I should have got this post up before the end of January, but real life intervened in a couple of ways, including a bush fire only about five miles from us last week—talk about heart in your mouth, as you look around at the things of a life and find yourself picturing what that life might be like if the wind changed. And January was a busy writing month too, with some deadlines to meet, especially a Sherlock Holmes anthology to which I provided my eighth SH story, and which drew a very favourable reaction from the editor in a matter of hours—fingers crossed for that one!
New in print at this moment is the January-February edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, beginning their eightieth year. This is their annual Sherlock Holmes tribute issue, and features my story “The Shadow of the New.” You can pick it up in either print or digital format, here.
I scored three placements in January. At the beginning of the month, Storyhack picked up “Third Time Lucky,” my second World War II flying adventure, and my third piece placed with the title. It was a lot of fun to write, and I see further outings for my young RAF fighter pilot in future. At mid-month, my Middle Stars/Colonial War story “Elusive Target” gained a home with Spring Into SciFi 2021, and at the end of the month Mythaxis bought my fantasy piece “Zamalek, by the Evening Light.” That's both my “Zamalek” stories in print, the other appearing in Dim Shores Presents Vol. 2, which is going on release any time now. You can pore-order it right here. I must write some more!
I'm currently doing a beta-pass on a novel for a fellow writer, and have a couple of writing tasks for this month, including getting back to my own novel-in-the-wings, so more news at a later date!