Posts tagged with "apocalypse daily" - Faerye Net 2011-04-05T21:26:15+00:00 Felicity Shoulders "Apocalypse Daily" is on shelves! 2011-04-05T21:26:15+00:00 2011-04-05T21:46:36+00:00 <p>My latest story in <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>, &ldquo;<a href="" target="links">Apocalypse Daily</a>&rdquo;, is on shelves in the June 2011 issue! (Click the name of the story to read the first few paragraphs!)</p> <p>This is what it looks like:<br /> <center><img src="" alt="June 2011 Asimov's cover" /></center></p> <p>As you can see, the headlining novella is from Portland&#8217;s own <a href="" target="links">Mary Robinette Kowal</a>, Nebula-nominated novelist! Two Portland people! Don&#8217;t you just <em>need</em> a copy?</p> <p><strong>Getting a paper copy:</strong> Traditional newsstands often carry <em>Asimov’s</em>. Many Barnes &amp; Noble locations carry it, but it’s best to call ahead if you’ve never spied it out at that particular store before.</p> <p>Portlanders allergic to big chain stores can head down to <a href="" target="links">Rich’s Cigar Store</a>, which carries <em>Asimov’s</em> in their extensive magazine collection. The main store on SW Alder has the most copies. Also, the <strong>main store will ship magazines to out-of-town customers</strong> — call them up!</blockquote></p> <p>Digital versions will be available soon at Amazon, B&amp;N, Sony, Fictionwise, et c. I will update this post as I discover these editions are available.</p> Underpopulated 2011-03-09T21:59:14+00:00 2011-03-09T22:12:06+00:00 <p><a href="" target="links">My dear friend Jeannine</a>, a speculative poet of great talent, is also a vigilant <a href="" target="links">lit-blogger</a>. It was she who alerted me to this <a href="" target="links">interview the amazing <a href="" target="links">Duotrope</a> did with the fantastic <a href="" target="links">Sheila Williams</a>, editor of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s</em></a>.</p> <p>Now, I&#8217;ll own Jeannine brought it to my attention because I am mentioned therein, but something else about it caught my eye. In part of her response to the question &#8220;What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?&#8221; Sheila said: &#8220;Most stories are underpopulated. A lot of the tale can be told through the interaction of characters.&#8221;</p> <p>I don&#8217;t think Sheila knows it, but she has my number here. (She doesn&#8217;t know it unless I&#8217;ve mentioned it to her. I&#8217;m a procrastinating perfectionist, so she doesn&#8217;t see a story from me until I&#8217;m pretty damn proud of it.) I have learned from hard experience that when a story is just not working &#8212; it doesn&#8217;t want to unfold onto the page, or the first draft is flat as a board &#8212; adding a character often fixes it.</p> <p>I actually wrote a story draft last year where only one character appeared in the flesh (a few more via videoconference. And a cat.) Did it need to have only one character? Was it about solitude, loneliness, shut-ins, or anything of the sort? No. In fact, having only one character made the story flat and unengaging. Once I added a second character, the draft started working and more conflict started seeping in. I hardly need tell you that a story needs conflict like a sled needs snow. With a second character on the scene and a few more revisions, I deemed that story ready to go to Sheila, and it will appear next month <a href="" target="links">in the June issue</a>.</p> <p>I wish I could say that that was the first time I&#8217;ve needed to add more characters to a story, but in its first version, <a href="" target="links">&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;</a> was missing one of its most important characters. I threw out that version and rewrote from scratch. It took a lot of revision even so, but the story found its heart as soon as I wrote Minerva in.</p> <p>Like most specific writing advice, this doesn&#8217;t apply to everyone. I know I&#8217;ve talked to other writers who have to cut characters out routinely. Maybe my tendency to draw a small cast onto a stage is related to my tendency to write spare drafts that need to be expanded &#8212; another habit many writers don&#8217;t share. But I am pleased to report that like many bad habits, underpopulation can be minimized through practice. I haven&#8217;t had to stop mid-story to rip up and reweave with a new character for a while, and hopefully I&#8217;ll continue the streak. Even though I&#8217;m alone with the page, my characters don&#8217;t have to be.</p> Newsstand date for "Apocalypse Daily" 2011-02-18T23:22:14+00:00 2011-02-19T16:13:22+00:00 <p>The June issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a> is due on newsstands April 5, and will be out to subscribers earlier still. This one will contain my story &#8220;Apocalypse Daily&#8221;, a tantalizing snippet of which can be obtained <a href="">from this earlier blog post</a>.</p> <p>As usual, I will announce its availability at the top of my blog-voice when it occurs, but if you want to set a calendar alarm too&#8230;then you&#8217;re probably related to me!</p> Projected issue for "Apocalypse Daily" 2010-12-07T17:10:11+00:00 2010-12-07T17:10:42+00:00 <p>My story &#8220;Apocalypse Daily&#8221;, whose sale to <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s</em></a> I trumpeted <a href="" target="links">in an earlier blog post</a>, has an <span class="caps">ETA</span>! It is slated to appear in the June issue of <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em>. I will post again when I know the exact newsstand date, but I believe it will be in April.</p> <p>Click through to <a href="" target="links">the original announcement</a> if you would like to read a teaser from the beginning of this story. I&#8217;m excited for it to make its debut!</p> Story sold to Asimov's: "Apocalypse Daily" 2010-08-25T10:20:33+00:00 2010-08-25T10:21:11+00:00 <p>I am so very pleased to announce that I have sold another story to <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>! <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em> has been dear to my heart for many years, and I am incredibly proud to have had <strong>four</strong> stories accepted there.</p> <p>This story is called &#8220;Apocalypse Daily&#8221;. Many thanks to those who gave it a read, and to my cousin Sylvia who helped me with some vocab.</p> <p>I was thinking, since of course I can&#8217;t offer you anything so concrete as a date of release or an issue, that I&#8217;d emulate <a href="" target="links">Mary Robinette Kowal</a> and offer you a teaser from the beginning of the story instead.</p> <blockquote><center><strong>Apocalypse Daily</strong></center> <p>“How shall I end the world today?” Katrina Vang asked the ceiling. The ceiling didn’t respond, and her cat offered only a petulant mew.</p> <p>“What kind of question is that to ask a poor dumb animal?” Natalie said from the doorway, and Katrina blinked to make sure she was actually awake. Right, her sister was supposed to be there. Sleeping on the couch due to a sudden lack of job and apartment.</p> <p>“Traddles woke me up by sticking his paw in my eye socket. He owes me.”</p> <p>“Still, you can’t ask the cat to do your job for you. End the world yourself.”</blockquote></p>