babarnett: (farscape aeryn genius)

Three quick flash-related things:

Flash thing the first:
My flash story "The Perfect Coordinates to Raise a Child" is now up at Daily Science Fiction. You know, for you heathens who missed it in your inbox two weeks ago because you don't subscribe.

Flash thing the second:
I'm on deck at the Star-Dusted Sirens blog this week babbling about Flashing vs. Showing Us Your Shorts. Your short stories, that is.

Flash thing the third:

You're welcome.

babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)

Wow, over a month since my last post. I've been more swamped with real life than I thought! While I could definitely use a ton more spare hours in my day, shiny writing-related things have still been afoot amid the craziness:

Shiny #1: Flashing! My story "The Swan Maiden" is now out in the current issue of Flash Fiction Online—the first issue put out under the leadership of FFO's shiny new publisher, Anna Yeatts.

Shiny #2: More flashing! If you’re a Daily Science Fiction subscriber, my flash story "The Perfect Coordinates to Raise a Child" will be showing up in your inbox tomorrow (October 8). And if you’re not a Daily Science Fiction subscriber, the story will be available on their website a week later. Or you could, you know, subscribe.  Because it's free. And awesome.

Shiny #3: I haz writing group, let me show you it. A few months ago, some other fine folks and I started The Star-Dusted Sirens, and now we have a blog where we shall babble about shiny writing-related things! We're also on Twitter @StarDustSirens. Please check us out if you have a chance, if only to see the pretty logo that Katana Leigh created for us. Or you can take part in fellow Siren Naima Johnson's contest to rewrite the first paragraph of Twilight.

Shiny #4: And last but not least, I've finally gotten back to revisions on My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel! They're very slow going thanks to that pesky school thing I've got going on, but I'll take whatever forward progress I can manage at this point.

babarnett: (puppet angel)

Lately life seems to be happening faster than I can blog about it, which is in many ways a good thing. It’s also probably what Twitter was created for, but unfortunately, Twitter and I don’t quite get each other. We’re like co-workers who can get along perfectly well in the workplace, but in social situations we just sort of stare awkwardly at each other and make lame comments about the weather.

Anyway, the things! I must blog them!

Thing #1) If you haven’t read “The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies because you prefer to have someone else read your fiction for you, you’re in luck! The story is now available as a shiny podcast, where it receives a wonderful narration by Tina Connolly. So if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted tale about death, go forth and listen!

Thing #2) Daily Science Fiction has launched a Kickstarter campaign.  Among the rewards being offered are short story critiques by DSF authors like myself and many other awesome people. So if you’re a writer, you have a chance to both support an awesome publication and get feedback from one of the authors they’ve published. If you’re not a writer, there are other rewards available, so check it out! Because DSF? Totally worth it, if you ask me.

Thing #3) If you’re reading this post on my website and notLivejournal (and really, are there more than like five of us even left on LJ at this point?), you may have noticed that things look a bit different. I didn’t plan to spend my entire weekend redesigning my website, but I did. Was I procrastinating? Yes. Should I have been writing instead? Yes. Do I regret it? No, because the whole process inadvertently led to me to The Copenhagen Chansonnier, a medieval music manuscript with awesomely whimsical drawings of things like the lady conversing with a snail dude in my website header. You’re welcome.

Thing #4) Somewhere in all of the craziness that is my schedule, fiction has been accomplished! I’ve finally gotten around to revising some flash pieces that I wrote back in January, right before my spring semester from hell devoured all of my writing time. One of those flash pieces has already sold, one is making the submission rounds, one needs just a bit more tweaking before I send it out, and the fourth one is no longer a flash story—it got expanded into a 3,400-word horror story and has just started wandering around Submission Land looking for work. And it has creepy puppets. With nasty defecation habits. Once again, you’re welcome.

babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
Life has been so amazingly nice to me lately that I'm expecting the other shoe to drop at any moment, complete with an army of cymbal-clapping demon monkeys. I'm a pessimist like that. But in the meantime, I shall revel in the shiny!

I just got back from a rather lovely trip to France with my husband's family. Much awesomeness was experienced. As an opera nerd, getting to see the Palais Garnier was the highlight for me during the few days we spent in Paris. After Paris, we took a barge cruise through Burgundy, which rocked on every level—the food, the wine, the weather, all the places visited, the amazing crew, and the chance to go bicycling along the canal route. But now, alas, I am re-adjusting to real life, where lunch sadly does not include wine and a ridiculous number of cheeses.

