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The premiere issue of Factor Four has bowed, several days before the anticipated April 1 date, which pleases me no end, because my story, “The Deadline,” is the first in the line-up. First story, first issue. Anyone who buys the magazine without previewing the free on-line sample (and who isn’t looking for someone in particular) will read me first.

So I’m the first of the first, before the First.

That’s gotta be a first.

Excuse me, I’ve got to get a drink of water. All this writing is making me firsty.

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I’m number 1! (Or at least in no. 1.) There’s a new flash fiction magazine coming in February called Factor Four, and they just bought my story, “The Deadline,” for their first issue. It’s a short glimpse into a long-term successful marriage that is hiding a very large secret.

I’m thrilled to be in at the beginning of what I hope will be a great success story. When the issue goes live, I’ll be sure to mention it here.

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I am pleased to announce that I just signed a contract with Galaxy’s Edge magazine for a flash story called “Reality Show.” It seems that the long-running and very popular reality-based drama called “Earth” has been cancelled. Now they’re striking the set–one continent at a time.

No word on when “Reality Show” will see print, but I’ll keep you posted.

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I’ve been thinking about the phenomenon of fiction written expressly for tablets and smartphones, typically 1000 words or less, able to be consumed in bites on the subway, bus, or sitting eating your lunch…yeah, right. We all know when people read off their phones, and it isn’t limited to when they should be reading off of their phones.

So if someone is reading my utterly absorbing story while walking down the street (or heaven help us, driving), and he steps into a manhole and breaks his ankle, am I to blame? Am I going to get sued? I mean, it’s okay to break a reader’s heart, but not his leg. By the way, if you want my stories while you drive, try my recent podcasting debut.

What do we, as concerned citizens, do? I don’t even have a smartphone, so I can’t bring down the level of unsafe reading. As a writer, I have two choices, don’t submit to these markets, or write bad stories (in which case they won’t sell, which is essentially the same thing). Neither is a good choice.

I opt for the third option: Write such good stories that the reader will stop in his tracks. At least then he can’t walk into a manhole. And for those who are reading me while operating a motor vehicle? Same advice as always.

Hang up and drive.

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Daily Science Fiction has scheduled my P.G. Wodehouse homage, “Foundering Fathers,” for March 22. This will be my third appearance in DSF, which you should check out if you haven’t yet. For the cost of less than five minutes of your time, you can see stories from some of the finest short story artists writing today.

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