I’m usually suspicious of a run of good luck. It’s part, I suspect, of being a massive cynic. I always worry that it’s the quiet before a storm of ill-fortune.
But cloudy horizons or not, the skies are clear for me at the moment, so I might as well enjoy the sun whilst it’s shining.
Yes, I have had another short story acceptance. My science-fiction short story “I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing, Each to Each” has been accepted by Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for publication in issue 60, January 2014.
Andromeda Spaceways is the best publisher of speculative short fiction (that I know of) in Australia, and I’m frankly honoured that Sue Bursztynski (editing#60) chose my story for her issue. It’s a fair way off hitting shelves, with seven months until publication, but that just gives me (and everyone else) all the more time to get excited.
As for the story, I don’t want to give too much away this early in the game, but the astute amongst you will have noticed that the title is a reference to T.S. Eliot poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”:
“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.“