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December 21, 2012

Next news

Filed under: news of the day,wordsmithery — lexifab @ 10:19 pm

For the two or three people I know who didn’t hear about it on Twitter today, the editors of this year’s Canberra Spec Fic Guild anthology “Next” have announced the table of contents – and my short story “Aisle Nine – Imported Goods” appears on it. And I am pretty freaking thrilled about it, let me tell you. I threw a few stories into the ring for various markets this year, in pursuit of my goal of getting an acceptance in 2012. Of them all, this is the one I most wanted to crack, so I am thoroughly chuffed that it’s my first sale.

The anthology will launch in April 2013 at Conflux 9 (aka NatCon 2013, the 52nd Australian Science Fiction Convention), to be held here in Canberra. Convenient! [1] If you’re anywhere near here, I’d love to have some moral support. Come along and watch me shuffle awkwardly up in front of a small gathering of polite onlookers! It’s possible I will be called upon to publicly apologise or something! That’s always fun!

I won’t say anything about the story itself, except to say that fans of my usual nihilistic cynicism may be slightly disappointed. Or not, possibly. Also, it began life as one of Chuck Wendig’s weekly flash fiction challenges at terribleminds.com but overstepped the 1000 word limit. Never throw anything out, I always say… And thanks especially to Doctor Clam, who provided what were no doubt the decisive observations on an early draft of the story. [3]

[1] For me, at least. And a handful of other locals on the bill. [2]

[2] Not as many as you’d think for a Canberra-based anthology, mind you.

[3] Revisions are important. You’d think it would have taken me less than thirty years to figure that out.


  1. Yay! Congratulations, O published-author one!

    I will take advantage of the holidays to toast your success with a few glasses of pre-lunch tequila…

    Comment by Dr Clam — December 22, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  2. Congratulations, David. Cracking the Aussie market is no easy task. I’ve published more than 20 stories, but Next is only my second local sale.

    Comment by Kris Ashton — January 11, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  3. Thanks Kris. I’m excited to share a table of contents with you. I hope you’ll be at the launch – I’d love to meet everyone on it. It just occurs to me that I should most certainly going to get as many of the authors as possible to sign my copy. (That’s not the sort of thing that a complete noob would do, right?)

    I still have my fingers crossed for another Aus sale from a recent submission, but you’re right – it’s not a big market, but it’s definitely a tough one.

    Comment by lexifab — January 13, 2013 @ 11:13 am

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