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Re: Success!

Postby Grayson Morris » Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:49 am

vanaaron wrote:Thanks, I appreciate that! I hope the story didn't hit too close to home for you. wotf014

No, not at all--but I'm moved by the fact you remembered that about me, and thought of it in this context. Thanks for that.
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Re: Success!

Postby katsincommand » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:02 am

vanaaron wrote:My story Random Fire is now up at Abyss & Apex. This one has an odd structural gimmick to it, so I am anxious to see if people notice that and what they think of it if they do.


Awesome story... heartwrenching.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ember » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:44 pm

Vanaaron - I really liked your "structural gimmick". That dischordant moment of "hey, what???" made it all the more powerful when I worked it out. Great story!

Congrats Steve!
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Re: Success!

Postby klaatu » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:12 am

klaatu wrote:
Anywhere But Earth
available now. (http://keithstevenson.com/CDLblog/online-store/)

Publisher Coeur De Lion (Keith Stevenson) is well respected in small press. His last anthology, X6, has won a number of awards around the world.

There are at least three of us from these forums that are on the TOC (Dame, Patty and myself) and at least three WOTF winners (Patty Jansen, Jason Fischer and Cat Sparks) - along with names such as Rob Hood, Margo Lanagan, Richard Harland, Kim Westwood - (plus many more)

An excellent anthology that is sure to win awards.....


Thanks to all those who congratulated me or wished me well.

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Re: Success!

Postby vanaaron » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:41 am

Thanks for the positive feedback on "Random Fire," everyone!

That's a great table of contents, Steve. Congratulations!
gower21 wrote:Vanaaron-read your story. Nice Job! And wow what an emotional story. I was holding my breath at the end. All the science stuff at the beginning was hard for me to follow. Where do you get all your science info from? Do you have a background or just really good at research. Or was it all made up and I fell for it? Can you tell I have no clue when it comes to physics?

I have no particular expertise in physics either, but once I had decided the main character should be a physicist I realized I had to put in some technical talk. I had at least read a book a few years back about the double-slit experiment and Schrödinger's Cat and such, so I tried playing around with that. (The only research I did was looking up lingo -- "Bloch spheres," "electron topology," etc. -- I have not the first clue what any of those things are.) I was afraid it would all come across as very phony hand-waving, but when I sent it to Abyss & Apex, it turned out the physics was what they liked best about the story. They asked for a rewrite of the story before accepting it, but they instructed me not to change any of the physics. Go figure.

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Re: Success!

Postby madison » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:21 pm

I got an email today from Buzzy Multimedia telling me they've accepted my short story after I'd rewritten and resubmitted :) So now they'll assign me an editor and we'll bring it to whatever shape they want. The first issue won't come out until next year and I'm curious to see how the quality of the work compares to others already out there. They're paying 5 cents/word, so not too shabby on that end! wotf010

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:23 pm

Yeeehaaa, Madison! I'll be looking for it!
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Re: Success!

Postby klaatu » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:35 pm

Congratulations! That's great.


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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:54 pm

Congrats, Madison! Let us know when it's available, of course.
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Re: Success!

Postby MJNL » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:24 pm

Awesome, congrats!
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Re: Success!

Postby kyle » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:37 pm

Congratulations, Madison! That's not too shabby a sale! wotf010

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Re: Success!

Postby Grayson Morris » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:02 am

Congratulations, Madison! Woo hoo!
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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:37 pm

My short story, "La Boca del Diablo," is out now in Dark Highlands, Vol. 3, available in paperback from Amazon.

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Postby MJNL » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:39 pm

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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:59 pm

No Kindle version, Alex?
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Re: Success!

Postby gower21 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:03 pm

Wow! lots of success reports. This is my favorite thread on the board. Congrats Madison and Alex! And also thank you Vanaaron for answering my questions about the science of it. It gives me some hope as a soft science graduate that I might one day be able to be as convincing with hard science in my stories as you were in Random Fire!!

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Re: Success!

Postby madison » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:55 pm

Yes, this is a nice list to visit after being in the other room, isn't it? I like it a lot better! Thanks wotf008

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Re: Success!

Postby kyle » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:43 pm

Congratulations, Alex!

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Re: Success!

Postby madison » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:49 pm

Congratulations, Alex! The anthology sounds like one I'd like.

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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:02 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:No Kindle version, Alex?

Hopefully soon! With Vol. 2, there were a couple months between paperback and ebook release, for whatever reason. So yes, there will be a Kindle version, but it might be another month or so.
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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:12 pm

Alex Kane wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:No Kindle version, Alex?

Hopefully soon! With Vol. 2, there were a couple months between paperback and ebook release, for whatever reason. So yes, there will be a Kindle version, but it might be another month or so.


OK, I'm eagerly waiting. At this point, other than comic books, I've gone nearly 100% Kindle. Unless it's a book I must have and it's too obscure for a Kindle version, I'll wait. The last print book I bought was an old book on building a model of the Cutty Sark. It's public domain, and so there are many publishers who print it; but not a one of them has released it on Kindle.

And in 15 days -- 15 FREAKIN' DAYS, I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!!! -- I'll get my new Kindle Fire, and I'll be reading my comics on Kindle, too! I've pre-ordered the Kindle version of Watchmen.
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Re: Success!

Postby Grayson Morris » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:55 am

Yay, Alex!
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Re: Success!

Postby vanaaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:42 am

Congratulations, Alex!

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Re: Success!

Postby E.CaimanSands » Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:44 am

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Re: Success!

Postby vanaaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:18 am

I have a new flash piece called "The Burbles" up at The Dream People. This was my first attempt at writing Bizarro fiction, so I'm very pleased to have it appear at The Dream People, which is a respected Bizarro publication. Among other good stuff, the issue I'm in also includes a story by Cat Rambo and an interview with Joe R. Lansdale.

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Re: Success!

Postby kyle » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:58 am

I've got one word for you, vanaaron: WEIRD!

But congrats! Great bizarro fun!

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Re: Success!

Postby M.O.Muriel » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:16 pm

wotf048 And I thought that I sometimes wrote weird flash, Aaron, geesh. How did you ever get away with that first sentence, er, paragraph????? wotf006

I have a writing buddy from the writers meetup I used to organize who writes jeeeeest like that. He's got something like 50+ sales to zines. There is definitely a market!

Haha, btw: I had a flash piece in AlienSkin a few years ago that also featured a Pac-Man wotf024
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Re: Success!

Postby M.O.Muriel » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:17 pm

@ madison: I totally agree with you. I like this thread much better wotf007
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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:24 pm

kyle wrote:I've got one word for you, vanaaron: WEIRD!

But congrats! Great bizarro fun!


I would add the word VERY!

Nice read.
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Re: Success!

Postby vanaaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:24 pm

Thanks!

As to the weirdness quotient, when I was writing this I feared it wouldn't sell anywhere because it was not weird enough for Bizarro but too weird for anyone else.

Meghan, every last person in my writing group tried to talk me out of that first sentence, but I had a hunch a Bizarro editor might like it. And I want to see your Pac-Man story. wotf007


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