There is going to be another superversiveSF roundtable livestream on Saturady at 3pm Eastern time, with guests Kate Paulk, Arlan Andrews and Daddy Warpig discussing among other things the recent Hugo kerfuffle and where we go from here.
Head over to http://superversivesf.com/ tomorrow for a link to the livestream itself.
Chapters 12 and 13 of Beyond the Mist, introducing the winning name from the contest and lots of other revelations, appear in Sci Phi Journal Issue 7
now availalable from amazon in kindle ebook format and in paperback.
The rest of the issue contains a lot of high-quality stories, including the start of a second serial by Michael F. Flynn
You can now also subscribe to Sci Phi Journal via patreon and get better prices on both kindle ebook, epub ebook and paperback issues of the journal, including back issues you may have missed. This cuts out the middleman, giving you a better price and the journal’s editor more income per sale, so it’s a win-win!
For my wife’s birthday:
A Prime Wife
How fitting that a prime number of years you are today;
For a prime wife and mother you have been in every way.
Sister, too, and daughter, all these many roles you bless;
Without you here all of our lives would be worth so much less.
My words fall short of all I owe you for your kindness shown
Your love and grace to see my flaws, yet take me as your own,
Far more than that, to give yourself to me and me alone,
My horizons broadened, and how my heart has grown.
Let us shower you today with joys both earned and given
In some small part to repay all the good for which you’ve striven
May baby grins and giggles add to this enchanted day
As we try to create a time when things will go your way.
So revel in your well-earned rest and heartfelt wishes, too;
Soak in the love that reflects all that you have shown so true.
We’re blessed to all have known you, and more than that it seems
You’re so much more and better than the woman of my dreams.
Using my Evil McPersuadey patented Ultrasonic Mind-Control Ray and Ear Cleaner, I have convinced the ever awesome Cat Leonard to produce not one, but four new illustrations to accompany new instalments of Beyond the Mist in Sci Phi Journal. Here is the first illustration, that my wife immediately said she wanted on a T-shirt of her own:
The final proofreading phase of Issue 7 is now underway, and all should be ready in time for the issue’s release before the end of the month. In related news, as of Issue 7 I will be also listed as one of the editors, so can now proudly refer to myself as a contributing editor of Sci Phi Journal. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
I am happy to announce that I’ve just written the ending of Beyond the Mist, aka book 1 in the Chara Series. There are a couple of gaps to fill in and and some inconsistencies to iron out, (and most likely cuts to make), but this is an important milestone, completion of the first draft. The next two books are both at the initial rough outline stage, and may grow into two parallel series set in the same universe that converge into one, we’ll see how work on those progresses as I finalise the remaining instalments for Sci Phi Journal. Both stories will grow out of things mentioned in chapter 12, so I will give more details on those once Issue 7 is out at the end of this month.
So far I have been writing Beyond the Mist without any beta readers, the first person to see each instalment has been Jason Rennie, Sci Phi Journal’s chief editor. I realise this is not the optimal solution, though it happens to have been working so far, so I’d like to ask for people to beta read and critique future instalments before I submit them, to help keep the quality up once the story world opens up. Beta reading will also commence after Issue 7 is out, and you will need to have been following the story so far to take part in that.
Anyone interested should get in contact with me either by private message on facebook, other forum that I frequent, or by replying below: