Monthly Archives: January 2010

Anthology Builder Contest

Originally published on 12.2.09 on blogspot.

Results for the Anthology Builder contest are in, sooner than I expected to be honest.

Congrats to all the winners and runner-ups!

Considering there were a few people in the Finalist listing that are much more experienced, I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t place.  It’s simply a joy to have actually made it to Finalist, which wins a critique from Nancy Fulda.  This will be the first time I’ll have the experience of having a pro give me some tips on improving, and, as I’m ever learning, everything helps.

And while the general comments from the judges made me mope for a day (or two), I’ve got my head screwed back on straight.  After only some half-assed writing that read like my three year old could have done better with his minimal grasp of the ABC’s, I started and finished what I thought would be a flash piece last night before bed.  Now that I’m in the process of typing it up, I think the weird shaped notebook drastically impaired my ability to estimate the word count.  Or perhaps I was just tired.

Back on topic, I hope she repeats the contest in the years to come, because it was alot of fun getting inspiration from a cover picture.  I’ve still got notes galore scattered everywhere for all the other covers I’d been considering using…

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Tuesday Morning Shower

Originally published on 11.17.09 on blogspot.

It was a hot and steamy shower…

So.  I managed to convince my honey to get up super early with me and watch some of the Leonids shower.  We only lasted 20-30 min, mainly because it was cold and the constellation was directly over head and, without chairs, that made for some heavy neck craning.  But what we saw was pretty neat.  Had it been on the weekend and not on a Tuesday morning, I’d have made him stay up with me for an hour or more to watch.

I’d like to say that the shower inspired story after story…

…but it didn’t.

Probably because it was four in the morning.  With no coffee.  But I have notes!  And jotted notes are far better, because months from now I’ll read them and come up with something that has nothing whatsoever to do with a meteor shower.  That tends to be how it goes.

On another front, I’ve completed 10,450 words so far this month.  Nothing quite as dramatic as all the folks working their way through 50k word novels, but it’s three finished stories, plus some odd writing.

A few weeks ago I had toyed with the idea of participating in NaNoWriMo, but had too many short stories wanting to be written.  Then I toyed with the idea of writing 50k words of short stories, but then the magical calender frog hopped all over my November weekends.  Instead, I’m contenting myself with continuing to meet my self-imposed deadlines through the end of the year without going crazy.

Well.  Let’s keep things realistic.  I’ll be happy just to meet my deadlines, crazy or no.

Story Sale!

Originally published on 11.10.09 on blogspot.

“When the Spring’s Heart is Broken” has just been accepted to Emerald Tale’s Winter Solstice Special.  This will be my second publication with them and I’m very excited about it.

In other news, I’m proud to say that my submission number is finally hovering around ten on a normal basis now.  For a few months, the number would plummet to 2-3 every once in a while, but now it’s holding steady.

Goal for next April: have my number of submissions hovering around 20.

Halloween Resolution

Originally published on 11.8.09 on blogspot.

I’ve resisted starting a blog for a long time, frankly because I’m well aware of how boring it will be to read. Yet, if you’re reading this, perhaps you are simply that bored. In that case, I might as well bore you properly from now on with a resolution to blog at least with some semblance of normalcy. Don’t ask me why today – I would have to admit to procrastination.

Around April, I finally swallowed my fears and took a huge step by jumping into the submission process instead of hiding my writing in notebooks and hard drives. Rejection hurt, but it wasn’t nearly as big a monster as my mind had made it into, and to be honest, it hasn’t been too bad of a half a year since then.

In the past six months I’ve sold two short stories, two twitter-sized pieces, was held for Sword & Sorceress and just recently made Finalist in the AnthologyBuilder’s Match-That-Artwork Contest.

Long way from pro, but with unlimited ideas, it’ll come eventually.