It feels very strange to put together an awards eligibility post, but I decided at the beginning of the year to do everything I could to put my best foot forward as a writer… so, by golly, I am doing this too, no matter how awkward it makes me feel.
My goal for this year was to get at least one pro-sale. I did get a pro-sale: Flash Fiction Online gave my story ‘Scent’ an awesome home, and that made me so happy that I’m still a bit giddy about it. (I also sold a few other stories, including one to Gamut and one to Capricious, but those will not appear until next year.)
(Note: I am a Canadian citizen so as far as I can tell, I am eligible for awards like the Sunburst Award and Aurora Awards – not that I am likely to win anything, mind you, but I am Canadian at least…)
Here are the stories I wrote and released into the wild in 2016:
Tunguska, 1987. In the anthology Tales From Alternate Earths (Inklings Press). August 2016. This is an alternate history / science fiction story set mainly in northern Sweden. There is a very good dog, squirrel hunting, strange metallic invaders, and… well, some twists and turns! It intertwines two story-lines set about 60 years apart, and a lot of this tale was inspired by real people and places from my family history.
Matt Mitrovich at Amazing Stories: “If Maria expanded on this short story and made it a full length novel (or even a series) she would find a major fan in me.”
Scent. Flash Fiction Online. September 2016. A dark fantasy story.
Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews: “a strong piece and a great read”.
Morgan Crooks at Ancient Logic: “There is something memorable about the intertwining of imagery and odor, and also the slow, twisting tension between a mother and a daughter”.
Long As I Can See The Light. In the anthology People Are Strange (Mind’s Eye Series). September, 2016. A science fiction story about two people and a friendship caught up in the aftermath of an alien invasion.
The Breaking of the World. In the anthology People Are Strange (Mind’s Eye Series). September, 2016. A fantasy romp, inspired by my love for MMORPG’s.
Seven Kinds of Baked Goods. In the anthology Just Desserts (WolfSinger Press). October, 2016. A fantasy story about friendship, revenge, enchanted weapons, a tea shop, and a whole lot of sweet pastries.
Stories Beneath the Skylight. The Lorelei Signal. October, 2016.
Flash fiction for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast – self-published in ‘Dark Flash’
- The Unicorn. A dark fantasy story about a girl and a unicorn.
- Nemesis. Norse mythology, transported to the streets of modern day Vancouver.
- Miriam and Cat. One hungry, lonely cat, and a woman who won’t get out of bed.
- Treasure Island. Pirates, a carnival ride, and a mysterious wench.
- True Words (Kirke’s Bed & Breakfast). A woman on a Greek island, haunted by the past and caught up in the eddies and currents of Greek mythology.
- Chiaroscuro. What happens when you think you know someone, but you really have no idea who they really are?
- OK Computer. A science fiction story, set in the not too distant future.
- The Demon. A twisted Halloween tale.