Friday, June 30, 2006

A Busy Day

It's a good day today. The new edition of Universe Pathways is out,
containing my story Artefact Nouveau. It should be available from, but only the first issue appears there at the moment.

My story A Word in the Right Place has also been accepted by Portuguese magazine Phantastes today. I've attached a picture of issue #1 of Phantastes.

My short flash fiction entitled The Last Adam is in the
new edition of Static Movement tomorrow, so I hardly care about the
rejection I got from another ezine today!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bibliography Update

A while ago I added a 'Bibliography' link on the side bar, but up to now it still points to the list I wrote in December, which is now out of date. I've been meaning to update it for a while but I kept hanging on for the two stories due this month to appear. Now one of them has, but another has been accepted, so the updated bibliography will also appear any day along with them.

I shall keep the new version up-to-date, when I finally get it done.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Flash Fiction

In a world record turn-around, my very short flash fiction story The Last Adam has been accepted by the ezine Static Movement. It will appear in the July issue this weekend.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Top of the List

The new edition of Aphelion is out today, containing my hard-SF sequel The Grey Void. This may or may not be significant, but it's listed first on the contents page!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Universe Pathways

I had an email from the editor of Universe Pathways today to say that the English version containing my story Artefact Nouveau will be out in a few days and the Greek version is now due September 22nd.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Exceedingly Short

Several years ago I read about a competiton at a convention somewhere to write a sci fi story in 8 words. The winning story was brilliant, and I've occasionaly thought of writing something really short myself. Several magazines publish 'flash fiction' of 1000 or even 500 words.

I had a sudden idea last night for a very short story - only 78 words in total. I typed it out and submitted it in record time. Not many markets are looking for work that short, but there are a few.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Eleven Twelfths

I've reached the halfway stage of this year's degree coursework. Only 3 1/2 months until I'll have time for writing again! As I'm studying part time this is my sixth (and final!) year, so I'm 11/12 of the way through.

I think by October I'll have so many plots and plans in my head that I'll be writing constantly for weeks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Then There Were Five

It seems there's another UK SF magazine that I also didn't know about: Here and Now magazine. It's on its eighth issue and I've included it in my list of markets for submission.

I've added links to the UK magazines on the side bar.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

New UK SF Magazine

I was quite excited to discover today that a new UK SF magazine is due to launch in September.

Hub magazine appears to be a professional market and, as far as I know, is the fourth UK SF magazine, the others being Interzone, a professional market, and two small press magazines Scifantastic and Jupiter SF.

It's particularly satisfying to appear in a UK publication, not least because there are so few of them. I've had a story in one of them, just three more to go.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Frustration of Inspiration

I never have a problem with inspiration - I always seem to have plenty of ideas of things to include in my stories. This week I've had another idea for a story.

The problem is, I don't have enough time to write them! I now have 11 short story ideas waiting impatiantly to make it to the keyboard. That's aside from the half completed novel.

I'm making notes of everything, but it's very frustrating!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Round Two

Make that three. Yesterday I received notification from Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM) that the story I sent them recently has reached round 2 of their submissions process and I would hear more in 2-3 weeks. Today I got another email that it had reached round three and is now on their shortlist for publication!

This either means that it's so short all 3 reviewers thought they'd get it out the way quick, or it's so great they were told to drop everything and read it. I prefer the 2nd theory.

Each edition of ASIM has a differnt editor who chooses their contents from the shortlist. This means that although my story has been accepted as suitable for publication, it might not end up being used. They keep it for up to 3 months while all the editors look at it.

Two of my other stories have got this far, but their webpage does say 1 in 3 make it into print, so the odds are on my side.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Two Stories Imminent

I returned from holiday to find that the new edition of Aphelion is not yet on line, so my story The Grey Void is still due any day.

Also this month Artefact Nouveau should be appearing in the English edition of Universe Pathways. When I checked their website today though, it says the Greek edition will be out June 15th, so now I'm not sure.