Monday, January 31, 2011

"Song of the Dead" in SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT

My sensual dark speculative poem "Song of the Dead" has been published in the February 2011 issue (Issue 8) of Sounds of the Night. Oh, those "strange damsels forever young"!

For those who might like to buy a copy of the zine, it is available for purchase here:
Sounds of the Night

"Something in the Yew" Finally Found a Home (Hopefully)

"Something in the Yew", my dark speculative poem that was almost published in Doorways, but Doorways died before publishing it, and was short-listed at another publication, but the editor of that publication removed it from her list when she mistakenly thought I had sent a message withdrawing the piece, has been accepted for publication in Issue 1 of ParABnormal Digest. Let's hope it actually sees publication this time around! Pardon me if I remain anxious until after the poem is in print. With this particular piece, I have my reasons.

Of course, this still means that my semi-pro almost sale came to naught in the end. I just couldn't place the poem in another market comparable, pay-rate-wise, to the now-deceased Doorways.I was to have received $19.00 for the publication of "Something in the Yew" in Doorways. I will receive $3.00 for publication of the poem in ParABnormal. That's a difference of $16.00. Looking on the bright side, I'm still going to get paid something for "Something in the Yew". Something is better than nothing.

Now, if this status-business really meant much more than different pay-rates and circulation numbers, I should have placed the poem in another market comparable to Doorways, right? As it was, I was lucky to have the poem accepted a second time anywhere, period. I'm glad it found a home in ParABnormal Digest, but I can't help but to feel disappointed that I went from potentially receiving $19.00 to receiving only $3.00 for the exact same work. At least it should indeed be published this time, barring any last-minute disasters. I already sent my agreement to the contract back to the poetry editor. As always, I'll post an entry when the work is in print.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not griping about my poem being accepted for publication in ParABnormal Digest. I'm immensely relieved that it seems to have finally found a home. I'm just lamenting the loss of my semi-pro sale. I'll probably be lamenting that loss for a long time to come. I also think the story of this poem's publication woes is a fine example of how luck plays a role in publication.

Any wonder why I don't take those status-obsessed-types in the genre writing world completely seriously? Too much is left up to luck and fate for me to become overly obsessed with status. If I began to dwell too much on status, it would drive me madder than I already am!

Friday, January 28, 2011

When You're Strange (Or Not)

Every so often, I see genre writers commenting about how people they meet outside of the genre writing field often look at them funny when they say they write genre literature. Basically, such comments make one believe that those outside of the field act as if genre writers have six heads!

Strange thing is, nobody looks at me strangely when I say that I'm an artist and illustrator who illustrates mostly horror, science fiction, and fantasy material. I've even mentioned that I illustrate my own written works (mostly poetry) as well as the works of others. So far, people have seemed genuinely fascinated when I tell them what I do with my time. I have yet to see sidelong stares or rolling eyes. I have yet to hear discouraging words or statements to the effect that being involved in the genre field is for geeks and weirdos. (Now, if I still spoke to my mother, I'm sure she would give me an earful about "starving artists" and the like, but whatever discouraging words she might spout out don't really count.)

To give a specific example, during my recent trip to the optometrist's office, both the receptionist and the lady helping me pick out glasses appeared interested when I mentioned that I'm an illustrator of genre works. I caught no hint whatsoever that they viewed me as an aberrant oddball. Perhaps they did think it and just didn't show it, but I would like to believe that they were honestly intrigued by what I do.

Of course, the rules may be different for artists. After all, I've been told repeatedly that the rules for art are different than the rules for writing. I assume the same is true for artists and writers. Lately, since I've been spending more time on art than writing, and since my writing successes may be a bit questionable to some, I've developed a tendency to call myself an "artist/illustrator" instead of a "writer/poet".

Then again, maybe I simply don't get out and meet enough people. I can be a bit reclusive at times. On the other hand, perhaps I haven't run into the right sorts of people yet. Or, maybe I'm just not outwardly strange enough. Gotta work on that!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Artwork Accepted for Publication in HOUSE OF HORROR

I received word today that my piece of Valentine's horror art, "My Macabre Valentine", has been accepted for publication in House of Horror. I like it when a work created for a specific market actually gets accepted at that market, especially when that work was centred on a theme. I never know what to do with those themed pieces that get rejected. What would I have done with a piece of Valentine's-themed horror art if it didn't get accepted for publication in the Valentine's issue of House of Horror, other than try to find another horror zine with a Valentine's-themed issue?

