For your reading pleasure…

My story Birth Rights is now live at Comets and Criminals!

This was the first short story I wrote, that I actually felt like Iย gotย what makes a short story work. It was the first time I had written one and thought that I would get it published. So in many ways, it was a very important piece of writing for me.

It was first published in A Foreign Countryย last year, and I was thrilled to find a second home for it with Comets and Criminals. It’s a quick read, but not necessarily an easy one. I hope that if you take the time to have a look, you enjoy it.

There is also a poem now available,ย The Museum of Incipient Flight, by Sharon Mock.


Comets & Criminals #1 now available!

The first issue of this new zine was released yesterday! Woo! I have my copy and it looks good ๐Ÿ™‚

On the website, you’ll find the first story,By the Time I Get to Phoenix, by Suzanne Palmer as well as the editorial, outlining the other stories in the issue.ย 

Each week, new bits of the zine will be released online – my story, Birth Rights, will be available next weekend – but you can purchase the entire issue right now for the small sum of $2.99!





New kids on the block

This year has been pretty exciting for us NZ writers – not one, but two, new publishers of speculative fiction have appeared! Magic ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with the men behind both of these ventures. Some of you might recall the interview I did with Stephen Minchin, editor of Steam Press, earlier in the year. I was thrilled to find him passionate and dedicated to his venture. Since chatting with him last, he has signed three books! The first will be released during New Zealand Book month (March, 2012). It sounds like a really great read and I know I’ll be picking it up.

The other two are secret projects – one of them by the incredibly talented couple Matt and Debbie Cowens. They are both fantastic writers, so I am looking forward to that! The final one listed is by Michael Morrissey. He’s new on my radar, but he’s in good company so I am sure it’ll be worth checking out too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Comets and Criminalsย is a new zine dedicated to publishing Science Fiction, Adventure, Historical and Western genre pieces. I actually submitted a short story once I saw they were open, and was thrilled to have it accepted (it’ll be on the site in October, in the first issue). I can say that the editor, Samuel Mae, is a fantastic bloke. He’s great to work with – he communicates really well, and likes to work with the authors to get their stories into the best shape possible. I’d definitely recommend this market, and am looking forward to reading issue one!

So if you have something to submit, long or short, why not consider these markets? They might be the new kids on the block but their passion, drive and commitment are obvious. I think they both have bright futures ahead.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a review of Mary Victoria’s ‘Tymon’s Flight’.