Thursday, January 24, 2013

BIRTHDAY Published in Issue 2 of eSciFi!

That's right, folks - my first published story of 2013 is available to read and (hopefully) enjoy! :-)

BIRTHDAY is the fourth short story of mine that's been published and I'm really happy that Brandon at eSciFi chose it - I wrote it about three years ago after watching a movie that got my grey matter ticking and twisting, and it's gone through a couple of drafts to get it right.

I think I've said before that my ideas for short stories are usually fully-formed - most times the title pops into my find and the plot unrolls like a silent-movie reel; usually that means I have to get it out of my head and onto the page as quickly as possible, because I tend to screw up stories the longer I think about them. In BIRTHDAY I wanted to do something with the over-population, and so I wrote a tale about a guy who wakes up on his birthday in a world in which a way to manage over-population has been found, and implemented. I hope you enjoy it! :-)

Also included in this second issue were the following stories:

Wherever You Go, There We Are - Robin Reed

Not So Trivial After All - Marc Colten

The Budge - M. E. McCullen

Please head over to eSciFi and buy the issue - and while you're at it, why not get a subscription? :-) You can also join eSciFi on Goodreads (because we'd love to have you, and love talking about our stories and SF in general), and on Facebook. :-)

So, what's coming up next from me? Well, I've got a Horror story in the inaugural FreakEnd Madness Anthology, titled EXERTION, I've submitted a story titled A COMEDY OF TERRORS for Jhator Press' Dark Superhero / Villain Anthology, and I'm busy writing three stories at the moment:

The Hyper-Adaptive Properties of Love (SF)

Superfreak (Horror)

Tangled (sequel to Torn and Twisted, Fractured Fairy Tale)

I'm also going through my other Horror stories because I want to select one to submit to eHorror, but that's further down the line, and I'll (hopefully) be going on Leave in February, so then it's back to Betrayal's Shadow. :-) I will, of course, keep you all updated.

Until next time,


Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year, New Story In-Coming!

So, 2013 has arrived.

My New Year's Eve party was epic, and an eye-opener; it was a night of drinking, laughing, dancing, and (unfortunately) witnessing just how too much alcohol can affect people who a) shouldn't drink at all because they can't handle alcohol, and b) people who have incredible and completely ignored problems - a guy I'd just met lost his temper, smashed his windscreen with his fist and soon after spun his girlfriend WWE-style into his car.

Later on, around seven on the morning of the 1st, we dropped off a friend at her parent's place and this same guy's car was there - minus the entire windscreen and sporting a mangled, practically half-melted rim where the back-left tire was supposed to be. Long story shortened, this guy had 'lost' his girlfriend, his buddy, and his girlfriend's sister - he had no idea where they were and was frantic. So frantic that he had passed out outside his buddy's place. Anyway. The party prior to all this shit was awesome, so the night was actually kickass. :-) All things considered, not a bad exit from 2012. :-)

I've got two stories I'm working on at the moment - the third tale in my fractured fairy tale series for eFantasy (want to have it done and submitted by Friday), and a tale for an awesome anthology from Jhator Press (which I also want to have finished and submitted by Friday).

And this morning I saw the news that one of my SF / Dystopian short stories, 'Birthday', was accepted for publication in eSci-Fi - so I'm very happy! :-) I will of course post links and info and stuff as soon as the latest eSci-Fi issue is available. :-)

Another story of mine, a Horror titled 'Exertion', will be published soon in FreakEnd Madness Volume 1 - links and such as soon as the anthology is available. :-)

So I guess I really cannot complain about 2013 so far. :-)

I hope you all enjoyed your 2012-exit, that you're all safe and sober and bright-eyed, and that this year will kick even more ass (in every good way) than last year did. :-) Let's make it EPIC!