Spring Blitz 2017 – New Release

April 9, 2017 at 11:35 pm (dark fantasy, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

Another two submissions have gone out, one micro-fiction and one flash, and both creepy horror tales.  I had another story I wanted to submit, but the venue I was considering doesn’t reopen for submissions until tomorrow, so it will have to wait.  This particular story has been rejected 12 times already, but I feel it is a strong story, as it has had four “maybe”s that turned into “no”s and some decent praise from some pro-rate editors, despite no acceptance.  So I’ll press on and perhaps it will find a home some day.

Another of my stories has just been released by Crimson Streets.  Not only have they published “Amnesty” but they accepted a follow up story involving the same character.  I have another story in mind if ever they decide they want a third.

Back to hunting out more calls for submissions – I still have three weeks of submissions ahead of me.

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Let’s Blitz Again – New Release

October 24, 2016 at 1:31 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

screenshot-2016-10-23-at-1-29-59-pm-editedAlong with recording my second blitz rejection (and another non-blitz one) I get to celebrate the release of one of my blitz acceptances (this month’s!)  Jitter Press accepted my flash piece “The Candy Apple Man”, which is available now in Issue #5.  If you prefer an electronic format, they have a digital version available as well.

Yesterday’s submission was sending out a recently rejected story to a call that looked like a good match, perhaps even better than my first try.  Today’s is another stab at an acceptance for one of my flash stories.  It’s been rejected a couple of times before but I think it has potential.

Thanks to the recent rejections, I have enough stories available for submission to make it to the end of the blitz even if I don’t finish anymore new stories over the next week plus.  I’ll keep hoping for some more acceptances in the meantime.  Fingers crossed.


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Let’s Blitz Again – #ICTTBCONTEST

October 21, 2016 at 10:36 pm (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

screenshot-2016-10-21-at-7-05-16-pm-editedToday’s submission was to Grey Matter Press’s flash fiction contest. More about that in a bit.

Yesterday brought a new rejection, but not one from the blitz.  It was a story I sent out in the summer – one my sister had inspired while I was on vacation.  The editors said it had piqued their interest, but in the end, they had decided it was a no.  They did however say they hoped I would send in another story before the call closed.  Well it just so happened the short story I had recently finished and not yet submitted anywhere matched well with their theme, so without skipping a beat, I sent that one in.  I have high hopes and may end up disappointed, but it was worth a shot.

On my hunt for my next submission, I came across Grey Matter Press’s “I Can Taste the Blood” flash fiction contest and decided I’d give it a go.  Today was the last day to submit, so I just managed to squeak in there.  You can check out all of the flash stories submitted (including mine) at the link above and vote for your favourite.  If you give it a read, I hope you find my story quite chilling.

Two-thirds of the way to blitz end.  This has been a fun one.

And I’m off to hunt out my next call.

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Let’s Blitz Again – October 2016 #10

October 15, 2016 at 12:54 am (writing) (, , , , , , )

28968_10150173648865032_6591698_n-editedAfter a week of turmoil at my day job, the seriously stressful kind, it’s a relief to come home to my writing and family. I’m still poking away at my garden, but it’s almost at an end.

My submission yesterday was one from my pseudonym and today’s was a reprint.  I’m getting creative because I’ve had so few responses during this blitz and no rejections to date, which means I’m starting to dig pretty deep into my shrinking “available for submission pile”.  Not counting available novels, I only have a dozen shorts left that aren’t reprints (I have oodles of those), and a third of the remaining originals are flash or micro fiction.  I’m still making progress on “Smiles All Around”, which will hopefully be ready for submission early next week, but I’m going to be reaching to get all 32 subs in (since I’m extending this blitz to November 1.)  I will have to fill in the gaps with reprint submissions and novel queries.

Time to chill and to shake off some of the negative energy still clinging to me from the day.

Have a great weekend!

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Let’s Blitz Again – October 2016 #6

October 9, 2016 at 12:01 am (writing) (, , , , , , )

1277052_10153171332605032_768076155_o-editedI skipped a post because I spent last night cleaning vegetables I had harvested from the garden, but I dd get submissions off for yesterday and today and organized my “What I have available for submission” list.  Yesterday’s submission went out to a writing competition and today’s was another new venue for me, semi-pro pay looking for weird tales.

I’m still sitting at two responses so far, both positive, and I’m contemplating some ideas for flash fiction.  I also have a rewrite I’m looking at based on feedback from the last two rejections I got for that particular story.  They suggested my protagonist comes across as cruel, so I have to change it up so it’s clear the character was acting out of panic and not being intentionally negligent or just plain selfish.  Self-preservation can be a strong instinct – strong enough to override any sense of duty or loyalty – and one that can be hard to ignore.

I finished up the latest book I’ve been reading and need to write up a review.  I loved the final battle scene, with lots of action and great twists and turns.

Tomorrow’s busy, so we’ll see what I can squeeze in.  For now, the search for the next submission call continues.

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Let’s Blitz Again – October 2016 #5

October 6, 2016 at 11:01 pm (dark fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

202345_10153006317075032_1470588330_o-editedSo far, I’ve had two responses to my submissions. The first was an invitation as a result of my author query on day one (although it may not apply until 2018 – I don’t mind the wait.) and the second was for Tuesday’s submission. Apparently, my daughter is a valid critic. The acceptance came with a request for a title change. I didn’t mind. I’ve had that request for one other story and I didn’t hesitate to change it. I’m never that attached to a given title.

