Aoife’s Kiss, December 2008… (4th print acceptance!)

Wow.¬† Today would mark my 4th Print Acceptance into¬†Aoife’s Kiss (published by Sam’s Dot Publishing), and when it comes to paying prints, four would be the¬†record for a single magazine.¬† December 2008 is a¬†good ways¬†off, of course, but there are¬†only so many slots per quarterly issue in¬†a magazine, and being able to fill or¬†snag most of them (even if they’re small press,¬†even if a¬†few are reprints) is a nice feeling.¬† But there’s more… So please bear with me.¬†¬†In the meantime,¬†here are links below to learn more about Aoife’s Kiss:

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(sample issue w. Robert Reed below)

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For Aoife’s Kiss Guidelines: http://samsdotpublishing.com/aoife/AKGuidelines.htm

For Sam’s Dot Publishing Info: http://samsdotpublishing.com

Lawrence Dagstine’s Upcoming Appearances in Aoife’s Kiss: September 2007, March 2008, June 2008, and December 2008 (may go in collection, this one).

Ah, yes, the “more” part.¬† Sam’s Dot Publishing is interested in doing a collection with me.¬† A short story collection.¬† Whether these are previous appearances, all¬†new stories, horror or scifi, themed or unthemed, I don’t know yet.¬† But there is talk of a short story collection.¬† I think the latest accepted tale might actually go in there, too.

However, if so, I probably wouldn’t start it until 2008.¬† My kid is less than a week old, and he needs me right now (also, for the fact, my nights have been sleepless!).¬† Oh, and if you haven’t had¬†a chance yet, please be sure to check out¬†“Unplanned Parenthood” for a peek at the little guy.¬† ūüėČ

Yours Truly,

Lawrence R. Dagstine

Silverthought Press… (appearance)

My¬†alternate history tale, “Lewis Carroll and the Time Machine”, is now up in the August 2007 edition (online update), of Silverthought: www.silverthought.com

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That Link Again: www.silverthought.com

This is my 57th Acceptance to Silverthought Press over the years.¬† They’re not just a site for good, entertaining speculative fiction, but headed up by professional editor Paul Evan Hughes, they are many other things as well.¬† They’re a book press, offering the finest line-up of modern SF/transgressive titles.¬† They have FREE CONTESTS where you can win a lot of cool stuff, such as free books from their library.¬† They’re also a place for writers, and they have peer review and critiquing groups which help writers grow in their craft.¬† Like I said, I’ve been there a few years myself.¬†

Some of their most recent titles include: ‘A Dark and Deadly Valley’ (by Mike Heffernan), ‘The Trinity’ (by David LaBounty), and ‘Chaise’ (by Becci Noblit Goodall).¬† I also appear in their IPPY Award-Nominated Antho, ‘Silverthought Ignition Anthology’ with two stories, entitled: “Zombie Mountain” and “Let’s Play God”.¬† The award nominations there speak for itself, as do their fine line-up of writers.

In other news, my fiancee’s water broke a few hours ago at her parent’s house.¬† I’m on my way to the hospital come daybreak, so this will be my last entry here for a good month.

Wish me luck, and hopefully if all is well you will get to see me and my son soon…

Until my next update…

Lawrence R. Dagstine¬† ūüôā

Escape Velocity – Fall 2007… (coming soon; teasers)

Coming late this Fall, from Adventure Books of Seattle, ESCAPE VELOCITY.¬†Featuring some of today’s hottest and finest “growing” names in the field of science fiction.¬† If this is the sneak preview for the cover (teaser art), I’ll shit on myself.¬† This one’s going to have a decent circulation and line-up, too, and be available in bookstores, including Borders.¬†

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Coming Soon from Adventure Books of Seattle:

www.adventurebooksofseattle.com

(Other New Entries: Mad Ramblings, Magazine Credits 1)

The Fifth Di… (December 2007; acceptance)

