There is a generous review of “My Life as a Lizard“, at Apex. Reading the review, I had a moment of “yeah, that’s what I meant,” and I am very grateful that someone read the story and took the time to be so thoughtful and articulate about it. Made my day.
Archive for March, 2014|Monthly archive page
I am far from home. My many, many books are in cartons, denied to me, being placed in storage. I have been surviving upon Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, and I am in love with Duchess Eliza, not to mention Daniel Waterhouse, the Shaftoe Brothers, Enoch Root, the crew of the Minerva, and not to forget Isaac Newton’s niece. Unfortunately Stephenson, with his erudition and world building and brilliance and interest in so many things, has spoiled me. I am at the epilogue of ‘The System of the World’, refusing to read on because I don’t want it to end. I pick up other books and drop them with a “Bleh”. About 15 years ago I gave up reading sf and fantasy altogether, because I was sick of the sameness, bored with the arbitrary decisions of writers, and turned to reading history and science and religion (not that I had never read those things in the past). I drifted back into fiction eventually, and even back into speculative fiction, but I have found myself again hovering more in the history and current affairs sections of book shops. Perhaps Stephenson has spoiled me for other writers and other books. Perhaps I just need a major palate cleanser to leave his baroque world sadly behind me. If only I had not already read all of the Aubrey-Maturin books, or if only James Ellroy would wind back the clock and write a decent noir door stopper. Now, this may not seem like much of an issue, but I face a 24 hour flight in the next few weeks, and I am terrified at the thought of facing it without a good, and good sized, book to consume. I need a new ‘Ghost Story’ or ‘Salem’s Lot’ or even ‘Lord of the Rings’. Perhaps I am asking a little too much? I can’t read ‘Game of Thrones’ because I am enjoying the TV series too much. I used to worry about sick children or career decisions, now I realise that I have a real problem on my hands. What to do, what to do…? Don’t laugh, this is serious!
“Featuring … Darwinian nightmares from David Stevens“. Who could ask for more?
A generous short review of my story “Avoiding Gagarin” appears at Tangent, and I am grateful it does not say bad things!
Thank you to the kind folk at Aurealis magazine who have included my story, “Avoiding Gagarin”, in their latest edition. And they have included a cool art work as well.
This has been a fun time for me. I had three stories accepted for publication in three different magazines at quite different times, however they were all published within a month of each other, giving an appearance of prolific production which does not match reality. I have continued to submit stories, and a piece of flash fiction has been accepted for another Australian publication, however no longer works have been accepted, and there may now be a bit of a drought. That’s fine, I am very happy to have been published in these three fine magazines.
Crossed Genres Magazine have very kindly included my story, My Life as a Lizard, in their latest edition, which is very exciting for me. If you are interested, click on the link to the story, which is also included on their website. Each month they have a New Author Spotlight, which is a short interview with a writer making their first professional level sale (based on the current SFWA pro rate level of 5c a word). This month the interview is with yours truly. If you would like to see me attempt to sound profound about something which I wrote because it entertained me, the link to that is here as well.
I hope that you enjoy my story.