There has also been continuing writing-related shininess, most of it occurring while I was off learning just how rusty my French has gotten:

* My story "Memories of Mirrored Worlds" is now available online at Daily Science Fiction;

* Last week I got another acceptance from Daily Science Fiction for a flash piece called "The Perfect Coordinates to Raise a Child";

* And finally, "The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen" from issue 124 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies received some nice comments in reviews at Locus Online and Tangent Online. BCS will also be offering the story as a podcast sometime in the near future, which I'm quite looking forward to hearing.
babarnett: (pig weeee!)
Ok, so one more shiny announcement before I disappear for fabulous vacationy adventures:

If you're a Daily Science Fiction subscriber, my story "Memories of Mirrored Worlds" will be showing up in your inbox this Friday, July 5. If you're not a Daily Science Fiction subscriber, why the heck not? It's free, people! But seriously, if you're not a subscriber, the story will be available on their website a week later.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
Shiny #1: I'm thrilled to say that my story "The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen" is now out in issue 124 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies! Much happy dancing has ensued. Here's a snippet:

Adda looked up and down the snowy lane, but Grandma Marit had already disappeared into the darkness. The only movement came from flickers of firelight sneaking out of neighbors' windows. The darkness groaned in annoyance at the tittering flickers, who flitted up and down the sides of the box-like wooden homes. The flickers skipped over the ground and tickled Adda's feet, even through her heavy boots.


Shiny #2: I'm also happy to announce that a new story called “The Whole of His History” will be appearing in Stamps, Vamps, and Tramps, an anthology being published by Evil Girlfriend Media. It looks I will have some lovely company in TOC for this one.

On that note, things will likely go quiet here on the blog for the next few weeks as I go off and have some fabulous vacationy adventures. Not that I've been posting all that much anyway, so y'all probably won't even notice that I'm gone.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
The writing has been slow-going these last couple weeks, but there have at least been writing-related shiny things that I finally have time to post about:

* Shiny thing #1: My story "Notes on a Page" (along with some shiny pretty artwork by Nick Greenwood) is now out in issue 32 of Intergalactic Medicine Show.

* Shiny thing #2: I'm super late mentioning it, but a few weeks ago I got to babble over on my awesome Odyssey classmate Rebecca Roland's blog as part of her Thumbnail Thursday series.

* And last but certainly not least, shiny thing #3: I'm quite pleased to say that I recently received an acceptance from Daily Science Fiction for my story "Memories of Mirrored Worlds," to which I owe thanks to [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored's orphaned first sentence contest for the inspiration.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
What's this? A post from me two days in a row? Next it will be dogs and cats living together...mass hysteria!

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, onto the shameless plugging that brought me here. I'm pleased to be appearing with several lovely fellow writerly types in Trespass, a speculative fiction anthology now available in Kindle format. My story "The Wounded House" (originally published in issue 20 of Black Static) is included along with stories by Daniel Ausema, Nyki Blatchley, Lindsey Duncan, Lydia Kurnia, Jonathan S. Pembroke, Leslianne Wilder, and Erika Wilson. Only $0.99 US, £0.77 UK!
babarnett: (kermit needs coffee)

Sorry to resurface with nothing but pimpage, but it's about all I have time for until the Semester Workload from Hell is over. That said, onto the shameless self-promotion:

* Yesterday I was lying; today I'm babbling about suspension of disbelief and what the phrase actually means over at Penumbra eMag's blog.

* I've added my story "The Wounded House" (originally published in issue 20 of Black Static) to my stories available for purchase at AnthologyBuilder.

* And I'm dreadfully behind in giving a shout out for this, but Not Just Rockets and Robots: Daily Science Fiction Year Onewhich includes my stories from Daily Science Fiction's first year of publishing ("God's Gift to Women" and "A Song Never Tasted"), is available for purchase.

babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
I should have a more substantial post later this week, but for now, just a quick moment of pimpage: my story "The Little Things" is up at Every Day Fiction today. This one's a rare little jaunt into mainstream humor for me.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)

I'm an exam and a paper away from the end of the semester and having time to make a substantial post again. So close...

In the meantime, as you've likely guessed, I've briefly emerged for shameless self-promotion. You can now read my story "Sea of the gods" in BayCon's Progress Report 3

babarnett: (dr. horrible ahhhh)

Sorry to be posting nothing but pimpage lately. Soon there will be substance. Soon. But in the meantime, my story "The Sins of the Living" is part of the latest podcast at Tales to Terrify, along with other stories by some other fine horror-writing folks.

babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
As promised in my previous cobweb-clearing post, I have pimpage:

First, I'm pleased to say that my story "The Cycle of the Sun" is now out in issue 18 of NewMyths.com. My Odyssey classmates will possibly remember this one as "the orgy story." Though the orgy's a lot tamer than it was in that first draft. That pesky plot thing seemed to think it deserved more attention.

