Story coming soon – Surprise Me

Posted: March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Magic should be everywhere, not just in Middle Earth or Hogwarts. And as my stories are currently like jokes about buses – none for months then two at the same time – I’ve got a tale of that everyday magic coming out next week.

Mm, coffee - wait, is that why I can't sleep?

Mm, coffee – wait, is that why I can’t sleep?


Magic and menial work

Surprise Me, the story coming up in Daily Science Fiction, is a flash fantasy story set in a coffee shop. For me it’s the ultimate example of ‘write what you know’. I’ve had plenty of dull, uninspiring jobs where I’ve tried to make the most of a tedious situation. And I’ve spent an awful lot of time in coffee shops – not least in Barbicans coffee shop, the local place where I seem to do all my best work these days.

Obviously there’s a part of the story that isn’t ‘what I know’, and I won’t explain it here – that’s what the story’s for – but still, using such a familiar setting has worked surprisingly well, and got my story into a market I’ve been aiming for for a while – Daily Science Fiction.

Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction publish short sci-fi and fantasy by sending them out in emails most days of the week. This approach – fiction straight to your inbox – isn’t one I’ve seen elsewhere, but it seems to work for them. They’ve got thousands of subscribers and are a professional paying market despite their unusual model.

Given all the turmoil in publishing, it’s particularly cool to be published in a place where they’re trying something new, something that reaches a growing number of reads even as traditional magazine sales are falling.

Getting your story fix

My story comes out by email on 11 March. You can sign up for free to receive Daily Science Fiction’s stories by email, and if you do it by Tuesday then Surprise Me will be one of the first ones you receive. Failing that, it’ll be up on their website a week later, and you can check back then to find out whether you like what I’ve written.

I hope that you do.

So here’s to new publishing models, to finding magic in the mundane, and most of all to coffee.

Mm, coffee. Guess I know what I’ll do now…


Picture by Katherine Lim via Flickr creative commons


  1. Ben Hodgson says:

    I have been of the opinion for a while that magic is everywhere, in a meaningful way. I think that most people’s conception of ‘magic’ is pretty odd, which is why they often won’t find what they are looking for even though it’s right in front of their noses. Happy to discuss.

  2. bruzanelli says:

    I totally loved ‘Surprise me’! And I definitely believe in *magic*. It’s all around us. Writers rarely receive *fan mail* so thank you.

  3. Eleanor Wood says:

    Hi Andrew – I just read ‘Surprise Me’ and loved it. Great concept!

  4. […] Story coming soon – Surprise Me […]

  5. malwen says:

    Want to read it, but can’t find it …

    • The story went out to DSF’s email subscribers last Tuesday, and they usually put their stories on their website a week later. Don’t worry, I’ll stick a post up here to let people know when they can read the story on the webpage.

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