Tag: Science Fiction

Galaxy’s Edge Stories Now Available

 

I’ve got two short stories out this summer in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine. The latest, As Sunlight Grabs Me, is available to read for free through October on their website. Or you can go to Amazon to purchase a copy. Each issue is full of some awesome spec fiction stories. I hope you enjoy!

  • As Sunlight Grabs Me–Galaxy’s Edge Magazine Issue 28: September 2017

Issue 28

 

  • Termination Pending–Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 27, July 2017

Issue 27

 

Cover Courtesy of Arc Manor Publishing, ©2017

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A Lone Star in the Sky

 

 

 

Some of my local Texas writer friends have put out an awesome spec fiction anthology, A Lone Star in the Sky. I’m honored to be included with so many great writers in this collection of award-winning stories. You can check out my award-winning story, Ghosts to My Fingertips.

Also included in the anthology are stories by Nebula Award Nominees Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Jake Kerr, as well as this year’s Nebula Award Winning novelette, The Long Fall Up by William Ledbetter. Other fantastic authors include Melanie Fletcher, J. Kathleen Cheney, Michelle Muenzler, Rook Riley, Gloria Oliver, and C.A. Rose.

All online proceeds through 9/30 will be donated to various charities for aiding those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

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Skinners is up on Perihelion

Read more of my latest short story on Perihelion SF Magazine for free here: Skinners

Exiled from the old world. Set apart because they were different. The Mechanized humans were created to be the ultimate soldiers. They’ve started a new life, free from war.

Until the makers return.

They are known as Skinners.

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Writing News

This fall has been a blast in the writing world. I blogged earlier about the Writers of the Future Finalist short story, but I also have another short story that earned Silver Honorable Mention in the 3rd Quarter Contest! That means it made the top 50 of those entered. I’m thrilled with that! And of course, I’m anxiously anticipating the results for the new quarter. Fingers crossed!

In September, I had an awesome weekend teaching at the Roanoke Writer’s Conference. Meeting new writers–both aspiring and published–is always my favorite part of conferences. And hanging out with old writing friends as well. The best part was hearing some of the participants in my scene building workshop tell me they were inspired and had new ideas to add to their novels. 🙂 Thanks to the Roanoke Library and all those who made this event possible. Looking forward to next year!

So, now, I’m busily writing and submitting more short stories, as well as finishing up the rewrite of my WIP novel, #FeedWar. My goal is to finish that project over NaNoWriMo rather than start a new one. If you don’t hear from me much in November, don’t worry…I’m a writer lost in a story world. 🙂

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Writers of the Future Finalist!!

5953918Back in March of this year, I submitted a short story to the Writers of the Future Contest. It was my second time to enter–the first was a pretty swift rejection, which I expected. Kind of the story of  a writer’s life, right? I kept waiting for the bad news to come, but my inbox was largely silent other than the email updates about other contest quarter info or events going on. I finally received an email in June that my story had yet to be judged, but should be soon…

Another couple of months passed, and no word. Now I’m not the kind of person that enjoys suspense in my own life, although I write those kind of stories. I can rarely keep Christmas or birthday presents secret (my family teases me all the time about that!). And I hate it when my husband tells me he knows what he’s going to get me three months ahead of time (I think he does that just to mess with me sometimes).

So I tried to forget about it, and just assume the contest was running slow, and my rejection was in the queue.

At the beginning of August, I got an call from Unknown that went to voicemail. I didn’t hear my phone ring, but heard the beep about an hour later. It was a message from Joni Labaqui from Writers of the Future asking me to give her a call back. Wow, I was stunned! I called her back, and she gave me the good news–I was a finalist for the second quarter!! After many happy jumps, I sent a few excited emails to family and friends. Then more waiting as my story was being passed up to the next round of judges.

Waiting.

More waiting.

This is worse than Christmas waiting.

All the waiting stuff I’m awful at. But, really the wait wasn’t that long (though it seemed that way as I was dying to know results). About a week later, the second Unknown call came. Alas, I was not a winner this time, but at least I knew my fate. (Breath normal again.) And now I can say, I’m a Writers of the Future Finalist! How cool is that? And I’m still entering new stories and trying again. 🙂 So fingers crossed!

The Q2 announcement is up on the WOTF blog now, so I thought I’d share my journey thus far. Thousands enter each year. My short story was in the top eight for the quarter. Of course, I wish all the winners congrats!! And hopefully, I’ll be able to find this story a good home so I can share it with you all soon!

Photo Courtesy Writers of the Future

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