Read Storyhack!

Storyhack Action & Adventure Issue #0 has been out for about a week. If you haven’tStoryhack0 read it yet, stop what you are doing and pick it up. My story, A Tiger in the Garden, is the cover story. It’s an action-packed Musket & Magic story taking place in a far off fantasy jungle colony. The other stories are equally great, detective werewolves, ex-military vigilantes, and a Sword and Sorcery story about a reanimated Goliath.

Pick up Issue #0 for free here in whatever digital format you prefer. If you enjoy the stories, please take the time to write a review on Amazon and on Goodreads. Reviews are critical, especially for independent publications and new writers.

Most importantly, please support the Kickstarter. The idea behind it is that Issue #0 is a proof of concept, illustrating the direction and potential for an ongoing magazine. So if you want more awesome action and adventure throw a few bucks towards the Kickstarter and support the Pulp Revolution.

Short Fiction

I am convinced that there is a direct correlation between short fiction and innovation in fiction, both in the styles of individual authors and in fiction styles as a whole. In Speculative Fiction, there can be said to be four primary movements within the 20th Century–Pulp, Hard SF, New Wave, and Cyberpunk. Each of them […]

via Short Fiction, or “What Needs To Happen Next” — mishaburnett

Misha’s posts are always thought provoking. I’m really into the peer-published anthology concept and currently working on a story to submit to his 21st Century Action Fiction. It’s about time we look at different publishing models and improve on the old format.

 

StoryHack Action & Adventure Issue 0 Cover Reveal

Bryce Beattie just revealed the cover for Action & Adventure 0 and it looks fantastic. I’m excited to be part of this project and honored to be in the inaugural issue. There is a lot of love and effort being put into this project and from everything I have seen so far it really seems to be paying off. Storyhack0.jpg

For those of you not familiar with this project, StoryHack Action & Adventure is Bryce Beattie’s answer to the Pulp Revolution. Instead of lamenting the fact that the large magazines ignored tales of action and adventure, and looked down on sword & sorcery, he decided to start his own project.

This is the future of SFF publishing, fast, raw, and honest. Written and distributed by writers and editors who love the genre and whose only goal is to entertain. This is 1973, the internet is CBGB, and punk rock is right around the corner. Hop on and hold on tight because this is going to be a crazy ride through a brand new word.

 

Joining the Pulp Revolution with Storyhack Action & Adventure Issue 0!

It’s finally official, my Musket and Magic story A Tiger in the Garden will be in issue 0 of Storyhack Action & Adventure!

I am beyond humbled and happy that I get to debut my first story in such a fantastic way. Bryce Beattie exemplifies the Pulp Independent Aesthetic. He said fuck it, I’m starting a magazine that features the kind of stories I love, and actually went ahead and did it.fuckyeah

The Pulp Revolution is growing, becoming an unstoppable force. Every week a new anthology, magazine, or independent work gets published, while social media is chock full of fascinating genre discussion. For the first time in forever, I’m energized and motivated to read and write, trying my best to keep up with each requested submission. It is a great time for SFF!

I’m excited to be a small part of this movement, and I hope my contribution is up to par. It’s honestly humbling debuting my first piece next to great writers like Jon Mollison and the others that will make up Storyhack 0.

Stay tuned, once more information about this issue comes out I will let everyone know. Now on to finishing my pieces for all the other submissions I intend to make.

 

 

Reading, Writing, and Keeping up with the Revolution.

It’s Sunday morning here in Japan. There is a slight spring drizzle outside so I’m sitting here listening to the rain and enjoying my second cup of French Pressed coffee. I was supposed to run a 5k yesterday but it got axed due to rain, so instead, the organizers led an hour-long yoga flow class that kicked my ass. I need to start putting more emphasis on mobility and balance because I don’t want to turn into one of those stiff old guys, walking around with a limp. laptopcoffee

I took a few days off of work this week, some old friends are visiting Tokyo and I’m going to show them around, take them to Kamakura, etc. I’m pretty excited to spend time with them and also avoid work. They lucked out and will be here with the Sakura in full bloom so it should be a great time for sightseeing.

The Webz

It’s an exciting time in the reading, blogging, writing world. The Pulp Revolution seems to growing and growing every day. I can barely keep up with all the blog posts, podcasts, and new indy releases. I have Geek Gab and JimFears podcast standing by. I also took a bunch of notes while reading the first two Leiber collections that will eventually go into an opinion article I plan on writing. So much stuff so little time.

