Monthly Archives: March 2012

“The Octopus Garden” Finds a Home

I’m pleased to announce that my story “The Octopus Garden” has been picked up for an octopus-themed anthology called Suction Cup Dreams to be released by the small press  While any sale is reason to celebrate, this one is particularly … Continue reading

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Writer of the Now

I’m a big supporter of the Writers of the Future contest (regardless of my thoughts about L. Ron Hubbard) as a venue for aspiring writers.  For those not familiar with it, Writers of the Future is the largest and (arguably) the … Continue reading

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A Hopefull Monster Sales Again

Another sale by another Hopefull Monster!  Following on the heels of Michael Vella, Richard Zwicker sold his story “Holo, Goodbye” to Mindflights.  Rich is a frequent a contributor to the world of published fiction, and probably has published more stories than … Continue reading

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Maltese Monster Makes a Sale

Michael Vella, Hopefull Monster’s man in Malta, sold his story “Valletta, City of Guilt” to World SF Blog.  Michael has a talent for spinning vivid turns of phrase, and this supernatural fantasy, set in 19th century Malta, is rich in historical … Continue reading

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Maximizing Opportunity with My Mobile Office

Last week, I ran into a colleague I hadn’t seen in several years.  During our catch-up, I mentioned that I had started writing and publishing fiction, which led him to ask how I found the time to do that.  As … Continue reading

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“My Mask, Humanity” to Blast Off at Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction has bought my story “My Mask, Humanity.”  This is my second sale to them in the past year— “Still Life Through Water Droplets” was the other—and I’m excited to appear again in DSF.  Since coming onto the … Continue reading

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IN SITU Release Delayed Again

Recently, fellow Hopefull Monster Colum Paget wondered if the IN SITU anthology was becoming the next Last Dangerous Visions.  I certainly hope not, but news I received last week isn’t encouraging.  This anthology was original due out in February 2011.  … Continue reading

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Past or Present: A Look at the Nebula Stories

A post I published a while ago about the use of present tense versus past in short fiction continues to attract readers.  I guess this shouldn’t surprise me because the use of the “non-traditional” present tense seems to elicit strong opinions from…well…just about … Continue reading

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Musings, Revisited: Nebula-nominated Novelettes

I’ve finished the stories nominated for the Nebula Award in the novelette category.  Like the nominated short stories, the seven novelettes cover an incredible range of topics and settings, but I must admit I was a little disappoint with novelettes as a whole.  … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “The Sea Shall Have Them”

Liquid Imagination published “The Sea Shall Have Them” in their February 2012 issue.  I wrote the original version of this story in the early 1990s after reading an article on the first “Burning Man” gathering in the Nevada Desert (before … Continue reading

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