Help ToC…

April 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm (Acceptances, The Final Quarter, Writing)

The table of contents (author names, anyway) for the Help anthology has been announced. Even the dense blockhead that I am, I recognize some of the bigger names on this list. Kind of cool to be in the same company:

Gary Braunbeck
Douglas E. Wright
Stephen Mark Rainey
Brian Knight
Eric Enck
Joseph Mcgee
Benjamin Bussey
JG Faherty
Brian Youndt
Cassandra Lee
Garry Charles
Tim Deal
Sheryl Nantus
Sara Creasy
D.W. Green
Michael R. Colangelo
J. Travis Grundon
Mark Tullius
Steve Dean
Jimmy Gillentine & Donnete Smith
Marie Pacha
Alice Loweecey
Dave Rex
Randy Chandler
Sally Quilford
Monica J Orourke
John Grover
Michael A. Beoudry
Mari Adkins
Gustavo Bondoni
Kevin Macleod
Martin Owton
Jeremy Zoss
Colin Harvey
Catherine J. Gardner
David Mohan
Marcie Lynn Choff
Eric Christ
Ken Goldman
Lisa Morton
Guy Anthony De Marco
William Blake Vogel III
William Bulen
Helen Taylor
Karen L Newman
Jenny Orosel
Jeff Parish
G. George Taylor
Christopher Treaugus
Lisa Cavalear
A J Brown
Jill Elaine Hughes
Matthew Pierce
Rick Taubod
Christopher Conlon
Darrel Joyce
Terrie Leigh Relf
Dominic McDonagh
Mellisa Mead
Paul Freeman
Aaron Gudmunson
Kevin L Obrien
Natalie L. Sin
Peadar O Guilan
Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Boss
Ellen Meister
Eric Smetana
R. Scott McCoy


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A helpful acceptance…

March 27, 2008 at 1:24 am (Acceptances, Submissions, The Final Quarter, Writing)

Just got word that my story “The Final Quarter” has been accepted for the anthology Help, an anthology being put together and sold to help Predators and Editors in the lawsuit filed by PublishAmerica (PA apparently didn’t like the fact that P&E warns writers against the fee-charging publisher and includes several examples of problems writers have had with them). The story is the basis for my novel of the same name (and largely the first chapter).


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Accepted and rejected…

March 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm (Acceptances, Rejections, Writing)

Had two responses this weekend. The first was from Weird Tales rejecting “Old Nag.” It was a  nice enough rejection, one of those “not quite what I’m looking for but feel free to send us more” notes – probably form, but still something you like to hear. 🙂

The other was an acceptance of sorts. This was for the AnthologyBuilder site with “First Night in Jennings Grove.” In case you haven’t heard of it, this is an interesting project that allows visitors to create their own story collections from a database. So the acceptance doesn’t necessarily guarentee publication, but it’s still someone saying “Yeah, I’ll take it!”

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Don’t forget to be silly…

March 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm (Acceptances, Published, Writing)

Strange Worlds of Lunacy: The Galaxy’s Silliest Anthology goes on sale soon. I’ve got two pieces in this one, a flash fantasy called “A Royal Pain” and a micro fantasy called “Getting Lucky.” They’ll start taking orders soon, and it’s expected to ship next month.

 Here’s the cover:


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Bad dreams can be good…

March 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm (Acceptances, Writing)

Got an acceptance this morning from In Bad Dreams Volume Two: Where Death Stalks for “…Hitman.” I wasn’t expecting a decision for a few more weeks, so they must have liked it. Yay! 🙂

Here’s what the editor had to say:

Of course we want Hitman, how could we not? It gives us a great villain, a great supernatural tome and ups the action a tad after we’ve got all dark and bleak.

It’s taken some time for this one to see the light of day. I originally wrote it for Machine of Death. After that rejection, I rewrote it for Bound for Evil. I liked the evil book idea so much I kept it when I shopped it around elsewhere. Had Dreams rejected, I was thinking about going back to the original and subbing it to Apex Digest.

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Well, now…

February 26, 2008 at 11:36 pm (Acceptances, Writing)

After my last post about rejections, I just got an acceptance! “Thinking Small” is scheduled to appear in Flashing Swords next February. Fairies can be a hard sell in fantasy, but I’m rather proud of this one.

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I’m silly!

January 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm (Acceptances, Writing)


Or so they tell me. This nifty little illustration came down from the team putting together a silly fantasy and sci-fi anthology, which will feature my flash piece “A Royal Pain” and a micro called “Getting Lucky.” There’s still time to submit, and I encourage anyone interested to do so. Details may be found here…

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Cheese graters, peelers and mixers! Oh, my!

January 10, 2008 at 1:36 pm (Acceptances, Published, Writing)

I’ve had a second acceptance for the anthology Slice, this one a gruesome little tale called “A Little Help in the Kitchen.” This is one of those stories that kind of makes me worry about myself. Keep in mind this is a splatterpunk collection, look at the title of this post and you might get an idea of the things that get done to the poor guy.

In other news, I’ve just learned “A Slice of Vengeance” has been selected for Gryphonwood’s 2007 Best Of anthology!

That’s three acceptances in a row…I’m probably due for like 15 rejections all at once now.

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Short, silly, to the point!

January 9, 2008 at 4:22 am (Acceptances, Writing)

And accepted!

“A Royal Pain” has been accepted for inclusion in a silly fantasy themed anthology by Residential Aliens. This is my second flash acceptance (the other was “Getting Lucky” in 55 Words, also a silly fantasy).

 I’m actually quite excited about this one. This is the kind of tale I enjoy (things like Pratchett or perhaps Xanth). And the good news is they’re still looking for submissions!

Here’s the guidelines:

  • What: Silly Fantasy Anthology
  • Word Count limit: 100 to 3000 words.
  • When: Submissions open December 1, 2007 and run till March 1, 2008
  • Where: Submit stories to
  • How: RTF or Word Doc attachment, Type “SUB [Title]” in the subject line.
  • Who’s behind this: Crystalwizard & ResAliens (Sponsoring Zine: Residential Aliens – )
  • Payment: 1 copy of the anthology for free. (Contributing authors can get more copies for the cost of printing and shipping)
  • What do we mean by silly fantasy? You silly person, have you never watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Make us fall off the chair and roll around on the floor, laughing.
  • Target audience age: 14 and up
  • Keep it PG 13 or cleaner
  • Stories, bad puns and other sorts of silliness will be happily considered.

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My first reprint!

January 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm (Acceptances, Writing)

“A Slice of Vengeance” will see life in printed form in the anthology Slice, a collection of splatterpunk stories.

I know it’s not much of a “complete story,” but I’ve always liked this little tale. I can be quite inventive when I try, even if it is of a gruesome variety.

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