My short story, Who Ya Living? is live at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. An absolutely amazing feeling! This is my first professional publication and the first that has graphics! Like, they made a picture and put it with my story! How cool is that? Getting something published by a magazine like Fantastic Stories is just incredible and is a serious boost to morale. There’s many dark days and nights as a new writer and having cracked a market this big provides a much needed source of light to the end of the tunnel. I’m fired up to dig into existing projects and even write something new!
Link to my short story: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/who-ya-living/
In 2015, I sent out just about 285 submissions to various magazines in the hopes of being a published writer. I had four pieces accepted. Not exactly stellar results. The most gut wrenching, soul crushing, dream eating feeling I have ever felt happened in 2015 when one of my stories was short listed by Daily Science Fiction only to have DSF send me, about 50 days later, a form rejection. Rough.
I bring this up for two reasons. First, days after getting a “maybe” later from a very big professional paying market(not DSF), followed quickly by a rejection, I sent out that same short story and it was accepted by Typehouse Literary Magazine in Portland, Oregon (love that town!). So happy dance for the acceptance!
And secondly, if you happen upon this page, finding yourself down in the dumps after receiving your 281st rejection letter, then I say to you, have hope, keep your head down, write your ass off, and never stop, because response 282 might just be an very good email to receive.
Have had some great news in the last few weeks. I’ve had work accepted in both Stupefying Stories and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination! That is just amazing and I am floating on cloud nine. Also have more incredible news coming down the pipe but can’t talk about it just yet. It’s super cool, like super duper cool, like so cool it’s actually – hot. Whoa. Ok, enough of the sillies, just really excited to have my stories in two incredibly cool magazines!
So I was looking at the blog and realized how stark and boring it is. I flipped over to Wiki Commons and looked for some old photos to throw up. Turns out all the old covers for Amazing Stories are in the public domain. I think they are all awesome and have inspired generations of future science fiction fans.
The one currently set as the background of the blog is from here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2605_Amazing_Stories_May_1926.jpg
It was created by Frank R. Paul, a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
One of my short stories has been accepted and published at Fiction on the Web. Very excited to see another story out there for the world to read. And of course, terrified that another story is out there for the world to read. That is to say, terrified in a very good way. Much thanks to the editors and staff at Fiction on the web. The story, End of Their Ways, is about disastrous consequences of seemingly innocent actions.
Link to my story on Fiction on the Web