Raymond K. Rugg
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Are you serious, Rugg? The only time you post to your blog is when you're tooting your horn about what you've had published over the past year?
Well... apparently so.
And I guess if this is going to be another shameless self-promotion post, let's get right to it, shall we?
The big news for 2022 is, without a doubt, my pantoum that appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction (May/June 2022). It's titled I Recalled Old Earth Last Night in a Dream, and I have to say, it's one of my favorite pieces and I'm delighted that Asimov's liked it too.
The Eccentric Orbits anthology series also took a shine to my work. I had one piece accepted for Volume 2 in 2021, but a whopping four poems made it into Eccentric Orbits, An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry: Volume 3. Although two of them are villanelles, other than that, the pieces accepted for EO this year are all very different from one another, and I've got to say that this batch also includes some of my poetic darlings. They include:
In another boost to my ego, I had back-to-back appearances in Eye to the Telescope, the online poetry publication of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. In Issue #45 (July 2022) the theme was "Veterans of Future Wars" and they accepted a pantoum that I was particularly proud of called Duty. Issue #46's theme for October was "Quests," and they published one of the shortest poems I've ever turned loosed out into the wild, On Sending a Mission to Explore the Outer System. (It's just five lines, so it turns out that the title of the piece is nearly as long as the poem itself...)
And finally, I was particularly excited to get a prose piece out there into the world this past year. It's been, gosh, a smidge over half a decade since I had some short fiction published. And this was a super-fun one to quench the drought with, a Flash Fiction Cozy Fantasy called "Glorin the Dwarf" that ran on the website of Wyngraf, a publication of cozy fantasy.
So that's the Rugg roundup of publications for 2022. But hold on to your hats, 'cuz I'm planning to break tradition and post another update on my non-publication achievements. Fingers crossed, it'll hit the airwaves within the next few days...and if nothing shows up on this blog until the Awards Eligibility 2023 post, well then, I'll just give up and accept that I'm a once-a-year poster.
Stay safe and well.
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