Burning Bridges on Walpurgisnacht

It’s a big bonfire night, Walpurgisnacht. Traditionally, bonfires burn and witches fly and the dark night clears the way for the bright May Day. How appropriate that it heralds the release of Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology. A remarkable anthology of 15 stories by a bunch of writers who let their imaginations flow around…

Six Sentence Sunday: It’s a Curse, Round 2

Six Sentence Sunday has rolled around again. Drop by and see all the offerings at the Six Sunday blog. Today I offer another taste of “It’s a Curse” because the eBook of Drunk on the Moon is already out and the print version arrives this week. And because I had such a hard time choosing…

Publication: Drunk on the Moon eBook

Start spreading the news, as Francis would say. Drunk on the Moon is now available as an ebook — print version will be available next week. Read it, review it, rate it! Releasing a book these days is like throwing a message in a bottle into the ocean. Let’s hope the tide catches ours. A…

Writer Wednesday: Postcard Fiction Contest

An inspiration I had: a contest to celebrate brevity in fiction. Write a story that fits on a postcard! Send it to me. I’ll choose my favourite and give it a prize — let’s say $25. Entries open now until 15th May, 2012. All postcards I have received through that date will be in the…

Flash Fiction Challenge: Zoo Story

Patti Abbott has challenged folks again on the topic of the zoo: here’s mine with apologies to Edward Albee and William Shakespeare and Bruce Robinson as well. So there.  Zoo Story “So, this is the place.” “This? Why?” “I thought it would be dramatic.” “Dramatic? Why? Wolf howls make it dramatic?” “Not exactly. That scene…

Publications: Mandrake & Magpies/Songs of Defiance

Just back from a visit with Elena, Rod and Lydia in Dublin where we also managed to run into Bono, Michale Bublé — and more importantly @sirthopas and Pádraig. Pictures soon! I’ve also got some good news to share on the publication front. First, my short story “Mandrake and Magpies” — the first story to…

Where’s Marlon?

Apparently there’s a big controversy around the British Fantasy Awards this year: One of the most out-spoken and much-forwarded commentaries came from noted anthologist, Stephen Jones. I wasn’t there and can’t say anything about the specifics (which look, by all accounts, particularly egregious). But I can comment on the general issues of awards presentations and…

Soundcloud

A new way to spread sound — well, newish. It’s been getting a boost, mostly via other social media outlets and DJs. Of course now that people like me are starting to use it, the DJs are looking for something new. Way to suck the cool out, eh? My page at Soundcloud features things you…

Scarry Night: Miss Lonely Heart

This is a flash piece for a challenge put up by the ever resourceful Patti Abbott: for the rest of the entries pop on over to her blog. The link was the line “I really don’t mind the scars.” She seemed so small at the big table, a drink with the palest hint of green…

Publications: Plea, Professor and Provocateur

I thought I would have Bend Sinister read by today so I could write it up for Friday’s Forgotten Books (maybe I will later today), but at present I don’t and somehow I have decided that today is finally “Send out Queries for the Non-Fiction Project” Day, so there’s that. In case you missed it,…