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 ...

Entertainment Weekly, Do You Even Fanfic? (Writer Beware) 1

Today in “big media company attempting to exploit writers,” Entertainment Weekly has really outdone itself with a for-exposure-only-as-prize contest for… fanfiction? Here’s a tumblr summary of this terrible BS, but I wanted to dig into the awful terms and conditions a little more. All bolding is mine for emphasis. From section 1, “How to Enter.” ...

2015 Writing Year in Review

Written This Year Novels: None completed. Edited Fire in the Belly again, edited King’s Hand. Both of them are out at a couple places now. Put some more words on Wrath: a Love Story but got badly sidelined by other projects. Novellas: 1 Novellettes:  3 Short Stories: 4 Flash: 1 Paid Film Reviews: 6 Treatments: ...

Where do all the women hide?

Building a list of indie speculative film that is available in streaming for <$10 and have become distressingly aware of paucity of women. — Rachael Acks(@katsudonburi) September 3, 2015 I’m sure none of I’m about to say comes as a surprise to anyone reading this blog. But I still think it’s important to say over and over ...

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 ...

Bakery Elf Adventures

Bakery Elf Adventures
A while ago I wrote a little story about those mysterious beings known to the unfortunates who encounter them as bakery elves. This is because I have a friend who has, unwittingly, risen to the bready height of their rank. Since then, I’ve written a couple of sketches about Jester’s adventures as a unproven bakery ...

The return of Significant Figures!

Remember that silly story I wrote a year ago, about math and waffles and an alien invasion, only it’s really about choosing your family and loving people for who they are? (And waffles.) It’s back! BuzzyMag has reprinted it and given it oh gosh, the cutest little illustration ever. So go read it! And eat ...

Award Eligible Work for 2014 1

Sure is that magical time of year again! So, this is what I had published in 2014! Short stories: They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain from Lightspeed Magazine (Payment was donated to UNICEF UK.) (12/1/14) List of Items in Leather Valise Found on Welby Crescent from Shimmer #19 What Purpose a Heart from Scigentasy (5/3/14) [★] The Heart-Beat Escapement from ...

Happy Book Day to Me! 5

So… it’s a book! An anthology, more exactly, of the five Captain Ramos novellas. Just in time for more new novellas to come out. (Soon. Very soon.) I’ve been working on this for a while, coming up with some new material to go with the five novellas. And a title as ridiculous and awesome as ...