I meant to do this last week, but life got in the way… this time in the form of my nephew who came to visit. He’s 18 now, and because of my former life as a military servicemember and deployed defense contractor, I hadn’t seen him in years. So I spent a while talking to him about the Air Force (which he plans to join!), investing and life in general. Also, I spent a good minute aggressively trying to not get my ass whipped on my own PlayStation games. It was brutal, y’all. Meanwhile this is the stuff that happened in publishing last week.
Counting back from the most recent first, my story Yours in Heaven debuted in Sci Phi Journal. It’s the story of a sociopathic arms dealer who goes from being a captive in an interstellar zoo to Commander-in-Chief of an alien army. I wrote this awhile back and I’ve always loved it because of the voice and style. Unlike a good many of my stories, I think Yours in Heaven is uniquely appropriate for Sci Phi Journal, as they include the philosophical talking points which gives the reader much more to consider beyond what’s just going on at the surface.
Then earlier in the week, along my road to (hopefully!) J.K. Rowling fortune and glory, I accomplished one of my writing career side quests. My story Soliloquy in a Cheap Diner Off Route 66 debuted in Apex Magazine. These guys have, bar none, the BEST submission guidelines in the business. My story is about Lolonyo, a man with strange and awesome abilities, who is trying to brute force his will over the seemingly immutable laws of the universe. Not only was my story published, but Andrea Johnson over at Apex interviewed me, and it was a really awesome interview. Granted, I’ve only done a handful of interviews in my career as a writer, but Andrea had some really dope questions. Read the story, which is free on site, and then check out the interview.