Writing a story is only half the battle…submitting it is another thing all together…and I think half the fun of writing. Having your story published gives credence to all your hard work, its a pat on the back and why not, its evidence your writing is on the right track, its another notch on your Bio which may help you get that book published and perhaps most importantly of all, it give your story an audience. Personally, I cant think of anything worse than to have a story, with its ideas and characters, languishing in the bottom of a draw or lost somewhere on a hard drive…stories LIVE in the imagination of readers.
Another important aspect of the submission process is that it tightens everything up. There is no point submitting a story to a competition or magazine if things are misspell or badly punctuated. Eg, Does that question mark in dialogue, go inside the inverted commas? When all is checked and the print out is in my hand…thats when the Story feels complete, done and dusted, and I can move on to something else. Of coerce, you can do your level best and still get Rejected. Been there done that. But thast juts part of the process. It makes acceptance all the sweeter.
Anyway thats where I am now. Ive written a few stories since my last was published and currently waiting on 2 submissions. And thats the fun part…will I or wont I get accepted? Bit like Lotto. I’ll let you know…
A Chip on Time was recently published in AntipodeanSF, here it is on the AntiSF Radio Show, read by yours truly. Listen here.
The narration of this story led onto me being invited to join the Narration team on the Radio Show…so my Dulcet tones will now echo across the Web reading other peoples work as well…Too Cool(:
Revenge is a little Sconce Fiction story done up as a 1950s style Radio play. Think X-1 or Dimension X and you’ll know what I mean. It was allot of work for a 4 min piece of audio but allot of fun! Have a listen here.
Wondrous things is a Flash Si-Fi, published in Quantum Muse in late March of 2017. This story went through a number of rewrites, and almost went in the bin, before it finally “worked” . There were ideas in this story I thought worth the telling, so I stuck with it, and learned allot about POV, or Point of view in terms of the character. Glad I did because Ive had a fair bit of feedback on this one…thought provoking…for the most part. And aint that the beauty of writing, when you can take the reader beyond the story? Now I sound all highfalutin (:
You can read the story at: http://www.quantummuse.com/flashview.php?RecID=517
A “Chip in Time” is a new Flash SF story that will appear in the April edition of Antipodean SF online mag and the subsequent Radio Show hosted by the mags editor Ion. Its interesting to note that it can take some time between submitting a story and actual publication. “Moonlight Serenade” for example was “under consideration” for 3 months before it appeared in Quantum Muse for only 1 week. This latest story took 2 months before Ion had a chance to consider it and accept it for publication in April, a total of 6 months!
“Moonlight Serenade” was published in the November 2016 issue of Quantum Muse. This happened while I was away on a trip so had a pleasant surprise when I got home and checked my email. This started out as a writing exercise through my local writers group, “Write something about the Moon.”
“I bet yours will be Science Fiction,” someone remarked to me jokingly, and that got me thinking…maybe not.
If you like the story please listen to the track mentioned near the end. To me, the “feel” of the music says it all for that last paragraph…sent shivers up my spine when I heard it while thinking about the story.
You can read the story here: http://www.quantummuse.com/flashview.php?RecID=499
Black Dog is what you might call a Poem with Pictures I did for the “Brushed with Life” exhibition held in Taree, NSW, in Oct 2016. When I get it back I will put up some aspects of the work here…