It was an explosive month for horrific miscuers! Look at all this great fiction!
• Liz Argall had two amazing stories published this month. “Shadow Play,” a story of shapeshifting, memory, and the history of puppets, inspired by random banter with William Alexander over twitter, is at Daily Science Fiction. And “Mermaid’s Hook” is at Apex: Rescuing a sailor is not as easy as it sounds. Fellow miscuer Rashida Smith calls it “haunting and deeply satisfying.” And! Proceeds from this story go to the Leonard Pung Memorial Scholarship.
• Eliza Hirsch’s “A Song for the Season” is at Cast of Wonders in audio form. It’s a story of love and tragedy in a village setting.
• “Logic and Magic in the Time of the Boat Lift” by Cat Rambo (with Ben Burgis) is available in word form at Giganotosaurus and audio word form at Podcastle. Paraconsistent logic, oracular nuns, and were-gators in 1980s Miami!
• Cat Rambo also has an audio reprint, “Amid the Words of War,” available at Drabblecast. It’s a story about an alien POW turned sex worker.
• And E. Lily Yu introduces us to a new treatment for grief in “Loss, with Chalk Diagrams,” up at Eclipse Online.
Amazing, right? I can’t wait to see what we get up to in April!
Happy 2013, y’all! Here are some HM publications/news to get the year started.
• Sandra M. Odell’s “The Poison Eater” appeared in the anthology Deep Cuts from Evil Jester Press.
• Eliza Hirsch’s story “A Map of the Heart” came out in Con(viction): Anthology of the Con.
• “The Passing of Grandmother’s Quilt” by Cat Rambo appeared on Every Day Fiction. It’s a flash piece about the grieving process.
• Issue #16 of Shimmer came out this month, with editing by Keffy R.M. Kehrli.
• January’s issue of The Colored Lens contained stories by TWO miscuers. Kris Millering’s ”Those Who Do Not Reap” is about aliens, alien sex, and how stories grow. Emily C. Skaftun’s “A Fairy Tale” is a cautionary tale about firefly hunting, magic, and relationships.
• The stage version of Liz Argall’s “Dear Ms. Moon” was/will be performed January 26th and February 2 as part of Pulp Diction. If you missed the shows you can read or listen to the story.
• And finally, Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, is available now, with stories by ANOTHER TWO miscuers! Not only will you get Caren Gussoff’s new novel start, “Free Bird,” and Erik Owomoyela’s “Steal the Sky,” but the proceeds from the book support the Carl Brandon Society, which helps more awesome people attend Clarion and Clarion West. The anthology is only available until June.
In our last meeting for 2012, we critted stories from Kris Millering, Cat Rambo, and Emily Skaftun. In attendance were Liz Argall, Sarah Hirsch, Tod McCoy, Kris Millering, Erik Owomoyela, Cat Rambo, Vicki Saunders, Emily Skaftun, and Eddie Smith.
Here’s a scattering of what was said, but by request I have not attributed the quotes.
- If there are monkeys on a planet, we need to know that immediately because we love monkeys!
- That would really sock it to the tree, so to speak
- Write a different story. Got it.
- I wanted more apple magic.
- I needed more rage on the part of the tree.
Afterwards, we had a joint outing to the theater and saw Geek Out, which included adaptations of “Black Box” by Jennifer Egan; “Instructions: by Neil Gaiman; “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang; and “The Unwritten” by Mike Carey, done in collaboration with literature-based music group, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle.
Or rather, publications by Horrific Miscuers. They may or may not themselves be horrific.
• “Casanova Clay,” a poem by Liz Argall about dirt, hands and work awaits you at Apex Magazine.
• Cat Rambo steals the month once again with two (2) ebooks! A SEED ON THE WIND is part of the Fathomless Abyss series, and HALLOWEEN QUARTET is an experiment.
• And Emily C. Skaftun’s “10 Things to Do in Los Angeles After You Die” was published by Every Day Fiction. It’s a zombie love story tourist guide.