Anyway, no such worries this time out. My two days of work on my bit of macabre Valentine's art paid off. Yay!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reprint Poem Accepted at HOUSE OF HORROR

My dark poem "Visages of Betrayal and Madness", originally published in Issue 8 of The Monsters Next Door, has been accepted for publication in House of Horror. Mu ha ha ha ha haa! (cue thunder and lightning)

"Visages of Betrayal and Madness" happens to be one of the darkest of my dark poems, and it is also one of my rare ventures outside of supernatural or paranormal darkness. There is nothing supernatural or paranormal about the poem. Nevertheless, it contains some rather disturbing imagery, perhaps made even more disturbing for the fact that the images aren't paranormal or supernatural in nature. I delved deep into my own darker feelings when I wrote this one, and I'm proud of the results.

Anyway, I'm glad it found another home. It took a few tries to find the right place for this particular reprint, but that happens sometimes (more often than not, actually). If there is one thing I've learned about poetry is that appreciation of poetry is a very subjective thing. What doesn't work at all for some works just fine for others, and vice versa.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Crimbolain" in Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store


My three-eyed alien critter "Crimbolain" now appears on merchandise in the Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store. The drawing was originally published, as black and white interior art, in the July 2010 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing magazine Beyond Centauri. The crimbolain is so cute, in a strange sort of way, that I felt I had to add him to stuff in my Zazzle store.

Review of Elizabeth Barrette's PRISMATICA

In Prismatica: Science Fiction Poetry Spanning the Spectrum, Elizabeth Barrette unabashedly tackles standard speculative tropes, such as faster than light travel, alien life, colonisation of distant planets, androids, and telepathy, head-on. The freshness of Elizabeth’s accessible prose ensures that such themes never feel hackneyed. Her skilful ability to approach familiar concepts from slightly different angles gives old ideas a new sheen. Occasionally, the reader is presented with that most speculative of perspectives, a non-human point-of-view.

Richly colourful and often wildly imaginative imagery adds welcome detail to Prismatica’s scenes of other worlds and far-off times. However, Elizabeth’s verse contains much more than wondrous images and new twists on old tropes; there is also a moral depth to her work. A few of the works, such as “Countdown”, warn of a bleak future, but many more hint of hopeful times ahead. A love of living things and an appreciation of the miracle of life, no matter what form life takes or where it may be found, runs throughout the collection. In one instance, Elizabeth elegantly answers the question of whether or not aliens have souls. In another, she stands the concept of intelligent design on its head, deftly displaying the superiority of evolved life over manufactured life.

Although speculative in nature, Elizabeth’s poetry explores universal realities. Her verse touches on the inevitable truth of science, the indomitable aspect of the human spirit, and the intertwined thrills and perils of space travel. In one work, we see scientists on various worlds suffering for revealing scientific truths, but we’re reminded that science will ultimately prevail. In another, we meet a resolute dreamer that finally makes it to the moon after decades of saying she would travel in space. In yet another, we witness a frozen teddy bear floating in space when a doomed ship full of refugees breaks up in flight.

The division into different colours (plus clear) is an interesting way to organize a collection that claims to span the spectrum, but such an organisation seems somewhat imperfectly followed in Prismatica. The very first poem is found all on its own, outside of any of the divisions. Plus, certain colours of the rainbow (orange, indigo, and violet) are absent entirely. The scientific side of my nature would have liked to have seen a more complete spanning of the visible spectrum.

All in all, I think Prismatica is literary enough to appeal to fans of literary poetry and speculative enough to appeal to fans of speculative literature. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Elizabeth’s verse is both readable and poetic. It often contains intriguing imagery and thought-provoking moralities, and yet it is neither weighed down by too much description, nor dragged down by heavy-handed preaching. It engenders a sense of wonder and makes one think (and even smile on occasion), truly the mark of quality speculative poetry.

Niteblade Art Blog: Polaria and Polar Twilight

In the latest installment of the Niteblade Art Blog, I feature the sci-fi and horror art of the Alaskan artist Cathy Miller Burgoyne. With series names like "Polararia" (for her sci-fi art) and "Polar Twilight" (for her horror art), Cathy is obviously influenced and inspired by her arctic surroundings. There is also an interestingly surreal feel to much of her work. As I say in the art blog entry, some of it begs the viewer to take more than one look.

