New ideas, stupid moves…

Finally back in the saddle after months of pandemic inactivity. Nine stories out for submission, one shortlisted already.

Flash Fiction Online is shortly going to release their 100th issue. Congrats to the editorial staff for putting out a quality magazine for short fiction, and paying writers a professional rate. I did an interview about my past FFO stories which will be up shortly, and also created a “reading video” for “To Comfort The Headless Child” also forthcoming on the site.

Beatles Anthology

My story “Apocalypse Rock” is in print, in a far-out googoogajoob anthology of trippy Beatles fantasies, alongside stories by David Gerrold, Cat Rambo, and others.

 

“This collection is a Magical Mystery Tour through alternate universes where the familiar narrative of the Beatles is turned on its head. Or ear. Or ass. It’s fun, irreverent, sexy, and twisted–just like the Fab Four themselves.” –Vicki Peterson, The Bangles

Publishers Weekly says: “Ranging from trippy fantasy to hard science fiction and zombie apocalypse mash-up, the stories in this anthology send the members of the Beatles on wild adventures through alternate timelines and universes…”

 

Misses and Hits

A few rejections lately, but one good acceptance today. I’m trying to move away from flash pieces and write longer-form. It’s harder – both to write longer pieces, and to place them. Pages must be turned. Interest must be held.

On the reading front, I finished Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. I wanted to like it, but some aspects have aged pretty badly. The Future-Where-Everyone’s-Gay in particular is kind of eyerolling.

Also, could not quite finish the first book in Foundation (I know, I know — call yourself a sci fi writer?). I do love the faster-than-light ships that deliver mail.

Next to read: Joy Williams’ The Changeling, which has been recommended lots.

Advice to readers: buckets, eggs, the Sombrero Galaxy, General Sheridan, teeth.