Who doesn’t love a good bit of publishing news? I am pleased to announce that my short story, “Damsel in Distress,” is now available in the latest issue of Phantaxis magazine, which can be purchased in on Amazon. Phantaxis is a fairly new magazine out of Canada (this is only its second issue, the first issue having appeared just last month), and I’m very excited to be a part of it so close to its inception. Theirs is an ambitious and impressive goal, to bring readers a magazine chock-full of great science fiction and fantasy every month, which makes me wonder how they ended up being suckered into publishing my drivel.
I kid, I kid. “Damsel in Distress” is a pretty good story, if I do say so myself, though I suppose I am a little biased. Written for an anthology that ultimately rejected it, I’m glad its finally found a home with someone who can appreciate its whimsy and humor. For those of you keeping track or need the encouragement to just keep persistently submitting, I brushed up and submitted this one six times before Phantaxis graciously picked it up. It tells the story of a disenfranchised old knight named Leopold who goes on one last quest in the hope to finally establish his glory and his love, though things turn out quite a bit different for him in the end.
The story is a humor piece, which is always interesting, because humor is such a varied thing. What one finds hilarious, another could find to be completely stupid, so I’ve always found humor to be exceptionally difficult and have oodles of respect for people who pull it off well (there’s a reason Terry Pratchett is my favorite writer!). It’s also a straight-up fantasy story, the first one I think I’ve managed to get published outside of my self-published things, which is another thrill for me. When I started writing, it was all fantasy. I wanted to be the next J.R.R. Tolkien, I was all about the dragons and the elves and the princesses, but when I got into college, I began to really explore a lot of other things. Part of this was because genre fiction generally gets a bad rap in academia, but I also enjoyed these other things, too. I really love the idea of being known as a multi-genre writer. As I started to get things going, most of what I’d had success with was horror. I never really considered myself a horror writer, but, hey, it seemed to be working for me, but now I’ve got this fantasy under my belt and another one to be published in an anthology at a still undisclosed date. Twelve year old me who wrote her first epic fantasy novel in the sixth grade is freaking stoked, y’all.
So, if you get the chance, please check out Volume 2 of Phantaxis magazine, be it in print or ebook, because there’s some other great stories in there, too. You’ll be supporting a new, exciting magazine on the fantasy/sci fi rift, and you’ll get to hopefully fall in love with a pottering old knight just trying to do his best.