Check out a few examples of Cathy's art here: Polaria and Polar Twilight.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Art on Cover of OG'S SPECULATIVE FICTION


My artwork "Wandering Ole Willow" appears on the cover of Issue #28 of OG's Speculative Fiction. Yay! Another cover!

When I drew this one, I worried that the tree didn't look an awfully lot like a willow tree. My wife, always the more reasonable sort, pointed out that it did look like a tree. She said that only a nature nut like myself would notice if it didn't quite look like a willow.

Anyway, the image works well enough.

Lighthouse


My "Lighthouse" is now available on merchandise in the Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store. This was something I drew back in 2005, two years before I started composing art for publication. I believe I created it as a gift. I've been wanting to expand the store a bit, and I figured I might as well get some use out of this drawing. So, I reworked the image a bit and slapped it on some items. The tie in particular looks pretty nifty (I went with a darker blue background for the tie, and the darker blue really makes the lighthouse stand out).

Friday, January 14, 2011

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Lighthouse Button from Zazzle.com

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Lighthouse Tie from Zazzle.com

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vote for Me!

Please consider voting for me and my works nominated in the P&E Readers Poll.

"Vengeance of the Alpe", published in the All Souls' Night 2010 issue of Hungur, has been nominated in the Horror Short Stories Category. Of course, this one could possibly fit just as easily in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories Category, since it has fantasy elements as well as elements of horror. At times, I like to write works that cross genre boundaries, just to cause confusion.

"Shroudeater", published in the Walpurgisnacht 2010 issue of Hungur, has been nominated in the Poems Category. This one is my 80-line verse inspired by alpine vampire lore. No sparkly emo vampires here; my shroud-eating vampire is quite monstrous and malign.

My article "Robert the Bruce", published in the July 2010 issue of Abandoned Towers, has been nominated in the Nonfiction Articles Category. To be quite honest, I would have chosen "The Alp and the Schrattl" to continue the pattern of alpine vampires, but The Bruce is a favourite historical figure of mine, so it's kind of nice to receive a little bit of recognition for my Bruce article.

My illustration "When Wizards Dream at Night", published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, has been nominated in the Artwork Category. This is a rather strange choice. I wouldn't consider it the best of my art published in 2010. Still, it's kind of a neat piece, and it's viewable on-line.

My cover-art for David C. Kopaska-Merkel's speculative poetry collection Brushfires has been nominated in the Book/e-Book Cover Category. This is the first time I will have something in that particular category. This was actually the first time my art appeared on a book cover.

I have also been nominated in the Artists Category. Strangely enough, I don't seem to have yet been nominated in the Poets Category. Perhaps someone out there could consider nominating me in the poets category, if you think my poetry worthy of nomination. Please?

Thanks!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

P&E Readers Poll: Nominate Me! (Please)

Looks like the P&E Readers Poll is back up (after being down for a bit). Please consider nominating me and my works (stories, poetry, art, and non-fiction articles), or voting for those works of mine that may have already been nominated, in the P&E Readers Poll. I and my works should qualify for nominations in the Horror Short Stories (or Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories, depending on how you would categorize "Vengeance of the Alpe"), Poems, Non-Fiction Articles, Artwork, Book/e-Book Cover Artwork (for my cover-art for Brushfires and Under the Ash), Poets, and Artists Categories. For those that might consider nominating my works in the P&E Readers Poll, here again is a link to my List of 2010 Publications.

Thank you!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Review of Elizabeth Barrette's FROM NATURE'S PATIENT HAND

A while back, I was sent a copy of Elizabeth Barrette's From Nature's Patient Hands (published by Diminuendo Press) for review purposes. What follows are my impressions of Elizabeth's collection. Bear with me if I go into too much detail; this whole reviewing thing is rather new to me. Being impressed by Elizabeth's ability to lead the reader toward viewing things from a different perspective and her adept use of figurative language, I wanted to give those that might read this review a good taste of what to expect from her collection.

