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On the short story

On the short story

The short story apologizes for nothing. It exults in its shortness. It wants to be shorter still. It wants to be a single word. If it could find that word, if it could utter that syllable, the entire universe would blaze up out of it with a roar. That is the outrageous ambition of the short story, that is its deepest faith, that is the greatness of its smallness. From The Ambition of the Short Story, by Stephen Millhauser (thanks…

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Triumph.

Triumph.

One of the great things about the internet is that it allows me to watch television for incest subtext with my friend three thousand miles away, in real time, with lolspeak.

And I mean, tiny.

And I mean, tiny.

It is the task of every generation to re-make civilization. Participating in that process actively, rather than accidentally, is an exciting privilege. –Karl Schroeder, over afternoon tea. (Spending time with Karl always reminds me of what a beginner I am.)

Inspiration

Inspiration

These are the three most inspiring things I’ve read all week, the things that made me sit back and actually think about them, rather than simply digesting and moving on. I showed these things to other people, thought about them at the gym, which is always a sign that a piece has stuck with me. Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nascent gifts are awakened by the work of a master. That is to say, most…

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Sudden realization

Sudden realization

While re-examining a piece I did last year for submission, I suddenly realized that it had (what I now consider) a beautiful ending spot, but silly me insisted on writing a lot of extra scenes that bloated it into something grotesque. This is my favourite part:

Published in FLURB #6!

Published in FLURB #6!

I’m very happy and proud to announce that you can read my story Fitting A New Suit at Godfather-Of-Cyberpunk Rudy Rucker’s ‘zine, FLURB, which my friends assure me is a “HOMG!”-worthy offence. Here’s an excerpt: “There, isn’t that better?” Dai shifted inside his new suit. Unlike his previous one, this felt like a piece of clothing and not a second skin. He didn’t like it. “Loose.” Kyon rolled her eyes. “You’ll get used to it.” Stepping around the treadpad in…

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Honourable Mention

Honourable Mention

My story, “In Which Joe and Laurie Save Rock n’ Roll,” originally published in Tesseracts Eleven, has just been granted an honourable mention in Gardner Dozois Twenty-fifth Annual Year’s Best Science Fiction. Before I got my hands on a copy of the book, I had Dave take pictures for me: Honourable Mention Also I made that dinner you see in those photos, to celebrate. “In Which Joe and Laurie Save Rock n’ Roll” was my first national sale, so it…

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