Sunday, 19 April 2009

The Post Thief

So I'm playing the BlogPostThief today. Aaron Polson made a list of the ten stories he was most proud to have written and asked do we have favourites amongst our own stories or do we love them all the same. I definitely have favourites, and here's my ten:

Frog & The Mail Order Bride (out in submission land)
I think of this as my dark fairy tale and I love dear Frog so very much that I am surprised each time he is rejected (four times in all - plus he spent months languishing at a market that eventually died).

Bob's Spares & Repairs (published in 'Help' anthology '08, due for pub in Twisted Tongue in '09).
My futuristic western about an android setting out from his small town who comes across a serial-killing robot named Bob.

The Scratch of an Old Record (TBP in July 09 issue of Necrotic Tissue)
I love the idea behind this story (which I can't give away because you haven't read it yet) and I also love that it was picked as the best story in the issue making it my second pro-payment story.

The Graveyard of Dead Vehicles (WolfSongs anthology, 2008)
A surreal story that I like to think of as a 'thru the looking glass tale' from an MC who has lived her life on the surreal side of the glass.

Flying Dutchmen (TBP 2009 in Space & Time)
The first time I used my home town, Liverpool, as the backdrop along with the fabulous 'Liver Birds' building which I walk by on my way to work. Plus, I love the title.

Manipulating Paper Birds (out in submission land)
An evil clown story - what's not to love about that.

Cold Coffee Cups & Curious Things (Malpractice, 2009)
Written to the anthology guidelines brief and arriving successfully at the other side. Plus, it's a little bit surreal - I love stories that warp reality - and it resides amongst some fantastic stories in the anthology.

Chasing Alice out of Wonderland (out in submission land)
One of my longer shorts (at almost 5,000 words) in which I am proud of my future world building and of course it's full of zombies. Zombies good.

Trench Foot (TBP Fantasy Magazine 2009)
My first pro-payment sale - what's not to love about that. Plus it has a pirate and fairies.

Last place (not that the stories are in any particular order) is split between: 'In Silence We Stalk', and 'The Hollow Framework of the Cotton Man'.

In Silence We Stalk is a new story, currently out on submission, that I think is creepy... Of course a few rejections down the line, I might change my mind about that.

The Hollow Framework of the Cotton Man was my second story accepted by the fantastic Pete Crowther at 'Postscripts', and I think it's very, very creepy. Definitely shiversome.

Okay, now I feel like I need to bow down to the god of all things humble and admit that although I love the above stories, I don't expect the world too. I've also only included stories from last year and this year as there are very few stories prior to that that I am proud of. I am also quite surprised that I've only included one flash story in the above list. Like Aaron, I'd love to know if you have any favourites. (Plus if you're feeling a bit dejected it's a great spirit motivator).


Aaron Polson said...

"The Scratch of an Old Record" really has my palms sweating...I want my hands on that issue of NT!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Thanks for the inspiration for the post, Aaron. It was fun to play with - plus it meant I didn't have to do any real work this morning. ;)

Jamie Eyberg said...

What can we say about your titles, just flat out cool. I am with Aaron and can't wait to get my hands on that copy of NT.

Catherine J Gardner said...

There are so many people I know in the first print issue of NT that I am soooooooo excited to get my hands on it.

Jodi Lee said...

You've got such amazing titles, and such talent to go behind them. I can't wait to see these!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Nice title, shame about the story. :) They're going to carve that on my tombstone (which if you remember from an earlier post is going to be carved on the side of a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean). :)

katey said...

Yeah, I'm with Aaron, can't wait to see that NT. How cool, too, first print edition!

This really is a cool concept, too. Like I said Aaron, it's inspiring for people like me, who are a bit, er, slow on the short stories. If I did this, I'd have to use almost all of mine!

Maybe I'll try and do something like it next time I'm down. I'm scheduled for a downswing in a few weeks. (We all usually are, right?)

Catherine J Gardner said...

I was amazed at how uplifting writing it felt.

Jameson T. Caine said...

Can I hire you just to provide titles for my own work?

K.C. Shaw said...

Okay, you said "it's a little bit surreal - I love stories that warp reality." I nominate that sentence for the Biggest Understatement of the Year Award. :)

I'm looking forward to your story in Fantasy Mag!

Natalie L. Sin said...

You make the best titles EVER : )

Danielle Ferries said...

I too am loving your titles.

Ian said...

"Bob's Spares & Repairs" - I remember that from way back when... good tale!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Jameson - my rate is 2 chocolate bars an hour.

KC - Me too :) - the warping reality part.

Thanks, Natalie.

Thanks, Danielle.

YAY! Thanks for remembering Bob, Ian. I visited WD for the first time in ages yesterday and was so sad - I have a post count of 0. :(