September 15

Not a bad week, in the world of my writing.

First I’m happy to announce a new story being available! Ann’s Golem is available to read at Stupefying Stories.

It’s a short read and just a little sad.

Amazingly my submission required only one action in the copy-edit, the removal of an apostrophe. Normally I typo all over the shop. (Like in my bio for the story – ugh).

The other thing is my progression from the first round of the Wyrm’s Gauntlet writing competition.

Round one’s challenge was to read and review Harlan Ellison’s story ‘He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes.’ My 1300 word take was deemed good enough – despite copious typos.

Round two’s challenge is to write a follow-up story.

With the focus of the challenge being Harlan Ellison there has been discussion in some quarters as to how appropriate it is to focus on someone who assaulted a fellow writer on stage and then complained that she refused to accept his apology, amongst other abrasive and aggressive excesses over his lifetime.

There is a lazy canard which would excuse such behavior because it is of its time. That needs to die, especially when the assault was in 2006, hardly unenlightened times. Beyond that everyone needs to make personal decisions on how far we choose to excise the work of those who have made a career out of treating others with disdain and disrespect, especially from a position of power.

I’m making my decisions on a case by case basis.

And right now I’m away to work more on my round two challenge which is definitely not a celebration of the original author, nor even for the original story – which I really did not enjoy.