I withdrew my story “Hoodoo” from IN SITU. This makes me sad, because I have been looking forward to the anthology coming out and because I like small presses and want to support them. I can still remember my excitement when “Hoodoo” got accepted (oh so long ago). The anthology is nearly a year-and-a-half past its original release date and, while it sounds like the publisher is still working on the volume, there still appears to be no release date in sight. I wish the publisher and the editor the best with IN SITU, and I look forward to buying a copy when it comes out.
The good news, however, is that “Hoodoo” will get published. It has been accepted for publication in the debut issue of Specutopia, a new speculative fiction magazine due out this summer. About a months ago, Dale Wise, Specutopia‘s editor, dropped me an invitation to submit a story for the debut issue. I’ve never received an invitation to submit anything before, so it was flattering, but it was also an opportunity too good to pass up. I sent him “Hoodoo” and he liked it enough to accept it. Joining me in the debut issue will be Greg Mellor (a fantastic Australia writer), Jennifer Mason-Black (whose work I don’t know, but soon will), and several others. It looks like this new publication will launch with a bang.
So it has been a sour and sweet week for me with the withdrawal from an anthology I really liked and wanted to be in, but also the sale of two stories (“Dreams in Dust” to Lightspeed being the other). We must take them as they come: the good and the bad.