Writing

Last week I finished my latest story. A Musket&Magic piece that was inspired by Howard’s horror writing. I sent it off to WotF for shits and giggles, but I think it will make a great addition to my upcoming collection. I then started putting together ideas for my submission for the 21st Century Pulp anthology. Gotta admit I’m not much for coming up with ideas in the present, but I’m enjoying the challenge. Hopefully, I make the deadline. Unfortunately, my writing got a bit stalled due to binge watching Breaking Bad for the first time.

Reading and Reviews

Awhile back I decided that I will no longer write individual book reviews unless the book blows me away or I want to bring up a certain point for discussion. I’m not a book reviewer and have no intention becoming one.  But the whole point of this blog is reading and writing so I’m going to start doing a monthly review, combining everything I read into one post. I’m going to have the first done sometime tonight.

 

Writing Update: March 2017

I just finished the first draft of my latest story, An Eye for Eligos. A dark musket and magic tale set during the American Revolution, where I attempted to channel the darker aspects of Howard’s writing. Violence, black magic, sinister monstrosities, all of the pulpy stuff I enjoy.

I did a quick editing pass, then read it to my wife. She usually mercilessly tears my stuff apart so her input is priceless. She liked it but pointed out that it was darker, a whole lot darker,  than my usual stuff.

Tomorrow I’m going to run a few more in-depth passes, let it sit, then send it to WotF. The contest right now is a bit of a placeholder, I don’t particularly feel that this piece will place, mostly due to its horror vibe and the higher level of violence. But that’s ok because I wrote it for my planned story collection that will have a dark sorcerous pulp theme.

I also intended to knock out something for the Baen contest but I don’t think I will make the deadline. I might dig through my digital closet and pull out some old story, spiff it up real quick, and hope it magically impresses.

This weekend I will begin on something for the 21st Action Pulp anthology I posted earlier. Something about Mexico, tequila, cartels, Santa Muerte, and mustaches.  When that’s done I’m planning on moving on to space babes, sentient techno-bears, and space mutants, something I believe will be sent to Cirsova if it opens up.

In between all of this I will try to squeeze in some blog posts. I devoured a bunch of Leiber, read Vance’s Lyonesse, and have Cirsova 5 loaded on my Kindle. Posts need to be written and discussions need to be started

An anthology I will be submitting to.

We are looking for 21st Century Pulp Revival stories. Who’s we? Well, there’s me, Rawle Nyanzi, Kevyn Winkless, and Sky Hernstrom. There is also a good chance that, once complete, the anthology will be published by Superversive Press. Right now payment details haven’t been worked out, but I’ll be honest, this collection is not likely […]

via 21st Century Wonder Stories: Call For Submissions — mishaburnett

Retrowave Writing Listening

The retro synthwave scene makes for great writing music. Everything might end up a bit cyberpunk, but yeah. Hours of this keeps me writing fast and furious, like a replicant on a murder rampage.

A Good Day

toryshighball.jpgI woke up this morning, checked my phone, and was greeted with a fresh rejection email. Not a big deal, rejections are part of the game. But this one was cool, it was a detailed, personal one. Something about getting a more in-depth reply makes the experience a bit more pleasant and motivates me to continue messing around with the submission game.

But the highlight of my day came while I was at work. My favorite story got accepted. Not only that, but it got accepted exactly where I wanted it to go. The market I sent it to matches the style of my writing and the story is a perfect fit. I look forward to sharing more details when everything is finalized.

Cheers!

Writing Goals

The last couple of weeks I have been writing on and off, working my way through some short stories. I have two pieces out for submission right now that I am excited about and hope to get back this week. Most importantly my writing and my outlook on short fiction are revitalized. I am 100% into the pulp revolution and digging deep into old Fantasy fiction. The community inspired by Jeffro’s Appendix N, the discussions, the debates, and the reading recommendations, is hands down some of the best writing inspiration I have ever come across. I’m excited to take all this inspiration and put it down on paper, bringing my own ideas and concepts to the table.

Mura

My spirit animal. 

 

Right now I’m aiming for some fast and heavy writing. My short term goal is to submit to Writers of the Future and The Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Both contests have an April 1st deadline. That means I need to sit down and knock out up to 25,000 words in the next two weeks. An achievable goal, but one that will be tough with my work schedule.

My mid-term goal, one that I want to accomplish by the end of the year is the indy release of a short story collection. I want to put out a 40,000 to 60,000-word collection, of my pulpiest fantasy stories. I want to do it indy and punk rock garage band style. I’m already putting together some outlines, picking my favorite topics, and coming up with some crazy crap. The pulp rev guys have inspired me, especially reading Hernstrom’s Thune’s Vison. A badass, indy published collection of fantastic stories.

I plan on having a productive spring and summer.