October Blitz and New Releases

November 8, 2017 at 12:40 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

Sometimes life sucks all the creative energy out of you.  Lately, changes at my workplace have placed additional demands on my time and my mental resources so I’ve found myself with nothing much left to invest in producing or promoting my writing.  I did actively try to complete my usual October submission blitz, but I fell about 10 submissions short.  I will be working to make those up before year’s end, so I still get in my 100 submissions for the year.  I am also currently working on a drawing project and two short stories, but progress has been slim.

I managed to gather up enough initiative for a long needed blog to announce some of my recent releases, but I’m hoping by the time November ends and things slow down a little at work, I’ll get a little more of my mojo back.  I can usually manage family, gardening, jugger and my creative endeavors along with work, and I’d like to get back to that happy balance.  Considering gardening is winding down for the year and jugger is now only once a week, the main trade off is day job versus my artistic side.

Anyway – here are some of my recent releases along with links where you can find them (three are reprints but the fourth is new.)  I’ve still been busy, but just not my usual prolific self.  I’m fortunate to have made it into some pretty impressive publications:

Killing It Softly 2 (Octavia)

Allegory: Volume 32/59 (The Lure)

Year’s Best Body Horror 2017 (Wrigglers)

Gathering Storm Magazine: Year 1, Issue 5 (Foil-Hat Crazy)

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that December will bring a little more sanity and time for writing, but I’m not holding my breath.  I’ll at least try to get back on my weekly blog schedule, including a couple of reviews I need to post.

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Blitz’s End – April 2016

May 1, 2016 at 2:37 am (writing) (, , , , , )

1914373_247403470031_3561669_nToday marks the end of this year’s spring blitz. These last few days have been made up of recycling rejections from the month and one poetry submission.  While I did receive an acceptance in April, and one that made me especially happy, it wasn’t from any blitz submission but one of the extras I manage during the year.  I’m hoping I see at least one “yes” out of 30 submissions, but so far all I’ve seen were “no”s.  That usually happens when my focus is on pro-rate venues (unintentional this time, but that was how it worked out.)

Now my attention will be turning to my garden and May promos of newly released anthologies, but I’ll still plug along with more stories.  I’ll continue to post as anything else interesting comes along.

Here’s to good news and better weather.

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April Blitz 2016: The Next Three (#8-10)

April 11, 2016 at 2:25 am (dark fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

springI have become a terrible procrastinator lately, which I hope will change with better weather, but at at least I’m getting the submissions out there. Three more have been sent, one dark fantasy, one horror and one weird tale, two have which have had pro-rate “maybe”s turn to “no”s and had several re-submissions without a bite. I’m still hopeful though, and I’m treading in untested waters by sending them out to new publishers/new venues.  A lot of them are only offering token payments, but right now I’m just looking for some variety, not necessarily my next shot at a pro-rate sale.

This weekend was particularly nasty for April, with a heavy wet snowfall this morning, so I don’t expect to shakes the blahs anytime soon.  An acceptance or two from this blitz might help, until I finally get to start planting my garden. That usually lifts my spirits (fresh veggies – yay!)

I’ll keep my eyes out for new calls.  I have no lack of material for submission, so my focus now is on finding my stories a home.

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WiH Local Spotlight – A. F. Stewart

February 26, 2016 at 1:15 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

Screenshot 2016-02-25 at 8.57.15 PMMy second spotlight for the week shines on A. F. (Anita) Stewart, a lifelong bluenoser (born and raised) who writes a variety of genre fiction as well as poetry, but has a particular inclination towards the dark and scary.  She describes herself as someone with “an overly creative mind, and an active imagination.”  Her hobbies include reading (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, and oil painting.

I’ve never had the good fortune of sharing pages with her, but perhaps sometime in the future this might come to be, especially if someone puts together an anthology of works from Nova Scotian horror writers (we have a fair number here – more than I realized).  She has published books and short stories in several anthologies, which you can find on Amazon here.  Or you can find out more about her works here.

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The Season for Waiting

December 16, 2015 at 10:57 pm (fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , )

I’ve had lots of news lately, but unfortunately not things I’m at liberty to share. I got a peek at an anthology cover but I have to wait for it’s official release. I recently received an acceptance and contract but mum’s the word until the official ToC is announced and I’m still waiting to spread joy about an earlier acceptance which I’ve been asked to keep quiet for now.

I’m also waiting on the release of three anthologies I’m in, two horror, one fantasy, that are supposed to be released soon, but I haven’t had word on any exact dates.

With all this waiting, I’m getting a little twitchy – kind of like a kid waiting for Christmas Day.

So I’m trying to keep myself occupied by enjoying my new netbook (with its 9 hour battery life -yay!) and writing and submitting a few short stories. That way, the waiting doesn’t seem so bad.

Twitch, twitch.

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Women in Horror – Shared Pages: An Intro

February 3, 2015 at 11:49 pm (horror, writing) (, , , )

For Women in Horror month this year, I’ve decide to do my spotlights on women who shared pages with me in various anthologies, a woman from a different publication each day. For some anthologies my options will be limited. In fact, in one anthology only two female writers were contributors, me and another talented lady, so my choice is a given. I’m hoping the more women in the genre are promoted, the less we’ll see of that kind of imbalance.

So beginning tomorrow, in chronological order of the anthologies involved, I’ll begin posting my spotlights. They’ll be short, sweet and to the point, highlighting some wonderfully scary women.

