Infinitas Newsletter now out

Little story published at Infinitas Newsletter today.

http://www.infinitas.com.au/Newsletters/InfinitasNewsletter2014May.pdf

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AntiSF

I have a little quirky tale up at AntiopodeanSF.

http://www.antisf.com.au/the-stories/shifting

Story published in Cosmos!

Exciting news! My story, The Dragon, is now online at Cosmos.

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/6060/the-dragon

Third time’s a charm now online

I’m excited to announce my story ‘Third time’s a charm’ is now up on the Daily Science Fiction website.

http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/magic-and-wizardry/melanie-rees/third-times-a-charm

Doing happy dances!

I’ve been getting my weekly exercise with all the happy dances I’ve been doing recently.

I’ve just heard that my story ‘Third time’s a charm’ will be published next week at Daily Science Fiction. I’ll provide a link soon.

Also last week I received an acceptance for my story ‘The Dragon’ from Cosmos online. More details soon.

Seven Sins now online

My story ‘Seven Sins’ is now online at DSF.

http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/fairy-tales/melanie-rees/seven-sins

Seven Sins published today

Great news. My story ‘Seven Sins’ has been published on Daily Science Fiction. It has been sent out via email today and should appear online in a week or so. I’ll provide a link when it’s on the website.

Silence Broken now in Bards and Sages Quarterly

My story, Silence Broken, is now available in Bards and Sages Quartlery.

Available at http://www.bardsandsages.com/speculative_fiction/bards_and_sages_quarterly

 

Doing a happy dance!

My story ‘Third time’s a charm’ has been accepted in Daily Science Fiction.

Another sale!!!

Exciting newss. I have sold my story, Seven Sins, to Daily Science Fiction. Unless the Mayan prophecy becomes a reality, 2012 looks like it will be a good year.

New year cheer!

It has been a happy new year so far with two of my stories accepted during the past week.

My story ‘Silence Broken’ will appear in Bards and Sages Quarterly in the April edition, and my flash fiction piece called ‘Hard Boiled’ will soon appear in Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.

All I want for Christmas…

…is to finish my NaNoWriMo project.

Unfortunately work got in the way of reaching 50,000 words before the end of November, but I am determined to get there before Christmas. This novel is really starting to take shape. I’m at 45,000, and the novel will only end up being about 60,000 words long. So I’m almost there.

The working title is ‘Dust Devils’ but I’m also considering calling it ‘Petrichor’. The structure is similar to Pan’s Labyrinth and it is set on a drought-ridden farming property. The story is told from the POV of a 12 year-old boy and he creates a fantasy world around him to escape from the realities of life in the bush during times of drought, including dealing with rural suicides, financial hardship and workers walking from their farms.

A Time to Kill now online

A Time to Kill is now online at Daily Science Fiction

Rapunzel’s Daughters anthology reviews

Another positive review for Rapunzel’s Daughters from Library Journal.

http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprint/currentissue/890960-403/sffantasy_reviews_july_2011.html.csp

Sale to Daily Science Fiction

I’m excited to announce that I’ve sold my story ‘A Time to Kill’ to Daily Science Fiction. Release date TBA.

Sales are always extra special when they’re markets that I subscribe to and this is also my first “pro-market sale”. There are some great stories on DSF and I’m looking forward to having my story among them.

Reviews for Rapunzel’s Daughters anthology

There have been some great reviews for Rapunzel’s Daughters and this one mentioned my story!

http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com/2011/07/review-rapunzels-daughters.html

Quoted from A Bookish Affair

What’s the Story?:

From Goodreads.com: “What happens after the “Happily Ever After”…?
30 writers answer questions that no one has dared ask before about your favorite fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and legends. What dark arts will Little Miss Muffet employ to exact her revenge on the spider? Can a guide help the Big, Bad Wolf succeed in eating Little Red Riding Hood without getting caught? Is Prince Charming gay? And will the Beast get tired of ravishing Beauty, and instead turn his attention to Lady Gaga?

All of these answers and more can be found in 31 original stories full of indecisive princesses, talking wolves, unhappy frogs, wicked witches, with a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust, magical transformations, and psychotherapy.”

My Two Cents:

What a cool book! I have always loved fairy tales and I personally have been very happy to see the resurgence in new takes on some of my favorite fairy tales.  This book is filled with some great sequels and retellings of fairy tales that were old favorites and a few new-to-me fairy tales that were really wonderful.

Some of my favorites from the book:

  • A Wolf’s Guide to the Fairy Tale by Dave Sellars: A play by play of Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf’s point of view. Very funny.
  • Dr. Zum: Psychotherapist to the Surreal by Melanie Rees: The title says it all. Can you imagine having some of these fairy tales recline on your therapist couch???
  • Testing the Waters by Stuart Sharp: What if you got a chance to kiss more that one frog to find your perfect prince? Oh and you’re really, really, really picky.
  • Cinderella’s Niece by Nicci Mechler: What if your aunt happened to be a famous fairy tale character who was still obsessed with her story and it’s made her a little crazy.

There are over 30 stories in this book. Each one is a unique take on a classic. It was so interesting to see what people came up with.

Bottom line: This is a great read for all my fellow fairy tale lovers.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

Rapunzel’s Daughters now available through Amazon

What happened after the happily ever after? This anthology has 31 stories that put a new spin on old tales.

Included in the Rapunze’ls Daughters anthologys is my short story, ‘Dr Zum: psychotherapist to the surreal’.

 

Dr Zum accepted

My short story, ‘Dr Zum: psychotherapist to the surreal’ has been accepted for the Rapunzel’s Daughters anthology to be published by Pink Narcissus Press.

Issue 48 of ASIM now available

My story ‘Holding’ is available in issue 48 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/

Shades of Sentience anthology now available for purchase

The Shades of Sentience anthology is now available to purchase online.
http://sentientonline.net/?p=1794

Praise for the Shades of Sentience Short Story Anthology
“Shades Of Sentience is an eclectic collection of twenty gripping yarns. From the flash vignette to the fantasy epic, from cutting edge sci-fi to disturbing horror, this is a gripping collection of great variety. So many different styles and voices are included here, with such a broad scope of tales, that it never gets boring. Well worth a read!”  Alan Baxter from Blade Red Press

 

‘Story’ accepted to Twisted Tongue magazine

My piece of flash fiction ‘Story’ has been accepted to issue 15 of Twisted Tongue Magazine, which is out now.

Shades of Sentience anthology launched

My story ‘Devil’s Dinner’ has been included in the Shades of Sentience short story anthology, which was launched at 2010 Brisbane Supernova in early April.

‘Devil’s Dinner’ a finalist in Shades of Sentience competition

My Story ‘Devil’s Dinner’ was a finalist is the Shades of Sentience short story competition and has been offered a place in a proposed anthology. If  the anthology proceeds I will post more details soon. http://sentientonline.net/

‘Holding’ will appear in ASIM

My short story ‘Holding’ will appear in issue 48 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (due out approximately October 2010).
I have been a long-term subscriber of ASIM and they always have some amusing and bizzare tales from the world of SF and Fantasy.
http://andromedaspaceways.com/

Night-time visitor

In the dark she sings,
She holds my hand tight in hers:
Limbs tender, voice soft.
Clouds part, the moon shines upon
Green skin, one too many arms.

The holiday

His spindly grey finger swirled haphazardly in the air before pointing randomly upon the galactic charts.
“So where are we going for our vacation?” she asked with bated breathe.
He drew back his finger to reveal their destination, an isolated blue-green planet.
“Bugger! Practice shot?”
“Practice shot,” she agreed.

The Holiday was first published in issue 124 of Antipodean SF