“Sweet Dreams” charity anthology now available

A few weeks ago, via a book review blog site, I stumbled across a call for submissions for an anthology ebook to benefit a young woman with an inoperable brain tumor. I sent the editor my flash fiction piece “The Garden” as a reprint. It was accepted, and the anthology’s now available for purchase at Amazon:

Sweet Dreams (The Lyndsey Roughton Anthology)

The cover makes it look like a straight-out horror collection, but it’s actually a mix of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, and I’m not familiar with any of the other contributors’ work — but some of the titles are definitely intriguing (especially the editor’s contribution “The Great Zombie Pot-Plant Love Thang”). XD

All of the stories were donated by their authors, and the proceeds are going toward making Lyndsey’s last days the best they can be.

To find out more about Lyndsey Roughton, see the editor’s blog post:

Free short story collection and other writing-related updates

I’m a bit behind on publication announcements, so let’s get caught up…

First, I’ve put together a sort of ‘sampler’ ebook called Six Impossible Things, made up of six of my short stories. The collection includes “Childish Things,” “Moon, June, Raccoon,” “Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Meets the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” “Swear Not By the Moon,” “Drawn From Memory,” and “The Garden.” It’s available for free on Smashwords, where you can download it in Kindle format, EPUB, PDF, plain text… pretty much everything except semaphore and interpretive dance. (It’s also on Amazon, but the process of making a book free on Amazon has taken longer than expected, so at the moment the Amazon price is still 99 cents. It will eventually be free, permanently; it may just take a couple more weeks. I’ll make another announcement when the price finally changes.)

Six Impossible Things

Second, the issue of Black Static including my story “Horseman” is due out next month, and as a preview, check out the awesome illustration done for it by artist Rich Sampson. It’ll be in black and white in the actual magazine, but at least you can enjoy it here in all its glory. 🙂

Third, this month saw a really exciting acceptance for one of my stories — “The Bear with the Quantum Heart” was accepted to the online sf/f magazine Strange Horizons, tentatively slated to appear sometime around December. It’s a place I’ve dreamed of being published in for some time now, and tough to get into, so this was an especially satisfying ego boost. The story is about a state-of-the-art educational toy who grows up alongside the child he was bought for, and ends up having a much deeper relationship with her than either of them expected. Call it “Velveteen Rabbit” meets “A.I.,” I suppose. 🙂

As for writing new stuff, a lot of real-life issues have interfered with my writing time and energy over the past several weeks, but at this point I’m still planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo again in August. Before that, though, I’m working on my next Smashwords/Kindle offering (a novella called “Signal”) and trying to get a short story together to submit to this quarter of the Writers of the Future contest before the deadline slips past me.

And, of course, I’ll try to update here more often so I’m not doing these long omnibus posts instead of sticking to one topic and keeping things short, the way all the blog-writing how-to blogs say you should. (Which is one of several reasons I consider this an online journal and not a real “blog.”) :p