Before I decided to do the Year of Stories, I spent a few months submitting some of my work to different online magazines, to see if I could get any traction with my short stories via the “traditional route.” I received the standard stream of rejections, but I earned a few acceptances, too.
Today my story We Dragons went up at Ray Gun Revival, a “space opera” magazine dedicated to sci-fi short stories.
We Dragons is definitely among my stronger work, in my opinion, so I hope you go check it out and leave a rating and a comment. It’s a cool site, and I’ve enjoyed many stories that have been posted there.
I expect I’ll probably include We Dragons in the Year of Stories at some point later in the year, because I’d like to be able to put it into one of the print collections, but I have to read my contract with RGR a little more closely to make sure what the exclusivity period is.
A couple of writing-related updates today. First, if you haven’t seen it already, Fifty-Word Stories: Volume Two is now available in the Kindle Store! Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MJG3BO. It’s only $2.99, and even if you don’t own a Kindle you can still read it on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phone, etc., by downloading the great free Kindle app.
In other news, a Twitter-length story of mine called “Brushstrokes” was posted to OneFortyFiction today. You can read it here. Hope you enjoy it! It was a fun one to write, and evolved a lot from the first version into the published one. With such a short length limit, you have to be really sure that every single word is working as hard as it can to get the story across.
I’ll have another update tomorrow with some details about the things I’ve written this week and what I’ve been doing with them.