I’ve got something pretty special out today! Mythic Beast Studios recently hosted a contest for short fiction related to Icarus, and I’m thrilled to announce that my submission scored an honorable mention. It’s a short and speedy science fiction retelling of his infamous flight. You can check it out for yourself here!
JayHenge Publishing‘s latest short story anthology, Unrealpolitik, has officially been released! I’ve been anxiously awaiting its debut for months after having my first deeply political story, Like Clockwork, accepted into its pages. The tale mashes extremist politics and gladiatorial combat together in a fast and furious civicspunk romp.
Like Clockwork means a lot to me. It was more than a story idea; it was an avenue for venting frustration with the ongoing Trumpian dumpster fire (and the system which spawned it) when I first wrote it more than a year ago. It was something I needed to write, and it feels great to finally have it out in the open amidst all the political craziness.
Unrealpolitik is stuffed with 37 stories, all focused on exploring political themes through the lens of speculative fiction. If you want to escape the real world’s constant flurry of headlines and dive into this little trove of fiction, hop on over to Amazon. The anthology’s available in paperback and Kindle editions, so whether you prefer flipping pages or scrolling on a screen, you’ll be able to scratch your readerly itch.
It’s been a little while, but I’ve finally got another bit of flash fiction out! It’s Under Her Wing, a little contemporary fantasy tale about an adopted dragon and an abandoned drone. The piece was inspired by this awesome Chris Howard illustration for the October 2018 issue of With Painted Words, an online magazine featuring prose and poetry prompted by different images every month. Check out the tale for yourself here.
The lovely folks over at Lucent Dreaming (the creative writing magazine which published my magical realism story The Collection in their first issue) kindly reached out and asked if I would do an interview. I was super flattered and excited, so of course I said yes and gave it a whirl. One of their questions also gave me the opportunity to shed some light on a few great resources for short fiction writers to try and find publishers for their work, something which tends to be a huge mystery to fledgling word-wranglers. You can check out the interview here!
Fans of extreme brevity, rejoice! Drabbledark is nearly out. It’s an anthology of drabbles, stories told in exactly 100 words (excluding the title). There’s 101 stories from 86 writers with a lot of variety; my contribution is post-apocalyptic, but the themes of the pieces run the gamut from monsters and murders to stalkers and summonings. The sole common denominator is, as the title suggests, that the stories within are all quite dark.
Usually I wait until an official publication date to mention anything which includes my work, but Drabbledark’s a bit of a special case. Technically the book releases on the 20th, but the paperback version was made available slightly early to account for shipping times. You can find both with a quick hop over to Amazon.
But wait, there’s more! Drabbledark’s editor, Eric S. Fomley, also recently launched Martian, an online magazine specifically dedicated to publishing science fiction drabbles. I’ve got a tidbit of military scifi coming up over there sometime, too.
Tales of Ruma is finally out! It’s an awesome collection of 17 short stories inspired by the myths and legends of ancient Rome, Ruma (an RPG setting created by the editor, Martin Greening), and Greece. The stories come in all sorts of flavors; you’ll find tales of the gods, telepathic unicorns, giant elemental creatures, and gritty, bloody battles. I’m super honored to have been included alongside a bunch of really spectacular writers.
My story’s a brief battle scene titled From the Pan to the Flames. I wrote it specifically for Martin’s Ruma setting in the hopes of contributing to his fledgling world and was thrilled when he accepted it into the anthology. It was also a really magical experience to see and hold my work in print for the first time–my story in Lucent Dreaming was published first, but my copy of their debut issue took a bit of time to get across the pond.
The book is available in both paperback and Kindle editions via Amazon. You can take a sneak peak at the first story in the book, The Question that Matters by Jody Lynn Nye, thanks to Amazon’s nifty Look Inside feature. If you want to get even more of an idea of what the anthology has to offer, Jonathan Ficke (a fellow Tales of Ruma contributor) did a great rundown of all of the stories over on his website.
UPDATE – June 25th, 2018: The first issue of Lucent Dreaming is now available to read for free online! You can find the .pdf version of the issue right here.
It’s finally time for another elsewhere post! A short magical realism story of mine, The Collection, is now available in Issue 1 of Lucent Dreaming, a new creative writing magazine from the United Kingdom.
The Collection follows an ordinary guy who quickly finds himself surrounded with a bunch of eccentric performers. It’s my favorite story I’ve had published so far and was among the first pieces of short fiction I wrote, the first draft being written near the end of 2016. The Collection went through quite a few edits and submissions afterwards, since finding the perfect home for magical realism stories can be a little tricky. I was thrilled when the folks at Lucent Dreaming accepted it, and their editors were a tremendous help in making the story the best that it could be.
At some point The Collection will be available on Lucent Dreaming’s website. In the meantime, it’s exclusively found in the gorgeous print edition of their first issue. You can snag a copy for yourself here (unless you’re in Europe or the UK itself, in which case it’ll be even cheaper).
By the way, more stuff is coming! I’ve started listing pieces which have been accepted but not yet published in my bibliography with “Forthcoming” in lieu of a publication date. Feel free to swing by and sneak a peek at some upcoming titles.