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  1. Deven
    January 20, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

    I just was browsing outward from Jim Van Pelt’s blog and stumbled across this.
    I have an SF story that Every Day Fiction published. It is the most absurdly compact thing I have ever written. “The Journey” is a drabble minus five words. The only reason I sent it out was because my high school buddy, Steve Goble, has been encouraging me to give writing a try again. Small world this world wide web.
    I have another SF story submitted at EDF, but I am afraid that reads more like a joke than a story.
    I like your site and am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories. I am anxious to see Mr. Van Pelt’s story when it gets published.


  2. steve goble
    January 17, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

    Guess what? My attempt at sword-and-flashery did sell. Every Day Fiction will be running “Invincible” somewhere down the line. The editors both were very enthusiastic about it, which always feels good.

    I’ll let you know when it is scheduled to appear.

    — Steve


  3. Steve Goble
    January 16, 2008 @ 11:59 am

    Jake: “Monochrome” is a bit of a genre-bender.

    For that story, I think the classification depends on the reader’s own view of God, etc. A reader who believes in an all-powerful, benevolent god might view “Monochrome” as science fiction — plausible based on what the reader knows about God. A non-believer would view it as pure fantasy — magical sky-being and all that. Some might even call it horror — powerful supernatural being shows up and enslaves everyone.

    Me? I just write them. I don’t explain them.

    — Steve


  4. Jake
    January 16, 2008 @ 6:27 am

    Oh, and please do let us know if the S&S flash sells! I’d like to see how you handled it.


  5. Jake
    January 16, 2008 @ 6:25 am

    Thanks, Steve. I stumbled across your post while backtracking an entry in my site logs — it seems you recently put us on your blog roll, for which I’m grateful. (Yes, I’m a bit obsessive on what brings people to the site. 🙂 )

    Anyway, I include Sword-and-Sorcery as a subgenre of fantasy, so I think what I say above applies to S&S as well.

    Do you count “Monochrome”, which you sold to Every Day Fiction, as “fantasy/science fiction”? Even you said that was tough to classify… 😉

    Thanks for stopping by.


  6. Steve Goble
    January 16, 2008 @ 3:58 am

    Thanks for linking to my “Sword and Flashery” post … odd that you ran into that!

    Since that post, I have sold a couple of flash stories and submitted two others. The two I’ve sold were fantasy/science fiction, but definitely not sword-and-sorcery. Of the two submitted, one is horror and the other is … sword-and-sorcery! I’ll let you know if it sells.

    The advice you give above is spot on, though. Good stuff, and I’m enjoying your site. I only recently discovered it, so I have some catching up to do.


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