Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Publication Date Change

Slight change in plans regarding the publication of my horror story in COVER OF appears that the editor has to move my story from the March 2013 issue to the June 2013 issue. Whatever works best for the editor is fine by me, but that means I now have to wait a whole year (plus) to see my story in print. I've waited a year or more between acceptance and publication before, but it always seems like a long, long wait.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cover Art on KIDS'MAGINATION, Issue 11

My sci-fi artwork "Tree-Climbing Crimbolain" now appears on the cover of Kids'Magination, Issue 11. Check it out!

This is the fourth time an artwork of mine has appeared on a cover of Kids'Magination. I guess you could say the editor likes my work! I think some of my artwork works well for publications geared towards kids. My style is well suited for such venues.

"Tree-Climbing Crimbolain" had been previously published in another publication for younger readers. It originally appeared, as a black and white line drawing, in the July 2010 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing zine Beyond Centauri. Selling an artwork once is great, but selling the same artwork more than once is even better!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Horror Story Accepted

My horror story "The Redcap of Glamtallon" has been accepted for publication in the March 2013 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing zine COVER OF DARKNESS. Yes, I said story. Yes, I said March 2013. It will be a long wait, but I'll eventually have another story out there (as long as the world doesn't end before the story gets published - that would be terrible).

Fascism and Communism: Not the Same

Giving history lectures again. I wish people would study their history. Fascism and Communism are not the same in practice, folks. One way they differ is in the ownership of the means of production. In a Fascist state, the means of production might be controlled by the state, but ownership may remain in private hands. In a Communist state, the state owns the means of production. Such a difference can be seen in the matter of tank design and production, where state factories churned out tanks in Stalin's USSR, while different privately-owned companies competed for state contracts to design tanks in Nazi Germany. For example, Henshel and Porsche produced competing prototypes of the Tiger heavy tank. Even though Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was a personal friend of Hitler's, Henschel won the contract. Henschel manufactured the Tiger tank in their Werk III in Mittelfeld .

Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Gathering of the Dead" in COVER OF DARKNESS

And yet another poem "Gathering of the dead" has been published in the March 2012 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing zine Cover of Darkness (which was actually released in May). This is the third time "Gathering of the Dead" has been published; it originally appeared in the October 2009 issue of Tales from the Moonlit Path, and then appeared in Issue #17 of House of Horror. However, this is the first time the poem has appeared in a print publication. Technically, "Gathering of the Dead" is a Halloween poem, but if the editors of Cover of Darkness think it works in their March issue, that works for me.

Artwork Accepted for Cover of Kids'Magination Issue 11

A full-colour version of a reprint sc-fi artwork of mine, "Tree-Climbing Crimbolain", has been accepted for publication in Issue 11 of Kids'Magination, to be published on or about May 21. Art sales are always nice; selling the same artwork more than once is even nicer! This is just such a weird and adorable piece; I love its combination of adorableness and weirdness. Apparently, the editor of Kids'Magination loves it, too! That's what she said, anyway.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rejection #10

And the wizardly fantasy story gets rejected yet again! The story had been under consideration at one venue since December, it had made it to the second round there, the editor liked the title and thought it was a nice story, but there were other stories they liked more. (The same market did recently buy an artwork of mine.)

As much as I know one should be persistent and perseverant, I think I'm done wasting my time on this writing thing. I certainly can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Compared to where my poetry has gone and where my art is going, my prose writing is going nowhere. If I'm going to succeed with anything at this point, it's going to be the art. I guess I have to be satisfied with being an artist/illustrator/poet.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Art Accepted for Publication in parABnormal Digest, Issue 4

My dark artwork "Faces and Figures in the Mist" has been accepted for use as interior artwork in parABnormal Digest, Issue 4, due out August 1st.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sam's Dot Acquired by White Cat

Just saw the news that White Cat Publications has acquired Sam's Dot Publishing:

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this. While this could be very good for both Sam's Dot Publishing and White Cat Publications, I hope they don't make too many changes to Sam's Dot Publishing. I am saying this on a purely selfish level; I've had quite a few things published in various Sam's Dot Publications, and I would hate to see that change with this change in ownership.