The best of 2010

December 31st, 2010

I’ve published a lot of stories this year, as you can see from my bibliography. They’re all, for one reason or another, personal favourites, though some I might have thought a little less of have proven more engaging for some readers. I’ve tried a variety of styles and genres this year, from hard sci-fi to humourous horror and been published both in print and online.

Anyway, this selection is my favourite five online stories from the year:

Fledgling (The New Flesh)

Sunset Photographer (365Tomorrows)

Jacob’s Naked Aquarium (Bewildering Stories – selected for best of quarterly review, 3rd quarter 2010)

Zemogorgon (Pulp Metal Magazine)

Zombie-Eyed Girl (Flashes in The Dark)

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Overall, it’s been a good year, a banner year in fact – I’ve published more this year than all previous years combined – exceeding my own ridiculous goal (lesson: aim high). I still have so much more to work on and a set of new goals that will push me and challenge me – I will publish far fewer pieces, but look for longer stories, and different approaches.

See you in 2011.

Twin Fish

I drew this years ago when I was drawing with pen and ink a lot more. It seems to fit with the idea of Jacob’s Naked Aquarium.

Inspired by Ian Miller’s art – especially his Hollywood Gothic, I drew loads of fish. This must be from later on in that period, when I was being less imitative – not quite as mechanical as some of my others. I will track down something more mechanical for a future post.

Pen and ink picture

My sister Jane has been photographically experimenting with a pen and ink picture I did for her a few years back – you can see the results here. Cool. Now maybe I need to photograph or scan some of my old hand-drawn/hand-painted stuff and put it up myself … so much of what I do these days is digital anyway.