This page collects blog entries related to the Triangulation anthology series from Parsec Ink.
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
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
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
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