Morning After

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

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Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 21-25

In which I attempt to catch up, since I did not read slush yesterday. And then my Steelers lose today. Correlation? Probably.

On the plus side, the printer we bought (our HP warhorse finally gave up the ghost last week) was on sale today. Saved $125, more than 25%. So I guess I’m not being totally hammered for my procrastinating ways.

Story 21: Horror 3936 words 1/6/2012

This is a rewrite of story 4. It adds enough information that I now understand what’s happening. It does not, however, create enough of a story experience to win me over. If you Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 19-20

Today, I had difficulty writing. Nothing was interesting to me. Let’s hope that doesn’t carry over to my reading duties tonight. An unfortunate aspect of this writing/publishing process is that editors are human too. We have moods, and sometimes moods can impact how we read a piece. That’s one reason for having four of us on the editorial board.

Story 19: Fantasy ?? words (26 mss pages) 1/5/2012

This begins slowly, with a couple paragraphs of summary introduction that distance me. When the viewpoint character appears, the voice remains too detached for my taste. The event being described is fascinating, the words flow well, but I have difficulty attaching to the story. This remains a problem through the Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 17-18

A fairly light day today.

Story 17: Fantasy ?? words (36 mss pages) 1/3/2012

 This one opens with a hook that pretty much robs the story of its major complication (a decision to kill a friend). It’s a murder procedural told from a train car. The story doesn’t take place there, it’s just where the first person protagonist is when he decides to recount the tale to us from memory. Nothing deadens tension like telling the story in retrospective summary. To this story’s credit the writing is strong and the story being told about is fairly interesting. I can’t help but wonder what my experience would be had the story been told forward rather than backward. That is, Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 13-16

Slush reading continues. Keep in mind that the comments I offer are from the perspective of a speculative fiction editor editing a particular anthology.

Story 13: SF ?? words (15 mss pages) 1/3/2012

There’s some strong descriptive writing here, and solid dialog, but in the end it’s primarily a joke story. The title had me expecting that, but I was hopeful for a time that it would be more than that. It almost is. The final scene is done well and develops an emotional undertone that is nice. It does all rely on that final line, however, and this is just too many words to support that limited payoff.

The basic story structure is flawed (for our Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 9-12

In which we continue through the slush pile in search of gems. Please remember that when we reject a piece it may well be accepted elsewhere. There are many markets, and virtually each of them has a particular slant. I’ve heard from authors in the past who had a story rejected here only to publish it at a higher paying market. On the other hand, when I point out structural flaws in a story, you would be wise to at least consider the possibility that your story can be improved upon.

Story 9: SF 5000 words 1/2/2012

 I like the opening paragraph very much and I like the way the story comes full circle to that image. I Continue reading

Triangulation: Morning After – Stories 1-8

This year, I will be reading slush and passing a portion of the stories on to a committee of second readers for their input. As I did last year, I intend to comment on each story here in my blog, removing personal and spoiler details in an attempt to protect the identity of the author/story while simultaneously providing meaningful feedback to authors and those of you who want to see what goes on behind the curtain, as it were. It’s also a good way for me to ensure I consider each story carefully, at least as carefully as my time permits. I owe you that much for sending your work to us.

 I also owe a number of Continue reading