Morning After

This page collects blog entries for the Triangulation: Morning After anthology.

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October is Morning After Month – Part 5

110212_1728_OctoberWasM1.jpgDay five brings us, “Nocte Finem” by Henry Tjernlund, who resides in a small rural steelmill town where he practices time-lapse video (on YouTube) of clouds and the early morning fog that rolls off the nearby river, works at de-feralling some free-ranging cats while helping out on independent movie productions where he can: as an actor [Indemnity-role of Deputy Sheriff ], light and sound crew, and at times ekeing out his income by doing modeling photos, headshots, and on-set photographic stills often used to advertise the productions.

Nocte Finem

By Henry Tjernlund

Johnathan worked his way along the once well used Continue reading

October is Morning After Month – Part 4

110212_1728_OctoberWasM1.jpgThe fourth story in our collection, “After the Pipers” is penned by Camille Alexa who lives in the Pacific Northwest in an Edwardian home down the street from a volcano. Her stories appear in Machine of Death, Alfred Hitchcock’s and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazines, and in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her short fiction collection PUSH OF THE SKY earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Endeavour Award. More information and an updated bibliography at

After the Pipers

By Camille Alexa

Harley and me been looking for pretties all day Continue reading

October is Morning After Month – Part 3

110212_1728_OctoberWasM1.jpgThe third story in our collection, “Scar Tissue Wings” is penned by Aaron Polson, who currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his three sons and a tattooed rabbit. A stay with his six-year-old in the real Children’s Mercy Hospital in December of 2011 inspired “Scar Tissue Wings.” Aaron prefers ketchup with his beans.

Scar Tissue Wings

By Aaron Polson

Melvin Haake is seven months undead.

To be clear, Melvin is a different kind of undead. He’s not like the others, the monsters, the grey lurching husks which stalk the city until their joints grind to a halt. He’s not like them, Continue reading

October is Morning After Month, Part 2

110212_1728_OctoberWasM1.jpgThe second story in our collection, “The Blue of Distance” is penned by Erich William Bergmeier, a freelance writer and translator. His fiction has appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in A cappella Zoo, Space Squid, The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, and Pseudopod.

The Blue of Distance

By Erich William Bergmeier

“Vadim, are you there?”

Vadim opened his eyes and looked out across the surface of the snow covered moon. His cheek was pressed against the faceplate of his spacesuit. Cold pricked his pale skin. With a shiver of pain snaking up his arm, Vadim reached for the control panel on the side Continue reading

October is Morning After Month

110212_1728_OctoberWasM1.jpgWith the novel off to our agent, and various smaller obligations more or less resolved, it’s time to focus on Triangulation. I’ll be updating you on sales figures and reviews, announcing the new theme, and generally encouraging you to spread the word that Triangulation: Morning After is worth a reader’s investment. Let’s start with the best part, though. The stories themselves.

The opening story in our collection, “How the Caterpillar Cheated Death” (the inspiration for Susan Linville’s cover art) comes to us from a new voice: H.M. McInnes scribbled the first draft for “How the Caterpillar Cheated Death” in her notes for a Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Where now, Slushy?

 As you may have noticed, I have been absent from these pages for a few weeks now. This was a confluence (see what I did there? Confluence is Parsec’s annual Pittsburgh SF & Fantasy Convention) of various issues. First, I had reached the end of the slush pile and it was time to get a consensus on the stories we held. Second, I was in the midst of nine weeks of almost daily gout attacks, an unprecedented achievement for me, and while that didn’t keep me from working (since I don’t type with Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Story 208

Story 208: SF 2200 words 3/15/2012

I’m mostly confused early in the story. It drops us into mid-scene, which is good, but does not provide crucial context for me to ground myself. Who is Mister Clark? Up where? What is the character’s goal? Why does this project exist? I don’t need or want an info dump, but snippets of clarification where relevant (e.g. why not call him Ben Clark the first time? Why not give the project name? Maybe the monitors show something to clue us in as to where up here might be).

The main problem, however, is that there’s really no story here. Two characters observe an event and rationalize what it means. A story Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 204-207

Story 204: Horror 3300 words 3/15/2012

Character wakes up and tries to recall last night. I’m experiencing déjà vu all over again.

That said, there’s some excellent writing here, breezy and confident, with a good balance of internal and external experience. This is one of the rare stories where I’ll say I could use a little MORE context in the opening. I feel as if the characters are discussing the fringes of something I should understand completely, but I don’t have the gist of this world to do so. It’s not false mystery, in that I don’t feel information is being withheld, but I’m drifting disconnected from the character in this early scene. This suggests it would Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 197-203

Story 197: SF 560 words 3/15/2012

An interesting SF satire. Clear prose, enough story experience to carry the piece. I have two issues, however. First, the story ends up being an archetypal “gotcha” rather than a story that opens my eyes to a new perspective. I suspect it will appeal to readers that agree with the conclusion and aggravate those who do not. I would prefer more subtlety in the end game. Also, the final line doesn’t actually make sense when I stop to consider it (which a story like this certainly invites me to do). Presumably it’s even warmer elsewhere, right? A smaller nit is that I thought the harp comment was over the top. It’s certainly Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 192-196

Story 192: Fantasy 2440 words 3/15/2012

I’m afraid this one falls into a common pattern. Character waking up (blame the theme, but remember that if you want your story to stand out, it’s best to find a unique way to connect to a theme, in general), a dose of false mystery (he knows what happened last night, but only refers to it obliquely), then the story moves into back story told through the distancing effect of memory/summary (only a paragraph though, so not so bad). Then we get some dialogue that obliquely references the incident we don’t know, but should (since we’re in the character’s perspective). This is, again, what I call false mystery. We then get some Continue reading