SQ Mag Edition 18, featuring my story, ‘Like Clockwork’, is now available for free on the SQ Mag website. ‘Like Clockwork’ took second prize in the Story Quest ‘Punkin’ the Train’ contest at the start of December 2014.
It’s the first of my Mars stories (featuring sand-sculpted dwellings, roaming bases and ‘aye-aye’ AI robots) to be published, though it’s one of the most recent I’ve written. More to come, I hope.
Novels written in 2014
- The House-sitter (74,000 words) – SF time-travel mystery
Short stories written in 2014
- A Crest of a Wave (2300 words) – SF, Mars
- Like Clockwork (3000 words) – SF, Mars
- Cast In The Same Mould (4200 words) – SF, Mars
- Finding Waltzer-Three (1400 words) – SF
- An Empty Vessel (3000 words) – horror
- What Are We Going To Do With You? (5900 words) – YA horror
Flash fiction written in 2014
- For a Tooth (850 words) – humorous SF
- Kraken Mare (250 words) – SF
- Corvus Cornix (250 words) – horror
- All I Can See Are Sad Eyes (850 words) – horror
Fiction sales in 2014
- By the Numbers (4200 words) – SF, written 2012 – Infinite Science Fiction One anthology, Sep 2014
- Finding Waltzer-Three (1400 words) – SF, written 2014 – Interzone #255, Nov 2014
- Like Clockwork (3000 words) – SF, Mars, written 2014 – 2nd prize in Story Quest contest, to be published in forthcoming issue of SQ Mag
- The Sleeper (1650 words) – SF, written 2013 – to be published in forthcoming issue of Phobos
- Carus & Mitch (16,500 words) – horror, written 2013 – to be published as standalone print/epub title, Feb 2015, Omnium Gatherum Books
I wrote about 124,000 (new) words in 2014. That’s less than last year, but that figure doesn’t reflect the huge amount of time editing and reworking ‘The House-sitter’. Also, I’ve often been exhausted due to my son’s sleep patterns, so this is still a higher word count than I’d anticipated.
To date, my fiction word count total is now something in the region of 448,000 words. I’d hope to reach the half-million mark at some point in early 2015.
I’ve just been told that my story, ‘Like Clockwork’ has won second place in SQ Mag’s current Story Quest contest. The theme of the contest was ‘Punkin’ the Train’ – though my story isn’t specifically steampunk or dieselpunk etc and I’m not sure which classification might include a Martian sand-sculpted steam train… This nostalgic version of Mars features in several of my stories, but this is the first that’ll be published. I’ve always liked the idea of threading a story/world across several publications, so fingers crossed for that. I don’t yet know which issue of SQ Mag will include ‘Like Clockwork’.
So that’s good news, and offsets a rejection email (for another story) that came through at around the same time. Despite the harshness, I’m very much in favour of this kind of blunt feedback: “The high quality of the writing camouflages that this is a very dull story. It’s very dry, slow and neither inspires fear or wonder.”
Swings and roundabouts.