Petals and Sometimes Heron

Accidental double publication day!

First up, a day early, The Petals, over at Daily Science Fiction, the latest in the ongoing series of flash fairy tales that I genuinely do hope to finish, with the framing story, at some point. (Glances at the Excel sheet tracking that series.) Whoops! Well, in the meantime, at least this one is out.

Second, issue 7 of Lackington’s is out, with my story, “Sometimes Heron,”

Let’s chat about this one for a bit. “Sometimes Heron” was written in 2008, in bits and pieces in between undergoing various medical tests at the Mayo Clinic. After a few rejections, it sold to a publication which closed down a few months later. A few more rejections, and it sold to a second publication – which also closed down a few months later.

By that time, to put it mildly, I felt a bit discouraged. On the one hand, I figured that the story couldn’t be that awful, if editors were buying it (twice!).  And it was a story that meant something to me. On the other hand, it seemed to be killing various publications, which seemed a bit unfair to said publications. I trunked it for a couple of years, and then started shooting it out here and there again.

I mention this mostly as an illustration of what the writing/publishing industry can be like. It’s one reason why this can be a very depressing career – so much of writing/publishing is outside your control. I’m not just talking rejections/acceptances – though that’s also outside your control – but things like this as well.

In any case, I’m very grateful that it’s at last found a home at Lackington’s, and I hope you enjoy both.

Of limericks and clowns

Ignore the date. Mostly. The following announcements are real. Mostly:

1. Stone Telling has launched its joke issue, which includes three limericks by me. (And yes, one of those includes dinoflagellates because, well, dinoflagellates.) If the thought of limericks makes you cringe, good news: the issue also includes a considerably better villanelle by David Sklar which is definitely worth a look.

2. But if the thought of limericks doesn’t make you cringe, read on. Well, read on anyway: Unlikely Story is launching a Kickstarter for Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix. If the project funds, it will contain a book with a little flash story by me about, natch, a clown. (Actually it’s only somewhat about the clown. That is, it has a clown, but it’s mostly about other things.)

Among the backer awards: limericks, by me, printed on little clown postcards. If that horrifies you, and I can’t say I blame you, Unlikely Story is offering other, considerably better backer awards, including microfictions, clown art, and short story critiques. Or you can just grab the ebook.

Samples of the sort of story you’ll find in the final book appear here. I think this is going to be a fun little project: fingers crossed that it funds.