This has been a pretty surprising year, because I’ve gotten six (6? 6!) short story acceptances/publications so far! There’s been a bumper crop of weird Westerns with Long Dry Waste and Shift Work, and in the next six months (maybe! Publishing!) there’ll be:
- A robo-witch making magic out of dried beans and welded metal;
- A mercenary who trusts her nose for money a little too much;
- A poem about wolves in human clothing;
- A reprint of MOVEMENT!
I am excited about all of these for their own unique reasons. The robo-witch story uses a very odd experimental writing style (at least, it was an odd style for me to use, probably some sci-fi nerd has already done it to death but it’s experimental for meee); the mercenary story had racked up 20 rejections before finding a home; the poem is my first stand-alone poem I have ever written for publication and it got accepted first try, hot damn; and Movement will be my first-ever reprint! Because writing is my occasional hobby-job instead of full-time pay-the-bills job, I don’t tend to reflect on it that much, but this year has certainly been some kind of milestone. To paraphrase the movie Mrs. Bennett, “Just think! Two Sterling Acton stories published and four others just tottering on the brink!”
If my legacy is to be talking snakes and down-on-their-luck werewolf cowboys, then I am 100% okay with this fate, because come the end of April there will be ANOTHER STERLING ACTON AND THE TALKING SNAKE STORY brought to you by the folks at Apparition Lit! Hungry and with a head cold, Acton and the snake come to the home of a strange old man and his rat problem. A big rat problem. Or maybe just a big… rat? At the very least, the problem is sizeable.
As if that weren’t enough, I’ve also received the ARC for Embers, a Journal of Luminous Things (talk about your year+ of silence, amirite? PUBLISHING, BABY) so, not to belabor it or anything, but what I sold them is the very first Sterling Acton story I wrote, so if you do not like werewolf cowboys, I am very sorry that this is the news you’re coming back to after all this time.
I am! I very much am! STUPEFYING STORIES has just released the March 2017 edition of wacky, wonderful stories for Kindle on the Amazons, and oh look there I am smack dabber in the middleroonie! LONG COLD WISH continues the adventures of the talking snake from my Weird Wild West story LONG HOT WAIT (in Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, issue 59). This story also involves A GHOST. I am pretty excited for this to come out!
You can buy the Kindle edition here, right here, at this moment! It’s got a talking snake and a ghost and the feels. Oh man those feels. So tangible.
Looks like I completely overlooked that a story of mine came out with Silver Blade like back in November 2016! Oops. I swear I’d been checking, but I guess I was too modest for it to actually register. The important thing is, have a lyrical retelling of an old wintery folktale.
Eisin, an Eastwise Folktale
(Also if you’re wondering about that TIME ALONE PRESS anthology release, HAH HAH HAH because frankly so am I. Contract? Edits? Payment? What about ’em? dickery shit is what. At least we’ve a lovely little folktale to make up for it!)
So October is gone (goodbye Hallowe’en, it was fun putting on a pig mask and hiding in a foam coffin) and the first LET US IN anthology from Time Alone Press isn’t here (obviously, or I would not be shutting up about it), but it’s been given a firm, hard, yet yielding to the touch release date of January 3 2017. All the other ones, I still don’t know when they come out. At some point! One assumes! In the meantime, enjoy a comx about crotch towels and read my guest post at Victoria Feistner’s much more professional-looking blog.
Ignore your children’s cries of sugar-denied desperation and read a book instead! BECOMING BEAST is alive and kicking for only $3 in ePub, mobi and PDF format in one convenient .zip file! Buy it here and have a great Hallowe’en, y’all!
Wishing won’t save you, a happy ending is not guaranteed, and that curse isn’t going to break itself.
Welcome to the cover for BECOMING BEAST, a story about a fairy tale world where the fairy tales have got some growing up to do.
OCTOBER 31 2016 YEAH WHOOOOOOOOOOO
For further proof that autumn is great and we bros, I just got another story acceptance last night, this time from The Quilliad! Their launch party for Issue 8 is happening Saturday October 22 in Toronto, so if pub food and listening to people read stories is your jam, come join us at 7:30 at Betty’s (240 King Street East) for filling your stomach and ear holes!
In novelette news, I realise I should have been calling Becoming Beast a novelette rather than a novella all this time (WHOOPS), but otherwise things are going swimmingly. The cover’s complete (and completely lovely, can’t wait to show it off), print runs are being discussed, I’m going to get a proper author photo done… holy hell it’s like I’m legit professional now, what.
Now I have to fold laundry and put bedsheets back on the bed and organize the Hole of Paper Bag Hell and make room for my new reusable food containers. This is a very glamorous lifestyle.
Just signed a contract for another short story: “Eisin, an Eastwise Folktale” for Silver Blade Magazine. There are many reasons autumn is my favourite month, and apparently I am a favourite of autumn as well. (Did I say that before? It is Thanksgiving in Canada and I have had two days of too much dessert and familial conversation and I’m forgetting what jests I’ve already made. I have a lot of family.)
Also! BECOMING BEAST’s official release date is October 31, 2016. You can bet your buttons I’m going to make sure you have very handily available links for the purchasing of that genderbent YA novella what I wrote. And of course links for everything else that’s getting published at some point. The fun train has no stops, just an all-hours buffet car.
It is my first ISBN and I am very proud of it! “Becoming Beast” (with Grace&Victory) is coming out October 2016. It’s a genderbent YA “Beauty and the Beast”, but after the fairy godmothers are all dead. I do need to think of a snappy catchphrase for that kind of setting. Post-fairytale? Anti-godmother? sigh.
In other exciting news, I’m also going to be in Volume 1 of Time Alone Press‘s LET US IN anthology of horror, also slated for October 2016! Basically, ghosts are the worst.
IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH, edits have gone through for another weird Western starring Sterling Acton and the talking snake at STUPEFYING STORIES. Not sure when that’s coming out, but oh man am I excited for it.
HOLD ONTO YOUR KNICKERS because ANOTHER (the FIRST!) Sterling Acton story has also been accepted by Empire & Great Jones Little Press for EMBERS: A JOURNAL OF LUMINOUS THINGS. Again, I’m not sure when it’ll be ready for release, but I will definitely be yelling about it when it happens.
There are many reasons I love autumn, and it’s nice to know autumn loves me back. Happy sweater weather, everyone!
(except those in the southern hemisphere. um. y’all are cool too.)