Friday, January 26, 2018

Publication! "Terra Forms" in Perihelion Science Fiction

After a hiatus, Perihelion Science Fiction is back!

Even better, I have a story in the January issue. Woot!

I co-wrote "Terra Forms" with Dustin Adams, an excellent writer and friend. It's a short story about two androids whose mission to help their human crew scout out possible planetary homes for a new colony goes awry when the human crew all dies in a horrible accident. Now these two androids have no choice but to complete the mission alone, but they have opposing ideas on how to accomplish that.

Dustin and I wrote this story to submit to the Writers of the Future contest, where it received a silver honorable mention. We're excited that our story found such a great home.

If you want to read more of Dustin's stuff, you can check out his blog right here.

I've been published once before in Perihelion, a time travel story called Loopholes, in February 2015. Don't bother clicking on my blog link to the story, though, because it appears to not be working. Hmm. I'll have to check on that.

Anyway, enjoy the new story! While you're there, linger awhile with the rest of the issue, too.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

3rd & Starlight Available Now

Hey, check this out!

3rd & Starlight is now available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

This is a fantastic anthology edited by Robert Finegold. It includes the story "The Temptation of Father Francis," which I co-wrote with Nick T. Chan. I would describe this story as weird West dystopian steampunk. There are mechanical bees and a dirigible operated by an AI who thinks she's Annie Oakley. What's not to love?

But, wait, you already read it and you want more? There's also 1st & Starlight and 2nd & Starlight! I have stories in both of those, too. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Resolutions for 2018

We're halfway through January, but it's never too late to think about goals for the year. In fact, I make (and break) resolutions all the time. Here are some goals I'm thinking about right now.

One new story completed and submitted every month. Last year I did very little writing. I finished two stories, and one of those was co-written. My excuses for this: I started a new job in a new industry with lots to learn, and this sucked up my attention and left little space in my brain for creative pursuits; and also I've suffered from some depression on and off. This year will be better. Already I've completed and submitted one story, which leaves me 11 more to go.

Resume my involvement in writer groups. Without realizing I did it, I withdrew from participating in writers groups last year. I want to get back involved.

Read at least one book I've never read before every month. I haven't been reading much, either. I read novels with my kids at bedtime (currently Warrior Cats and Doug Adams), but I don't read much for myself. In a first step toward fixing this, I'm currently reading "The Book of Dust," by Philip Pullman.

Take care of myself. I haven't done a great job of this lately. I haven't been eating well or exercising. I've been neglecting some basics like getting my hair cut (haven't done that since last winter) and buying new clothes. I take care of everyone in my family except me. This is a chronic problem. If one of my kids develops a cough that won't quit, I take them to the doctor; if I develop a similar cough, I tell myself it'll go away on its own. Why do I neglect myself? I don't know. But it needs to stop.

That's it for now. That's plenty for any one person.

One last unrelated comment: To those who posted comments on this blog or in other places tell me you enjoyed my Joe Ledger story, thank you. It means a lot to me.