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Women in Horror – My First Influences

February 2, 2015 at 3:58 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , )

I’ll be spending most of this month discussing current women horror writers mostly published through small presses (and/or self-published.) But most of my influences growing up were traditionally published with larger publishers, primarily because I was in a time and place where access to smaller press offerings was limited. Here’s a list of female horror writers who helped develop my interest in the genre:

Tanith Lee
Anne Rice
V.C. Andrews
Shirley Jackson
Mary Shelley

Unfortunately, as you can see, this list was rather small. If you compared it to the number of male horror writers I read in my younger years, you’d see it is far shorter – not because I had any preferences gender-wise, but because the choice was lacking. I’m happy to say the number of female horror writers on my reading list has expanded in leaps and bounds, but it still isn’t where it should be. That’s why things like Women in Horror month and all female anthologies are important.

I’m looking forward to sharing my latest finds with you over the next four weeks. I hope it leads others to discover some of the amazing female genre writers out there.

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Women in Horror – Spotlight: Vivian Caethe

February 20, 2014 at 3:31 am (fantasy, horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

Today’s spotlight highlights the author of The Grotesquerie short story “Cryptomycology.” Vivian writes speculative fiction of varying sorts with a penchant for flash fiction and she also is a knitter, a stitcher and a gamer. Her published works include stories in her sizable collection, Handwritten, that displays her genre versatility. She also has SF, fantasy and steampunk stories available in several anthologies.

Her fans describe her as “adept” and her work as “evocative.”

Find out more about Vivian at http://www.viviancaethe.com or take a look at her Amazon author page.

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Women in Horror – Mistresses of the Macabre

February 19, 2014 at 2:21 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

It’s funny how often you’ll hear people say that aside from reading Anne Rice or Shirley Jackson, they’ve never seen much in the way of women horror works out there. That’s why all-female horror anthologies like The Grotesquerie are a great way of introducing readers to several women in horror at once. And it’s not alone.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to list several similar anthologies out there that allow horror readers to explore many female horror writers at once, especially since the ebook version of one such anthology, Mistresses of the Macabre, from Dark Moon Books, is being offered at a special price of $1.99 in honour of Women in Horror Month. Here are a few others:

Do you like zombies? A couple of all female options include the Hell Hath no Fury anthology from May December Publications and Darlings of Decay, the collaborative effort of 32 female horror writers.

Want something a little more classic – how about the Women of Darkness and Women of Darkness II anthologies. Or check out an expanded list of older collections in Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s post, Two Centuries of Women’s Supernatural Stories. Since these are older they’re harder to come by.

Lastly, while the stories in the Deep Cuts are not written only by women, the anthology is a celebration of women horror writers and plays tribute to the ladies who inspired the writers within.

Want to support a future all-female horror anthology? Check out the crowdfunding efforts for She Walks in Shadows, an all-female Lovecraftian anthology. They have 23 days left to raise the more than $5,000 needed to meet their goal.

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10 Simple Questions – WWW Edition – Julianne Snow

September 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , , )

My next Wicked Woman Writer has shared pages with me in the Darlings of Decay anthology, but she’s more than just a pretty face who writes about zombies:

Who are you?

My name is Julianne Snow and I am an author. I’ve released one book to date and have others in different stages of production. I’ve also had numerous short stories published in different anthologies and publications. Aside from all of that, I’m the Co-owner and Publicist for Sirens Call Publications (sweet! – CB).

What have you written and in particular, what have you written that’s wicked?

Gosh – hard question! If you’d like to see my complete bibliography you can check out my blog at http://theflipsideofjulianne.wordpress.com. If you’re talking thematically, I’ve written horror, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories, science fiction, some dark comedy here and there, stories that would border on the bizarre and even a little romance (I’ve tried my hand at that a couple of times too – it’s really not my thing – CB).

As for writing anything truly wicked, I have a few tales that fall into that category – Madeleine (Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed, The Best of The Horror Society 2013), Six Millimeters (The Sirens Call eZine #2), and Fade to Black (Serial Killers: Tres Tria) just to name a few.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but why do you write?

I write because it’s in my blood and the stories twist themselves around in my psyche until I release them (sort of like verbal brain worms? – CB).

Do you have a preferred theme or topic (zombies, serial killers, demons, etc…)?

I don’t have a preferred theme at all. I write what comes to me at the time it fights for its chance. I find it interesting to mash genres together (I love cross-genre – CB)and sometimes the outcome works out, and in orders it doesn’t.

Are you a pantser or a plotter and why?

I’m a pantser the majority of the time. When I sit down to write, I let the storyline develop as I write. At times, I have a beginning and an end in mind, but I have to trust my process to get me to the end. There have only been a few times where the end was a complete surprise even to me.

What do you like most about writing?

I like creating. There’s a part of my logical mind that likes the whole process of crafting a story (funny – my logical part likes plotting and my creative part like crafting – CB). I like the feeling of getting to the end and then re-reading only to find out that what you’ve actually put down on paper is better than what you had imagined.

What challenges you the most about writing?

Sometimes it’s finding the right way to capture the emotion of a scene that plays out in my head. I can see it, but sometimes the words escape me in the moment of its genesis. After a little time, it comes to me though.

Who or what inspires you most?

I’m inspired by many things. Sometimes I’ll see something play across the screen at a movie and then wonder what would happen if… In others, it can be the flash of a colour, or a smell that triggers the entire plot (A smell? Wow, most of my inspirations are visual or verbal – CB)

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to keep writing and honing my craft.

Why Wicked Women Writers?

I saw the call for writers and read about the challenge. I was immediately sold on the idea of writing an apocalyptic story.

Thanks, Julianne. Can’t wait to see the next wicked thing you have in the works.

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