Zombie Buys New Lamp; Dead Girls, Dying Girls Starter for New Year
Payment came yesterday afternoon for “The Christmas Zombie” (cf. December 14, et al.), which I immediately took to the Credit Union and, money in hand (or at least backing up the credit card in wallet), I continued to the mall where I bought a new lamp. This is a stand-up lamp for the living room, the old one having gotten so decrepit I’m nervous about even leaving it on when I leave the house. This new lamp though, yet to be set up, is a multi-headed hydra of a lamp, a Medusa-lamp with five snakes in its hair, some of which hopefully will be able to be directed toward sofa or chair for reading things after dark. But the gratifying thing is that the check I received from Kazka Press was enough to pay for it.
Then came more news, an email from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing that a story I’d sent them has been accepted for their upcoming anthology SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT. “We want humorous and satirical tales that would do Mr. Vonnegut proud . . . a man who pushed his imagination off a cliff and followed it for the whole drop; a man who was able to write the most cynical material, yet make you die of laughter at the same time.” The story I sent is called “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” and is, I think, a somewhat bizarre satire about a young girl and getting ahead in today’s America, culminating with her off-the-beaten-track attempt to win her school’s Science Fair.
Thus starts 2013 with its first story sale, a story I’m fond of even though its not-quite-in-any-genre subject and approach (well, it must have something to do with science, but it doesn’t exactly read like science fiction) made it a marketing challenge at best, but here it might have hit its most promising target. The release for SO IT GOES, according to the guidelines, will be scheduled for spring.