This is a short story that I wrote for a Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association writing contest. While it did not win in the short story category (competition was very stiff), it did score very high. The story is about a young boy dealing with the nomadic life his parents lead among the stars, and always being the “new kid” at school.
It made its way through a number of submissions and rejections until on March 9, 2014, I received an acceptance letter. The magazine is Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, published out of Victoria, BC, Canada. Below is the web site of the magazine and where you can buy a subscription. The magazine, Issue #25, is in print and available.
Alien Alliance (working title)
The infrastructure finally collapses. The government is still struggling to restore some semblance of order in the Capitol, but its influence doesn’t reach beyond the Beltway. Even the gangs and bandit bands are dwindling as they used up resources in and around larger cities. Paul and Amy are part of a robust, cooperative, Christian community.
That is, until a visitor arrives with horrible news. And, aliens return.
I finished the first draft of this in November, 2016. I’m diving into the rewrite and revisions now.
Other projects: The following projects are in the works (or are in stasis) and will (or may) appear at a later date. These all need some rewriting, revision, and editing.
- The Deadliest of Games — This story started out as a long short story. I rewrote it to a novelette length and submitted it to Writers of the Future. It did not place. After rejections from a few more markets, it is sitting in the drawer for a while.
- Memories, Maybe — This is a collection of shorter work, including short stories and flash fiction. Currently in planning.