I found out last night that my short story, “The Flying House,” a steampunk-ish tale of a child prodigy, set in an alternate England, will appear in the April 2011 issue of Beyond Centauri. I was a little concerned about this one, as there aren’t too many young-adult markets for speculative fiction, but I like this story, and I’m glad it’s found a good home. Beyond Centauri is a quarterly print magazine, and another of my stories was published there in April 2009, a modern fantasy called “Our Lady of Chagrin.” (issue 24, still available – if you follow the link, you’ll need to scroll down the page a bit)
This picture inspired the story. It was provided as a trigger for a contest sponsored by The Wayfarers Journal (site no longer active) last year. I never actually entered the contest–I began writing the story, wasn’t satisfied with it, and put it on the shelf. As it turned out, the story was better for having rested a bit. I returned to it earlier this year and worked it into something fun and adventurous that I was very happy with by the time I was finished.