Thursday, January 31, 2013

Transient Tales Volume 2 now available

From  Amazon UK / Amazon US Smashwords  (Kobo pending)

Learning to do all this stuff by hand has been a challenge, but one I've thoroughly enjoyed. I once did one of those 'Are you right or left brained?' tests and came out squarely in the middle, so my brain loves both the unrestrained wildness of writing the stories and the ordered, logical process of making them look pretty. Which is quite handy for a self-publisher :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

This Week, I Have Been Mostly...

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Nice to see a book live up to the hype for once. Loved every calculating, misdirecting, manipulative line.

Short stories: Up to 40 of my 500 target for the year. Faves:

Final Corrections, Pittsburgh Times-Dispatch by M Bennardo  at Daily Science Fiction
This is great fun, with a tremendous dry sense of humour. Original format, and a lovely example of what flash does best: telling you the story without actually telling you the story.

The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairytale of Economics by Daniel Abraham, reprinted at Lightspeed
This kind of reminded me of a serious Discworld story. Thoughtful and entertaining, and just goes to show what you can do with Word of the Day-style prompts.

Luna e Volk by Mercedes Yardley in Beautiful Sorrows
Not everything in this collection  has worked for me so far, but this was gorgeous--a poetically violent and tragic love story.

A 5k horror story about two sisters and an ill-judged deal with a demon. Just Say No, kids.

American Horror Story: Asylum. When you find yourself watching from behind a cushion, muttering, 'Please don't let the deranged Nazi rape the dead nun,' this is the only show it can be. It's a mad mix of every horror trope there's ever been, and I love it to death.

That it looks like JJ Abrams is going to direct the new Star Wars films, and a fair few people seem to think this is not good because he fucked up the Star Trek reboot. Yikes, did he? I thought that film was brilliant! It always worries me when that kind of thing happens, because I think, what did I miss?

How to code html, and build epub & mobi files by hand. It's been a hell of a learning curve, but I think I just about climbed it.

One of these: zombie teddy bear How awesome?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Transient Tales series - cover art

Covers for the first two volumes in my Transient Tales series of short stories. They're due to be available at Amazon etc by the end of the month.

This is all very exciting! As Dean Wesley Smith says, I love this new world of publishing.

Friday, January 11, 2013

New story at Every Day Fiction

I love EDF, and it's always a thrill to have a story there.

Out Shopping in Hyperspace - 594 words - SF
'Space vegetables?' Joe shook his head. 'You're such a baby, Mia.'

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Stats

Total pieces written: 95 (63 flash, 30 short stories, 1 novelette)

Rewritten or scrapped: 30
Published: 22
Awaiting publication: 1
Banked for collections: 26
In Revision: 4

Submissions: 124
Acceptances: 23
Rejections: 96
Pending responses: 12 (3 at 2nd round stage)
Sales: 5 (1 pro, 1 semi-pro, 3 token)

W1S1: 42 weeks out of 52

I don't think that's too shabby, but it can (of course) always be better! I want to write more shorts than flash next year, a couple of novelettes and at least one novella. And make 200 subs.