Upcoming release: Reversal.

Well, the good news just rolled in!

Recall yesterday, in this article, where I mentioned that I had two pieces of flash fiction out for submission? Well, an hour after I wrote that article, I got word back on one of them. My first story in flash fiction, titled “Reversal”, has just been accepted for publication by Fireside Magazine.

Fireside has been known to attract a high caliber of writers, including Tobias Buckell, Chuck Wendig, Kat Howard, and Stephen Blackmoore amongst many others. Writers who’s actual job isn’t spent at some other building that’s two bad commutes away from home, but actually write fiction for a living.

Needless to say, knowing that my work has been accepted by a publication who deals with such writers is beyond simply being mind-blowing. I am quite humbled and honored to be a part of this effort, and am definitely looking forward to seeing what comes of this great event.

So, what is “Reversal” you ask?

Besides being the first piece of flash fiction that I’ve written, it is a piece of contemporary fantasy that is a spin on the idea of second chances.

Unfortunately, due to the size (or lack thereof) of the story, I can’t really disclose much more on the piece without ruining it. What I can say is that I am proud of the piece that resulted from the work that went into it, and I hope that you all enjoy it when it releases.

Brian, the editor in chief for Fireside, will be putting together the schedule for the issue in the weeks coming up. Until that gets taken care of, the publication date is still to be planned. Trust me when I say, however, that as soon as a date is finalized and disclosed, I’ll be shouting it from the hilltops. You know, what hilltops I actually got around these parts.

New release: When Death Comes.

Today we welcome a new member to the “published” family. This newcomer is titled When Death Comes, a Paranormal Fantasy. It has officially released with eFiction Magazine‘s  March issue.

A story about a man living up to the consequences of his life and his actions therein, it brings me great pleasure to see it become my third published piece (not counting the two free pieces on my website). In a way, I figured I’d never see this piece actually make its way to market.

I’m all too glad to be wrong.

As I mentioned in this prior article, this story had a bit of a troublesome streak to it. It was my first piece to ever earn me not only a rejection, but actually two separate denials. With those rejections in hand, along with dealing with NaNoWriMo at the time, I wondered if anyone would pick it up at all. Luckily enough, eFiction did.

So yes, by this point, the Kindle copies of the March issue should be up and ready for your download an enjoyment. The eFiction website has yet to explicitly list the March issue, but they should be up shortly.

I hope you all enjoy the story. As always, feel free to let me know what you think of it. Until then, however, it’s back to the grind.

Upcoming release: When Death Comes.

A story of mine that I’d written awhile back, When Death Comes, was originally rejected by Fireside Magazine. I’d written it, initially, just for them and it was meant to fit into their guidelines.

Now, Fireside only had a couple of slots for their seldom released issues, and they had an absolute ton of people apply for those spots. With their previous line-up including such names as Neil Gaiman and Chuck Wendig, however, I knew I was throwing myself to pure-blooded wolves.

It was, however, my first actual form rejection. While I had braced for rejections before, it hit me in a different way than I had expected. Instead of the gut-wrenching “I am a miserable sack of crap that shouldn’t bother writing” idea, it subtly made me slow down on sending out other material or even opening Scrivener. It was slow, it was subtle, and it was toxic.

After I got that first rejection, I looked at this story and it made me second guess the whole thing. “This story is just … too much of a sharp turn,” I remember thinking. I thought it would be impossible to have someone pick it up.

So then I sent it out to another magazine, Petrichor Machine. It took a couple months, but I was finally handed a personal rejection there. While I took comfort in that it was personalized, it was still a rejection none the less.

After that, the feelings from earlier had been renewed. Again I found myself staring at the story, wondering just what in the hell I’d actually bothered to write, to create.

Then, come January, I found myself getting back into my writing circles. That isn’t to say I found myself leaving a reclusive lifestyle, since this hobby of mine lends itself to the reclusive attention-whores like myself. Either way, I found myself chatting with Doug Lance, Editor in Chief with eFiction Magazine. We talked and bantered, then I remembered I hadn’t sent him anything in awhile.

Resolving that I needed to get something out, I took another look at When Death Comes. I liked what I had, even if I knew it was a bit different towards the end. Call it creator’s bias or what have you, but I decided I’d send it to Doug and see if he could make something of it.

