision reach a new audience.

The story slightly pisses off my oldest, Tigana, because the story is clearly about her (and her friend) but because the story is first person, it never actually mentions her by name, just her friend. She wanted people to know that was her, because it was her trying to explain about an incident at her school (and being completely incoherent) that gave me the idea for the story.

I wrote a story about Kasia too, and made sure that time to use her name, but then my wife warned me NOT to show that one to Kasia, because she would likely not have cared to have people know. So...oops. That one is in a safely obscure venue, so I'm not worried anyone she knows will ever see it or make the connection.

I do have an urban fantasy series with both of them in, for which I have their approval, but the series so far is still focusing on the previous generation...I haven't sold stories with their names yet, trying to get them out in order.

All the other stories with recognizable names are just Tuckerizations, not about the person at all. When I'm writing and the need for the next name comes up, I just glance at my email list or stack of term papers, and grab whatever name is on top that day. Gives a nice more or less random, selection.

Monday, April 04, 2022

A.M. Todd's City of Sensors Review

My review of A.M.Todd's City of Sensor is up today on Ottawa Review of Books

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

"Deep Dive" Now Available in Audio

Photo by Eduardo Gutierrez on Unsplash

My short story, "Deep Dive" was released in audio today on the Bandit Fiction Podcast episode #10, read by Tony Reading. It starts at 21.12 into the podcast.

I am also the featured author interview on this episode; the interview starts at 33:42. The Interview is with host Daniel Hubbard.

"Deep Dive" was originally published by Ariel Chart July 9, 2020 and reprinted by Bandit Fiction, Dec 13, 2021 and now podcast March 29, 2022.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Drabble Published


I had a drabble (a 100-word story) published on Friday Flash Fiction yesterday (March 11, 2020) of which I am inordinately fond: Flas Fiction Friday

It's a pretty open market if you're looking for a place for drabbles..and if you publish at least two drabbles with them, they're open for longer pieces (to 500 words).

Saturday, December 25, 2021

"Iceberg" Reprinted

Thanks to Flash editor Karen Schauber, the Miramichi Reader republished my 500-word "Iceberg" Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Another new story: Fami and the Watch

"Fami's Watch", A Fami and Watch story, was published in Polar Borealis #20 (Dec 2021) 12-14 today.

You can download a copy of issue #20 here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

"The Deep Dive" Reprinted

Photo by Olga Tsai on Unsplash My short story, "The Deep Dive" has been reprinted in Bandit Fiction for Dec 13, 2021.

(Previously published at Ariel Chart, July 9, 2020.)

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Eaton Bannisters

A comment I made on FB that seems worthy of being elevated to a post on my personal blog.

My brother, a dignified school teacher who never went out in public without jacket and tie, regularly slid down the bannisters in Eatons, back in the day when there were still Eatons stores. On the one occasion I witnessed his being approached by a manager who demanded to know what he thought he was doing, my brother calmly explained he was hurting no one, it wasn't illegal, and if they wanted people not to do it, they should post a sign.

When I went back a couple of weeks later, there was a sign.

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

New Story Published

My short story, "The Changeling and the Bully" was published today in Mythic #17. It's the first story in my urban fantasy series: not quite the origin story since our protagonist's backstory comes out bit by bit as things progress, but this is the story where the major characters meet for the first time. (It does not go well.) Previous stories in the series have been published by First Line Literary ("Ransom and the Open Window") and Apex and Abyss ("Ransom and the Xmas Tree").

I currently have six more finished, two more that are half done....and a bunch more ideas that may or may not work out. The plan was to follow these characters from high school until old age, but they went and had kids in "Ransom and the Baby" so now it looks like the kids are going to keep the series going....

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Another Short Story Published

My story, "Time in the Garden" was published in Lamp Lit Underground Vol 6, pp. 8-12.

The story is semi-autobiographical, but told from my Mom's point of view (or, at least, how I imagined it must have felt like for her).

Friday, September 03, 2021

Another Short Story Appearance

My short story, "Day Three", is up at Metastellar. The story is a reprint from Pulp Literature #21. (The lion on the mug in the background is by Kasia.)

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

New Short Story Published

My short story, "The Prince and Pauper of Bay Street" has been published in the Collection, THE FICTION JUNKIE Vol 2 (2021) edited by Daniel Hodgson.

(This particular story is mainstream, not SF.)