And they keep coming…Another paying acceptance, small press¬†and¬†this time a reprint, to the December 2007 issue¬†of Sam’s Dot Publishing’s Online Zine, “The Fifth Di…”¬† J. Alan Erwine and Tyree Campbell put together some quality small press ezines and anthos such as Aoife’s Kiss, The Martian Wave, and of course, The Fifth Di…

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www.samsdotpublishing.com

I’ll also be appearing in their September 2007 Issue with ‘The Butterfly idealists’, an older story.¬†¬†(I have¬†about 15 to 20¬†stories coming out this Fall alone, then more straight through early 2009).¬† In other news, my blog-turned website¬†viewings have increased. ¬†It is¬†usually never this high.¬† Strange¬†but “creepy”, seeing that this website is dedicated to my family, the love of prose, and the small press.¬† Anyway,¬†stay tuned to this blog for upcoming news on me, writing, science fiction, family, the enigma (lol),¬†and more.¬† ūüėČ

Nova SF #20… (3rd appearance; coming soon)

This week’s plug goes out to NOVA SF.¬†Editor Wesley Kawato puts out a stellar little print publication filled with stories of the “beyond” and bestowed with elements of religion. The combination of hard¬†SF and the Bible make for an interesting mix.¬† Both Jupiter SF and Nova SF are the longest running and best¬†small press print¬†pubs out there today for this particular genre, too.¬†¬†Sample issues below:

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Link: www.novascifi.com

“NOVA Science Fiction Magazine is a hard copy science fiction magazine with stories about space travel, time travel, alternate history and more.”

Yep, that’s¬†what their site says, and they pay ‘1/2 cent per word’ up to 10,000 words for your best hard SF/religious SF.¬† I’ll be making my “THIRD” print appearance with them, Issue #20.¬† Don’t know if I got the lead story or cover art yet.¬† Between 2005 and 2006, I first appeared in Issue’s #15 and #18.¬† Here are their covers:

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Nova SF #15, 2005: “Noah from Mars” by Lawrence Dagstine

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Nova SF #18, 2006: “Men are from Ganymede, Women are from Callisto”

Issue #20 is scheduled for mid-to-late¬†Fall 2007.¬†¬†Wesley Kawato¬†called me¬†a small press veteran in Issue #18, so yeah, he deserves this plug.¬† If you need submission guidelines, subscription rates or other info for this wonderful semi-annual, here’s that link again: www.novascifi.com

And last but not least, “Written Word Online Magazine #4″ (www.writtenwordmag.com) went live today.¬† My byline got spelled wrong again.¬†¬†It should be Dagstine, not Digstine.¬† Magazines tend to¬†mistake me for the supermarket chain, D’agostino’s, too. ūüė¶

Written Word Magazine #4… (August 2007)

The August 2007 Issue of Written Word Online Magazine (www.writtenwordmag.com) is coming out in a few more¬†days.¬† I’m in this month’s edition with a story about parenting an orphan robot girl.¬† A deadly robot girl.¬† “Planned Parenthood“.¬† I haven’t decided yet¬†if I’ll work on a longer version to this story¬†down the road.¬† With my whole inner ear out of wack right now (yeah, vertigo sucks), and my Internet time limited because of it, well, my writing’s¬†been pretty much¬†on¬†the backburner.¬†

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That Link Again: www.writtenwordmag.com

Written Word has featured such authors as Gary Beck, Rick Novy,¬†Eric S. Brown, Kristine Ong Muslim, Vera Searles, Karen L. Newman, and more.¬† They’ve become pretty popular, switching to a monthly or bimonthly format.¬†

The idea and inspiration for my story, Planned Parenthood, came about around December of last year, when I learned my fiancee was pregnant.¬† And speaking of parenthood… Only two-to-three weeks to go… My son will be here!¬†I am worried though, as the baby turned “breech” on us.¬† There are risks involved.¬† Preparing for the¬†birth has taken up a lot of my time.¬† I’ll have an “Unplanned Parenthood” column on the right-hand side¬†down the road, and this new blog website¬†of mine will also¬†grow into¬†my family homepage.

So stay tuned and watch some great things grow with it.¬† ūüôā