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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!