Time is fleeting. Once again, I find myself realising it is May, 2018 when just the other day I swear it was January. A lot has happened. I have frail and ill parents who require a lot of attention, though I am not close enough to provide that. I made a journey to see them and was jolted into reality by how frail and elderly they looked since the last time I had seen them (3 years ago). Time is not only fleeting, but a disease of bone and flesh. Difficult decisions were made about care and the old house—met with resistance, of course—and it left me realising that these long, dark days and nights are waiting for all of us. I have been back two weeks, and I am not sure I have fully recovered.
On a lighter note, I have submitted a novella to a publisher, submitted two short stories to magazines; I am also working on a short story for an anthology editor, and a new short novel. (5000 words in so far…).
My contributor copy of Starship Sofa’s anthology just came in the post. It looks great and has some fabulous writers in it, including Samuel R Delany, Ken Liu, Fabio Fernandes, Margret Helgadottir and more. Author interviews inside, as well.
A worthy book if you are looking for some great international writers. Then pre-order your copy now.
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I love Starship Sofa. A great podcasting group. Now I have the honour of being amongst the luminaries. My story “Song for the Asking”, first published in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, is now up as a podcast. Sit back and listen.
I have finished a novella and I am submitting it about. I also have a flash piece out there, hoping to find a home.
I am currently working on a short fantasy piece. But it really feels like pulling teeth. Don’t know why. I also have the bones of a new novella, just waiting for flesh.
A busy start to the new year.
Happy to say that my story “Song for the Asking” has received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the title above. Lots of great stories in these collections.
Works in Progress: I am at the halfway point on a novella, and I have two short stories in the works. I also have the notes and framework for two more novellas. I hope this becomes a very prolific year.
Love comes again for Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, this time from the good people at Blacknerdproblems.com .
A truly great collection of stories and essays in honour of an SF legend.
I’m truly honoured that my story got a recommendation:
“I recommend “Song for the Asking” by Carmelo Rafala, a story about a man who’s converted to his oppressor’s religion, only to spend his life trying to prove he’s a true believer. There’s the very real sense that, fail or succeed, he’ll never be fully embraced by the faith he tries to embody and serve.”
Now that sets the new year off on a pretty awesome tone.
Read the full review HERE.
It’s been a while since I posted. It’s been a great year in terms of reviews and meeting and getting to know some really great people, such as Bill Campbell, Geoff Ryman, Tade Thompson, Nick Wood, Zen Cho, Nisi Shawl, and many others. I also now co-edit Shattered Prism magazine with Amir Naaman. Great stories by Lavie Tidhar and others. Read it. Support it. Share it.
Also had the pleasure of being in two great anthologies: Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, and The World and the Stars, edited by Chris Butler and published by Deborah Jay.
I will face the new year with determination to complete more short fiction, and finish a novella (under the watchful gaze of the awesome Nisi).
See you again soon.