Way back in the October 2009 edition of Bards and Sages Quarterly, you’ll find what I consider my first modern publication (as opposed to my first paid publication, which happened back in 2003, a post for another day): “Absence of Garlic”.
“Absence of Garlic” is a story that’s difficult to classify. If pressed, let’s squeeze it into a box labelled Vampire Noir. At least there are both a vampire and a detective involved in the story, but they’re not the same character.
And it’s a short story. Very short. Most places would classify it as flash, but once upon a time, that’s what Bards and Sages published. They still do flash, but the guidelines recently (earlier this year) changed so they’re accepting stories up to 5,000 words, but I believe it used to be only 1,500.
As a single issue, you can get it as a kindle file on Amazon.ca or as kindle or print on Amazon.com. (Links are straight to the title.) But, if you really like short fiction, especially of the genre variety, Bards and Sages maintains a virtual store front at Drivethrufiction.com, where they’ve got a deal for the first five years of B&S Quarterly bundled as a single PDF for a mere $15. Among the other genre goodness, you’ll get three of my stories in the package.by
Whatever else might happen, it’s an awesome day when a contract shows up in your inbox because someone wants to publish one of your stories.
I’m not a big needer of public recognition (although it’s nice sometimes) and individual rejections don’t bother me all that much (although a big pile of them in a short period of time can be a little frustrating), but when a story comes back as one that someone actually likes enough to pay you for, that’s pretty cool.
“Mission Log, Day 67” will be appearing in the Kazka Press e-anthology At Year’s End: SFF Holiday Stories. My story is a short SF piece that I will not spoil here, but that I think works pretty well (and an editor agrees with me), and will appear in the collection with 20 other speculative fiction holiday pieces, all coming in at 500 words or less. At Year’s End will be released on December 9th, just in time for all of those year-end celebrations.
Now, I just have to convince a balky printer that it’s okay to let me have a hard copy of the contract.by