Acceptances: WarLight and Childe Roland


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This week has had its ups and downs for me.  While “real” life has been very difficult in terms of my school work/teaching workload, my “writing” life has been very productive.  Two of my stories were accepted for publication!  I am ecstatic and it makes me thankful of all of the encouragement that I received from my blog post on rejections (about a month ago).  Coming up with a system of submitting to a reasonable number of markets also helped as I wasn’t so stressed out about submission process now that I have a reasonable submission goal.  The two stories that were accepted were WarLight and Childe Roland, both of which I’ve talked about previously here on the blog and both have Author’s Notes available here on the blog if you’re interested in the genesis/development of the stories.


WarLight was selected for publication by Carrol Fix as part of her Visions anthology series.  It should appear in Visions VI: Galaxies.  Regular readers of the blog will remember that Carrol also printed my story, Ship of Shadows in Visions IV: Space Between Stars in April of this year.  I really appreciate Carrol’s publication of the story and I am hopeful that I can contribute to more of her anthologies.  Visions VI: Galaxies can currently be pre-ordered from the publisher’s website, Lillicat Publishers, but the book should also be available via Amazon/Kindle (as all of the previous entries in the series have been as well).


Childe Roland was selected for the November issue of Electric Spec online speculative fiction magazine (  It should be available at the end of November and I will update the blog with a blog entry once the story is up and available.  Best of all, for readers, the issue is FREE!  You won’t have to subscribe or anything like that once the story is available.  They DO accept donations, so if you have some extra money, you might consider throwing some their way, but that is entirely optional.  They do PAY their writers (YAY! You go Electricspec editors!), and as a teacher who is now a poor graduate student, any amount of money that I make from my writing, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated, so please consider donating if you can afford it at all.


I also saw Dr. Strange this weekend and I really enjoyed it.  In the interest of time, I’m going to save the Mini-Review of it until next week, but if you like magic, cool special effects, and martial arts, then this movie will be right up your alley.  I should note that it is a lot like what I was trying for with I, Magi, (especially the integration of Magic with Martial Arts), but my story and it have strong enough conceptual differences that (hopefully) will keep my story from looking like an “also-ran” of Dr. Strange now that the movie has been released.

More to come next week!  ‘Till then, have a great one!




Knight of the Wylde West PUBLISHED!

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My short story, Knight of the Wylde West was published by Port Yonder Press this week in a magazine called, Bonte Review.  Now this is a pre-issue (I guess to test the waters for publication, distribution, etc.) so it isn’t available for purchase.  Only contributors received copies.  However, it wasn’t a vanity publication.  It went through a real editor, who paid real money (thanks!) and asked for real changes to be made to the manuscript to make it a better story, and was published in a real paper magazine.

The story is a mash-up of genres–Western and Fantasy.  It is about an exiled Elven Gunslinger who must decide whether to save the daughter of the man who exiled him from the Elven nation.  It is a really neat story and I’m glad it got to see publication.  The editors even had artwork done for the story (I should mention that my story is the only one that had two pieces of artwork–the other stories only had one).  While the artwork doesn’t really match the images that I had in my head per se, they are still a good representation of what’s happening in the story.

Which leads me off to another tangent.  Along with just straight fiction, I’d always hoped to work on comic books and graphic novels, but outside of my first comic publication, I’ve not really done much in that arena.  Part of the problem is me: I’d seen a featurette on the LoTR: Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) that talked about how the whole bridge of Khazad Dum sequence was built around the pre-artwork done for the Balrog sequence.  Without that artwork, there would have been no Khazad Dum sequence in the movie.  I really like that mode of working, being able to play off the artists work and being able to say yes this matches what we’re going for , but this doesn’t match, let’s change it to this . . . but what I need to do is just let the artist work.  I need to focus on creating the characters, story and plot and just let the artist draw–I’m not a director, I’m a writer and that’s my strength.  The other part of the problem is the industry.  It, like movies, has begun to be a closed system.  You wonder why there are no super-breakout comics like Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  Its because it is much, much harder to shepherd a script (or artwork) into publication.  Unlike magazines and anthologies, trying to work through a non-superhero based comic is harder than ever.  Graphic novels are a little easier, but still, you won’t find a Duotrope-like site for publishers of Graphic novels, like would for fiction or novels.  All that seems be done on the internet now in the form of webcomics.  I think that I might try to advertise on my local college campus for artists and try again, but before I do, I need to do 2 things: 1) create and write the COMPLETE script, so I won’t be tempted to interfere with my artist and 2) identify a graphic novel publisher and target the work to them.  Even if they don’t want it, I’ll at least have a place to send it rather than just sitting on it.  But that’s probably a post for another time.

I’d probably be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Port Yonder Press and Bonte Review.  Click on their links if you want to know about them!  Until next time, see you later!

PS–Project Skye Update: currently about 50%-75% through Chap. 2 “Storm Warning.”