I did start work on another call for submissions yesterday until I realize the call doesn’t open until November 1, so I’m setting that one aside. Maybe I’ll extend the blitz by a day to include that one. I have enough material to spare, especially if any rejections come back during the month.

I may end up skipping a post or two to do garden-y things in the next week. We’ve had a couple of frosts which could end up with a need for some quick harvesting. I won’t skip any submissions though.

Today’s submission, a “multi-maybe but never yes” story that has been through one requested rewrite and therefore now exists in two versions, one with a more optimistic ending than the other. I like them both. I sent off the darker version to yet another pro-rate venue with a fitting theme. We’ll see how it fares this time.

More later…

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Let’s Blitz Again – October 2016 #4

October 6, 2016 at 12:59 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , )

1015129_10152927514425032_1847553204_o-editedI like to run my stories past others before I send them out. Sometimes I send them out to friends willing to test read them and other times I force family members to listen to them, especially the flash pieces. Reading them out loud allows me to catch small errors I might otherwise miss. One error out of 5000 words doesn’t seem so bad – one error in 500 is ten times worse.

Now that my daughter is mature enough to appreciate my horror, she’s a great captive audience and as a sarcastic, tell-it-like-it-is teenager, she’s also a blunt critic. I know if she says she likes something, she means it. If she has a problem with any of it, she’ll let me know. Granted, what a teen girl likes vs a venue editor can vary greatly, but it’s still great to have an honest opinion about a story – one based solely on reader taste and not what somebody else thinks your writing approach or style should be because that’s how they would write it.

So it’s further forward on the hunt for submission calls. The next story out is one I love, but it has been rejected eight times. It did have one pro-rate “maybe” though and another editor described it as a “high quality submission”, so maybe number nine will be the charm.

Fingers crossed…

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Let’s Blitz Again – October 2016 #3

October 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm (horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

12888702_10156706630705032_956866372638262551_o-editedIt’s interesting that, despite my many unpublished stories and available reprints, so far my blitz has included one non-story specific anthology query and two originals I’ve never submitted elsewhere. I guess a part of me feels I’ll have better chances with material that hasn’t encountered rejection before.

I realize that is silly. I know of established authors who have struck gold with a story only after multiple rejections and I managed to hit one of my “acceptance by a particular venue” writer goals with a story that had already been rejected a few times – in some cases with feedback I chose not to use because I didn’t like the way it would have changed the story.

But that’s how unpredictable the publishing industry can be. It doesn’t matter what other writers or editors say about your work and how much of that feedback you choose to use (and I’m always surprised how completely contradictory some of that feedback can be). In the end, you have to go with your gut and present the story the way you feel it needs to be. If it’s meant to have a home, it will find one the way it is.

Today’s submission is a flash fiction horror story I’ve submitted a couple of times in the past. We’ll see if it can manage to generate a few jitters (my teenage daughter gave it the thumbs up.)

More later…

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October 2015 Submission Blitz Overview

November 7, 2015 at 3:01 am (Links, writing) (, , , , , )

Young AdventurersThis October’s blitz started with a bang and ended with a bit of a whimper – but I did get all 31 submissions in for the month. Honestly, I need to get back to writing regularly, which I should be able to do now that things won’t be quite as busy (but still busy) at work and I should hopefully be purchasing a new netbook shortly. Once I have something with ample battery longevity that can’t be reclaimed by my daughter on a whim, I can start writing something meaningful again, I hope. I haven’t felt very inspired lately and maybe that will change with some technical motivation.

I also happen to have a new sense of hope I haven’t had in a long time. I’m thrilled with what’s going on politically in Canada at the moment – bright skies and sunshine of the metaphorical kind. It’s enough to get me to break the usual political silence I try to aim for. My mouth will likely get me in trouble because if I do speak, I tend to be extremely outspoken, but I just can’t help myself, with happy victories for feminism and representational diversity…well, this is much more like the Canada I want to live in. It also happens to fall in line with a book idea my hubby has been pressing me to write. If I start to open up about my real thoughts on socio-political issues, the book will be much easier to write.

And in other writing news? I can happily say I got an honourable mention in a flash fiction writing competition  and one of the anthologies I’m in is now available for pre-order . They are even offering up a little contest with the chance to win some books. I’ll describe it as I sign off for the day:

PHOTO CONTEST TIME: Everyone who posts a photo with the book (authors have their own ARCs they can lend to locals if you want to participate pre-release) on our page and their own Facebook page (or any other social media site) will be in the running for one of 5 prizes. Each of the 5 winners will receive a copy of the anthology and another Intrigue Publishing novel of our choice. Winners will be chosen pretty much at random, but the coolest poses, locations and outfits will have a big edge.

If you live in the Halifax area and want in early, contact me so we can set something up.

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April Blitz – Day 26

April 27, 2015 at 1:15 am (Fervor, horror, writing) (, , , , , )

I’m starting to scrape the barrel, sending out the flash fiction in my list and the stories that are hard to define when it comes to genre. I do have one regular-length SF story yet to submit, but it’s not a genre that inspires my best writing so I’m hesitant to submit it. The other full length story I have is sort of modern fantasy but it needs a very particular market.  I did manage to find a possible venue for some weird fiction in the pile.

The hubby and I were chatting in the car and came up with a flash fiction idea I may write tomorrow.  I have a venue in mind for it, so that one could go out in the next couple of days, once I have it done and tweaked.

Just a few more days to go.  I have a couple of projects in the works for when this blitz is over and I finish up Dominion.  I’m not sure which one I’ll start first.

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