In September, Horrific Miscuers did a lot of strange things. Liz Argall wrote a love song to meat pies. Starlight Moonrocket, IV, Esq., who may or may not be associated with this group, has opened The JOURNAL of eXuBeRaNtLy Bad FICTION for submissions.
And Cat Rambo has a new book out! Near + Far, published by Hydra House, is in the old Ace double format, with a NEAR side, and a FAR side that both have gorgeous covers (but I’m only going to show you one of them. Mwa ha ha!).
To read more about it from Cat’s blog, go here.
To just order a copy from Hydra House (you know you want to) go here. It’s also available from Amazon and the other usual sources.
I have been remiss in posting, so here’s a whole summer’s worth of Horrific Miscue words to read!
• Liz Argall started a web comic called Things Without Arms and Without Legs. Things! Things! If there is no spoon, why does it taste so nice?
• Tod McCoy was published in an anthology called Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. Join Kazka Press as we explore the simple love between a man and his pony, a woman and her pony, and the world and their bronies and pegasisters. The foreword is written by Kij Johnson, and the anthology includes her Nebula-winning story “Ponies.”
• Sandra Odell’s “Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow” is up at Kasma Science Fiction. This is a story of zombies, choice, and what it means to be human, as seen through the eyes of Willy Shakes, everyone’s favorite bard.
• Cat Rambo has two recently podcasted stories: “Grandmother,” a space opera story, is up at EscapePod, and “Coyote Barbie,” a humorous short originally published in Expanded Horizons, is up at Toasted Cake.
AND . . .
• William T. Vandemark’s “Alkahest,” originally published in Brain Harvest, is also up at Toasted Cake. If you have 8 minutes and the inclination, check it out.
Go! Read! Listen!
This (previous) month in HM publishing:
Go read (or listen to) them! This is the best kind of rain: the kind you don’t need an umbrella for.
This is not an April Fools Day post. Or is it?
These are some of the places that Horrific Miscuers’ stories have gotten to this March:
- Liz Argall’s “The Rugged Track” is available as a podcast from Podcastle
- Lauren Dixon’s “A Lesson in Metempsychosis” is at Extract(s)
- Sandra M. Odell’s “Wings” is in issue #3 of The Colored Lens
- Emily C. Skaftun’s “Down in the Woods Today” is in Attic Toys, available in kindle and paper formats
We hope you enjoy. Unless, of course, it’s all an elaborate prank.
Tod McCoy, Lauren Dixon, Liz Argall at Inner Chapters Bookstore.
Liz Argall wrestles with her muse while Lauren Dixon (furthest) and VIcki Saunders (foreground) look on.
Lucas Johnson, Emily Skaftun, and Persephone D'Shaun watch from the other side of the table.
Members present: Liz Argall, Lauren Dixon, Eliza Hirsch, Lucas Johnson, Keffy Kehrli, Tod McCoy, Cat Rambo, Vicki Saunders, Persephone D’Shaun, Emily Skaftun.
Three stories were workshopped and Liz wrestled with her muse. As always, Inner Chapters was a swell host. The novel group meets on the 24th, and we all believe we are workshopping Caren’s novel.
Also, Keffy is going to put together an informative list of everything he hates in stories for the blog.
Time passes. Listen. Time passes. Come closer now. Only you can see the writers, hunched over keyboards, in the clamoring cafes, the standing desks, and slouched couches. Only you can hear, in the mumbling craniums, the plot lines and character archs, world building and research notes, e-pub and agenting, notebooks and crazy rants, the plaque on the fridge saying “Sit in chair and write you ninny” and the yellowing, dogeared rejection slips, accreting and falling in mounded piles.
Only you can hear the writer, crying in the streets for the perfect word, the perfect twist. Can I have a muffin now? And all the while, nouns and adverbs clatter, gerunding over scrabble.
Pick some language you love. In this case, Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.
Pick a theme you want to explore. In this case, writing and writers.
Hi, my name is Liz Argall. Continue reading