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Clarion Stories

This is a list of all the stories I submitted to Clarion, and all the stories I wrote during the workshop. FYI, I had one of the lower word counts, and one of the lowest story number counts (most people wrote 5-6 stories, with word counts falling in the mid 20's to mid 30's range). That's not a judgment on whether I "failed" or "passed" Clarion, it's just statistics. It's not a surprising one for me, as I knew going in that I'd have problems keeping up with the "write a story a week" pace. I'm pleased with what I wrote, overall.

"Brimstone Orange"
Submission Story, 500 words, dark fantasy
Comments: This wasn't critiqued in workshop, but it's already been published online, so I believe most of the workshop has seen it. The instructors were mixed - half liked it, the other half were "meh". I agree that it has problems, but it's a little too late to fix them.
Status: Published prior to submission, in ChiZine, April 2005
Update: Was given an Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2006. Was podcast on PseudoPod in 2007.

"Jetsam"
Submission story, 5000 words, dark fantasy/horror with a dash of Mythos
Comments: The one submission story that the Clarionites never saw - it's always been seen as very flawed by both previous readers and myself (comments included "gah!", "it's terrible" and "was I on crack when I wrote this?"), but Michael Swanwick and Kelly Link both gave me excellent suggestions for fixing it.
Status: This will be revised and sent out in early September to an appropriate dark fantasy/horror market
Update: Was published in Sybil's Garage #4, 2007 (and on their official website - see link to story on profile page)

"Take Your Daughters To Work"
Submission story, 1350 words, dark fantasy/Mythos
Comments: Critiqued in workshop during Week 1 - reaction was (as I recall - it seems like ages ago) favorable, although the Mythos aspects didn't work for some readers. Instructors were largely positive, though one teacher felt that writing in someone else's world meant that the author could not in all honesty call the piece their own (I respectfully disagree). Several instructors looooooved it.
Status: I thought I'd have to trunk it, but one teacher pointed out a few suitable markets that I hadn't thought of. This only needs a light edit, after which it will be sent out asap.
Update: Was published in Subterranean Magazine #6, 2007. Was given an Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 2008. Was reprinted online at Apex Magazine in 2008 (see link on profile page)

"Blackberry Sweet"
Workshop story, 780 words, dark fantasy/erotica
Comments: Critiqued during Week 2 - a very flawed vignette trying to be a story. Michael Swanwick and a good portion of the class hit it on the head that the story desperately needs expanding (although a few felt it should be cut down to 500 words or less). Swanwick also noted that the sexual interest of the protagonist was drawing from the wrong myth - he pointed me in the right direction (more "Green Man", less "Cernunnos").
Status: Is currently being rewritten into a novella, then will be sent out to a specific market

"Summer of Love"
Workshop story, 13,100 words, horror
Comments: Critiqued during Week 5 - a complete mess. A short story that turned into a novelette that really should have been set aside so I could write it as a novel. Comments were often harsh but correct - there's a few good spots, but they're overpowered by so very much clichéd bad. However, the basic story idea is salvageable, and I'll incorporate many of the critique suggestions into the expanded version.
Status: Will be rewritten (someday) as a mainstream horror novel

"The Four Hundred Thousand"
Workshop story, 6800 words, dark science fiction
Comments: Critiqued during Week 6 - reaction was very favorable, although one student couldn't get past the present tense (as I thought might happen). The instructors loved it. There was general consensus as to which parts of the story were flawed (and I agree), and the class and instructors pointed out a few more problematic areas that I'd missed. For a first draft, though, I was pleased that so much succeeded.
Status: This will be slightly revised/edited to fix the flaws, and then sent out to Asimov's or a similar sf market at the end of August.
Update: Was published online in Subterranean Magazine Fall 2007 (see link to story on profile page)

Marine Autumn

I owe you marine autumn
With dankness at its roots
and fog like a grape
and the graceful sun of the country;
and the silent space
in which sorrows lose themselves
and only the bright crown
of joy comes to the surface.

--Pablo Neruda.


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