Category Archives: SF/fantasy magazines

Brand new writer’s blog (link)

This writing blog, started recently by a writer, editor, and teacher of writing, is useful and fun, and I look forward to the upcoming posts. I’ve enjoyed G. Micki Hayden’s books (fiction and non-fiction) over the years, and I may have been one of the few to get her latest novel before the publisher folded. However, it was quickly snatched up by another publisher; you can read the whole story on her blog:


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Joy’s ebooks update

Detour Trail is now available on Kindle:

My story (SF and fantasy) collection, The Doorway and Other Stories, is also available on Kindle:

Hidebound (SF) is available on: and

After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

Pretty Pink Planet (SF) is available free on

Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.

Hot Yellow Planet is available on:

In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure (non-fiction) is available on: and

How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!

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Mooving Out (podcast)

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast – short stories episode no.28

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode number 28 went live today and contained four flash fiction pieces that have appeared on my blog as Flash Fiction Fridays. This episode contained:

The Secret of Willow Cottage and the Reluctant Bride (889 words) by short story author Jane Risdon and
747-word Mooving Out by Joy V Smith.
399-word The Sea and His Guitar by YA, science-fiction, paranormal author and poet Kenna McKinnon
983-word The Spores by novelist and short story author JD Mader.

The podcast is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).

Access the blog link for the links:

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Crystal Quest (fantasy) by Joy V. Smith

Mystic Signals # 17 combines the Jan 2012 issue of The Lorelei Signal and the
Feb 2013 issue of Sorcerous Signals with exclusive stories by
Joy V Smith and Colin Claymore:
Crystal Quest is an adventure tale full of magic and sentient plants; it combines Seedlings, which originally appeared in Magistria: The Realm of the Sorcerer anthology, and Crytal Quest, the sequel.

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Joy’s writing news update

The February issue of Sorcerous Signals is now online:

This issue, along with The Lorelei Signal, will be available later in Mystic Signals.  That print issue will also include my story, “Crystal Quest,” as a bonus.

I’m getting Detour Trail, my western novel, ready for publication; and I’m waiting to hear if my science fiction novelette has been accepted by Kindle Singles…

And don’t forget that Pretty Pink Planet is free from Smashwords: 

And my short story collection, The Doorway and Other Stories, is available on Kindle:  (Don’t forget your free Kindle apps!)

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Crystal Quest

My story, Crystal Quest (not Seedlings), is upcoming in Mystic Signals.  You can check out the blurb at the bottom of The Lorelei Signal webpage:

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The Lorelei Signal (fantasy ezine)

I have a story upcoming in Mystic Signals, which is a print publication that includes all of the stories published in The Lorelei Signal and Sorcerous Signals, as well as two print exclusive stories.  So, anyway, I was browsing The Lorelei Signal webpage, and learned where this fantasy ezine title came from:

“The title of this magazine was taken from the Animated Star Trek episode by the same name. In that episode the men of the Enterprise fell under a siren song and it was Lt. Uhura who had to take command of the Enterprise.  It was a pretty hokey set-up to finally get a female in the command chair of the original Enterprise, but at least she got there.”

(I’ve never seen the animated series, but some of the storylines I’ve read about elsewhere sound like fun.) 

You can check out the ezine at:


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“Dawn, and the Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth”

“Dawn, and the Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth” by Michael F. Flynn was nominated for a Hugo and selected by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer for their Best of the Year anthology (#12). I was one of those who contributed to his story. Find out how I and others on Flynn’s AOL SF forum (back in the day) got this opportunity:

For more background:


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Joy’s writing news update

I finished the rewrite of my SF novel and sent a query off to an editor.  Now I have to work on my western novel.  This is my first western ever, btw.

I’m still waiting to hear back from other editors about an earlier SF novel and short stories.

My review of  The Tin Men and Other Poems  is in the winter issue (Volume VII, Issue 3) of Tales of the Talisman. which is full of short stories (including a western and one about truck drivers), poems, Cthulhu’s advice column (adult advice), book reviews, and more.  My favorite stories include The Om Tree (wherein an assassin learns about death), Ieia (how helpless is a statue of a goddess?) and Tested (a different story about quests).  My favorite poems include The Legend of Sequoia Sapling and The Fairy’s Granddaughter. 

 The next issue (spring) of Tales of the Talisman is a steampunk issue that sounds like fun.

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The Tin Men and Other Poems

My review of The Tin Men and Other Poems (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2011) by Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel is in the current (winter) issue of Tales of the Talisman. This is a special fantasy issue, btw, and I’m looking forward to reading the stories, poetry, reviews, and columns… You can see the Table of Contents here:

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