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: (ash boomstick)
Holy crap, has it really been that long since I've been on LJ? Sorry not to have been keeping up with my lovely flisters lately, but life has continued to dance on the insane side of the fence. Hopefully come fall I'll be able to settle back into a blog reading and writing routine. Until then, I'll probably remain my current scattershot, occasionally resurfacing self.

In the meantime, here's the bullet points of what I've been up to in the writing department:

* My zombie apocalypse story "The Holy Spear" has been accepted by Black Static. This will be my second appearance in their pages, which I'm thrilled about.

* Speaking of Black Static, reviewer Peter Tennant wrote a nice post about my story "The Wounded House" from issue 20 on his blog.

* Received my shiny contributor copy of Aoife's Kiss (10th anniversary issue) this morning. Pretty.

* Gearing up for this summer's TNEO workshop for Odyssey alum. As of last night, all the critiques I had to do are officially done! I've still got a ton of other things to do, but it's nice to put a big fat check mark next to that beast of an item.

* Unfortunately, progress on the writing front has been mostly non-existent. I got in a good afternoon of revision work on My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel a couple weeks ago, but otherwise, that's been kind of it. But now that TNEO critiques are out of the way, I can hopefully get back in gear. I've got some revisions to do on a short story, several flash pieces I should probably polish up and send out somewhere (anyone have suggestions on where to send an unabashedly liberal-leaning gay superhero flash story?), and then back to the novel grind.
babarnett: (kermit needs coffee)
1) The non-shameless plug: Fantasy Magazine has a poll for the Best Fantasy Magazine Story of 2010. The shameless plug: my story "Mortis Persona" is among the stories you can vote for if you enjoyed it and feel so moved.

2) In a review of issue 20 of Black Static at Suite101, my story "The Wounded House" gets an "outstanding." I'll quite happily take that!

3) The readerly update: finished Zombies vs. Unicorns, and most definitely recommend it. Not every story in the anthology worked for me completely, but I thought they were all worth the read. My clear-cut favorites were Alaya Dawn Johnson's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (gay zombie romance for the win!) and Naomi Novik's "Purity Test" (snarky unicorns for the win!). Other standouts for me were "Bougainvillea" by Carrie Ryan, "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn" by Diana Peterfreund, and "Inoculata" by Scott Westerfeld.
babarnett: (old spice guy horse)
As predicted, this week has continued to be strong with the FUBAR side of the Force, but not nearly at the levels of FUBAR that Monday and Tuesday achieved.  I've barely had time to breathe let alone read what's going on with my lovely flisters today, but there were at least some turns for the shiny and positive:

First, my story "Dumping the Dead" was selected for inclusion in The Best of Every Day Fiction Three.

Second, a review of "Mortis Persona" at Tangent Online says, among other things, "Barnett's lush prose does a fantastic job of building this world."  I don't think I've ever had my prose described as lush before, but it's a description I'll happily accept.

Third, I'm on a horse.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
1) I've got a shiny new look to my website at [Poll #1661746]
*I reserve the right to totally change my mind should my muse, Jim Bob, show up and offer me a better idea. 
babarnett: (me steampunk)
This moment of pimpage brought to you by lemurs on a dirigible: SFRevu has a review of Shimmer's Clockwork Jungle Book issue, which describes it as a "flawless issue" and calls my story "A Red One Cannot See" a "touching tale."

Moving onto the writing front...

I haven't gotten very far on the novel rewrite this week.  My train ride to and from work is just too dang short.  When I'm writing, particularly if it's the revision stage, I often feel like I need to wind up for a bit before I hit that point where the momentum kicks in and I can really move forward. Unfortunately, that wind up time currently seems to be about the length of my commute. Grrr!

I had some other writing thoughts I was going to babble about, but I think I'll save those for another post as my brain hurts and it's dinner-making time.
babarnett: (puppet angel)
My brain and priorities were all over the place today, so I won't pretend to have tried to stick to the slug-fighting schedule. But I wasn't entirely unproductive.  Actually, I got everything done except the exercise and the writing, and I spent a hefty chunk of time going over a grant proposal I had volunteered to help with for the chorus I sing with. So I guess that counts for something.

On a sucktastic note, Realms of Fantasy closing is a major bummer.

On a pleasant note, I saw that I was among the "Other nice work came from..." folks mentioned in Rich Horton's yearly summary of Hub.

On a random note, AsYouKnowBob told me that I was singing in my sleep last night--the night after reading the chapter on music and dreams in Musicophilia.

On another random note, I need to see if I have anything in Ye Olde Costume Trunk with which I can steampunk myself up a bit.
babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)
[personal profile] marshall_payne  kindly pointed the way to a review of Kaleidotrope #5 at SFRevu, where both our stories get a shiny mention:

Next comes three short-shorts. "The Blue Testament" by Marshall Payne. This one is a hilarious look at a miraculous event in a very modern setting. Barbara A. Barnett's "Efficiency" involves Trina and Gordon who have just moved. Trina has been very efficient in packing boxes and looks down on her husband's inefficiency. She finds out differently in this clever little story with a nice sting.

babarnett: (doctor who happy face)
At last, a Monday that doesn't suck. There's a very positive review of my story "To Someone Who Needs Prayer" (from issue 61 of Hub) over at The Fix (much thanks to [ profile] marshall_payne for pointing me to it...and speaking of, Marshall's got an interview with Gregory Frost over there as well).  And the other day, a nice comment about the story showed up in Hub's comments section for the issue, so yayness!

