Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Do Not Go Gentle into the Night” Now Available

My dark speculative fiction story “Do Not Go Gentle into the Night” is now available at Darker.  While much of my writing has a dark underbelly, this story is dark underneath, in the middle, and on the top—so be prepared, … Continue reading

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Publishers to Drop Anti-Piracy Technology

Tor and Baen books, two major publishers of speculative fiction, have decided to drop DRM technology from future e-books.  DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is an approach used by publishers to control the use of e-books and limit copyright infringement, a.k.a. … Continue reading

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“The Sea Shall Have Them” Podcast Now Available

In February, Liquid Imagination published my story “The Sea Shall Have Them.”  At the time, I hadn’t noticed that they produced a podcast (I’m not sure it was posted at the time).  I was pleasantly surprised to find that one is now … Continue reading

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Joining Codex

Let me be up front: I’m committed to my writing group Hopefull Monsters, and I have no intention of leaving it.  They are too valuable as trusted first readers, and I genuinely enjoy their “virtual” company.  That said, I joined a … Continue reading

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“The Beauty of Wynona” Finds a Home

My historical, speculative-fiction novelette, “The Beauty of Wynona,” has found a home with Lacuna.  When I wrote this sometime ago, I never realized how hard it would be to place such a long work (11,000+ words), so I’m happy that … Continue reading

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Kicking and Screaming

It seems like a lot of people I know are going through a tough writing spell.  Maybe the planets are out of alignment or the increased sunspot activity is sapping creative forces (if you believe such things).  I must confess … Continue reading

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“Do Not Go Gentle into the Night” Finds a Dark Dark Home

My dark speculative tale “Do Not Go Gentle into the Night” has found a home at Darker.  I’m pleased this one has found a place because it’s one of the darkest stories I’ve ever written, and it’s not horror, which … Continue reading

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Handling “The Hold”

Writing is about rejection.  I think I’ve said it before, and I’m sure others have, too.  Over 95% of all submissions are rejected—and the rejection rate at pro-rate publication is more like over 99%.  Given this high rate of “failure,” how an … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Wings Over the Suicide Rocks”

I often get asked about where I get story ideas, which was the genesis for my series of “Inspiration” posts.  Sometime it’s easy to pinpoint a specific inspiration, but often numerous things inspire a story.  For my story “Wings Over the … Continue reading

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2012 Hugo Award Nominees

The Nebula Award nominations have already come and gone, and the Hugo Award is up next.  The Hugo Award, presented by the World Science Fiction Society, is speculative fiction’s other major writing award.  While there is often considerable overlap in nominations  between … Continue reading

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