I particularly love the voices chosen for the seer and the magician in this podcast, but what struck me most with both stories is that both of them are from a male viewpoint, something I don’t tend to write as much, which makes it a bit odd that they would both appear on the same day. On the other hand, both of them are fairy tales, and those I write a lot of, since something always seems to drive me back to that imagery and language, and to all of the unspoken moments in the original tales.
A new issue of Through the Gate is up. It includes my little poem, Kore, as well as work from Lev Mirov, Selena Bulfinch, and one of my favorite contemporary poets, Sonya Taaffe. (I still bounce whenever we appear in the same publication – it’s as if I can tell myself, hey, your work isn’t that bad, if you are appearing with Sonya Taaffe!)
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.
A new issue of inkscrawl is up. This is one of my favorite little zines, largely because of its targeted focus: short little poems (under ten lines each) all on a specific theme.
This issue includes my little poem a note found beneath a moonstone, as well as work by Sonya Taaffe, Beth Longford, Alexa Seidel, M. Mack, J.C. Runolfson, Sara Norja, and others.
And another little story from me just popped up at Daily Science Fiction today: The Dollmaker’s Rage. It’s a story about, well, a Dollmaker, and her Rage.
I really need to learn how to write better titles. In the meantime, enjoy!