"Doppelgänger Mine" @ Fried Fiction
The second installment of my doppelgänger serial ("Stranger in the Night") is up at Fried Fiction today, and if you're so inclined, you can read it here. Uploading my own work is a little weird—almost like self-publishing it on a blog—but the website's easy to navigate, and I look forward to adding more episodes in the weeks to come.
Fried Fiction is a unique venue: the editor, David Peters, reviews your first installment, and if he thinks it'll make for a good series, he buys it and uploads it to the site. From then on, it's up to the writer to add subsequent episodes. And no, you don't get paid for those. But the way I look at it, my story was rejected four times by other markets, and now it has a good home.
I've always liked serials. Radar Men from the Moon and Flash Gordon were two of my favorites when I was a kid. I found them on VHS in a bin at Kmart and fell in love with the campy cliffhangers right off. I even went so far as to create my own serial of sorts, "Trouble on the Range," which I sent via snail mail to family friends in Arkansas for a year or so. All this to say, having my own published serial out there now for folks around the world to read is some kind of special.
In other news, I finished the first draft of this week's Write1Sub1 story ("Lost Pets") and will have it submitted by the weekend. I also wrote and submitted four horror-themed haiku and three sci-fi tanka to Scifaikuest. The last time I submitted any poetry was to Alienskin Magazine. They published my Fibonacci Sequence poems, then they folded. Hoping for a better outcome this time…