Rule #4

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky
“Why are you making me hold this envelope?” ~ my daughter

Remember Heinlein’s rule number four?

“You must put the work on the market.”

I’ve been trying to keep it simple: Keep working, keep trying to get better, and keep sending stories out there. And now, all of a sudden, I have a spate of forthcoming stories! This is no overnight success story. I got serious about writing again in 2011 and have been writing and revising and sending stories out ever since. What has kept me going for nearly three years has been the process of constantly creating new work. Of course, acceptances and publications are the goal. I can’t wait to see these stories out in the world and to hear what people think of them – hot, cold, and lukewarm. But, I also feel that getting published is the frosting on the cake. The cake is the work. The work is the constant and truly it’s own reward.

The Horses will be appearing in Every Day Fiction in June. I like this webzine at least as much as Daily Science Fiction. Every Day Fiction is less genre bound, so there is always a good variety of stories, and they’re always under a thousand words.

Futile the Winds will be appearing in Interzone – tentatively slated for their July issue (247)! This, for all intents and purposes, is my first professional sale. It will be the first time my work will be in a non-on-demand print publication, available on newsstands and in bookstores! And what a gorgeous publication it is, as you can see by the cover of the current issue. I cannot wait to see the artwork for my story.

Cattle Futures is slated to appear in Stupefying Stories special Wild Weird West Anthology, tentatively scheduled for release in July.

Beata Beatrix will be appearing in Bourbon Penn (another gorgeous zine), hopefully in their next issue.

I’ll post with links as the individual stories become available. Until then, back to work restocking the inventory! I’ll leave you with the thought that’s been going through my head this week:

Haiku Reviews

Another busy week and I’m trying to wrangle a new story of my own, so my thoughts on this week’s stories are in the form of Haikus.

Friday, May 11 – The Homecomming by Mike Resnick in Escape Pod

a boy is transformed
his father’s anger falls to
her memory and loss

Saturday, May 12 – Sibling Rivalry by Carine Engelbrecht in Everyday Fiction

unborn twins argue
Egypt’s last curse will greet
the firstborn this day

Sunday, May 13 – Steve Herbert by Robert Shearman in One Hundred Stories

a cold hearted doc
falls in love with the patient
and the thing inside

Monday, May 14 – A hole to China by Catherynne M. Valente in Lightspeed

a girl’s quest into
a story full of lovely 
creatures, burning hot!

Tuesday, May 15 – Star Maven by Sarah Crysl Akhtar in Flash Fiction Online (a mother’s day story)

mom’s in hyperspace
she’ll keep your ducks in a row
remotely, from home

Wednesday, May 16 – A Marble for the Drowning River by Ann Chatham in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

ghosts in the river  
The living and the dead each
have their own concerns

Thursday, May 17 -The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu in EscapePod (among other places)

this touching story
just won the Nebula prize
and it’s worth a look.