In From Nature’s Patient Hands, Elizabeth Barrette shows herself to be a keen observer of the natural world as well as a lover of nature. Her refreshingly readable verse, poetic and yet accessible, deftly steers the reader toward looking at the natural world in a different way. Migrating geese are compared to rude motorists. Hummingbirds are viewed as fearless midgets. A wolf’s howl becomes a lullaby. Beyond the wild beauty of leaf and flower, the herbalist sees nature’s power to heal. Fire is stored sunlight. Death is a glory, when it’s the gloriously vibrant death of autumn leaves.

Not only does Elizabeth’s verse guide the reader toward an unexpected perspective, it also stirs the heart and soul. As a reader, I shared the poet’s disappointment when the first snowflake of the season turned out to be merely thistledown. I felt for the dying monarch placed beneath the mums so that it could die in peace. I sensed the awe inspired by a surprise twilight rainbow or an exquisitely golden alpenglow.

Nature herself is a tangible presence in From Nature’s Patient Hands. Elizabeth’s poetry presents scenes of nature’s beauty and bounty touched with glimpses of nature’s spirit. Various aspects of the natural world are wonderfully personified. A lazy Miss Spring slaps the snooze button. An angry sky shakes its fist during a thunderstorm. A joyous Lady Autumn dances. The verdant jungle lifts her green skirts to reveal a lacy white waterfall. Summer and winter argue over who will reign supreme.

Throughout this collection, the reader is made well aware of the flow of time, of the cycle of the seasons. Oftentimes, hints of the next season lurk right around the corner, as a reminder that midsummer warmth inexorably gives way to autumn’s chill and winter’s ice inevitably gives way to spring’s thaw.

My only real complaint about the collection is the inclusion of a few prose poetry or poetic prose pieces. They seemed out of place amid the more traditional verse. However, I am admittedly no fan of prose poetry. I really have a hard time distinguishing between prose poetry and poetic prose, so my bias against prose poetry may be showing when I say that the prose poetry or poetic prose present in this collection didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the verse.

Anyway, I think all lovers of nature will appreciate Elizabeth’s collection of verse inspired by the natural world. Her beautiful and accessible verse may even find fans among those that proclaim a dislike for poetry. If the ugly, dense, and obscure garbage that passes for modern verse has soured you to poetry, give Elizabeth’s works a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.

"The Devil's Dungeon" Accepted for Publication in TREMBLES

My dark speculative poem "The Devil's Dungeon" has been accepted for publication in the horror magazine Trembles. It may appear in either the April or the July issue; the editor hasn't decided which. Whichever is fine by me.

In case you were wondering, this is indeed the same poem I was talking about in my earlier post, the poem I previously sent to another venue but had yet to receive a reply to my initial submission or subsequent query. Once I sent it off to Trembles, I received a reply in something like thirty-four minutes. This is one of the swiftest acceptances I've seen yet! Quite a difference between receiving a reply in thirty-four minutes and still awaiting a reply after sixteen weeks.

Anyway, it looks like "The Devil's Dungeon", something I wrote back in March 2008, finally found a home. There was a while I thought it would never find a home, never see publication. Not only does this poem date back to March 2008, it was also part of my ill-fated dark poetry collection. It's always a very good thing when a piece from that doomed collection finds a home.

By the way, the editor actually commented on the poem's imagery. He said it made him feel like he was going down a trip to Dante's little world. I'm always glad when an editor or a reader appreciates my imagery. Being a visual artist as well as a poet, imagery is very important to me. In this case, being something of a medievalist as well, I may have had Dante's Inferno in the back of my head when writing this piece. It was certainly meant to be very dark and dreadful.

What to do About Those "No Replies"?

If you've followed my blog at all, you may know by now that one of the things I find most irritating about the publication world is the occasional instance of no reply to submissions and subsequent queries. Rejections can be frustrating enough, but I find that a "nay" is better than nothing at all. Considering how many venues frown upon simultaneous submissions, the lack of any reply can be a bit rude, especially if they neglect to state in their guidelines that they don't respond to rejections. How is the one submitting the work to know if the lack of reply is a rejection, or if the work is still under consideration, if the initial submission and subsequent queries go unanswered? Looking at it from the perspective of the ones submitting the works, a lack of reply can keep a piece tied up in submission limbo indefinitely, at least until they finally give up and send it elsewhere. That is, that's what happens if those submitting material dutifully follow the rule of "no simultaneous submissions" (which I've tried to do).

