It has been a breakthrough couple of days! Following the acceptance of my first story for publication, On Dark Clouds Borne, by Antipodean SF, and the successive acceptance of the cute flash story, Hell, by US e-zine Flashshot, Hear No Evil has been accepted for publication in Borderlands magazine! This will be my first story in print.
Next stop, an agent and publisher for Harbinger, and hopefully a run at the Aurealis awards at the end of the year. With my spidey-sense tingling, the odds are good that Sobek’s Tears, Firewall v1.1, Ian, Plan Ni, Kraken, In the absence of heroes and The Black Door will all make it to publication this year, so my resolution of taking a shot at the Aurealis awards shortlist is looking much stronger. And those are just my completed stories. With three quarters of the year to go, and gems up my sleeve like The Moonlight Man, Charonimo! and Firewall v2.0, I’m feeling lucky.
Mentioning sequels (as I did below with the Firewall chapbook idea), I have in my head a sequel for Hear No Evil. The premise is just as creepy, although the story is completely unrelated. I’m keeping this one under wraps for now until I clear a few of my other ideas, but it’s looking to be very promising.
A sense of pleasant fatalism drives me on. Even when I started writing in 2003, I knew 2004 (my lucky number 4!) would be the year I made a mark. It’s early days, but I’m on a high, thanks to Stephen Dedman and the crew at Borderlands.
Getting my head out of the clouds for a moment, the writing urge finally took hold this afternoon, with me zipping out a melancholy little story entitled Room Three. At just under a thousand words, it is twice as long as intended (as a flash story for my upcoming assignment and/or for submission to Ideomancer). However, it will serve very nicely for an upcoming newsletter competition at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. They were pretty stroppy over the most recent comp as only four people entered (of which I was one), so I thought I would be prepared. The theme for the competition is ‘a ghost story’. Room Three measures up to that, and is the perfect length (they want <1000 words). Not coincidentally, this story can be tied to the Harbinger mythos. Like Hear No Evil (and a number of other stories), it takes place on the sinister grounds of Stratton Memorial hospital. In fact, Room Three is right next door to Morgue Examination Room Four, where the climax of Hear No Evil unfolds. Coincidental? I think not. One day I’ll act on my wish of editing a Stratton Memorial anthology. . .
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