Spawn of Mars
Characters and a situation are a story only if by the end something changes or something is revealed.
Cirsova Fall 2021 Is Out
Read My Story In It!
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:26 pm
The latest issue of Cirsova Magazine is here! And it contains a short work by me!
Buy it on Amazon (to give the publisher money). Review it on Amazon (to increase its rank). Read my story Dead Neighbor
and be amazed by my cleversomeliness. Go, now!
Mermaids & Termites
As of September
Friday, September 3, 2021 7:08 pm
Great day! I sold The Impossible Footprint to Cirsova. Every sale I have made in the past few years has been gratifying, but this one is acutely so. I really like this story and I really wanted it to appear in Cirsova. And as you know, I was worried that its length might be disqualifying. So I am also acutely relieved!
And by the way, my short Dead Neighbor is coming out in Cirsova's Fall 2021 issue in a couple of weeks.
Monday, August 30, 2021 2:20 am
Yeah. I'm back on Twitter under Spawn of Mars
. Purely to support my home magazines and to signal-boost other authors and to promote my own work and to link to this blog and to speak pithily about art and maybe faith. God help me if I do anything beyond that.
Pugnacious Footefake Salvage, Inc.
A Reclamation of My Forays Into Maryoku Yummy
Sunday, August 29, 2021 7:36 pm
During the first half of 2001, I worked on developing Maryoku Yummy
for American Greetings. It was work-for-hire. AG had already established the fundamentals — cute little characters with a Japanese patina — and I was tasked with contributing to a potential Bible for the Maryokuverse.
Basically AG had the character designs and their names and their basic dispositions. I did not conceive Maryoku Yummy
. But, I did a fair amount of enrichment and development. That is, I proposed
a fair amount. In the end, they accepted my content, paid me, and... that was that. Maryoku Yummy
, while not shelved exactly, was somewhat de-emphasized.
Submission Guidelines Are a Bother
Writing Something Good Is Never Enough
Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:21 pm
So I heard that Pulp Modern was taking submissions tomorrow, for one day only, as they do twice a year. I've never submitted to them but, heck, why not? I even had something that might do, a pulpish bit of urban fantasy.
Then I check the submission guidelines.
How to Tell If Your Story Is Woke
Try This One Simple Test!
Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:46 pm
Beware! Colossal spoilers for "Black Sails."
Among the many irritating traits of the SJW is obtuseness. She really doesn't understand your objections to her antics. She believes that all she is doing is providing representation to the Blessed Marginalized. Her face shrunken in petulance, she shrieks: "I'm just putting a gay man in this TV show! What do you have against gays, you hateful homophobe?"
Mermaids & Termites
As of July
Monday, July 19, 2021 11:26 pm
A reviewer of An Uncommon Day at the Lake thought I was making a pun on "day" because the women in the story — Lovely and Happy — have the surname "Day." I was not. It was absolutely reasonable of him to think so; but until he pointed it out, I didn't even realize there could be a pun.