Two acceptances: Apex Magazine and Scifaikuest

Two pieces of good publishing news this week!

First, Apex Magazine accepted my 5100-word short story, “Lucky Old Sun”. (Yes, the title, and the story, reference the classic song, “That Lucky Old Sun“.) It’s an alt-history tale, set on the eve of a world changing event, and follows a couple of regular people. Not heroes or villains. Not policy makers, generals, or mad scientists. Just a small town, and the family next door.

I couldn’t imagine that story anywhere but Apex.

Publisher Jason Sizemore was running the annual fund drive, and I gave permission for my story to be a reward level in the drive. Meet the goal, and “Lucky Old Sun” would appear in their January 2016 special issue, rather than at the end of the year. And they succeeded! My story will appear in Issue 80, along with a new short story by Chikodili Emelumadu, extra poetry and reprints, and a new novelette by Ursula Vernon, set in the same universe as her Nebula award winning story “Jackalope Wives”!

In other news, I sold three science fiction haiku to Scifaikuest yesterdayOne will appear online; the other two in their May 2016 print issue. They published two by me last year, and I recommend them as a market: they’re one of the few places that actually pays for something as small as haiku.

After a year+ where I only sent out one submission – the poem which just appeared in Star*Line – it feels good to get back on the horse. I’ve got another poem out on submission now, and several stories that are in need of a revision, but just a little one, and then will be sent out.

I have this time. I’m not going to waste it.

 

Haiku for Procrastinators

Without a deadline

Words pile up in advance of

A reason to be.

I always know I

Should be writing. I never

Forget that I’m not.

I think if I wrote

You would see my heart beating

In letters, and love me.

I want to be so

Much more than a person who

Hasn’t yet written.

All of my stories

Are nothing but dreams, without

Words on the page.

All of my dreams are

Stories I haven’t told you

But one day, I will.

Writer Haiku – April 22, 2011

The more I write, the more I want to write. This is something about me that’s always been true, so when I’ve had a writing slump, the best way to pull myself out of it is to write something. Anything. Everyday, if I put words on paper, I will eventually work myself back into the writing projects I really care about. Today was a little slow at work, so I wrote haiku. I don’t mean perfectly traditional Japanese haiku, but the English-style 5/7/5 syllable structure we’re taught in middle school.

For you, some haiku:

day breaks through long night / light! but – my absent muse / breaks only my heart

#dayjob is slow but / the pencil produces no / words on blank paper

story plots fall from / my brain like leaves shed from trees / dead once they hit ground

writer friends tweet sales / new publications bring joy / I tweet only lolcats

duotrope tells me / last sale was six months ago / still, I am writing