A short story I wrote entitled No Man’s Land placed third in Brucedale Press’ Thirteenth Annual Acrostic Story Contest. I love this contest and have entered twice before, although this is my first victory. I celebrated with Mini Eggs and a Sesame Street marathon with my toddler; however, I probably would have done the exact same things had I not placed at all.
The Acrostic Story Contest runs like this: Brucedale Press supplies the first few words of the story—a phrase wherein the first word begins with the letter ‘A’; this year, it was “Against all odds”—and each consecutive sentence must begin with the letter that follows sequentially in the alphabet. Fun!
No Man’s Land is the 26-sentence tale of a World War I Canadian soldier in a Belgian trench who has just received a “Dear John” letter—and whose heartbreak has him considering a mad dash into No Man’s Land. No Man’s Land will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Leaf Magazine. Watch this space for publication details.
If you’re eager for a hit of Sabrina Furminger right this very minute, head on over to Luna Station Quarterly and give Field Research a read. In Field Research, a World War I Canadian soldier in a Belgian trench (you might be sensing a theme here; in fact I wrote both stories in the same week) encounters a temporal anthropologist from the twenty-second century. You can read Field Research online right here (as well as a host of other riveting works by some pretty visionary women writers).
The Healer continues to find its audience. Nowhere is this more evident than on Goodreads, where it sits on 238 to-read shelves. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with Ivy and Piper the most beloved characters (readers seem to be divided on Victor). The paperback version is now available in a couple of Canadian libraries, thanks to forward-thinking librarians who advocated for my little self-published novel in the face of bureaucratic systems that were not initially welcoming of indie books. And while it was wonderful to “visit” copies of my book during its stay at my local Chapters bookstore, less wonderful was the store’s decision to stock it in the “Local Interest” section, in between maps and books about Sasquatch. But perhaps this Chapters knows better than I, and there are indeed urban samurai and paranormal healers walking these rainy Vancouver streets.
Amazon is currently offering the Kindle edition at a ridiculously low price, so if you haven’t yet given it a read, the universe (Amazon) might just be telling you that there’s no time like right now. If you prefer a paperback or hard cover version, visit my Shop page for an array of purchasing options. Note: anyone who buys a paperback copy directly from yours truly will receive a snazzy magnet.
I’ll be posting my 2012 Reading Challenge review roundup in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, keep reading, writing, and living out loud!