Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Steaming Ahead

Well, I've gotten word two of my steampunk stories have found homes.  More details when they're ready to come out. I don't talk about projects much until it looks like they're really going to happen, as I've been burned too many times.  

I've had an interesting development with the new issue of Science Fiction Trails. After the print issue released, another artist hated the cover and offered a redone one.  This was completely unsolicited.  I've been reluctant to go back and re-do what's already on the market.  I'm thinking about having different covers for the print and ebook versions.  The ebook version has not come out just yet. More on this in a few days as I grapple with this.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Six Guns 2

If anyone who reads this blog has submitted to Six Guns 2 and is wondering about their submission, I'll likely have some decisions in about two weeks.  Right now I've been preoccupied with the new Science Fiction Trails issue.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's Here!!!! Yay!

Well, I am very pleased to announce the new issue of Science Fiction Trails is now available. The print edition is available from our distributor right now or from Amazon.  The ebook should be out late next week.

List Price: $7.50
8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
102 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1497596207
ISBN-10: 1497596203
BISAC: Fiction / Science Fiction / Short Stories
In our action packed eleventh issue those pesky Martians are in two very different takes on Martian invasion. Folks always seem to think they know how to handle alien technology–but they never do and the device the government wants proves to be quite deadly. And a Native American warrior gets a really fast lesson about parallel universes. We go to Name Pending, Wyoming for a story that reminds us perhaps nature can handle evolution better than man Featuring stories by Sam Knight, C. J. Killmer, J. A. Campbell, Lyn McConchie, Henrik Ramsager, R. A. Conine and Jackson Kuhl with an article by David Lee Summers...

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Friday, April 11, 2014


I enjoy mustard on some sandwiches. Yesterday I had a 7 Eleven hot dog and I put mustard on it.  So, as I was sitting in my car eating my hot dog, I gazed off at the sky, where there are hundreds of planets that have been discovered, and found myself wondering if they have mustard on any of them.  I think it would be depressing to have to eat hot dogs and not have any mustard for them.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Message From Beyond

Well, I got a form letter from some agent yesterday.  That's nothing new.  What really impressed me was it took a full year to get it. Yep, it took this guy a full year to throw away my query letter and put a form letter in a self addressed envelope. A full year, this took.  Agents are little more than parasites.  I've given up on trying to get one.  Apparently, they haven't given up on getting rid of me, though.  

On a somewhat related note, I'm owed over a thousand dollars from places that won't pay me. This includes publishers and book stores where I consigned stuff.  Lesson learned here--don't consign stuff.  Also, don't publish anything. Just sit in your basement with a shotgun on your lap waiting for the zombie apocalypse. You'll be much better off.    

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hotel Guests

I've worked in the hotel biz for quite some time.  I've figured out  there are only two things that matter. You have to provide lots of free coffee--both in the lobby and coffee makers in the rooms. They can't get enough of it. And have rooms with a view.  You can have a roach infested dump, but if you provide these two items that's all guests care about and you'll do fine.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Waxing nostalgic

I was completing the new issue of Science Fiction Trails and then I looked back through the prior issues--all 10 of them.  There's a lot of stuff in there.  A lot of stories that I really like.  I thought for a bit that it might be fun to do a "Best of" collection, but I'm not sure if I want to go there. It would be a lot of work.Still, there's certainly enough material. I guess it'll need further thought. Any past contributors or readers, you're welcome to weigh in on this in the comment section. Does any particular story stand out?