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.
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.
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,”
“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
Gartron’s laughter stopped. He stood,
brushing a lock of yellow hair back behind a large floppy ear.
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.