Things That Are Happening: A Szal Story

I start almost every blog with: it’s been a while. I should blog more. So that’s what I’m doing.

As some of you know, I finished a novel last week. It’s sitting aside while I work on other projects, including polishing up my query letter and chapters for my previous novel. Again. But that’s the way it is.

I did allow myself a small break, though. I binge-watched True Detective (Season 1) and 13 Reasons Why, the latter of which I have one more episode to go on. Both are phenomenal shows. True Detective gets better on the second watch once you know where everything is heading. 13 Reasons is a show I would have adored when I was in high-school, and wished I’d gotten my paws on the book back then.

But on the subject of actual work: I’ve had a few things happen. I’m now writing for the awesome Fantasy-Faction! They saw my post and asked me to join the team, which I did with my debut publication by way of a review.


A review of the French teenage cannibal film Raw, to be specific. It’s good and gruesome and full of tasty food for thought. Not for everyone, though. Obviously. You can check out my review here.

My story “System Reboot” landed itself a Polish translation in the magazine Szortal alongside Jarosław Grzędowicz, who’s (almost) the Polish George R. R. Martin. Nice to know folks in other countries are reading your work. You can check that out here.

And finally, I sold another story to Nature, which should be appearing this Thursday, I believe. It’s dark, as most of my stories are, and deals with some pretty heavy imagery that I wasn’t sure would pass my editors by. I’m not a horror writer, but this comes pretty close. I do hope you’ll check it out when it comes around.

I’ve also got two invitations to anthologies, one of which is paying pro-rates, so I’d best be working on that one. Ain’t no rest for the wicked.


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