It’s been an interesting few weeks on the writing front, which leaves me with a list of good news to spread far and wide.
First up is a short story sale to the wonderful people at B-Cubed Press. Their founder Bob Brown is putting together the third anthology in his Alternative Truths series, Endgame, and he decided that one of my stories was good enough to include. Once You Start is a tale of geoengineering gone wrong mixed together with a dose of alcoholism, all against a backdrop of a world sliding into ecological disaster. Trying to science our way out of global climate change without actually cutting carbon emissions turns out not to be as simple as first supposed. But then, the easy answer is rarely the right answer.
This piece of speculative fiction is set in the same universe as my first story for B-Cubed, A Spider Queen in Every Home, which appeared in the previous collection in this series, More Alternative Truths. Don’t forget to pick up that anthology as well as this upcoming one! I’ve read through an early proof copy of Endgame and it’s shaping up to be a very special book indeed, featuring the work of some particularly famous writers. With preparations approaching the final stages, you can expect this thought-provoking anthology to be available from the usual outlets in the reasonably near future.
A little shorter, but no less dear to me, is my very first historical short story, Nowhere to Go. It’s the seventeenth century and a family is caught in a fierce storm on the New Hampshire coast. Will they find sanctuary from the deadly conditions? Expect to find out the answer around May this year.
This piece of flash fiction will appear in the collection Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove from Atthis Arts. It’s going to be a very interesting book, that’s for sure, containing stories set throughout several centuries, with each installment being an incident covering the span of five minutes in the mysterious Hotel Stormcove. I’m not often moved to write a story by a book’s proposed theme, but this one sent me straight to the keyboard!
My most recent acceptance was from the British small press comic, FutureQuake. It can be tough getting a script into their now-annual issues, but somehow I made it through. You Can’t Go Back is currently pending assignment to an artist and – if all goes well – will see print in the 2020 edition of this wonderful comic. No spoilers from me about this story’s premise – I don’t want to ruin the ending!
Be sure to buy back issues from the FutureQuake website or comiXology while the current issue is in production. There aren’t many comics of this caliber left and they need your support. The bumper 2020 issue should be out around the first quarter of next year. I’ll post updates as its release draws nearer, of course.
There are one or two other things in the works, most notably a couple of things accepted by the ever-terrific Nomadic Delirium Press, but three announcements is enough for one blog post, and release dates have yet to be figured out for the other pieces I’ve sold. It can be tough getting rejections from publishers, but the acceptances do make it all worthwhile. I just hope you have as much fun reading my stories as I have writing them.
One last note: Alban Lake Publishing’s magazine Outposts of Beyond has changed its publishing schedule. Originally, an issue containing my science fiction/Catholic-priests-in-space shaggy dog tale For All These Worlds, A Messiah was due out in January. With these changes, its next issue will now see print later this year. Again, I’ll pass on details as soon as I have them.
Peace, and good reading, everyone.