Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Did I Mention I'm Gonna Be a Daddy?

Looking back through my last few months of posts (as few and far between as they may be) I see that I haven't shared the biggest news in my life:

We're having a baby!


Hilary's due August 28th and we're having a girl.

Yes, we've picked out a name. No, we're not telling anyone what it is.

Happy Days!

My beautifully round wife. Prego!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Accept Your Story’s Place


Every story has a place. 

I firmly believe that for every story you write there’s an agent or an editor out there that will both love and want to publish it. I also believe that with patience and persistence you can find these people. And by all means, shoot for the moon. I send every story I write to every professional paying market I know. But not every story I write is worthy of a professional market. Hell, most stories I write aren’t up to snuff. And that’s OK. 

After I exhaust every pro market I hit the semi-pro, then the token. And if my story ends up at some e-mag I’ve never heard of with thirty subscribers and I end up making $5 on the deal, that’s OK. I write because I love it; anything else is a bonus. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel bitter when the perfect market passes on your story (I’m looking at you DailyScienceFiction) but bitterness and anger hurt the process, not help it. Remember, the market decides your story’s price but you decide your story’s worth. 

Hope blooms eternal. 

Wherever your story ends up is where it belongs. 



Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Intergalactic Star Wars Day!


The force is strong with this blog...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

First Professional Publication!

I just wanted to share that I had my first professional sale!

My story "Robot Mothers" appeared in the April issue of Penumbra EMag. This was one of the first pieces of fiction I ever wrote and still one of my favorites. 



And one of the cool things about getting into a larger market is your stuff gets reviewed on Tangent!

Very humbling to get such a positive reception.

Yeah!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rejection Letter Meme


My first meme. Who's with me?!?!?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Face Off Short Story!

I love the SciFi Channel's special effects makeup reality series Faceoff which starts a new season tonight! It's my favorite show. So creative! So positive...most of the time. Some particularly un-positive judging inspired the following short story. Enjoy!




IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING NICE
By: Adam Gaylord
    
“I think you made some really bad decisions with this makeup,” the judge of the popular special-effects makeup reality show said. “Your alien’s head is bulbous and lopsided, the color palate of the skin is dull and boring, and the scales don’t make any sense.”
     Gartron burst out laughing. He pointed at the view-screen. “Ohh! It looks just like you! Lopsided and dull!” he howled.
     “I am going to reduce that planet to ash,” Mal-tor seethed.
     “But with as bad as your makeup was,” the judge continued, “your competitor’s was worse. The bright red floppy ears, the monochrome yellow hair, the bad teeth. Your alien looks like a poorly drawn cartoon character.”
     Gartron’s laughter stopped. He stood, brushing a lock of yellow hair back behind a large floppy ear.
“I’ll warm up the plasma cannon.”

THE END

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Three Really Great Short Stories

I've mentioned it before but I really love Daily Science Fiction. It's so great to have a (usually) high quality speculative fiction short story delivered every day. A daily dose of quality fiction sparks my creativity and further enhances my already wonderful morning constitutional. ALTHOUGH...they are also bastards because they straight out refuse to publish anything I write. I'm not bitter, I swear.

With that in mind, please check out three of the best short stories from the last month or so of DSF.com. These three pretty much blew my mind. Super creative. I hope you like them as much as I do! 

Totality by Tony Pisculli - A romantic love affair only possible during full solar eclipses. Very cool.

Goldfish by Elizabeth Archer - Genetic engineering with a crazy twist! I usually see these things coming but the ending smacked me silly.

We Are All But Embers by Gemma Noon - Wow. Just...wow.

How about you? Have you read any whoppers lately?