Friday, July 29, 2022

My Flash Fiction Reprinted in "Best of" Anthology

My speculative flash fiction, "Day Three", has been selected for inclusion in The Best of Metastellar Year 1, released today (July 29, 2022). The story originally appeared in Pulp Fiction #21, 2019, and was reprinted online Sept 3, 2021 by Metastellar. A bit of a departure from my normal style, very pleased by the validation of it's being reprinted and anthologized.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Leslie Gadallah and Canadian Space Opera

My essay, "Leslie Gadallah and Canadian Space Opera" has been reprinted on the Shadowpaw Press website to correspond with the re-release of Gadallah's The Legend of Sara.

I am incredibly happy to see the Legend of Sara back in print for the third time (after Five Rivers closed shop) as it is one of my all-time favourite Canadian SF novels. My essay was originally the Afterword in the Five Rivers edition, so contains spoilers--no reading it before the book! If you haven't read the book yet, go buy it! You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, July 07, 2022

My short story "Grandfather's Birthday Barbeque" has been published in Siren's Call #58 Summer 2022.

The story is based on a real incident in my life, though of course taken one step further into horror. I think it came out okay... Siren's Call is available for free download.

The story previously appeared in Potatoe Soup Journal and The Best of Potato Soup Journal 2020.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Random Memories

I am slowly working my way through the stacks of papers in the garage and crawl space, tossing out what is no longer relevant, scanning what can be saved digitally, and shrinking my files down to manageable size. Consequently, I'm coming across a lot of random memories, some of which I will begin posting here and on my blog. This is a postcard of Mao Zedong's childhood home which I mailed July 1978 to friend, the late Mike Hall, during my trip through China. Ours was one of the first tours allowed into China after the end of the Cultural Revolution, so an interesting time to be there. I've included the (inane) obverse to show the beautiful postage stamps.

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 https://www.ottawareviewofbooks.com/single-post/city-of-sensors-by-a-m-todd

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.