mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
I am pleased to announce that my short stories "Darkly Through the Light Waters" and "Rainfall" will be reprinted in the Artema Press anthology Magic Creatures from Celtic Mists to be published this spring.

A - Magic Creatures

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
I am pleased to announce that I have signed the contract, and my novel Old Blood's Fate will be published by Artema Press. We have a very aggressive timeline, planning to have the book ready for sale by the end of March. The editor plans to have my edits to me by this weekend. I plan to complete them as quickly as humanly possible.

Here is the cover art!09 Old Blood's Fate

For those of you playing our home game, you might remember Old Blood's Fate as the first novel I wrote, finishing the first draft in 2005. It was big and bloated and broken, and I didn't have the skills and tools to make it right. I've spent the last 8 or so years tinkering with it, rewriting it again and again as I hone my craft and develop my abilities as a writer, cutting it down from a monstrous 160,000 words to 85, 000. I ripped out entire plot lines, killed a variety of subplots, and took out a whole slew of characters until I finally had something I could be pleased to put in front of readers.

From the Publisher:
As a story that entwines Native American folklore with the lives of two extraordinary mortals, the plot leaves nothing less at stake than the fate of human reality--not to mention human existence.

Look for Old Bloods Fate in hardcover, softcover, and ebook, forthcoming in March, 2013.


If I said I was pleased, it would be an understatement.

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Kimiko - Science)
In all the holiday season and starting a new job chaos, I forgot to mention that a reprint of my short story "Nor to the Strong" has been selected by editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt to be included in Ray Gun Chronicles: Space Opera For A New Age, a collection of best of stories from Ray Gun Revival’s multi-year run combined with new stories from several major names in the SF field.

A Kickstarter will be running in January and February 2013 to help fund this project. It will be published November 2013 by Every Day Publishing with a launch at OryCon in Portland, Oregon. The editor and publisher have successfully ran Kickstarters for other projects, so I see no reason it won't work again. More information at the editor's blog.

“Nor to the Strong” is a science fiction story which appeared online in the April 2007 issue of Ray Gun Revival, in which a weary soldier must come to grips with the line between being a warrior and being a murderer. This story was nominated for the 2007 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award.

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Coffee)
My venerable (for a computer) HP Pavilion kicked the bucket after 8 good years of service. Considering the lifespan of most electronics, I really can’t complain. I didn’t lose anything, since we keep all of our doc, pics, and music on the network drive and back it all up regularly to the laptop. That said, I’m thinking about signing up for DropBox. I will working on the laptop for the time being, though we are considering buying a laptop with a docking station so that I can work at my more ergonomically correct desk and use my huge (seriously huge) monitor.

In happier news, I sold my short story “Steadfast” to Flagship. This is a space opera retelling of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. I’m pleased to have sold it.

And a reminder that I will be at Paganicon (http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/) this weekend. I will be doing a reading/storytelling event on Sunday, where I plan to present “Four Minnesota Fantasy Tales.” There are also some other author events that I will probably see attending on Saturday and Sunday.
mmerriam: (Coffee)
My venerable (for a computer) HP Pavilion kicked the bucket after 8 good years of service. Considering the lifespan of most electronics, I really can’t complain. I didn’t lose anything, since we keep all of our doc, pics, and music on the network drive and back it all up regularly to the laptop. That said, I’m thinking about signing up for DropBox. I will working on the laptop for the time being, though we are considering buying a laptop with a docking station so that I can work at my more ergonomically correct desk and use my huge (seriously huge) monitor.

In happier news, I sold my short story “Steadfast” to Flagship. This is a space opera retelling of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. I’m pleased to have sold it.

And a reminder that I will be at Paganicon (http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/) this weekend. I will be doing a reading/storytelling event on Sunday, where I plan to present “Four Minnesota Fantasy Tales.” There are also some other author events that I will probably see attending on Saturday and Sunday.
mmerriam: (Quantum Cat)
My space opera story "Memory" will be broadcast on WRFR 93.3 in Rockland, Maine and archived as a podcast at Beam Me Up.
mmerriam: (Quantum Cat)
My space opera story "Memory" will be broadcast on WRFR 93.3 in Rockland, Maine and archived as a podcast at Beam Me Up.
mmerriam: (Default)
I am plugging away on the developmental edits. I should be done with this first pass by this weekend. I've hit a string of scenes that are on the chopping block. Some of them are going to be condensed and rolled together, a couple might get cut completely because neither I nor the editor are sure how they advance the story, and a couple look to be made obsolete during the next pass.

