I have a short story out in Youth Imagination Magazine
, issue 39. It's free to read online. It's awesome to be able to post about a new publication after a long break from submitting (late last year I needed to step back from the serious bizniz of it all). I'm also thrilled that one of my stories is in such great hands!Title: The Machinists' BoyAuthor:
Jennifer K. OliverWord Count:
4,200 words. Summary:
YA science fiction horror. Two young boys crash land on a wasteland planet, only to find they are not alone.
Many moons ago I workshopped this story at two venues: Storyslingers
writing group and The OWW
. Thank you to everyone who provided critiques of earlier drafts. They were all extremely helpful.
It's been a while since I've been able to share some good news here, but my short dark fantasy / horror story "Shuffle" has just been published at the wonderful Kaleidotrope
magazine in their summer 2015 issue! I am beyond thrilled. The story is available online for free here:Title:
Jennifer K. OliverWord Count:
Post-apocalyptic story about a dead thing reclaiming its life and realising perhaps death is better.
There were a lot of incredibly helpful reviews of this story on the Online Writing Workshop and from Storyslingers writing group. Thank you to those who took the time to read and comment. And as always thank you to Yvonne Anisimowicz for the multiple beta reads. :)
Really excited to announce I've sold a short story to Kaleidotrope
magazine, to be published in 2015. Next year sounds a long way off, but we're almost in June already, which is crazy! The story is called Shuffle
and is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy. I will update again when it's live. For now, here is an excerpt:
I think my name might be Sarauugh. At least that's how it sounds when I pull it up through frayed vocal cords. But I've also been Joe, followed briefly by Amelia. I was an echo of Dumaka, and for a few moments I was Frederick. And once, I was Mei for an entire morning.
I also posted a new article to getyourwordsout
about character naming. The community is locked to non-members, but I put the article up on the Storyslingers blog as well, available here: Choosing Character Names - Fun, or a Total Nightmare?
Guitaring goes well! Me and my friend Becky Bye
have been getting together regularly to jam, and we're currently working our way through blues scales, as well as putting together chords to make our own little tunes. My fingers are delightfully callused and switching chords has become way easier now I'm back in the groove. I don't know if I mentioned before, but I picked up an Ibanez Talman TCM50 semi-acoustic
not long ago. It is a glorious thing. Beautiful, crisp sound, and a small body so it's easy for me to play.
Related, I recently saw this video of Jimmy Page playing an electric guitar using a violin bow
. Very cool. The first few minutes are haunting.
So yes, things are happening! I have a couple more podcast recommendations lined up, which I'll post soon, and I still want to put up my (much briefer than last year) write-up of the Sci-Fi Weekender 2014.
♫ The Fun Lovin' Criminal
, by Fun Lovin' Criminals.
I hope everyone had a most excellent New Year! Can you believe it's 2013? Gosh. Last year was pretty good, though there were a few family trials towards the end that caused a fair amount of stress, particularly for my parents (nothing dire, more of a "black sheep" issue with my half-brother). I find it hard not to absorb the stress of those around me, and there were many days of frustration in Nov and Dec.
To balance out the negativity, my good friend (and regular beta reader) Dabs came to stay for four days after Christmas, which took care of any post-Xmas lethargy. It was so great having her here and I really miss my houseguest. Roll on 2014 when she might return to the UK!
Positive writing-related news: The zombie story I mentioned a few weeks ago was just picked as Editor's Choice at the Online Writing Workshop for February's newsletter. As before, this both thrills and terrifies me. The story is currently out on submission and I know I won't be able to adjust anything for the market that has it right now, which is a shame as they're a really good market. But it's OK—getting feedback from a pro writer on a story at any stage is wonderful, and if this market rejects it, I'll have another critique to help weed out the weaknesses.
There's also a shoe-centric blog post coming soon (can you guess where my Xmas money went?). It's been ages since I've mooned over footwear here on LJ and I miss the shoesquee.
And I know I mentioned this already, but since it was on a busy holiday day I figure another link won't hurt. I sold one of my micro fictions to Nanoism: The Clockmaker's Heart
. A tiny and bittersweet steampunky piece.
♫ Be My Animal
, by The Good Natured.
In November I passed my getyourwordsout
challenge of 150,000 words during 2012, so December is really just extra as far as my target is concerned. Hooray! I'm glad I didn't choose 200k, though—there were a couple of months where I got very little new writing done. I may go for 200k next year, if I'm feeling frisky at sign up time.
I've also been micro-ficcing again, and I have a short ghost story up at 50-Word Stories: "The Thinning
Speaking of short-short fiction, there's this cool website TypeTrigger
that offers an instant form of flash fiction. Using the text box at the top of the page and the trigger word or phrase, you type up to 300 words of a story or poem, and hit publish. You can also search through the triggers
to find things to read. This is such an awesome idea! I wish there was a speculative fiction version.
And I really want to write a blog post about EXO
, that Korean/Chinese boyband I (very briefly) mentioned a couple of months ago. Remember I said I was trying to resist them? Yeah. I failed. :/ But it's going to take me a while to put it all together. Still, expect that at some point (you could consider this a warning, perhaps…)
♫ One Way or Another
, by Blondie.
A small blog about a very small story. My latest micro-fic has gone live @onefortyfiction
. You can read it and post comments (if you like) here:
" - light-hearted sci-fi, general audience.
I'm so impressed with the rapid turn-around with this one. I submitted it late last night, and got the acceptance this morning. One Forty Fiction's editor must have super powers!
I don't know where my mind was last month—in the clouds, maybe, or simply buried in novel and offline stuffs and things. Anyway, I forgot to mention that I had a piece of micro-fiction published in 5x5 Fiction
Issue 4, which was themed 'smoke'. My piece can be found within the issue .pdf:
," PG. 25 words of angsty speculative fiction.
I also want to mention how cool the idea behind 5x5 Fiction is. From their website:
Complete stories (not rantings or poems) must be exactly 25 words long, told in exactly 5 sentences, with each sentence comprised of exactly 5 words.
Much like the Twitter-based magazines, it's a fun challenge coming up with something readable in so few words, but if the Twitter stories are just too short for you, this one might be a better option. I'd also highly recommend reading the other issues, as they're all reasonably short and easy to gobble up, plus they're full of imaginative stories and concepts from a variety of genres.
A couple of months ago I mentioned a short piece of mine being accepted by the fabulous Jersey Devil Press. Well, yesterday it was published on their site in Issue 27! You can read the story for free here: "Death Car Alley
It's a 3,900 word dark, urban fantasy with hints of a monster-apocalypse and a dash of tongue-in-cheek. You can also download a .pdf of the full issue here
, which I recommend because then you'll be able to read all the stories from issue 27.
I also want to say a massive thank you to Yvonne Anisimowicz and Dabs Lyons for their superb beta reading. ♥
Gosh, it's so nice to finally have something to share!
Another small update to mention my second Twitter story has gone live the fabulous @trapezemag
," sort of a tongue-in-cheek thriller (sometimes it's difficult categorizing my stories). I hope it entertains, even if it is a bit morbid!
I haven't had much chance to submit other Twitter stories lately, as I've been working on a few web designs and tending to a couple of longer fics. It sounds easy enough to write something good in 140 characters or less, but it takes a great deal of care and thought to pull it off and make it worth reading. Hopefully my little offerings aren't too dire! I'm going to keep practising with them when I have the time.
ETA: I'm trying to backdate these posts, but they seem to be showing up on my f-list right now anyway. Apologies if you just got 4 posts in a row from me! I'm done now, I promise. :)