Posts Tagged ‘short stories’

The Saga of a Short Story

This is a tale of luck.

It’s also a typical story of how a short story gets published. I’m relating this tale to assure those of you who may feel discouraged about selling stories and depressed about rejections, that rejection is common even for multi-published writers. And–in the shared misery category–to assure you that all writers hate to be turned down.

And how you persevere and sell the damn thing anyway.

My little tale goes like this: A couple years ago I read a news article that inspired me to write a science fiction short story. I finished the thing and thought it was quite good. Quirky, a little slow. But original and moving. And if you’ve been following my blog, you know I like stories that tap your emotions.

I promptly sent it off to a prominent SF magazine which, with lightning speed, said no. So, I thought, that is one benefit of being a published author: you sure get your short stories read and rejected right away. Read More…

Kay in Year’s Best



Just released . . .

Step Into The Future

The finest selections from a banner year for short-form science fiction, Year’s Best SF 16 is the boldest, most eye-opening compilation to date from award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

Brilliant visions, both dark and hopeful, of what might await humankind over tomorrow’s horizon.

Contributors include:

Kay Kenyon
Alastair Reynolds
Michael Swanwick
Vernor Vinge
Joe Haldeman and others

A Tale for Dungeons and Dragons

Last year Phil Athans at Dungeons and Dragons asked me if I might be interested in writing a short story based on one of the Dungeons and Dragons worlds. I’d always wanted to learn a bit more about the continuing appeal of D&D, and I figured this would be my best chance.

The world I chose to write in was Eberron. In Eberron, magic drives technology.  Such as a weapons forge powered by dragon shards.

Ravon Kell is an ex-soldier, a cherished slave, a bad ass survivor. But wait until you meet Stonefist . . .

Ravon looked up at the massive factory: An arms mill the size of a fortress; soon to produce an endless weaponry of lances, shields, cudgels, maces, swords, crossbows, spears—not to mention magic-infused spike wire, lightning spheres, and thunder shock implements. . . .  From the jungle, the misshapen fortress looked like nothing more than a vine-covered crag, not a hulking factory ten stories high with massive iron walls studded with bulging armories and effluent towers disgorging steam and rank smoke.

My story, “The Forge of Xen’drik” is up now at Insider Magazine. It’s outside the subscription wall, so it’s free. Take a look.