Well, I've run into another one of these situations yet again. I have yet to receive a reply to a poetry submission I sent to a particular publication back in early September. In their guidelines, this venue states a response time of 20-30 days. They also say not to query before 60 days. I sent a status query in early November, almost exactly 60 days after the initial submission. Still no reply, just about 60 days after I querried. Hmm... (I did receive one of those automatic messages saying that my submission had been received, so I assume my e-mails got through.)

Today, I decided it was time to send the piece elsewhere. I used to send a withdrawal notice before submitting a piece stuck in submission limbo to another potential venue, but not this time. I'm just assuming the lack of reply means rejection, and have already submitted the piece to another publication.

Some may say that I should query again, but based on my personal experience, if a first query goes unanswered, the second goes unanswered as well. This has been the case in several instances. I just don't think it's worth querying a second time when I might be better off trying elsewhere. I'm not getting any younger awaiting replies that might never be forthcoming.

So, what will I do about those "no replies" from now on? I think I will let an appropriate amount of time pass, then query once. If, after an appropriate amount of time again passes and I haven't received a reply to my first query, I'll just send the piece elsewhere. I can't see why I should bother with a second query. It seems to me to be a waste of time. As good as some markets may be, there are always other markets out there, other places that may potentially publish my work.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Whispers on the Stairs" Published in TREMBLES

My dark speculative poem "Whispers on the Stairs" has been published in the January 2011 issue of Trembles, a brand-new horror magazine available in both print and electronic versions. If you want to read my poem, you'll just have to buy a copy. C'mon, $1.50 for an e-copy isn't bad at all. My poem alone should be worth it, shouldn't it?

Anyway, this is my first new publication of 2011, as opposed to a reprint. I'm very glad to see this poem published after three-and-a-half years. I first wrote "Whispers on the Stairs" back in June of 2007. It spent some time in submission limbo, and considerably more time tied up in the ill-fated dark poetry collection. I revised the poem twice after the initial composition, hoping a higher polish would help it find a home. Well, it finally found a home in Trembles.

Imagery-wise, "Whispers on the Stairs" evokes scenes of crumbling castles, mouldering stairs, and dark ruins. The action, as it were, takes place on a mossy stairway within a derelict keep. What does happen? Buy a copy of Trembles and find out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thom Olausson's POETRY FROM HELL'S ASYLUM

In the diabolically dark poetry that makes up Thom Olausson’s Poetry From Hell's Asylum, imagery of death and decay sets an appropriately morbid mood for macabre visions of hellish torments, necromantic rites, Satanic rituals, and sadistic crimes. I write dark poetry on a fairly regular basis, but certain works in Thom's grimly dark collection disturbed me.

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Publication of 2011...

...and it's a reprint!

My dark speculative poem "The Collector", originally published in the Spring 2008 DemonMinds (both on-line and in the "best of" print issue), now appears on-line in the horror e-zine The Dark Fiction Spotlight. Go to January Poetry 2 and scroll about half-way down the page to find my poem.

Be warned, it appears that The Dark Fiction Spotlight publishes some works not suitable for persons under eighteen years of age, or those easily disturbed. If you are easily disturbed, but go there anyway, and are disturbed by what you read..well, I did warn you.

Three Poems to be in WHILE THE MORNING STARS SING

A while back, an illustration of mine had been accepted as interior art for the While the Morning Stars Sing anthology, due to come out through ResAliens Press. The other day, the publisher/editor sent me an update regarding the status of the publication of said anthology (publication of the work has been a bit delayed). He wanted to let me know that he hopes to get the anthology to the printer by mid-January. He also asked if I had any previously published ethereal/spiritual/transcendent poetry that I might like to send his way for possible inclusion in While the Morning Stars Sing.

Well, never one to pass up the opportunity for a few reprint publications, I searched my back catalog for works that seemed to fit the theme. In the end, I came up with three potential candidates: "Cosmic Journey", "Ethereal Journey", and "Book of Dimensions". The publisher/editor says he will go with all three, so they should appear in the While the Morning Stars Sing anthology when it's finally published.

