My story story Wringing Off is has finally been released in Alpha form. I say 'alpha' because one final round of spellchecks, indicia-modifications and a missing 'thank you' page need to be uploaded, but the changes are truly minor. Once they go up in a few days I will consider the story 'fully live.'
I have also discovered that Amazon yells at you if you use 'Doctor Who' as a keyword because they don't have a mechanism to deal with concepts like 'part of the Doctor Who expanded universe' and the massive sprawling landscape of licensed works created by their copyright holders and their spinoffs of spinoffs of spinoffs of spinoffs....
As for the story itself...? It's a Faction Paradox story! Sort of. See, the core Faction Paradox mythos is owned by Lawrence Miles and you need permission either from him or Obverse Books to use them. Wringing Off doesn't actually use the Faction mythos though! It is a sequel to Lolly Eater by Janea Farris. With her permission, Wringing Off borrows a setting and a few characters from that story.
Nothing is ever simple with Faction Paradox. The anthology which Janea's story originally appeared in had to be pulped because of a copyright issue. Until the copyright holders relent (or die, which considering their age in probably more likely) everything the book is stuck in publishing limbo by threatened litigation, including Simon Bucher Jones's wonderful 'Love During The Year Of Sandpaper,' a preview of which can still be read here. (Digital copies of the book can be found if you look hard enough.) As for the editing copy pictured here? I took that picture. *smiles*.
I rather liked Lolly Eater! It's a bit as though Geoff Johns wrote Therefore I Am, IG-88's story in the 1996 Tales of the Bounty Hunters Star Wars anthology. That story is infamously disliked by a wide swatch of the fandom so if you liked that story then I imagine you would quite enjoy Lolly Eater. Janea graciously granted me permission to use the setting from the end of that story for Wringing Off.
Wringing Off is the story of a boy, about 14 years old whose escape capsule lands on a very hostile, very alien planet. Cut off from every resource Pyke Xi-Roth must use his wits and stubbornness to try and find a way to escape and ends up wrestling with his own demons in the process.
The story is standalone and (fortunately) does not require having read Lolly Eater. I quite enjoyed writing it! This actually predates my story in the Lethbridge-Stewart anthology last year by several months, it has just been trapped in editing hell. Some elements have an unintentional autobiographic slant, in that it is about a character hitting rock bottom after a long downward slide. It also has some metastructural similarities to Robert E. Howard's first Conan story The Phoenix on the Sword in that it begins very late in the character's 'story.' So if any of that sounds intriguing to you, by all means check it out!
And when Wallowing in Pessimism's Mire finally gets re-published, buy it! It's really great and copyright trolling should always be met with financial support for the publishers.
Currently reading: 10,000 Dawns (Yet another Doctor Who spinoff I had no idea existed.)