August Update: Short Fiction Roundup

It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted, but I’ve been very productive. Since my last post about my short fiction sale to ArtPost Magazine back on May 8th, I’ve sold thirteen stories and resold two! So here’s the breakdown:

Original Fiction

  • Two science fiction and one horror drabble-length stories and one science fiction flash-length story to Trembling with Fear.
  • A flash-length science fiction story to Exoplanet Magazine.
  •  One horror and two science fiction drabble-length stories to 101 Words.
  • A drabble-length science fiction story to Mad Scientist Journal.
  • A drabble-length horror story to Rhythm & Bones.
  • A flash-length story to Siren’s Call.
  • A short story to the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire anthology.

Reprints

  • My dark fantasy story “Sins of the Blood” will be reprinted in a future podcast episode of Tales to Terrify.
  • My science fiction flash story “Breakfast Alone” will be reprinted in the January issue of Rhythm & Bones.
  • My drabble “The Astral Queen” will be reprinted in Little Blue Marble.

I’ve updated my Bibliography at the top of the page with links to all works which are available to read for free. Please feel free to check them out and let me know what you think and which are your favorite.

-ESF

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Short Fiction Sale

I made a short fiction sale to ARTPOST Magazine. They’re a new publication that paid .04 a word for my science fiction story – solidly in the semi-pro market scene but also the most I’ve been paid for a story to date. “A Letter to the People of Earth” is a flash piece considering what it might be like if aliens gave humanity the choice of how we wanted to be invaded. It has some dark humor elements to it, I hope you will enjoy it. The story is due out in the July issue so I will post more details as the publication is released. Onto more projects!

-ESF

May Update

I’ve sold a fantasy Drabble to Trembling With Fear. That’s the second one I’ve sold in the last couple weeks. I’m a regular reader of their content and it’s been nice to land a few stories there.

Both the Timeshift and Drabbledark anthology projects are going well. Timeshift has 22 collected stories, all from experienced authors, many of them big names. I’m really happy with the way it’s coming together, themed around time and time travel. It’s been a cool experience.

I’ve completed the submission process for Drabbledark. There are 100 stories that will be included in the anthology, picked from around 600 submissions. It’s currently seeking backing on Kickstarter if you’re interested in backing it in exchange for an ebook copy of the finished product.

As far as my writing goes, April was a big month for production. I wrote several stories, and polished a few of them. I have ten stories on submission to various venues and I’m very hopeful for some good publication news soon. I’ve started a new challenge with my daily writing. Every day, for productivity purposes, my writing goal is three sentences. This has been a major success for me actually because on the days where I don’t really feel like writing I just try to get my sentences in and often times will find myself writing a thousand or more words. It’s been an interesting challenge and I wish that I had tried something similar earlier. Anyone can write just three sentences, right? Maybe give it a try and let me know if it helps your productivity.

I think that’s all the news I have for now and I hope to bring you more soon. Thanks for reading.

-ESF

Lots of Moving Pieces

It’s been a busy month, probably the busiest since I began my writing career, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve been more productive than ever and have quite a bit to show for my efforts.

You may remember I set my goal this year to write ten short stories. I’ve now surpassed the fifteen mark for that goal with five stories written this month so far. Almost all of them have been short pieces of flash fiction, but I’m finding my writing to be more punchy and emotionally driven compared to a lot of my earlier work. I now have over twelve stories on submission to various venues and I’m still working on landing that first pro sale.

In some other news, I began working as a slush reader for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. It’s a pro venue and while working to wade through their submission pile I’ve learned a lot about good story telling. I’m excited to work for them and hope that it will continue to benefit my development as both a writer and editor beyond what I learned at university.

I decided to cancel the Kickstarter campaign for Drabbledark and come at it from another angle. I want to gather the authors first for the anthology and then seek funding. I think this method will work a lot better. If you feel like challenging yourself to write short, feel free to submit a story for the anthology on the submission page here on the website.

I do have one major announcement which I am very eager to share. I’ve been gathering reprint submissions for an anthology called Timeshift. It’s an anthology themed around stories of time and time travel. I’m excited to say that I’ve gathered some pretty heavy hitters in the genres who have given me some very strong stories. I have stories from Robert Silverberg, Cat Rambo, Alan Baxter, Ken Liu, Kevin J. Anderson, just to name a few. The project is coming along very well and I hope to share more details and a Kickstarter with you very soon. For not I’ll keep writing, keep editing, and we will see what happens.