And second, I'm also pleased to say that two of my stories--"The Holy Spear" (originally published in issue 25 of Black Static) and "The Sins of the Living" (originally published in Dark Recesses)--are going to be included somewhere down the road on the new horror podcast Tales to Terrify, sister podcast to the Hugo-winning StarShipSofa. The podcast has already featured stories by awesome folks like Joe Lansdale and Gene Wolfe, so go check it out!
babarnett: (ash boomstick)
Say hello to issue 25 of Black Static, folks!


babarnett: (farscape aeryn genius)

I know I keep threatening to return to a regular blogging routine, but life seems intent on not letting that happen, which is frustrating since not posting regularly tends to lead to hardly anyone paying attention when you actually do post. So even though I may be blogging into a void, here's the state of me:

* School is keeping me busy, but I'm enjoying it a lot more than I ever did grant writing. This whole getting my MLIS thing? Good damn decision, I think. 

* Speaking of life keeping me busy, there will be a distinct lack of con attendance on my part for the rest of the year. I had been hoping to attend Sirens and Capclave this month, but there's just too much else going on for me to swing either one. And I'd normally do Philcon in November since it's practically right in my backyard, but I'll be off in Austin that weekend.

* Writing progress! Well, at least there was progress until a damn cold sidelined me yesterday (it's hard to focus or stare at a computer screen for too long when it feels like you have a head full of gauze-wrapped bricks). But before then, I got my short story "The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen" revised and sent out the door, and now I'm working on revisions for "Demon Dreams." And when that's done, I think I'll dive back into the never-ending My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel revisions.

* And last but certainly not least: I can haz zombie art? The awesome-looking title spread (with art by Dave Senecal) for my story in issue 25 of Black Static, which should be coming out this month:


babarnett: (viking bunny)
In my last moment of resurfacing from the blogging dead, I mentioned that my twisted little flash piece "Mr. Fluffy" would soon be online in issue 5 of Untied Shoelaces of the Mind. That soon would be now. Behold yet another one of my bunnies of doom! 

And now, back to lots and lots of reading for class. At least after choir rehearsal, that is.

babarnett: (dr. horrible ahhhh)
It seems I went AWOL on the posting front. Again. But now that I'm here, many things...

SIGNALS
First, a signal boost: Say Yes to Gay YA, where Rachel Manija Brown ([livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija) and Sherwood Smith ([livejournal.com profile] sartorias) talk about an unfortunate instance of being asked to either make a gay character in their novel straight or remove the character's POV altogether. EDITED TO ADD: Some follow up. And this is where I bow out without further comment other than to say: must so many people resort to needing to cast a villain with a dastardly agenda in the matter instead of considering that it's more likely not so clearcut? 

STUDY
Busy grad school is busy! But despite some initial moments of panic (because that's what I do), I'm settling into the school routine just fine and have started to find a balance between class and everything else I need to squeeze into my days. You know, like writing. Speaking of...

STORIES
Appropriately enough for a writer, there are sevveral things going on in the story department:

* Now available for purchase is the 2011 Untied Shoelaces of the Mind Anthology, which includes my twisted little flash piece "Mr. Fluffy." The story should also be online soon in issue 5 of Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.

* My story "The Cycle of the Sun" was accepted for publication in the March 2012 issue of NewMyths.com! My Odyssey classmates will quite possibly remember this piece as "the orgy story."

* My steampunk lemurs on a dirigible story, "A Red One Cannot See" (originally published in Shimmer's Clockwork Jungle Book issue), has been added to my stories available at AnthologyBuilder  

* And I've finally gotten to work on the revisions for my story "The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen," which I got some great feedback on back in July at TNEO. Much like my daily schedule right now, these revisions are proving to be quite the balancing act. There are some changes to make that I think are going to really strengthen the story, but I feel like it would be easy to do too much and totally edit all the life and magic out the story.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
Rising from the blogging dead for a brief moment of pimpage, which will be followed by a full-fledged, non-pimpage post in the next week or so. Promise.

So, the pimpage: Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction, which includes my story "Mortis Persona," appears to be out now. The anthology includes a lot of other great stuff, so please do check it out if you're so inclined!
babarnett: (angel wesley crazy fu)

And there I go disappearing from LJ again. It's been crazy lately!

Anyway, I'm emerging for a brief and belated moment of pimpage (apologies for shameless self-promotion being the bulk of my posts anymore): the July 2011 issue of the young adult magazine Beyond Centauri, which includes my story "Unlucky Clover," is out. "Unlucky Clover" is a sequel of sorts to my similarly titled (and much shorter) story "Lucky Clover," which appeared in Flash Fiction Online in March 2008.

*crawls back into the Pit Of Too Much To Do*

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babarnett: (get fuzzy talented bucky)
One day soon, I'll find enough hours in the day to return to posting and commenting on here with something resembling regularity again. In the meantime, please forgive me for a brief moment of pimpage: it looks like the 10th anniversary issue of Aoife's Kiss, which includes my story "The Deepening," is now out!

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