After my last few Monday mornings, I was kind of fearing today. But amazingly, when I got online this morning, there were no rejections in my inbox. And when the postman came a little bit later, there were no dreaded SASEs of Doom awaiting me in the mail. Needless to say, I am much relieved.
babarnett: (Default)
We'll start with the positive. "Lucky Clover" received some nice comments over yonder: A Mystery That Reads

I got myself all signed up for TNEO this summer. For you non-Odfellows out there, that would be the The Never-Ending Odyssey, a week-long workshop during the summer for Odyssey grads. Doing the short story track, though I may throw in a novel chapter as one of my submissions. The option's there, and it's quite likely that I'll, oh, actually have a chapter fit for human eyes ready by the last submission deadline.

Speaking of, the novel de-suckification process has officially begun. Woo hoo! Tuesday nights have become Revise That Damn Novel Night. Short stories will have to clamor for attention during the rest of the week. Starting the revisions was painful. The first chapter originally opened with a prophecy being delivered. Part of the de-suckification process involves removing said prophecy from the novel. Translation: entirely new opening scene needed. I came up with this wonderful new opening sentence two weeks ago, then promptly got stuck. But this week I finally banged my head against the wall hard enough to knock some bricks loose and squirm through.

On the short story writing front, I've been utterly useless lately, and my excuses for that uselessness all suck. Other than the week or so during which my lemur-on-a-dirigible story came pouring forth, my productivity has been pretty darn pathetic. Occasional small bursts of achievement here and there, but mostly lots of swearing, teeth gnashing, and rewriting the same sentence over and over again before finally falling prey to the lure of my DVD collection and reruns of Mythbusters.

At least now I have a motivator for whipping my current story into shape: fear. The April 12 deadline for my first TNEO submission is looming awful close. So on that note, I am off to laugh in the face of distraction and achieve productivity.
babarnett: (doctor who chair)
When it comes to finding time to sit my butt down long enough to do some decent work in the writing department, 2008 hasn't been so hot thus far. Too many other things going on, most of them stupid little annoyances. Like my internet service--or frequent lack thereof. When my DSL connection hasn't been randomly cutting out, it's been achieving dial-up levels of slowness--despite multiple technician visits and insistences from customer service that everything's all fixed now. My work-from-home job requires me to download very large files that can take up to 30 minutes to download when my connection is working at normal speed, so this slow-to-nonexistent connection just ain't cutting it. Current ISP is being ditched for a new one that cannot be installed soon enough.

So anyway, I've squeezed in little bursts of writing or revision here and there, but that's just not a highly productive way to work. But in the non-writing parts of Writer Land, it's been a good week.

On Wednesday, I got an acceptance from the small press 'zine Kaleidotrope for a flash piece of mine called "Efficiency" (one of my few stories that doesn't really fall into the speculative fiction camp)

Locus reviewer Rich Horton has been doing some year-end summaries of various markets on his Livejournal (

[profile] ecbatan), which is worth checking out for a good overview of what some mags have published this past year. Yesterday I was happy to see that my story "To Worship Death" got a positive mention in his summary of Fictitious Force:
"Amid a selection of stories I really liked throughout (only one was marked 'So-So' in my notes) the others that stood out were 'Tangerine Bay' by David McGillveray and 'To Worship Death' by B. A. Barnett."
And yesterday Flash Fiction Online, a fairly new e-zine paying pro rates for flash fiction, decided that they're going to buy my flash story "Lucky Clover" for a St. Patrick's Day special. Woot! On an amusing note, this would be the flash story I referenced in my last entry--the one that got the "should be much shorter" comment from another market. Guess I won't have to start submitting it in haiku form after all.

And for any of you '07 Odfellows reading this, the wacky bloodstained clover leprechaun fest that I wrote at Odyssey (then called "Family Luck," now called "Unlucky Clover") is actually a sequel of sorts to "Lucky Clover," which features Seamus, the father of the protag from my Odyssey story, in action during the Fairy Wars.  You should all be pleased to know that there is a clover, and there is blood.
babarnett: (yoda)
My short story "The Poet" (The Sword Review, issue 27) got some positive comments on Tangent Online.  My brain was being very uncooperative on the writing front yesterday (in a display of ridiculousness, I spent nearly an hour on one damn sentence), so the review was nice to see at the end of the day.

And despite totally butchering the sight-reading portion of my chorus audition the other night, they took me onboard.  The hubby and I were even invited to join their smaller chamber choir if we so choose.  But the chamber choir means an extra hour of rehearsal each week.  I need to decide how valuable that extra hour on Monday is.


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