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Finishing Two Language Versions Of A Story At Once

There once was a Dutch-language science fiction story I attempted to win the Harland Awards short story contest with. I subsequently translated it into English, aiming to have both versions ripe for submission at the same time: the deadline for the new Dutch Edge ZERO market. The process to complete revisions on both versions at the same […]

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The 100K Year – February

Still going strong. The second month of my 100K year (the year in which I enlist the help of Beeminder to write at least a hundred thousand words) has yielded: a pro sale of one of my January stories; 8680 words of newly drafted, edited or revised short fiction; 1170 words of edited or outlined novel; two brand new […]

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The 100K Year – January

So far, so excellent. The first month of my 100K year (the year in which I enlist the help of Beeminder to write at least a hundred thousand words) has yielded: 13580 words of newly drafted fiction, edited or revised fiction, and critiques of other writers’ fiction (taking into account how I tally my productivity, […]

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The Ins And Outs Of Selling English-Language Stories

This is something I’ve wanted to blog about for years. High time I got around to it. How do you know your story is ready to go out? Where do you find the publications that might buy it? What are all the things you need to think about before submitting? And many other details… The […]

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Villa Diodati 10: The English Explosion

Yet another Villa Diodati workshop behind me, and once more it was a wonderful experience: friends, great conversation, good food, and geekiness aplenty. Better still: this may have been the most productive VD of the 10. As usual, a group of Villa Diodati speculative fiction writers—myself among them—gathered in an idyllic location (in this case, […]

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Heinlein Rules

Sale! A hugely disloyal member of the marvellous online writers group Codex, when I was still fairly active there I participated in the 2005 Halloween contest. The contest challenge that year was to write a Halloween story based on a ‘seed’, something to prod the muse, provided by another participant. Seeds could be anything from […]

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The subs and subs of George Hayes

The life and death of George Hayes, a story inspired by an oddity on a Falk map of the Azores and my subsequent less-than-successful Google search, is now with Asimov’s. After writing 1,000 words in the summer of 2010, and another 8,000 in November in hurried preparation for the 7th Villa Diodati Writers Workshop, and […]

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A Triumph Of Engineering

And just like that, a new story saw the light. Based on an idea I had years ago, and prompted by the rejection-cum-request-for-more from the Horror Library 4 Anthology, I broke ground on this story in January, on the train to The Hague. Then it lay simmering in my laptop for two months, nagging me […]

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Everything’s Different Now

So when after 81 days GUD sent me an email informing me of Prisoner of War’s 8th rejection, I wasn’t even that disappointed. After all, what’s a little artistic rejection when you have your baby’s sonogram as background image in your cool new phone? Anyway, POW bounced right back out there, this time to the […]

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It’s Nothing Personal

Prisoner of war is rackin’ em up! Its seventh rejection came from Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (fondly known as IGMS), and it wasn’t even a personal rejection. But who knows, maybe it was destined for GUD all that time. I sure hope it was, for that is where it is now. I thought […]

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