Friday, December 28, 2012

No Such Thing as Speculative Poetry!

Recently, when I mentioned to a fellow-poet that I write mostly speculative poetry, I was told by this poet that there is no such thing as speculative poetry. What?

Do you suppose the poet who told me that there is no such thing as speculative poetry knows that, in addition to the hundred-plus speculative poems I've seen published so far, I also wrote an article about speculative poetry, one that was originally published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers and subsequently reprinted in the Sam's Dot Publishing speculative poetry magazine Illumen? Do you suppose this poet even cares? Should I care what this poet says?

I think it should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about me that I do believe that there is such a thing as speculative poetry. To be quite honest, I think arguments to the contrary are rather silly.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My 2012 Publications

For what it's worth, a recap of my 2012 publications:

Pixies in the Porridge interior illustration in Aoife's Kiss, Issue 43, December 2012.
Pixies in the Porridge poem in Aoife's Kiss, Issue 43, December 2012.
Scifaiku ("gothic armour") in Scifaikuest (print), Vol. X. No. 2, November 2012.
Horrorku ("burrowing worm") in Scifaikuest (on-line), Vol.10 No. 2, November 2012.
When Wizards Clashed illustration in Sorcerous Signals, Nov '12 - Jan '13 Issue, November 2012.
Illustration for Lindsey Duncan's "Mythocraft" cover art for Plasma Frequency, Issue 2, October/November 2012.
Never Ending Struggle poem in Death Head Grin #39, October 2012.
The Redcap of Dunnor Peel poem in The Scareald, Issue No. 2, October 2012.
Cosmic Grind poem in Infernal Ink Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 2, October 2012.
Hunting the Queegiog filler artwork in Dreams & Nightmares 93, September 2012.
Faces and Figures in the Mist interior illustration in parABnormal Digest, Issue 4, September 2012.
Kamal Del and the Dark Elemental door art for Spaceports & Spidersilk, Vol. 5, No. 3, September 2012.
Bluebell Spell poem in parABnormal Digest, Issue 4, September 2012.
Illustration for Nyki Blatchley's "Aslahkar" in Plasma Frequency, Issue 1, August/September 2012.
Silicon Searchers cinquain in Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 1, August 2012.
Battle Beneath the Mere artwork in, Issue 19, June 2012.
Adrift in Another Dimension filler artwork in Dreams & Nightmares 92, May 2012.
Mechanical Dragon interior illustration in Beyond Centauri, Issue 36, April 2012.
Scifaiku ("silver dragon") in Beyond Centauri, Issue 36, April 2012.
The Wretched House 'Round the Corner poem in Static Movement, March 2012.
Horrorku ("heady brew") in Trapeze Magazine, March 14, 2012.
In the Dragon Realm cover art for Kids'Magination Magazine, Issue 8, February 2012.
An Invitation to Elfame cover art for Bards and Sages Quarterly, January 2012.
Horrorku ("breathless dusk") in Trapeze Magazine, January 31, 2012.

Plus a number of reprints, including:
The Haunted Castle poem in Dark Metre, Issue 17, December 2, 2012.
Souls Adrift poem in Dark Metre, Issue 17, December 2, 2012.
When Wizards Clashed poem in Sorcerous Signals, Nov '12 - Jan '13 Issue, November 2012.
Speculative Poetry: Past, Present, and Future non-fiction article in Illumen, Issue 17, Autumn 2012.
Tree-Climbing Crimbolain cover-art for Kids'Magination, Issue 11, May 2012.
Shadow People poem in Dark Metre, Issue 13, April 2012.
Whispers on the Stairs poem in Dark Metre, Issue 13, April 2012.
Vengeance of the Alpe short story in Night to Dawn, Issue 21, April 2012.
When Wizards Dream at Night poem in Shelter of Daylight, Issue 8, April 2012.
Gathering of the Dead poem in Cover of Darkness, March 2012.
The Damnation of Daniel Brewster poem in New Bedlam Town Archives, Vol. 1, February 2012.
Peg Powler poem in Aphelion: The Best of 2011, February 2012.
The Dark Host poem in Bete Noire, Issue #8, August 2012.

No previously unpublished prose fiction or non-fiction publications in 2012.

My list of publications for 2012 may be smaller than past years' lists, but I spent a significant amount of time this year on designs for my Zazzle store. I also set up a Redbubble store. I sent fewer things to "4 the luv" markets, but sent out quite a few reprints. I saw a number of reprint items published, and received payments for most of them.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

More Proof that it's Often a Matter of Opinion

My latest story acceptance proves yet again that it's often a matter of finding the right market. It proves yet again that many things in the writing realm are simply matters of opinion. 

Instead of changing the story every time it got turned down, instead of making repeated revisions to fix various alleged flaws, I kept the story pretty much the same and continued to send it out relatively unaltered until it found acceptance. I believed enough in the story to keep sending it out, and keep it the way I originally wrote it. Plus, I didn't always agree with the various comments and criticisms anyway.

I'm funny like that. Besides, I would rather write my own way.

Story Accepted for Publication in Anotherealm

In a strange turn of events, a venue I thought I had withdrawn a story from back in July wants to publish the story in 2013. So, it looks like my fairy fantasy story "Father Ryan's Fright" has been accepted for publication sometime in 2013 in the e-zine Anotherealm. Since they want to publish the story, and want to pay me $25 on publication, I'm withdrawing my withdrawal and accepting the terms of their contract.

Now, I just have to make sure the story is withdrawn from the other place I had sent it to back in July. I think I may, at times, make things just a little more complicated than they have to be.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two Reprint Poems in DARK METRE 17

My horror reprint poems "The Haunted Castle" and "Souls Adrift" have been published in Issue 17 of the horror poetry newsletter Dark Metre. "The Haunted Castle" originally appeared in The Absent Willow Review, October 15, 2009. "Souls Adrift" originally appeared in Fear and Trembling, April 8, 2010.

Please note, it appears that a blank line was lost between the second and third stanzas in "Souls Adrift". This isn't the first time such a thing has happened to my published poetry. Apparently, these things happen. I guess poetry can be a bear to format correctly.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Poem and Illustration in December AOIFE'S KISS

My poem "Pixies in the Porridge" and its accompanying illustration appear in the December 2012 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing magazine Aoife's Kiss. The poem is a series of three haiku. The illustration is one of the cutest pieces I've had published in quite a while. I drew my inspiration for the image from old-time fairy illustrations.

I'm glad the poem appears now, as we're headed towards the winter season, because the work is somewhat seasonal in nature.