I delight when an editor/publisher asks for my work. It’s happening more often and I’m thrilled. Reminds me of Sally Field in Soapdish.
They like me. They really, really like me.
Recently Daniel @Fishbonius French of Chronosphere Fiction asked me to send him something and I did; The Settlement from Tales Told ‘Round Celestial Campfires.
Strangely, he accepted it (there’s no accounting for taste (and thankfully he likes my work)). Stranger, he let me narrate it.
This man is brave. Infinitely brave.
The Settlement is also available as an ebook. Enjoy!
Once again, I am honored.
The glorious, wise, and beautiful folks at Sixth Elem6ent, home of Harvey Duckman Presents and many awesome, independent books, published The Lonely Oak in Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 5.
(and they want more of my work!)
Other fine authors are in HDP5 as well. (you should read them all)
(have to see if i can get a few more links in that opening paragraph…)
I’m honored, I’m flattered, I’m thrilled, and I hope everyone enjoys reading it.
The Boy Who Loved Horses is based on time spent working in the Kentucky Appalachians. Truly beautiful country with truly wonderful people who understood the meaning of “community.”
I am fortunate to be accepted by them.
I was born in a town like this. Mine’s on the eastern ridge and closer to Raleigh. My town had the same dirt roads, the same one-room wooden church, the same old store where you asked for things instead of getting them yourself, the same people but with different faces, the same old men carrying coon rifles, girls getting married when they’re thirteen and younger, having kids before they’re through being kids themselves, the same sense of what’s ours and what’s not. I left my town and got educated. Made it into the extension service. Decided to come back and help others in towns like mine. My education didn’t take all the hill out of me, though. Knew enough to carry a gun in case I got too close to a still. But it did take some of the hill away. I forgot about towns like this.
Take a read and let me know what you think.
The Boy Who Loved Horses is also in my Tales Told ‘Round Celestial Campfires anthology.
I am so honored.
I jokingly tweeted my short story, Morningsong, was in Harvey Duckman Presents #3 and someday I hope to make it to #1
Team Harvey Duckman DMed me they were reissuing Volume I and I had a place in it if I wanted.
Are you kidding?
An editor wants my work?
Well just give me a second now…have to think this over…YES YES YES!
And then it got better.
They told me they wanted more of my stuff for future issues.
And lots of other fine authors are in HDP1 as well.
(subscribers may remember an earlier version of A Tale of the Woods: The Little Flower
(and the editor loved it)
No, really, it’s true and nobody’s as amazed as I am!
You want to know the topper?
Receiving this email from Team Harvey Duckman:
By the way, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed “Morningsong”. In this role I get to read a heck of a lot and sometimes I think I become a bit desensitised and reading/editing becomes ‘the job’ rather than something I do for fun… but something about Morningsong really struck me. It’s a really powerful story. So thank you.
It’s nice to know the cynic in me hasn’t completely killed of all my humanity and occasionally something can still get through that reaches my soul 😉
Yeah, I’m liking it.
And lots of other fine authors are in HDP3 as well.
(subscribers may remember an earlier version of Morningsong