End-of-Year Update

Hi there! I hope you are all doing well, enjoying the Christmas holidays (unless you are, like me, stuck at work during this wonderful time) and all the good stuff that comes with it. The year of 2021 is coming to an end and while I am tempted to reflect on it and grumble about the fact that it bore strong similarities to 2020, as far as the overall state of the world is concerned, I am not going to do it. Instead, I am going to elaborate on my most recent publications and attempt to sum up the last 12 months of my writing in general.

Since my last update in August, I added three more publications to my record. In its September edition, Theme of Absence published my flash fiction piece entitled “Payback” – a compact blend of sci-fi and horror, the ending of which might just surprise you. XB-1 printed my novelette “Setkání po letech” [“The Reunion” in English], the Czech translation of my earlier work that had made it to the final of Daidalos 2020 literary contest. Finally, I am proud to bring forth “Forty-Fourth Time’s the Charm“, a sci-fi short story with distinctly romantic overtones which was published in the latest issue of New Myths. Considering the acceptance rate of this venue, making it to their pages makes me especially happy!

So how was my creative vigor in 2021? Overall, it has been a successful year: I wrote a total of 10 new stories (2 novelettes, 4 short stories, and 4 flash fiction pieces) and translated 3 of my older works into my native language. I published 9 texts (7 in English and 2 in Czech). For the third year in a row, I made it into the very final of the Daidalos literary contest organized by XB-1 which means that the Czech SFFH flagship magazine will feature at least one of my stories next year.

Okay, enough bragging. At the risk of sounding like a run-of-the-mill fortune cookie, I want to wish you all the best for the next year – make it the best year yet!

Stay safe and I’ll be back soon-ish!

ML

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