One of the most personal stories I've ever written, and one that is very close to my heart, has just been released into the wild. The story is 'Firstborn', and it's available in the new issue of Capricious. There's also an interview with me in the magazine where I talk about the inspiration for the… Continue reading Read my story ‘Firstborn’ in the new issue of Capricious
In the last little while, I've read three new short story collections by three brilliant writers, and each one of these is well worth picking up. Neither Here Nor There, by Cat Rambo This is two collections in one, literally. In the physical copy of the book, you actually turn it over and start the… Continue reading Great reads: 3 excellent short story collections
The contract is signed, so now I can spill the beans: I just sold a story to the wonderful people at Cast of Wonders! It's a reprint sale, and the story is 'Tunguska, 1987', originally published last year in the anthology 'Tales From Alternate Earths' (Inklings Press). I am so happy and excited about this,… Continue reading Reprint story sale!
So many great writers and editors, so many fantastic stories and publications, so much awesomeness. The list of Hugo Awards finalists is pretty darn amazing this year. Some of my personal favourites are on this list, and some (a lot...) I have yet to read. Here is a TBR list with links to most of… Continue reading Reading the Hugo Awards finalists
Time to blab about what I've been up to lately, writing-wise. February and March have been good writing months in some ways, and a struggle in other. I'm feeling a twinge of writers-block pinching at my thoughts occasionally, and that is making me freak out: I've already wasted quite enough years of my life NOT… Continue reading February / March recap: stories & more
As usual, I feel like I didn't read enough this past month. Just like my TBR-pile of novels and anthologies and collections is ever-growing, so is the list of short fiction I should be reading. Still, I did read a lot, and here are 15 fabulous stories from around the web. The Worldless, by Indrapramit Das… Continue reading Monthly short fiction roundup – March, 2017
This is so exciting: my science-fiction story 'Lost And Found' is now up on the scifi podcast / audio magazine StarShipSofa! It's read by Andrea Richardson, and I am just over the moon happy to be part of StarShipSofa's translation month. Listen to episode #477 here. This story was originally written and published in Swedish,… Continue reading My scifi-story ‘Lost And Found’ is now up at StarShipSofa – give it a listen
I read a lot in February, it seems, but as usual I feel like I didn't read enough: there are so many great stories out there, just waiting to be devoured. I've come to the conclusion, that if I could ever clone myself, I'd make one clone just for reading. Anyway. Here are fifteen fantastic… Continue reading Monthly short fiction roundup – February 2017
I've run out of adjectives! After calling the stories in this monthly feature everything from "intriguing" to "incredible" since I started posting roundups a year ago, I've decided to cut to the chase and just name the posts "short fiction roundup", since that's what it is. This month, for the first time, I am featuring stories… Continue reading Speculative short fiction roundup – January, 2017
December was a busy month for me: lots of feasting, lots of traveling, lots of reading, too. Here are nine stories that are for keeps. Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves, by Claire Humphrey in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Quite simply one of the best short stories I read in 2016. Magic, love, war,… Continue reading 9 incredible speculative fiction short stories
My flash fiction anthology 'Dark Flash' is now available from Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. It contains the eight stories I wrote for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast this year: The Unicorn, Nemesis, Miriam and Cat, Treasure Island, True Words (Kirke's Bed & Breakfast), Chiaroscuro, OK Computer, and The Demon. It's… Continue reading New release: DARK FLASH is now available!
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… Continue reading 2016 award eligibility post (AKA: what am I even doing?)
