New stories in the works

Overwater copyI’ve been a busy boy over the last year. Among other things, I finished Booming Ground, a six-month writing membership through the University of British Coumbia under the tutelage of author Geoff Cole. Man he whipped me into shape. It was one of the most productive things I’ve ever done as a writer (besides use the craft to pay bills).

My new weird west/sci-fi fantasy story The Dim Beneath the Lights was accepted into the anthology Burnt, put out by the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association. It will be released in the fall at When Words Collide. I’ll share more details and pretty pictures when we get closer to the date.

Also, I submitted the 46,000 word steampunk manuscript I worked on through Booming Ground to a highly respected small press and received a tentative offer if I bring it up to novel length in time for a 2017 release. It’s not a done deal, but I will complete the novel at that length this summer either way. You will see it  somewhere, rest assured. Set in an alternate version of 1915, it features Karl Weiss, a navy salvage diver with mysterious ties to Harry Houdini, and John Mulholland, a Kentucky-bred engineer marinating himself in bourbon and slowly going to seed. They run afoul of a femme fatale who is wiping the minds of the inventors that would bring the world out of the steam age. Airship battles and a mysterious undersea city figure prominently in the plot.

My current time-suck is a 10,000 word sci-fi noir story tentatively titled Schematic Diagram of a Murder-bot. It was originally written with the intention of submitting it to an anthology that has now been cancelled. I’m quite pleased with it, lots of editing to do still of course, but to sell it elsewhere I likely need to cut 4,000 words.  Cut 1000 to 2000? No problem. Hacking out 4000 will definitely kill some good bits well beyond the “my darlings” level. We shall see.