I love it when an editor or publisher asks for my work. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Illustration Accepted at BETE NOIRE

A dark illustration of mine has been accepted for publication in the summer issue of Bete Noire, due out in July. I should feel happy, but I'm too depressed over other things, and in too dark a place mentally and emotionally, to feel truly happy at the moment. I should look at this as possible indication that 2011 will be a better year than 2010, but my mind is too clouded to venture there right now.

One thing I had better do, though, is get that contract printed up and filled out so it can go in the mail Monday. I want to make sure I do what I need to do in order for the piece to be published in the July Bete Noire.

Preditors and Editors Poll

'Tis time once again for the P&E Readers Poll. Please consider nominating me and my works. I should qualify for nomination in several categories: Horror Short Story ("From Within the Earth", "Vengeance of the Alpe"), Poems (fifteen new poems published for the first time in 2010), Non-Fiction Articles ("Edward IV", "Robert the Bruce", "The Alp and the Schrattl"), Artwork (fourteen new interior illustrations published for the first time in 2010), Book/e-book Cover Artwork ("Under the Ash", "Brushfires"), Poets, and Artists categories. My full list of 2010 publications, along with the details regarding where and when, can be found here:
Richard H. Fay's 2010 Publications

Richard H. Fay's 2010 Publications

Short Stories, Flash Fiction, & Drabbles 2010
"Vengeance of the Alpe", Hungur, Issue 11, All Souls' Night 2010.
"From Within the Earth", MicroHorror, November 1, 2010.

Poetry 2010 *
Horrorku ("darkening sky"), Trapeze Magazine, December 2, 2010.
Horrorku ("musty ebon tome"), microcosms, November 23, 2010.
Horrorku ("empty ballroom"), Trapeze Magazine, November 6, 2010.
"Life's Waning Season", Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010.
"Texas Stargazin'", Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010.
Horrorku ("masque at midnight"), microcosms, November 1, 2010.
Horrorku ("pale shadow"), Scifaikuest (print), Vol. VIII No. 2, November 2010.
Scifaiku ("purring cat"), Scifaikuest (on-line), Vol. 8 No. 2, November 2010.
Horrorku ("moonlit moor"), Trapeze Magazine, October 21, 2010.
Horrorku ("putrefied flesh"), microcosms, October 7, 2010.
"An Invitation to Elfame", Sounds of the Night, August 2010.
"My Darkly Dear Leanan-Sidhe", Sounds of the Night, August 2010.
"Shroudeater", Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010.
"At the Wheel", Illumen, Spring 2010.
"Souls Adrift", Fear and Trembling, April 8, 2010.

Non-Fiction 2010
"Edward IV", Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010.
"Robert the Bruce", Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, July 2010.
"The Alp and the Schrattl", Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010.

Illustrations 2010
"Under the Ash" (cover art), Sam's Dot Publishing, December 2010.
"Edward IV/Fifteenth Century English Knight", Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010.
"Poleaxe of Edward IV", Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010.
"The Iltrox", House of Horror, Issue 16, October 2010.
"Brushfires" (cover art), Sam's Dot Publishing, October 2010.
"When Wizards Dream at Night", on-line version of Abandoned Towers, July 2010.
"Excalibur" (colouring page), Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, July 2010.
"Robert the Bruce", Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, July 2010.
"Elgin Sword of Bruce", Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, July 2010.
"Hawthornden Sword", Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, July 2010.
"Tree-Climbing Crimbolain", Beyond Centauri, Issue 29, July 2010.
"From the Bubbling Black Pool", Dreams and Nightmares 86, May 2010.
"Shroudeater", Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010.
"Android Attack" (colouring page), Abandoned Towers, Issue #5, March 2010 .
"Galactic Road Trip", on-line version of Abandoned Towers, February 2010.
"Plantimal", Dreams and Nightmares 85, January, 2010.

* On the off-chance that one or more of my SFPA friends may actually consider nominating any of my 2010 poems for the Rhysling Award, please note that all but one of my fifteen poems published for the first time in 2010 were speculative in nature. "Life's Waning Season", published in the November 2010 issue of Abandoned Towers, was the odd man out, being purely a mainstream piece. Most of the rest except "Shroudeater" are probably well within the "short poem" category, being less than fifty lines. "Shroudeater" would clearly be in the "long poem" category, being a work of eighty lines. More information, and copies of any of the poems (in rtf or pdf format), are available upon request. Just drop me a line at: azurelionproductions@gmail.com

Thanks! And, happy 2011 everybody!