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on: July 15, 2010, 05:15:38 PM
Well, I'll tag along and start a writing progress thread.   ;D

I've had a bit of luck and have gotten a few stories published.  I've sold 4 stories so far, 3 of which are published, 2 of those are available for free.  I've also had a few articles and interviews published by Fantasy Magazine.  Links to which you can find on my bibliography page:
http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?page_id=65

And that biblio page exists on my site, Diabolical Plots, a nonfiction zine providing reviews, interviews, editorials, centered around speculative fiction.  We've had lots of cool guests, including Tad Williams, Orson Scott Card, and our lovely Podcastle editors.  My own production for DP comes in fits and spurts, so there's often gaps in the schedule.  If anyone would like to write a review or an speculative fiction related guest blog, please talk to me.  There's no pay involved, but it can help you get a little exposure--you'll get a bio at the bottom of the article in which you can plug your publications and/or link back to sites of your choice.

As far as new fiction production, my writing rate has slowed down considerably lately.  I think this may be just because I've got so many stories circling the markets that I feel no particular rush to produce more just to thrown them towards the swirling drain.  (yes I'm a little pessimistic at the time of this post, could really use a sale)  In 2010 I've completed quite a few stories, but none have exceeded flash length--which is all well and good, but a lot of markets won't even read flash fiction, so I'd like to broaden it back up again.

I try periodically to finish a novel.  I've actually finished one, the very first fiction I ever wrote, and since then I've moved on to short stories and learned enough to realize how truly low-quality that novel is.  But at the same time, I'm very emotionally attached to the way it is, so even though I see many debilitating problems with it, I don't have the heart to hack it up.  Sooooo I'm trying to get started on a new novel, at the moment I'm thinking it will be a novelization that takes place in the world of my rejected Pseudopod flash contest story Constant Companion.  But I'm stalling out trying to plot it out, so I'm not sure that's going anywhere anytime soon.  It'd be really nice to finish a novel, because I owe editor Moshe Feder a submission (I met him at Minicon here last year), but I know from experience that if I force myself through it the novel will suck when it's done, and I don't want to waste his invitation to submit on something crappy when I know I can do better.




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Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 02:49:52 AM
New info on Bull Spec #3, which my fiction will be in!  EA regulars Lavie Tidhar and Katherine Sparrow have got fiction in there too!
I'm very excited about this.  though Bull Spec is not SFWA-listed yet, they will be if they jump through the proper hoops they will be and then my story will be grandfathered in!

http://bullspec.blogspot.com/2010/06/issue-3-original-fiction-is-set.html



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Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 04:39:38 PM
My story "Turning Back the Clock" is now available in issue #3 of Bull Spec. Not only that, but it's illustrated by Joey Jordan, who did the awesome site art for Diabolical Plots. :)

This one's especially special to me because:
1. It's my first pro-rate sale (though not SFWA listed... yet)
2. It's my first story in a print magazine
3. It's my first illustrated story (and did I mention Joey Jordan? :) )

You can download a PDF for whatever price you want (including zero, though I encourage you to donate if you like the magazine):
http://www.bullspec.com/eorder?item_choice=3

Or you can get the print version here:
http://www.bullspec.com/order?issue_choice=3

Enjoy! And feel free to let me know what you thought of it. :D



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Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 02:14:34 AM
Gratz mate! That's awesome stuff.


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Reply #4 on: February 27, 2011, 04:24:03 AM
For the first time in audio, my story "The Utility of Love" my horror reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is appearing in serialized form on Beam Me Up radio show and podcast out of Rockland Maine. The episode with Part 1 is ready for download now. Voice work by the very talented Mr. Wilson Fowlie, who has done a really great job.  The show's about an hour and besides part 1 of my story it  includes part of a serialization by Nancy Fulda, as well as general topics of science fiction interest:
http://www.beammeuppodcast.com/beam-me-up-250-stories-by-nancy-fulda-david-steffen/

And if you haven't read this story already and are impatient to read the rest you can buy the Shadows of the Emerald City antho with this story as a paperback or an e-book:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Emerald-City-Mark-Onspaugh/dp/0973483717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298771623&sr=8-1

Or as an e-book:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Emerald-City-ebook/dp/B0040SXSGQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1298771623&sr=8-2



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Reply #5 on: April 15, 2011, 11:49:10 PM
Whoo! 
Bull Spec is officially on the SFWA pro markets list now (though their website isn't updated yet).  That means that "Turning Back the Clock" is my first sale of mine to be recognized as professional.  I'm eligible for SFWA associate membership now (though I think I'll wait to try it til I can get full membership), and Codex Writer's Group (which I intend to join ASAP).



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Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011, 02:08:20 PM
My story "Fruitful" now available as part of Digital Science Fiction volume 2 "Therefore I am".  You can get it on Kindle now:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BSYWVO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=zipwage0c-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B005BSYWVO

It'll be available in other formats, including print, later this month.



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Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011, 02:08:58 PM
And, as of this morning, another new story "The Infinite Onion" posted to AE:
http://aescifi.ca/index.php/fiction/35-short-stories/680-the-infinite-onion

It's a quick read and it's free.  Let me know what you think.  :)



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Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011, 02:24:40 PM
Don't mind me, I'm just trying to figure out how to make a hyperlink with a name

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