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Sunday reading 3/25/12

Before I get to the story for today, a quick note about online publications. They’re awesome! The ones I link to are free, but it costs money for them to provide free fiction. Different markets cope with this problem in different ways, but there’s always a way to donate money in appreciation for the work they do, the stories they provide.

Here are links to the donation or subscription pages for the publications I’ve linked to so far. Many places have small enough budgets that even a little donation helps.

Strange Horizons (Strange Horizons has a annual fund drive every fall–I’ll be sure to post when it happens)

GigaNotoSaurus (Donation button; beneath the archives.)

Expanded Horizons (Donation button)

For today, more birds. There seems to be a trend here, though it may simply be that my mind turns to birds in the spring. This story, “The Birdcage Heart,” by Peter M. Ball, was published in Daily Science Fiction last year, February 2011 to be exact. I didn’t have a blog then, so I’m going back to it now. Actually, all I want to say is it’s beautiful and full of grace, and I recommend it.

I’m not sure if there’s a way to donate to DSF, but you can buy the monthly digests on Kindle, if you’re so inclined.

Sunday reading 3/18/12

I’ve spent the morning trying to write a blurb for “Phoenix.” Once I’ve finally got it straight, I’ll put it up here. That should be, erm, within the next few days. I really wish writing marketing materials was half as fun as writing stories.

The sky was gray when I started. It’s now blue. Perfect weather for a spring hike, but first, as promised, a story recommendation. Today, “River Bride,” by Nghi Vo, at Expanded Horizons. I’m drawn both to the point of view character and the river herself. There’s a sense of wonder and of confidence to them that I find very pleasing.

Enjoy!

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