j_cheney: (Asian)
I've found out that my short story, Early Winter, Near Jenli Village will be surfacing tomorrow over at Fantasy Magazine.

I have to say that I'm pleased it made it into the month of April, which I can't explain further without getting spoilerly. (I'll try to explain later.)

This story is one of my dragon series, although no, there's not a dragon in it. (So don't come complaining to me if you can't find a dragon). It's included in that series because it's about the same family. The POV character for this story is Li-huan, the younger half-brother of Yun-qi from The Dragon's Child which ran in Beneath Ceaseless Skies back in December.

This particular story sprang full-grown out of a dream, as did my other story which features Li-huan--THW. The rather odd title came from my reading of The Jade Mountain, a book of ancient Chinese poetry. In trying to name my story, I stared at the list of poem names for a long time (because Li-huan is a bit of a poet), and realized that many of the poems had names that described where and when they were written...rather than what they were about. Hence the above title ;o)

I am so pleased that it will be running in Fantasy Magazine, and I will definitely post a link as soon as it pops up ;o)
j_cheney: (Dragon)
From Propos Iconoclastes....not too hard to follow, but I don't know what they meant by "un huit clos"...which makes me think there's a typo...and perhaps that was meant to be haut, not huit. Regarding the story "The Dragon's Child" in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. ;o)

- The Dragon child de J Kathleen Cheney nous propose un huit clos dans la demeure d'un magicien. Celui ci se charge de l'éducation de sa fille qu'il maltraite. Mais la tante de la petite fille va tout faire pour l'arracher à ses griffes. C'est un récit prenant et sans temps morts et où l'auteur sait ménager les surprises dans un récit qui au départ semble classique. En plus les relations entre les personnages sont très réalistes.

Favorable enough, so I'm happy ;o)
My lousy translation under the cut, now new and improved, courtesy of Aliette and Melissa. )
j_cheney: (Dragon)
....is conducting a poll for the next two weeks, the outcome of which will decide which of the six-already-published stories that have not been done as a podcast should be done in that format.

Poll instructions and results (scroll up, I think) here.

"The Dragon's Child" is on that list (and currently in the lead...only because just 3 people have voted so far). I would dearly love to hear this as a podcast*, so I need your help with this one if you liked the story.

You have to either register at the forum or already be a registered member to vote, and you can only vote once, so you'll have to pick between me and the other contenders there (no, I won't get upset if you choose someone else).

Also, this would be a good moment to hit the Subscribe button at the top of the navigation bar and put your name in. It doesn't cost anything, and you'll get an e-mail when a new issue goes live, so you won't miss any of the great stories.
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*Partially because I'm curious to hear how the reader pronounces the names Kseniya and Yun-qi. Yes, I did put Russian and Chinese names in the same story. I suspect that these are the only two that would present a challenge. Mwahahahaha!
j_cheney: (Dragon)
A couple of people told me they liked the dragon story over at BCS. Ego-stroking makes me happy!

Today, I purchased bacon for the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have 2+ pounds of bacon to make 36 cookies. I'm committed now.
j_cheney: (Dragon)
My story The Dragon's Child" is up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies today!

Please go have a read, and subscribe while you're there (it's free, BTW).
j_cheney: (The Thinking Angel)
Still working on D2, massaging the text....it's down to 10.5K, about where I want it. I'll give it another once over after this one, and then throw it out the door....

[livejournal.com profile] displacedtexan bravely sat down and read my rough draft of Iron Shoes yesterday (at about 30K). He says it holds together pretty well, and is fairly complete at this length, without much description or setting worked in. (And isn't too girly, despite being more a romance than a fantasy.)

His suggestion? Clean up this version and send it out (probaby at 30-33K), but then keep the option open to expand it to novel length. Hmmmm....really hadn't thought of that.

The Saratoga Racing Association may never forgive me....but really, do they read my stuff anyway?

I need to go to the Cheesecake Factory today. There's only one in this part of the state, and it's in a mall parking lot. Closer to a mall than I really want to get....
j_cheney: (Dragon)
So, I'm reworking "The Dragon's Price"...finally.

I'm adding back the scenes in Prince Ilya's household that I'd excised before (readers, you won't be familiar with these). Dumping previous naming scheme for the series. Changing the name of D2 back to "Inheritance of Fire".

This will make it hit 10K. But I think it will be a more coherent story at 10K, the characters motivations will be clearer, and the ending will have less of a Deus ex machina effect, because the interrelatedness will be explained at the beginning of the story.

Oh, and more fire....
j_cheney: (Dragon)
We made it home with surprising ease. The airlines faeries were evidently on our side (also the Customs faeries) unlike many other people I've heard about...

I did finally decide to read the story I have upcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, "The Dragon's Child" which will come out on December 18th. Someone had provided a stack of fliers for the freebies table, about half of which I hijacked and took to the reading (yes, I took the left-overs and put them back, I promise). I had already linked up with [livejournal.com profile] aliettedb and [livejournal.com profile] tlmorganfield at various times, but I also got to meet [livejournal.com profile] scbutler, yet another BCS author (whose book, "Rieffen's Choice", I must now run out and buy).

As for the rest of the con? I'll possibly post about that when my head catches up to the rest of me.

ETA: I voted a couple of weeks ago...so don't think I'm being a slacker today.
j_cheney: (Asian)
Got an e-mail this morning saying that Fantasy Magazine would like to publish "Early Winter, Near Jenli Village"

I am excited about this for several reasons...
1) It's the first time I've ever repeated in a publication, and
2) it's Fantasy Magazine, which is made of awesome!
3) I wasn't certain this would fit there, but I really love this story, so I sent it...
4) It was one of the plot bunny's creations (I woke up out of a dream with it in my head), proving the bunny isn't so dumb after all.
5) It's part of my dragon series (#2.5), although there's no dragon in this particular story....it's still about the same family.

Drat, I need to get #2 cleaned up and sent out!

To celebrate, I'm gonna go and get fancy coffee (that someone else has brewed for me)

Debut ;o)

Oct. 9th, 2008 12:24 pm
j_cheney: (Dragon)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies debuts today. This is a FREE on-line magazine of literary adventure fantasy, and opens with stories by Chris Willrich and David Levine.

Check it out here.

(And subscribe, so you'll get my story "The Dragon's Child" later this fall!)

Sale!

Aug. 7th, 2008 02:40 pm
j_cheney: (Dragon)
"The Dragon's Child" has sold to Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

This is a new magazine that should premiere this fall. It will be free online, and can be subscribed to by RSS feed or e-mail. (There's a link on the cover page) Since it's dedicated to fantasy, I really look forward to seeing the first issue!

The entire process from initial submission to contract took 51 days, some of which was eaten up by a re-write. The editor (Scott H. Andrews) was very specific about what he wanted to see in the story, but it did entail some restructuring on my part (you may recall my talking about the re-write back in July.) We went back and forth on a few details after that, trying to get the wording exactly right, but overall it was a very pleasant editorial experience. If you haven't worked with the editor before, I think you'd like him. (I am not possessive over my words. Some people are, I know.)

This is the first of my series of dragon stories, so I'm pleased that it's found such a good home. Now I need to whip #2 into shape and get it out in the field somewhere. (Oddly, #2.5 is already out, but it's one of the side stories and doesn't even have a dragon in it. And #5 is likely to go out by itself soon as well.)

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