Are You Game for Some Fiction That's SPACEY?

A Bronxville writer considers three topics: a submission call for a forthcoming anthology about murder in outer space, her recent published work, and her summer plans for work and fun.


I mean way out there. Really way out there.

If you'd like to try your hand at writing some, take a look at this call for submissions from the publisher Untreed Reads. It's for a planned book, Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem on the Edge of Space, "a short story anthology showcasing mystery and crime stories that combine the genres of science fiction and mystery/crime/suspense." Expected publication date: August, 2013. The stories have to be between 1500 and 5000 words, and the submission deadline is May 30, 2013.

I'm working on a story to submit for consideration. It's about a guy who sends his wife to the moon. Not a guy like Ralph Kramden (who warned Alice, "You're going to the moon!"). No, this is a guy who actually DOES send his wife to the moon and makes a plan so that there won't be a return trip.

Maybe it's because I've been writing this story, or maybe it's because I'm completing work on my next book LOL: 100 Comic Cameos on Current Events, a compilation of spoofs. But anyway, I was motivated to publish three fun spoofs that I consider kinda "way out there," even though they don't take place in outer space.

Here are the titles:

Alexander Graham Bell Recording Shocks at the Smithsonian  

Kansas Tiger Found in Circus Restroom: First Interview

YOU TALK TOO MUCH, Babies Tell Parents     

My latest short story THE JURORS WHO KNEW TOO MUCH from Untreed Reads continues to do well. It's gotten some nice reviews (e.g., this one at Blogger News). Also, I was interviewed at the Open Book Society about the story and my work in general. I'm grateful. Good publicity.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful spring. I'm counting the days until Lake Isle opens. I'll be the one with paper and pen in hand, sitting by the pool and composing my latest masterpiece. Either that or I'll be gobbling up some eats at the snack bar and yakking away the day with friends. Ha!

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Jacqueline Seewald April 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Hi, Gail, Congrats on the success of your writing! Have a lovely spring too.
Dahli Gray April 30, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Thanks for the information about the call for papers. Your work inspires me to try. If only it were easy to write, but it is not easy. This a reason that I so admire Gail's work. I have been following her since her first publication. Her first publication was in the Journal of Finance. Most professors dream of publishing in this journal. Only the best (e.g., Gail) actually do. Her excellence crosses several disciplines. Write on Gail ... write on and I will continue to read your work with appreciation. .
Gail Farrelly May 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Dahli, Try it (writing a mystery fiction story), you'll like it. For this particular call, the minimum word count is 1500 words; I think that's a reasonable number. As always, thanks for commenting.
Gail Farrelly May 01, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Jacqueline, Thank you so much for leaving a comment. Readers can check out more about Jacqueline Seewald's latest work here: http://www.harlequin.com/author.html;jsessionid=83591696C22911273C19EE5EE6851D4D?authorid=2189


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