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Tuesday, November 04th, 2014 | Author:

 

Well, I have of late completed what feels like one of the final drafts of When With Wolves. Now I’m taking a much-needed break from it to concentrate on other things, like polishing some old, unfinished short stories to submit to various anthologies. This past week I’ve submitted three; hopefully I’ll send another one off into cyberspace today. I’ve also shipped the Wolves manuscript off to several trusty reader and writer friends for feedback. And now I must wait, gnawing my nails, for their feedback… Still, it feels great to be at this point. It’s been a long, arduous slog through the ICTY archives and Lazar’s memories, but I’m incredibly proud of the story I (we) are crafting…

Thursday, June 07th, 2012 | Author:

 

Yippee! Three stories accepted… ‘Out Shooting’, a flash piece, appears in this month’s Antipodean SF. You can read it here.

I’ve also had a rather jocular flash piece called ‘Madame Melodia and the Love Machines’ accepted for the October 2012 issue of the US e-zine The Lorelei Signal. The story will also appear in its print counterpart, Mystic Signals, in November 2012.

Plus I’ve had a long short story, a novelette really, accepted for the 12th anniversary June 2013 edition of Aiofe’s Kiss magazine in the US. It’s called ‘The Weight of His Wings’ and it’s about a winged man who is condemned by war to live in an underwater city, where he has to adjust to the fact that he’ll never again be able to fly. Yippee again!

Plus I still have another 5 – or is it 6? – short stories sitting in various slush piles around the world… Hopefully I’ll have some more positive news to share soon.

Friday, May 11th, 2012 | Author:

 

Writing-wise, I think April must’ve been a record for me — four stories submitted in a month. I recently sent off another two shorts, ‘Embracing the Invisible’ and ‘Anvil of the Sun’. ‘Embracing the Invisible’ is my first short story set in China, inspired by something one of the local teachers here told me about local girls working as “student-mistresses” to pay their way through university. ‘Anvil of the Sun’ was quite harrowing to write. It’s the tale of a woman whose life is transformed by a terrible loss. The setting, a barren island of white rock to which political prisoners are exiled, came from a documentary I watched about Yugoslavia’s former leader, Tito.

I’ve also almost finished another short story titled ‘The Blood Robe,’ which was inspired by an Oscar Wilde story. It’s set in a world where robes coloured red by a mother’s blood are standard courting attire. So soon I’ll have five stories floating about in slush piles. Whew (wipes sweat from brow). Definitely a record!

Monday, April 16th, 2012 | Author:

 

I’m feeling pretty good today: I’ve just submitted two new short stories, ‘My Wicked Sentences’ and ‘Out Shooting’, to two different magazines. I’ve decided to clear out my short stories file. I’m going to finish all those stories that have been lingering in there, waiting for their endings to get written, and send them out. After all, they’ll never get published if they stay hidden in my computer.