A Happy and Kind Recommendation

Image found on Daily Kitten

Image found on Daily Kitten

I’ve worked with Digital Fiction Pub (DFP) as an editor for some time now and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the company and the authors they publish. One of my favorite experiences was helping to select stories for and edit the original Digital Science Fiction anthologies…most especially a happy little story called “The Night We Flushed the Old Town” by Martin L. Shoemaker, in Therefore I Am (Digital Science Fiction anthology #2).

Martin posted a great tribute to Michael Wills, the gentle genius behind DFP, and the final paragraph of the post included a kind reflection on me as his editor. Martin’s a great writer (and you should definitely check out his other works, especially “Today I Am Paul”), and I’m grateful to be thought of so kindly. It takes a special kind of focus to help an author fine-tune their fiction, and I love having the opportunity to do it.

At present, DFP is closed for submissions (and has been focusing on reprints), but keep checking the site if you have any science fiction, fantasy, or horror short stories you’d like to share! Stories under 3,500 words in all three genres fit the “Quickfic” category, and these stories are posted on the DFP website as well as turned into Quickfic anthologies. Michael selected one of my stories to lead the way in the first Quickfic anthology, and I’m hoping to submit more of my own work at some point.

In the meantime…write more!

Advertisements

Variant Reflections – New R.L. Robinson Anthology

If you enjoy science fiction / speculative fiction / fantasy, I strongly encourage you to check out this anthology. Robinson’s newest collection of stories is priced at $0.99 and offers a range of worlds for you to experience. He’s fantastic at expressing the range of emotions (sometimes diffident or conflicted) that drive his characters through the story arcs, which does a wonderful job of pulling the reader further into a given world.

I truly enjoyed every story, but hoping he’ll eventually release separate anthologies based on “Mods and Rockers” and “Unremembered”.  “Mods and Rockers” added some punk flair to a dystopian future, and “Unremembered” was a haunting story of the aftermath of a war with beings and weapons that weren’t fully understood. The final story about the King in Yellow was wonderfully twisted.

Give it a read!

Variant Reflections – Digital Science Fiction Original Collection at Digital Science Fiction’s website

Jump to the Kindle edition on Amazon