I sold a short story, "Memory," to Ray Gun Revival. It's another bit of space opera, something I write from time-to-time. I'm always pleased to find a home for these stories. For any of my stories, actually. I am always a bit amazed that when someone wants to pay me money for the things I write.

Though it was a tough day, with a household member being terribly sick, we all got through it. The snow outside was just enough to make everything pretty again, covering up the dirty muck. I have brownies in the oven and coffee at hand. I'm recording the BCS Championship game, and plan to start watching it in an hour or so. For the record, I will be cheering for the Oregon Ducks.
mmerriam: (Default)
I am plugging away on the developmental edits. I should be done with this first pass by this weekend. I've hit a string of scenes that are on the chopping block. Some of them are going to be condensed and rolled together, a couple might get cut completely because neither I nor the editor are sure how they advance the story, and a couple look to be made obsolete during the next pass.

I sold a short story, "Memory," to Ray Gun Revival. It's another bit of space opera, something I write from time-to-time. I'm always pleased to find a home for these stories. For any of my stories, actually. I am always a bit amazed that when someone wants to pay me money for the things I write.

Though it was a tough day, with a household member being terribly sick, we all got through it. The snow outside was just enough to make everything pretty again, covering up the dirty muck. I have brownies in the oven and coffee at hand. I'm recording the BCS Championship game, and plan to start watching it in an hour or so. For the record, I will be cheering for the Oregon Ducks.

Sales!

Aug. 6th, 2010 05:08 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
Sold "Fourth Dimensional Pony in the Concourse of the Lost" to Golden Visions Magazine.

Sold a reprint of "And A Song In Her Hair" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Best of Fantasy 2 anthology, to be released at WorldCon this year.

Sales!

Aug. 6th, 2010 05:08 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
Sold "Fourth Dimensional Pony in the Concourse of the Lost" to Golden Visions Magazine.

Sold a reprint of "And A Song In Her Hair" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Best of Fantasy 2 anthology, to be released at WorldCon this year.

Sale

May. 28th, 2010 12:20 pm
mmerriam: (Loon)
Sold my 20,000 words novella "Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep," aka The Loon Story, to Carina Press, a SF/F e-book imprint of Harlequin.

Sale

May. 28th, 2010 12:20 pm
mmerriam: (Loon)
Sold my 20,000 words novella "Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep," aka The Loon Story, to Carina Press, a SF/F e-book imprint of Harlequin.

Sale

May. 11th, 2010 01:55 pm
mmerriam: (Quantum Cat)
Sold a reprint of my story "Jenny's Magic" to a new magazine called Hazard Cat.

Sale

May. 11th, 2010 01:55 pm
mmerriam: (Quantum Cat)
Sold a reprint of my story "Jenny's Magic" to a new magazine called Hazard Cat.

Sale

Jan. 26th, 2010 12:22 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
After a couple of rounds of rewrites, "Starry Night" goes to Golden Vision Magazine.

Sale

Jan. 26th, 2010 12:22 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
After a couple of rounds of rewrites, "Starry Night" goes to Golden Vision Magazine.

Sale!

Dec. 21st, 2009 12:17 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
I have sold a 25,000-word Lovecraftian Horror/Steampunk/Weird West novella, The Horror at Cold Springs, to Sam's Dot Publishing, to be released as an individual book for their Sam's Dot Cameos line. I don’t have a release date yet, but we are hoping to have it available by Minicon.

Thrilled. Just Thrilled.

Sale!

Oct. 14th, 2009 02:05 pm
mmerriam: (Michael - Reading)
My little magical realism piece, "A Hot Cup At The Last Station," goes to Bards and Sages Quarterly.

In the icon, I'm reading this story at Minicon. It made Laurel Winter cry, in a good way.

Sale!

Oct. 14th, 2009 02:05 pm
mmerriam: (Michael - Reading)
My little magical realism piece, "A Hot Cup At The Last Station," goes to Bards and Sages Quarterly.

In the icon, I'm reading this story at Minicon. It made Laurel Winter cry, in a good way.

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