The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 03/15/2009.
Deadlines. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Pretend they don't exist and hope they go away? I usually fall into the last category, or at least I used to. Then I realized that when I picked a particular anthology to aim a story at, the story got written faster (so that I could get it in by the deadline), and the quality of my writing didn't suffer. So I'm experimenting in self-determined deadlines. I'm attending a number of conventions this summer, and I've set myself the goal of finishing the edits on my steampunk novel, Vicesteed, by that time. That's no small challenge. I hope that having a deadline will help me to get it finished. It might also just drive me crazy. Stay tuned, and find out which!
In other news, Allegory is now selling $2 PDFs of their past issues. This includes my eco-horror story, "Blood for Oil," in Volume 1/28.
Darren woke up disoriented. He wasn't in his bed. He was huddled in a blanket in the corner of his bedroom. His skin felt clammy. A nasty stench filled the room, an unholy mixture of sandalwood, a chemical reek that he almost recognized, and human sweat. He wrestled his way free of the blanket, stood, and gasped in shock at the sight the morning sunlight revealed. He might have insulted Serena by hustling her out the door after her shower, but he was very glad she'd gone.
A pool of black slime covered the bed. Footprints led from the bed to the shower. Everywhere he looked, he saw black marks.
Suddenly, a change of scenery sounded like a very good idea.
Read more by buying the Allegory issue.
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