Mothership Zeta Issue 6

I just made live the final issue in the current run of Mothership Zeta, Issue 6. We’re featuring stories about murderous mechanical bears, spirits of mango trees, a sphinx that has relocated to Montreal, and a disgruntled worker’s diary. Our nonfiction includes movie reviews and, of course, the very talented James Patrick Kelly giving us a story doctor report on one of our stories. You won’t find this kind of column in any other magazine.

I am very proud of this one, and proud of how we ended this run.

MZ is going on hiatus now, where we will figure out how to make it sustainable. We will be back. Promise. In the meantime, please check out our previous issues.

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Peeking out of the burrow

I recently was looking for news on someone and I went to their blog. There was nothing on there but occasional podcasts. Then I realized that, uh, my own blog is just like that. I haven’t posted anything new in a very long time. I also have been very quiet on Twitter.

Part of the reason why I haven’t posted is depression over the election. I haven’t posted anything regarding that because I have nothing new to say about it that 2.6+ million people haven’t already said. I’m despondent and afraid.

But life goes on. I have to get out of my burrow and keep going and keep creating. So first, a rather lengthy update on me:

Books and other Fictiony things!
Six Wakes and Bookburners (affiliate links) come out next month! Six Wakes received a STARRED REVIEW OMG from Publishers Weekly.

This space-based locked-room murder mystery explores complex technological and moral issues in a way that’s certain to earn it a spot on award ballots.

Bookburners also got some Publishers Weekly love.

The action jumps around the globe, with side trips to other dimensions, while the writing briskly slides between vividly horrific and flippantly camp.

(You can probably guess who wrote the “flippantly camp” episodes.)

And my short story will appear in Star Wars Insider on December 27! “Voices of the Empire” was teased on Del Rey’s facebook page today!

art by Jason Chan!

art by Jason Chan!

Travel and other travely things!
We recently got back from a big time weekend in New York City for Jim’s birthday where we were hardcore tourists: Empire State Building, ice skating, shopping, restaurants, and the crowning event, seeing Hamilton! I can safely say that if anyone was worried the actors replacing the original cast would be sub-par, there is nothing to worry about. It’s still an amazing show that had us both laughing and crying. It was a thrill to see a handful of original cast members like Okieriete Onaodowan and Jasmine Cephas Jones (not to mention Thayne Jasperson from the ensemble).

Holidays
Fiona and I decided not to do the traditional Advent Calendar video podcast, what with travel for us and homework for her. She’s doing great in high school, though, we are typical crazy proud parents.

We are staying home for Christmas, and I continue to watch made for TV holiday movies so that you don’t have to. I’ll be reviewing them on the site, so long as I can continue to stay above ground close to my burrow.

What else?
Fiona got her braces off. She was pissed off that she needed to re-learn how to play the trumpet again.

Mothership Zeta has decided to go on hiatus and our last magazine before the break will be next month.

In November I remembered how tiring audiobook recording was when I narrated Six Wakes. But it’s done!

I participated in NaNoWriMo last month, and even though I didn’t win, I got farther than I ever had before. I ended at 45000 words, and although some might say “oh, so close!” I still feel pretty damn good about it. With two days left and more narration to do (see above) I knew I wouldn’t make the 7000 words I needed to win. So I ended up at 45K and satisfied.

I quit drinking soda. I’m pretty pissed that I haven’t seen any benefit from it. I hate it when they say “this is so bad for you” and then when you cut it out, nothing happens. Probably something good is going on inside but I can’t tell any difference.

And that’s the news with me. I think I hit most of the important points.

Mothership Zeta Issue 4 released

Cover4One of the problems of doing a lot of projects is forgetting to promote all of them!

Issue 4 of our quarterly ezine, Mothership Zeta, is out now! Check it out!

MZ tries to bring fun fiction, which doesn’t always mean funny, and doesn’t always mean slapstick, and definitely doesn’t always mean appropriate for kids. We offer SF, fantasy, and horror, every quarter. We also have a nonfiction section, including work by Astronomer/Podcaster Dr. Pamela Gay, and a Story Doctor column by James Patrick Kelly where he talks about one story in the magazine and why it works as a fun piece. (Hint- writers can seriously learn from this man.)

It’s only $2.99 USD! Check it out!

 

Mothership Zeta launches!

This past weekend, the project I’ve been working on for a year finally got off the ground! The Escape Artist’s ezine, Mothership Zeta, launched on Halloween. It features fiction, nonfiction, and an original cover by Hugo-award-winning artist Frank Wu. My team (Karen Bovenmyer, Sunil Patel, Mat Weller, and a hoard of slushers) has worked very hard on this for a while, and we’re so happy to have it launch.

Short Story-arama #1 – MOTHERSHIP ZETA

Mothership-ColorTexture-1x300dpiI mentioned it a while back, but now it’s for real: I’m editor in chief of Escape Artists’ new project, the Mothership Zeta ezine. We are on the second half of a two week open submission period, and I wanted to blog about it here in case people didn’t hear about it somewhere else.

What we want: fun stories. They can be SF, fantasy, horror, whatever as long as it’s spec fic. Fun doesn’t mean silly (but it can), it doesn’t mean humorous (but it can), and it doesn’t even mean happy ending (although usually it does. Cabin in the Woods is my example of fun story that’s also horror and has an unhappy ending.) Who can you read to get an idea of what makes a fun story? John Scalzi and Connie Willis leap to mind immediately.

Anyway, the basic site of Mothership Zeta is live, with submission guidelines, FAQ, and all that.

I’m excited!