-ESF

New Publication Forthcoming with More to Come!

I have a Drabble titled The Astral Queen forthcoming in Trembling with Fear, a Horrified Press Imprint. They’re a quality publication and my Drabble will also be collected in their year end anthology. Kind of nice for a story so small to get so much attention.

I also have 8 stories on submission. Two reprint and six original. I am editing three other stories and have plans for several others. I’m cooking with gas for now and hope to share more publications soon, especially that coveted Pro sale I want so much.

It’s been a good month so far. And if you haven’t given it a chance please check out and consider supporting my kickstarter campaign.

All the best.

-ESF

Drabbledark: An Anthology of Dark Drabbles

I’m putting together an anthology and I’m seeking support on Kickstarter. I want to gather 100 Drabbles (a story told in 100 words) from 100 new and established authors. The genres will be science fiction, fantasy and horror and all stories will be dark and twisted. It’s my hope that this will showcase the power of the short short story and give authors a chance to show off what they can do in such a small space. I’m seeking backing because I want to pay pro rates to all authors. Feel free to click here to check out the project and help me get it off the ground if it sounds like something you’d be interested in supporting or being apart of. Thanks!

-ESF

The Goblin Hunter – Flash Fiction

I have a new flash fiction story out today on ZeroFlash Magazine’s website. The piece is a mere 229 words and represents my shortest story to date. ‘The Goblin Hunter’ didn’t really fall into a particular genre and it is a very short story so I decided to go to the route of just getting it out there for this one. Plus, ZeroFlash has a very popular fiction contest every month that turns out some very good fiction. You can read my story for free here.

-ESF

Back in Action – With a Vengeance!

It’s been a long time. A lot happened in the last year in my personal life. A lot of bad followed by an incredible amount of good. I won’t get into specifics but what I can say is that after April 2017 my writing came to a screeching halt. But since January of this year I’m back – with a vengeance!

For 2018 I set myself a few steep goals. I want to write 10 short stories and be professionally published for the first time. I’m happy to say that I’ve already achieved writing the 10 stories this year. I’m following the advice of my favorite authors Ray Bradbury by churning out short fiction. Each story an improvement on my ability as a writer and my strength in the craft.

I’m only submitting to top markets, that is markets that will pay me at the industry standard that SFWA identifies as .06 a word. It’s a numbers game but my love for flash fiction allows me to get quite a bit out there. I’m hopeful of my goals and will do a much better job of posting here for updates.

It’s good to be back!

-ESF

May 2017 – Update

I’ve got a new story out in Empyreome Magazine today titled ‘Sins of the Blood’. It’s a dark fantasy story that explores the toll dark magic takes on a person. It can be read for free here if you’re into that sort of thing.

Right now I’m working on two different short fiction projects for two anthologies I’m hoping to submit to. I’ve not appeared in a regular short fiction anthology and I’m eager to get that experience under my belt.

I’ve got a few stories out for submission to pro markets, which can be a bit of a grind but I am hopeful and I can do nothing but improve with continued writing. It’s a tough shell to crack but it will be worth it when I cross that bridge.

Other than that, it’s been a bit of a slow month on the writing front, a fact that I hope to remedy by the end of the month. I’m hoping for a strong summer, to get more stories written and submitted and I hope to have more release news for you soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to follow my email list to get my new releases sent to your inbox, feel free to sign up by clicking the mailbox on the righthand side of the screen. I only send out emails on the day that a story is published.

Thanks for following along.

-ESF

My Mailing List

I’ve got around to making a mailing list, which can be found on the right sidebar of this site (click the big blue envelope). If you would like to follow along with my publications I will be using this list to send out emails on the publication days of my new works only. I don’t like spam and I’m sure you don’t either so I promise to use this list only for the announcement of publications on publication day and that’s it. With my current rate of getting into magazines and indie pubbing short stories, I expect there to be only one email or less per month. A typical email would be “Hey, this is in this magazine today if you’d like to give it a read” or some such thing. Feel free to join up and thank you for your support.

-ESF