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First Short Fiction Sale!

Little Spazakia's story has found a home! I'm particularly happy with this because the venue is a new one and I have liked the fiction they've been choosing to publish so far. I'll give y'all a link when it goes up.

Very pleased. It's an odd little story. It began with hearing this song:



and not really hearing the lyrics, but the feeling of it.

Then I got some sort of stomach bug and was on my back for three days, listening to some affected Victorian version of Herodotus' Histories in audio form. The story sort of grew out of that listening, more or less by itself.

The only intentional element I forced on it was that I wanted to tell a story that could really take place, so the supernatural elements can all be explained away as hallucination if you choose to look at it that way, but for Spazakia*, it's a real and whole life she makes for herself out of the broken bits she's given.

*Bonus points if you spot the pun.

Comments

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j_cheney
Mar. 2nd, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
barry_king
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! By co-inky-dink, it's my monthly night with the local writing group, so I've got bragging rights.

Edited at 2012-03-02 10:58 pm (UTC)
j_cheney
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome!
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barry_king
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
tryslora
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
barry_king
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
And thank you, since it was partly your fault!
tryslora
Mar. 2nd, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the critiques helped!
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
Both rounds! Above and beyond the call. Truly.
marshallpayne1
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Barry!
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Edited at 2012-03-03 02:43 pm (UTC)
arwensouth
Mar. 2nd, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Very happy to hear this! {{{{{hugs}}}}}
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
And thank you, too. For both readings. I think it really tightened up the story.
pjthompson
Mar. 2nd, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
Cheers! Thanks.
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barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
I do. And to think I was just bitching about rejectomancy last week.

But here's what I find depressing: Duotrope now says I have a higher than average acceptance rate (2.8% overall), after two years of having no less than 13 pieces out, sometimes to multiple venues, at all times. Two poems and one novelette. God, this is a hard business!
peadarog
Mar. 3rd, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hurray! Congratulations! But no bonus points for me :(
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Funny how up and down this game is.
acwise
Mar. 3rd, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That is wonderful news. There's nothing quite like that first sale. I can't wait to read the story when it comes out!
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you; A slightly longer version is up on the A09, but I'll let you know.
bondo_ba
Mar. 4th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, congrats!! Too bad about the bug...
barry_king
Mar. 4th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I doubt anything else would have made me sit still through fourteen hours of Herodotus in a reedy high dry voice.
asakiyume
Mar. 7th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
You know, I somehow missed this entry, and therefore missed the opportunity to congratulate you. Congratulations! That is excellent!
barry_king
Mar. 7th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And I'm glad you did, because it reminded me of that poem that I put aside, and I took it out, revised it, and submitted it to a cool magazine. It's a really strange one. I hope they take it.
asakiyume
Mar. 7th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Me too!
barry_king
Mar. 8th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
You won't believe this. They did. It will be in a near-future edition of Ideomancer.
asakiyume
Mar. 9th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Aww yisss!

(now your rating on Duotrope has moved into the Way Improbable category ^_^)
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cerealboxreader
Mar. 7th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats
Big congrats Barry. I always loved that story. What I don't think you said in your post was the name of the venue...
barry_king
Mar. 8th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats
Thanks! It's thecoloredlens.com. A fairly new venue. Still under a year old, I think. But they're doing the right things, and I saw some stylistic and thematic similarities between what was there and this story.
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