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!
While you’re there, consider signing up for their mailing list or becoming a patron. They’ve done well by me over the years and deserve the support.
My flash piece about one of the many dangers of workplace romance is now available over at A Thousand Faces.
You’re going to need a hardhat.
Let me know what you think!
I have also written a Christmas story. If all goes well, you may be able to read it in a few weeks. If not, I’ll have to hang on to it and try to sell it next year, since I didn’t write it until yesterday. Christmas holiday themed things have a rather narrow window of only about half a year, you know.
This day in history, 1863:
President Abraham Lincoln and his crack special forces team battle the Confedabot, a twenty-foot-tall doomsday machine. Lincoln himself delivers the killing blow to Florida Senator Augustus Maxwell, who had been controlling the Confedabot via psychic broadcasts. Ten miles away, the Gettysburg address is delivered by a projectogram hidden in Ward Hill Lamon’s hat.
Don’t blame me, blame your textbooks.
Erin has a new story up over at Every Day Fiction. It went up on the 4th, and is about the failings of democracy! Check it out.
And in honor of yesterday, happy birthday you poor, deluded, doomed nation.
I almost forgot, but the writing group is doing our annual Story Every Day contest this month. For the next couple of weeks we’ll be churning out a short story every single day. It is crazy!
Thanks to some forgetfulness and a minor communications snafu, we’re actually starting today instead of yesterday like we’d originally intended. But no biggie. So I’ll be trying to post excerpts of my attempts each day.
This is a little of what I wrote last night at the write-in to kick things off. I thought this might serve as a good companion piece to a story I’ll have appearing in A Thousand Faces later this year.
Continue reading Story-a-day Day 0