No Sh!t, There I Was: Silver Fish

Your space ship has crash landed on a strange moon with a corrosive atmosphere. You are alone. You can talk to yourself–but you don’t like yourself all that much at this point–or you can talk to the odd, alien animals that flit through the stinging air, which look like nothing so much as silver fish. ...

No Sh!t There I Was: Uranus Calling 2

For today’s dip into the table of contents of this anthology (hey, we’re halfway to our goal! KEEP GOING!) I have for you Uranus Calling by Devyani Borade. As you can imagine, with an opening line like No shit there I was, we got a number of submissions from writers who took it a bit literally. And ...

No Sh!t There I Was: The Storyteller’s Sleight

And that’s how I ended up at the gambling table with a motley collection of aliens. Wait, let me back up and tell you the whole story. I knew Wren Wallis‘s The Storyteller’s Sleight was special from the first paragraph. This is not a story that tentatively dips its toes into the world or winks coyly at being ...

No Sh!t, There I Was: Steal From the Sun

The great RNGesus has spoken! Today, I get to tell you about Steal From the Sun, by William Ledbetter, yet another amazing story you can read if you support the Kickstarter and get the book. Bill actually goes back to the very inception of this anthology–no shit, there he was. I mentioned my idea for getting ...

No Sh!t, There I Was: The One About Jacob 1

As promised yesterday, I asked the great god RNG to pick a story for me to tell you about today, and it has. That story is: The One About Jacob, by Tyler Hayes. The One About Jacob is one of the few dark/horror stories that made it into the anthology–we didn’t get a whole lot of ...

No Sh!t, it’s a Kickstarter, and have I got a book for you. 1

No Sh!t, it's a Kickstarter, and have I got a book for you.
IT’S MY FIRST KICKSTARTER EVER LOOKEE LOOKEE! That’s right, everyone. The No Shit, There I Was speculative fiction anthology is THIS CLOSE to becoming a reality. A reality in which you get 24 amazeballs stories that I would wrestle a roid raging great white shark for, no shit. I’m excited and a little bit terrified, and I ...

No Shit, There I Was, thinking about successful stories

I made a little list yesterday, about some basic problems I noticed repeatedly in my slush pile. Things worth fixing that’ll help a story survive the savaging of the slush jackalopes, at least. But what about the stories we liked and loved? And I’m not talking here about just the ones I sent acceptances for. ...

No Shit, There I Was, with lessons from the depths of my own slush pile 5

I’ve now sent the last of the responses for the anthology; if you haven’t gotten an email of some sort from me and submitted a story, please query immediately. This is the first time I’ve ever truly dived into a slush pile, and it was a really cool experience. I ended up enjoying way more stories than I ...

No Shit, There I Was at the Rejectopocalypse 4

So no shit, there I was, poised to send a flood (118) emails to writers who submitted to my anthology. I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings right now, let me tell you. Part of me is excited because this is one step in a long process of putting an anthology together, and it also ...

Hey you. Yes you. I want you to write a story for my anthology. 4

What fresh hell is this? Only the freshest of hells, my darlings: No Shit, There I Was. And yes, that sure is my name as the editor. See, this one time at this one con, I was sitting in the bar with other writers, and we were doing what writers do, which is drink and ...