I was wandering through the greensward with my dogs the other morning, contemplating how to improve my stories and decided I should re-read a bit of Silverberg. His wonderful short fiction has been collected by the highly esteemed Subterranean Press into a series of volumes many of which I have reviewed for SF crowsnest. Then … Continue reading Real Books v E-Readers (or Space: The Final Frontier)
I regularly read and review On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic and also follow them online. It's a great magazine. Today I received an interesting communication about why stories get rejected with a link to this article by editor Barb Galler-Smith. Why Stories Get Rejected (Even Good Ones) The email which conveyed this … Continue reading Why stories get rejected
Woe! I received an email today from Phataxis saying that they are on hiatus and will be ceasing publication for a while. In the hard world of struggling SF magazines that might be quite a while. I hope not. It's a great little magazine with real quality stories. (They didn't buy any of mine, a … Continue reading Phantaxis no more?
The word amateur is misunderstood nowadays to mean someone not very good. Amateur! It's a term of contempt. But the word derives from the Latin verb Amo - love. (Amo, amas, amat, amamis, amatis, amant is just about the only thing I remember from Latin class long ago). Whether they are amateur book reviewers like … Continue reading Amateurs do it for love
My review of The Martian Wave 2017, an anthology of space exploration tales from Nomadic Delirium Press was just posted on SFcrowsnest. Read it here. The book can be bought direct from the publisher and other sources here or from Smashwords here if you want to give me an ipsy-wipsy teenee-weenie affiliate fee. I already have … Continue reading The Martian Wave
I was banging out my 2000 words for Nanowrimo yesterday and began wondering wistfully, not for the first time, if it was possible to make a living as a short story writer. It isn't unless your name is Stephen King. I'm not a natural novelist and start to get a bit bored after 20,000 words. … Continue reading Caitlin R. Kiernan
Just for balance. My story 'Pee Pees' was rejected by Phantaxis magazine, an excellent production of Canadian SF that I have reviewed on SFcrowsnest. Naturally, the best way for a magazine to succeed is by printing the best stories and rejecting all the others, especially mine. I don't hold it against them. It really is … Continue reading And Rejection makes you feel bad.