Storyhack Issue 2

Storyhack2Pretty excited to announce that I will have another story with Storyhack Action & Adventure. Bryce Beattie has fantastic taste when it comes to short stories so I feel honored to share space with some cool authors like David J West who wrote my favorite story in issue 0 and the awesome grimdark novel Brutal that I reviewed back in January. Not to mention Jon Mollison, author of Moon Full of Stars, another excellent independent novella well worth picking up.

Once the release date is revealed I will share it with everybody. Supporting independent publishing focused on exciting action and adventure that takes inspiration from the classic adventure pulps is critical, expecially in the age of constant regurgitated Mouse Wars, Lensflare Trek, and the lukewarm Marvel nonsense. So if you haven’t checked out Storyhack go ahead and pick up issue 0 for free and read my story. If you enjoy, please pick up the next two issues.

A tough one…

About half an hour ago I finally submitted my story to Misha’s 21st Century Anthology. Writing it was quite the experience. Most of it not really positive but overall quite eye opening.

It took me two whole months to write and submit this story. Realistically much less than that because what I submitted was the final product of numerous false starts and abandoned projects. But that’s beside the point, taking two months to submit a pulp story falls squarely in the Fail camp.

I reflected on what caused me to spiral into such a negative mood, where I just didn’t feel like writing at all and identified two issues. First, I don’t like writing in the present world. I don’t like urban fantasy very much and as soon as you add the fantastic to a modern day story it leans towards the UF subgenre. I prefer writing in fantasy or fantasy-tinged historical settings, filled with mysticism and wonder. Writing in the 21st century made it very hard for me to grasp that feeling. pulp-fiction-coffee

The second issue is that I suck at writing to spec. I told myself I would write for this submission becoming over-focused to the point where I felt guilty when not working on this story. I write the best when I scatter around between stories, following whatever mood and idea I’m currently into then matching my story to submission guidelines instead of writing for the guideline.

I think from now on I’m going to write. If one of my stories matches what a submission wants I will send it. But writing with a magazine or anthology in mind does not suit me.

But now that I actually finished the piece and sent it I feel relieved. I can’t wait to read the final anthology, with or without my story in it.

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.

 

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