Monday, October 05, 2020

174 and 175

In the last month I've finished two more stories, "The Shallow One" (174 of the One-Thousand), a light-hearted Lovecraftian story which was commissioned by the Drabblecast to run later this month, and "Turf War 2200" (175), which is a goofy piece of flash fiction about a fight using lawn equipment and that fight's consequences.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Listen To My Latest

Art by Carly Heath

Listen to my two latest stories at the Drabblecast. Episode 427 includes my very short stories, "Life and Times" (140 of the One-Thousand), and "Sometimes I'm a Chair" (150). You can read them there also, but scroll to the player at the bottom if you want to listen:

Monday, March 02, 2020


Just finished and submitted my 173rd story, "Three Princesses," a fantasy retelling of "The Three Princes of Serendip," told in a science fictional setting. That's my 940th submission.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, January 06, 2020


Oops.I finished 171 a month ago. Instead of calling it, "A Sensitive Woman," I changed the title to, "Their Heads Filled to Bursting."

Friday, December 06, 2019


About a week and a half ago, I finished story 170, a flash fiction piece called, "You Will Find Yourself Buried Beneath Rubble." I wouldn't be surprised if I finish 171 soon, probably called, "A Sensitive Woman."

Monday, October 28, 2019

New Fluff Cover

I had to redo the cover for the e-version of Fluff and Buttons on the Teddy Bear Range because modern resolution meant the old one was too small, but I've been unhappy with the text on the old one for a long time. It looked too blurry in the thumbnail. So here's the new cover. If you're hankering to read it, it's on Amazon, and back on Barnes and Noble and Kobo for the first time in years.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

IRL Science Festival

Not In Real Life, but Indian River Lagoon (though it did happen in real life, too). We were rained out, eventually, but not before I had an incredible food truck panini with barbecued pulled pork, cheddar, and mac and cheese in it. Sounds gross, but it was great. 

We threw a tarp over ourselves for the first downpour and gave up well into the third. My shoes, as you can see, were submerged

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

My New Collection

Here's the cover of my latest collection, The Algebraic Woman and Other Stories. And here's the description:

Darpana is a woman made of math, enslaved to the mathematicians who created her. Any human or humans who stand too closely become her input and her personality and body change with each new encounter. When no one is around, she disappears. How would you escape if you only existed in the company of others?

In this collection, Matthew Sanborn Smith explores dark futures and fantasies of people merging bodies, the sky splitting open, and an artist’s asylum that houses deeply disturbing work.

Stories include:
The Algebraic Woman
Puppies for Sale
And the Midwives Their Faces Abloom
Maisy’s Many Souls
Red and Roxanne
The Cat in the Helmet Comes Back

So, for only $2.99, how in the world can you say no to that? Trick question. You can't, of course. Get it at Amazon now and some other places soon.


Thursday, August 01, 2019


I just sent out story 169, "The Substitute Secret Agent." It's a meta meditation on American capitalism, loneliness, and responsibility. I think it's one of the best things I've ever done. As always, editors may disagree.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

168 And A Sale

Just finished story number 168 last night, "Three Fates," and sent it off to an editor. If I can stick to my schedule, these numbers will be falling more rapidly than they have in years.

I sold story 165, "I Was Meant to Live Another Thousand Years," to Kaleidotrope last night. Don't look for it till 2021, though. Fred at Kaleidotrope published my story, "Three Kingdoms" (no relation to "Three Fates") in 2014. I'll let you know when it's available.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Taking Account

I’ve been super-busy over the last couple of months moving house. Things are starting to get back to normal, and I watched some TED talks that got me thinking about the One-Thousand again.

My goal has shifted from writing 1000 stories by the time I’m fifty to writing 1000 stories before I die. I have 833 stories to go. If I focus and put the effort in, I could probably write a story a month around my current schedule. Doing the math, I see that’s going to take nearly 70 years. I’ll be 120 years old. Odds are against that happening. Two stories a month (which I’m sure I can’t do at the moment) would take 35 years. Odds are better that I’ll see 85 years of age. What I’m trying to say is that I have writing to do.