It's been a strange month for me, and maybe some of you as well. Even so, I read some awesome short fiction, and here are my favourites. Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies, by Brooke Bolander in Uncanny Magazine. "This is not the story of how he killed me, thank fuck." The fiercest and most ferocious… Continue reading 12 awesome speculative fiction short stories
My latest short story to appear in the wild is 'Seven Kinds of Baked Goods', part of the anthology Just Desserts from WolfSinger Press. (It's available now at Amazon.) 'Seven Kinds of Baked Goods' is a fantasy tale about revenge (that is the theme for the anthology, after all), and it is also the story… Continue reading Story notes for my story ‘Seven Kinds of Baked Goods’ from JUST DESSERTS
October was another fun and busy month for me. Here's what happened: I spent a wonderful weekend at The Surrey International Writer's Festival. Read my conference recap here. It really was an amazing event, and I hope to be able to attend next year too. I learned a whole lot about writing from amazing people… Continue reading October recap – poetry & stories in the wild, a review, a new anthology, a conference
Another month gone by, another leap into the wealth of excellent speculative short fiction available online. There are so many wonderful websites and zines that publish short fiction these days: support the ones you like. Subscribe, use Patreon, buy single issues... it makes a difference to the sites and zines, and it makes a difference for… Continue reading 11 wondrous speculative fiction short stories
This month, like every month, I read a lot of amazing speculative short fiction. This is also the month when I've decided to switch from calling the stories I list "fantasy and science fiction", to calling them "speculative fiction". Quite simply because I include stories that are horror, magical realism, and, well... whatever other kind of… Continue reading 13 most excellent speculative fiction short stories
In September, several of my stories appeared in the wild, and some even garnered positive reviews. Here's a run-down of what took place: SCENT was published in the September issue of Flash Fiction Online Read it here. This story was my first pro-sale in English, and has a very special place in my heart. I am… Continue reading My September recap: stories in the wild, reviews & news
You can hear me read this story on episode #60 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The story prompt this time was “charming, key, computer”. My inspiration came mostly from remembering the first computer I ever used: a big, boxy thing that I did indeed play Space Invaders on. As usual, HUGE thanks to R.B. Wood's… Continue reading ‘OK Computer’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
September has only just begun, and it's already been a pretty crazy month for me. Right now, four of my short stories have been "released into the wild" and I am just thrilled and amazed and proud and, well, basically jumping up and down with excitement. As a reader, I love reading author's story notes… Continue reading Story notes for four recent short stories
The purpose of this post is to share some basic information about how you can support the many fantastic zines, podcasts, websites, and print magazines that make up the vast and varied short fiction market for writers of speculative fiction. (And yes, since I am both a writer and reader of spec fic, I have a keen… Continue reading Supporting speculative fiction writers & short fiction markets
The new anthology 'People Are Strange' (book 5 in the Mind's Eye Series) has now been released into the wild! You can pick it up from Amazon. Each story and poem in this eclectic anthology was inspired by an accompanying photograph: a very cool idea for author inspiration. My stories are both speculative fiction. One… Continue reading New short stories in ‘People Are Strange’
It's here! It's here! (Please bear with me as I run around, waving my arms at the sky.) My flash fiction story 'Scent' is now up and available to read at Flash Fiction Online! I am deliriously happy, excited, and nervous to be part of this wonderful TOC, and such a wonderful site for fantastic… Continue reading Read my story ‘Scent’ at Flash Fiction Online!
I read some awesome speculative short fiction this month. As always, I don't pretend I've read everything out there, but here are some of my favourite things that I read in August. I Remember Your Face, by E.K. Wagner in Apex Magazine. I do love having my heart broken by great fiction, and this short story… Continue reading 10 must-read fantasy & science fiction stories
It's official: Flash Fiction Online is publishing a story by me in the September issue. I can't even describe how happy this makes me. Flash Fiction Online brings amazing stories every month: I've read so many gorgeous, chilling, touching, and outstanding stories there by authors I love. And now my story will be there, too.… Continue reading Stories sold – is this the real life?
You can hear me read this story on episode #59 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The story prompt this time was “newspaper, cigarette, scotch”. A note about the word “chiaroscuro”: I debated back and forth with myself whether I should use it as a title, or if I should go for the easier to pronounce, and… Continue reading ‘Chiaroscuro’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
Episode #59 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast is now live! This time, the story prompt was "newspaper, cigarette, scotch". There are also stories by Rob Edwards (“Armchair Armageddon”), Cameron Garriepy ("Going Places"), C. Thomas Smith (“Just Right Now”), Bill Kirton (“Like Father, Like Daughter”), and Eden Baylee (“Comfortably Numb”). It’s always fun to write for this show, and… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast & my new story ‘Chiaroscuro’
It's here, and you can get it on Amazon! The new alternate history anthology 'Tales From Alternate Earths' from Inklings Press is now available at Amazon. Get it from Amazon! Read a great spotlight on authors, stories, and the anthology at Sci Fi Roundtable. Read about the inspiration behind my story 'Tunguska, 1987' at Darcia… Continue reading It’s release day: pick up your copy of TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS!
SciFi Roundtable has just put up an author spotlight for Tales From Alternate Earths, the new alternate history anthology from Inklings Press that includes my short story 'Tunguska, 1987'. Huge thanks to Ducky at Ducky's Quill for this great feature, and the very kind words about the anthology and my story: I love when I… Continue reading Some kind words about TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS
You can hear me read this story on Episode #58 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. Instead of a three-word story prompt, this time we had to deal with an opening sentence-fragment: "I was enjoying the summer holiday when..." I wrote this story while on vacation in Sweden, and I think it was partly inspired by… Continue reading ‘True Words’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast