Old pals Every Day Fiction have had a rough go of it this year, with server crashes and a site redesign and new submission system that they’re putting through the paces. They’ve relaunched today, starting with a new story of mine, Interrogation Cupcakes. It’s mostly about the ways we talk to kids in times of distress. I see in the comments some people are already missing the point, and it’s barely noon. Good old internet.
Also, cops are awful. That seems timely for some reason.
Wrap your year up in style with my new story, Terra Nullius! Will the people of ∞ null +1 save the unsuspecting citizens of today? Find out inside!
It’s been a crazy couple of months for the folks over at Every Day Fiction, with their server and website crashing. I was invited to write a story for them as they scrambled to put together a month of stories to close out the year.
I’m rather fond of this one, and I think it represents something I’ve been seeking out for a little while now: a voice. I’ve been struggling to come up with a reason to write, since straight white dudes aren’t exactly rare in the marketplace, and I think this story sort of puts me on a path of finding things to say while being fun at the same time. Hope you guys like it.
It’s another reprint Thursday!
This was another 10Flash story, this one from October 2009. The theme for this was “two men running from a bank robbery” or something like that, I forget exactly. I remember I botched it a little by having a man and a woman, but KC still kindly accepted it and helped me revise it a little. I’m still not totally sure if the time jumps worked properly, and it’s probably darker than what she wanted, but I think it’s a solid story. Maybe I was reading a lot of Ed Brubaker crime stuff at the time?
Continue reading Stragglers
This is a story that was published originally by the most excellent K.C. Ball waaay back in 2009. It was the premier issue of 10Flash Quarterly, an excellent but sadly short-lived venue for themed flash fiction. The theme for the premier was “librarian on vacation in a foreign land.” Being invited to write for it was one of the cooler moments of my writing life.
The story was inspired, if I recall correctly, primarily by the very real Church of St. Anne, a clock tower with four clock faces, each of which is slightly off from the others.
Reprints are a tough sell and I haven’t had much luck with it, so it’s just sitting in my Dropbox gathering dust. I thought I’d reprint it here for your amusement. I have one more from 10Flash that I’ll post next week.
Continue reading Four Liars
The good folks over at StarShipSofa have seen fit to produce Iron Privateers for their podcast, and it’s out! You can listen to it here, or find it on iTunes if you like.
This is a pretty incredible honor. These guys won a Hugo a few years ago and a perusal of their archives reveals stories from guys like Michael Moorcock, China Mieville, Gene Wolfe, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Niel Gaiman. So, yeah, pretty cool.
The story is read by Anne-Marie Czajkowski, who brings a whole new level of class to this story and just absolutely nails it. Even if you read the story already, I suggest checking it out, it makes for pretty exciting audio.
Every Day Fiction has kindly published a new flash piece of mine, Iron Privateers. Go read! Rate! Comment!
Do you like explosions? Robots? Robot pirates? The creeping sense that you are an insignificant part of a system that routinely exploits you and your talents against a metric that values you not by your intrinsic worth as a person but by how much wealth you bring in to people who already have vastly more than you will ever have? Then this one might be for you!
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Mercier’s Flight is out! The story I wrote as a Christmas exchange for writer’s group comrade Erin is available for purchase now over at Big Pulp, in Child of Words Issue 2. You can get an ebook version over at Amazon pretty cheaply. You can preview the issue and read a portion of my story for free – but not the end! You have to read to the end!
This story spent a while earning an honorable mention over at the Writers of the Future. If you like the idea of dragons stalking the machine gun-riddled trenches of France during the Great War, it might be a thing you like.
I’d totally forgotten, but I actually wrote a good chunk of another story set in the same world. I’ll have to see if I can find that file and investigate whether there’s anything there worth expanding and exploring.
A bit of the old non-genre today! You should head over to Every Day Fiction for an excellent reading of “Monologues” by the (still) incomparable Folly Blaine. (It is entirely possible that I just copy-pasted my last post and changed up the links.) Previous link with a little behind-the-scenes if you missed it before.
I was worried this one wouldn’t work well in audio, but Folly pulls it off, as per standard operating procedure. Any flaws in the work are my own.
Side note: hearing your story read aloud, even by someone else, is exactly like hearing your own voice on an answering machine and is super weird and mildly embarrassing.
In other news – we are about a month or so out from the publication of the next volume of Big Pulp, in which my “Mercier’s Flight” will appear. I’m excited!
Also, I have…I think two stories out looking for homes right now. Hope to have more good news for you guys soon.
Also you should go see Guardians of the Galaxy because it’s great.
That is all.
No yeah, that’s it.
Wait, oh! I’ve started using Scrivener lately, as a replacement for Word, and it is pretty damned sweet. It is entirely possible that I have put together a project labeled “Chaykin – novel”.
I have been listening to a lot of Sparks Nevada lately (my wife suggested that Thrilling Adventure Hour is like Prairie Home Companion for nerds and I’ve never been so insulted in my life).
So if you like putting things into your ears, as all right-thinking citizens do, you should head over to Every Day Fiction for an excellent reading of “The Fimbulvinter Revolt” by the incomparable Folly Blaine. This one is a couple years old now, so this is a good chance to check it out if you missed it before.
Trivia on this story: this was the last story I wrote before my daughter was born, just a couple weeks prior, written as a story I put into our Christmas cards that year (because obviously I wasn’t busy enough with a baby about to be born). Later (much later, because I had to wait for the season to roll around again), I polished it a bit and sent it in for publication. It’s a fun story, and one that marks the beginning of my somewhat more radical political storytelling voice that would continue in stories like “It Could Be Us” and “For the Empire.”
My latest flash fiction story, “For the Empire” is live over at Every Day Fiction. I’m quite happy with how this one turned out. It is perhaps a not-entirely-kind examination of the lies we tell ourselves to go to war.
So go read it! Rate! Let us know what you think.
And don’t feel too bad. It’s not your fault.