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Thomas Hobbes, that funny fellow

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Thomas Hobbes* said that life is nasty, brutish and short. He could have been speaking of my story, “Serial Killer Blues,” appearing in the most recent edition (volume 14) of ‘The Literary Hatchet‘. (Click on the link on the left to download the whole edition for free.) The editorial process for the story on the other hand was far from brutish, though it was very quick. This is my most recently written story, and was accepted quickly, so I need to get my act together and write some more. I hope that you … enjoy it.

*(What would he know, he lived to 91. But then again, he was speaking of life in a state of nature, thereby proving himself to be a most unnatural fellow. I look forward to a graphic novel starring Thomas Hobbes, immortal beast and detective.)

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Affirmation

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2015 at 3:17 am

I’m fluctuating somewhere between ‘well, I must be some sort of author if I’m on an author page‘ and ‘don’t be so needy, Stevens’.

I am however looking forward to the book coming out, and to ‘The Boulevardier’ and his bad French seeing the light of day.

Grappling with the time available …

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

Duncan Felton is going to run out of time. He has, with designer Finbah Neill,  created/edited/assembled/published a calendar based anthology, The Grapple Annual from scratch, carving the parts, bolting them together, and all I can say is, hats off to him. Who does that? Each entry is related to a different day of the year. I’m worried he will run out of days – the first volume of the annual covers more than a month. Perhaps he will move on to non-Terran years: Neptune (previously the penultimate planet) has shorter days and a much longer year than the earth. Or perhaps a Mayan calendar. I digress (how unusual).

They have put together works from 34 bright shiny writers and 5 bright shiny artists, as well as something by neither bright nor shiny me. The volume is a lovely looking artefact, and one of the nice things about a physical object is that you can pick it up and turn it over and see your name on the back cover (my priorities remain unchanged).

This is something I could never make or do, and I am happy to be a small part of it. If you are so minded, I encourage you to support the first volume of the Grapple Annual, with a view to it expanding far beyond Earth years.

Click here for a link to where you can purchase the first Grapple Annual.

Click here for a link to Grapple Publishing.

Click here to see the little list of my published stories.

Good Boy

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

My story ‘Good Boy’ has been published by Pseudopod. Here is a link, it is about 19 minutes in.

I wrote many things over many years. I have boxes of notes and drafts. Occasionally I’d submit stories and collect rejection slips. Life, laziness, children, career, fear, all got in the way of taking things further.

Early last year, I decided to make a proper go of things. My daughter is ill. For a few months I was her full time carer, and then I returned to work part time. I did not have the concentration to work on a novel, and I had a need to finish something, so I decided to concentrate on short stories for a while. And of course, nobody was interested, but at that time, rejection did not hurt very much, so I kept doing it. It occupied my mind, gave me pleasure, helped to fill my days with something other than my daughter’s illness, or my worries about my career, or any of a hundred other things.

Then somebody liked something. Regime Books, a small literary venture in Western Australia, accepted my story ‘Good Boy’ for the third volume of their journal. I was surprised at a genre piece being accepted, but of course I was very happy. It was all the impetus I needed to keep going.

I have no idea if anyone ever read that story, there were of course no reviews, no comments, no feedback, but that was not unexpected, I am not stupid and I don’t think that I am greedy. I have placed a few other stories since then, and many, many rejection e mails, all par for the course.

The title may not fit. It is a story about grief and responses to loss, and to my mind the horror of the story is not the ‘thing’ that happens during the course of the story, but the main character’s ultimate response. Its genesis was a humorous story called ‘Bad Boy’. Once upon a time, everything I tried had to be comedy. However, it would not work for me. I decided to write bookends, both stories with a supernatural element, one funny, the other not. ‘Good Boy’ and ‘Bad Boy’ I don’t think the humorous version will ever be written now. Too much has happened to me to approach that any more.

The story is not true, of course, but the emotions spring from issues in my life, especially over the last seven years. I submitted it again to Pseudopod. The editor, Shawn Garrett, commented to me that “I very much liked the emotional honesty and weight of the piece,” and I really appreciate those remarks. They have included it in their most recent podcast, and I am glad that there is an opportunity for it to have a wider audience. If you would like to listen to it being read, please just click here.

 

Crossed Genres Book 3

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Crossed Genres is about to release its third collection in book form, and I am delighted as it contains my story ‘My Life as a Lizard’, as well as an interview with me where I fail to be profound, but at least achieve pomposity (the state of being covered in volcano excrement, I think).

Love the ‘gator! Nearly as good as a goanna.

Crossed Genres 3rd Anthology

Crossed Genres 3rd Anthology

Grappling annually

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

The interestingly named “The Grapple Annual” (Roy Slaven and HG Nelson come to mind) have announced their forthcoming publication, and the announcement includes that my short story, “The Penultimate Report of Sergeant Burns” is among the contents. (Perhaps that is the incentive I need to write some more, and blog some more. I am far from home and way out of routine, and that is a wonderful excuse!) Every piece in the annual is associated with a particular date. My story is associated with July 16th, because every official report needs to be dated, and that date is as good as any. Do not be surprised to find violence and death.

 

“Avoiding Gagarin” published

In publications on March 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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.

“My Life as a Lizard” published

In publications on March 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

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.

A million good reasons to read Aurealis magazine …

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2014 at 4:32 am

Perhaps I exaggerate slightly.  On making my way through the latest edition, I came across the following:

Next Issue
Aurealis appears ten times a year.
Every month except January and December.
The next issue, Aurealis #68
will be published in March 2014
featuring:
“Icarus” by Tara Calby and
“Avoiding Gagarin” by David Stevens

I knew it was appearing some time this year, I didn’t realise it was next month.

You can visit the good people at Aurealis here:  Aurealis home