It was at the tail-end of January that I sent him the story. On Friday, 2/22/13, I signed the contract with eFiction for them to pick the story up for their March 1st issue. I haven’t heard explicitly why they chose to pick it up, but I can only imagine if they’d seen the same thing in the story that I did when I wrote it.

So yes, Ladies and Gents, When Death Comes will reside in the March 1st issue of eFiction Magazine. If you want to have a read at it, you’ll be able to pick up a copy this Friday (the 1st) from their website, Amazone, Barnes & Noble, ect.

The story itself is about a man waiting to have a face-off with three other partner’s in crime, but recounting his actions that led him there to a strange woman who shows up at his doorstep. I tried to drop a few hints and allusions to what comes later in the story, including using one character’s name as an anagram, so keep your eye open.

Until the release, and for some time afterward, I get to contemplate how my seeming failure has turned into another success. For the immediate and foreseeable future, however, it’s back to work on a mixture of Under a Falling Sky and Blood in the Machine.

What the hell is wrong with me, and how come nothing seems to stay a failure?

Beta read is now live.

Yup, that’s right, the beta version of Blood in the Machine – formerly (R)Evolution / Building a Better You – is live. I’ve got two beta readers going over the story, hopefully giving up some proper feedback that I can try and design the story and any revision around.

So, how long will it be before you can get your mittens on it? It’ll actually be awhile, since it’ll be sent out for editing once the beta read is over. The beta, as well, will last awhile so the readers will have some time to read, process, and give their thoughts on it.

So what will I do in the meantime?

Well, I had this little thought sneak up on me a couple nights ago regarding Under a Falling Sky. It was about Ashayl, one of my two protagonists, and a single tweak I could make. This single tweak, however, would completely rip up and rework how the entire world of that story functions.

I’m liking the changes I see as well, it’s just that I need to sit down and realize the scope of such a change. It’d also demand a rewrite of the story, something I knew I’d need to do anyway. Before I do anything rash, however, I’ll be brainstorming and outlining how this could all work out.

This is one of those points where having Mind Mapping software turns out to be very helpful. Oh well, I’ll tend to this all later on tonight and so forth. Until then, peace out.

The end of the weekend.

I am lost, but in a good way.

You know that feeling you get when you wrap up something long, complicated, you have a personal stake in, and you now have that void where there’s nothing until you move on? Yeah, I’m currently relishing that little vacuum at the moment. The reason being, Building a Better You, formerly known as (R)Evolution, is moving out of the “writing” stage and into the “editing” rounds.

I had hoped to have the story wrapped up by Feb 1st, but the more I sat down to write it, the more scenes felt like they needed to be in the story. I had hoped to make it under the 10,000 word mark some apply towards short stories, but it ballooned well past that mark.

I then estimated that it would likely be around 15,000 words, making it one of my first stories to end as a novelette (yes, that actually exists, 7,500-17,500 words).  When I finished the story and completed a couple early edits, it became 14,932 words.

Talk about accurate predictions.

So what’s lying ahead for me at the moment? Well, Under a Falling Sky still needs to be finished. There’s also the fact that I now have two stories in the editing tank (Guns of Asgard and now Building a Better You). I’ve already got editing notes and feedback for GoA, so I’ll likely get to work on editing that puppy, then dealing with the new kid on the block.

Soon enough, however, I’ll need to get a couple beta readers in line to give Building a Better You (the name is still not definitive, not quite sure what to roll with) a read over. I’ve got at least one person lined up, but if anyone wants to volunteer, you know how to reach me by now.

In the meantime, however, I’ve been relishing my weekend by catching up on some TV shows and trying some new ones. I got caught up on Justified, Arrow, Elementary, then started and got caught up on Continuum. I’ve always enjoyed the first three, so that was easy.

Continuum was something that got my eye from a link I saw someone post on Google+. It sounded interesting, so I decided to see if it could step above being just regular ScyFy shovelware. I can safely say that it is rather interesting, cliche in some spots and kind of cheesy in others, but enjoyable. I know I’ll keep my Season Pass running so I can stay current.

This Tuesday, however, I can let the good times roll in gaming. Dead Space 3 hits the market and my copy is already on its way. I’m not a co-op gamer in the slightest – I play games for single-player with extremely few exceptions – but I really, really want to see how they advance the series.

Anyways, off to keep my addled mind busy. I’ll keep y’all informed of what I decide to start working on.