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I’ve sold another story. This one is a gothic dark fantasy about a wolf child, to be available in 2020.

“Possession” to Winter Wolf anthology, Deadman’s Tome

Also, Sensory Perceptions from Jay Henge is now available from booksellers. The link is to the Amazon listing. My story “The Mending Tool” about a lonely wife made the description in the listing. Enjoy!

Sensory Perception

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Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US!

I have to give myself a little pat on the back here, as I’ve been really productive this fall. I did some painting and made a decent profit at a local art show. I also got my butt in gear and submitted some stories, so now I’ve got sales that will be appearing in upcoming books, magazines, etc. Here’s the list, so please check them out!

“Zombie Love,” a short poem to appear in Liquid Imagination at the end of November 2019.

“The Investor,” a dark fantasy short story to appear in the anthology Afromyth2 from Afrocentric Books in 2020.

“The Mending Tool,” a steampunk erotica short story to appear in the anthology Sensory Perceptions from Jay Henge in 2020.

“Wine and Magnolias,” a lesbian romance short story to appear in Mischief Media: A Story Most Queer Podcast

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Sales!

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I’ve sold a story called “The Offering” to a Dark Cloud Press anthology called Tales of Blood and Squalor. This is a landmark sale, as both the story and the anthology are horror. I just don’t do horror, but a little while back I got in this mood. So, my first horror sale. Yah, me!

I’ll post an update as publication becomes imminent.

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While I was gone on vacation, I made a couple of short story sales, both to Mugwump Press. The fantasy story “Death in Marango” and science fiction story “Conjugation in the Shadow of Jupiter” will appear in two of their upcoming anthologies. More info on these as publication gets closer.

Is SF exhausted as a genre?

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So, I surfed into a discussion about this on a reading list today. Without mentioning any names: The initial post identified a recent anthology by a well-known editor and a particular story by a well-known author. The story was described as something similar to Asimov’s robot stories and the theme and construction were described as ordinary and overworked. The poster tried to use this to make the case that SF is exhausted as a genre. Various responses argued one way or the other about the originality and breadth of today’s SF stories.

FeatherPenClipArtWhat I didn’t see was a discussion about the standard method of putting together a best seller anthology or magazine issue. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is done by inviting well-known writers to provide stories. As a strategy, this has obvious advantages. If the author has a large fan-base and you can get two or three of them to submit a story, then you’ve got a guarantee of good sales. The problem is, when writers are invited to submit a story, they have no motivation to provide anything original, or to stretch the limits in any way. It’s just a job, so the easiest thing is to choose a cliche and write about it. Originality would actually be a bad idea, as a particular writer’s fan-base is likely expecting a rehash of their usual themes, at most.

It’s another benefit of being one of the in-crowd, of not having to brave the slush pile in any competitive way. This also explains why you tend to see the same names over and over in some magazines. Once in the door, it’s easier to make another sale.

More on this tomorrow.

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