So I spent the last few weeks with most of my online presence dedicated to getting awareness out on Pendulum Heroes. Finding people and places to review it, town crying on Facebook and doing crazy amounts of research. And I’m still working… I just built a new page on the gristle dedicated to it. It’s to the point where it didn’t quite feel natural to leave that first line featuring the novel’s name without a link to Amazon where you can buy. I keep looking up at it like it’s naked, like I’m missing a primo place to sell. It’s a war in these trenches, folks.
That said, I have kinda fell off on my short story writerly duties. Chief among them is to tell you guys I have another story published on Apex Magazine. This one’s called Three Meetings of the Pregnant Man Support Group and it’s my second time appearing in Apex, which is pretty awesome. When they sent me the acceptance I felt like opening my door and shouting “it wasn’t a fluke!” but I thought better of it when I thought how I’d take that same message if a neighbor did that and I’d come to the conclusion that their significant other wasn’t getting the right kind of attention. Instead of that, I pushed some books. Didn’t quite feel the same, though.
Also in this issue of Apex, I had the pleasure of being interviewed again by Andrea Johnson. I hold fast to my belief that she’s bar none the best interviewer in the business… she does a great amount of research about the writer and asks very intelligent and poignant questions. You can tell she’s passionate about what she does and she brings that passion to the table when she talks to you. The link’s at the start of the paragraph, check it out and see what I’m talking about.
Finally, we’re almost in July and with that comes my latest story “A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds” in Lightspeed Magazine. This is my first time ever getting into Lightspeed and it’s one of those big ones that I’ve always aspired to get an acceptance from. It’s a story about killer steampunk cyborg monkeys and a homeless street urchin. If that didn’t prompt an eyebrow raise from you then you must’ve lost your eyebrows in a freak running-with-scissors incident.
You won’t see too many more of these announcements in the near future, I think. I’m doing less short story writing and focusing on trying to finish the third book. That said, it’s hard to stop completely, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have a flash piece or two to entertain you between novels. We’ll see. In the book world, it feels like I’m starting over again. At this point, I’m fine with that. A few of y’all remember my first pro sale, how stoked I was, how I went at this like a war in the trenches. I feel like I’ve reached the top of the hill when it comes to short story telling and short story selling. Time for me to get back in the trench.
That’s about it. Check out my new Pendulum Heroes page if you’re interested in getting more information about the series. I would put the link but it’s right up there at the top of the page and I’m trying to fight that whole add links addiction. Oh, what the hell.