April Submission Blitz – A Fresh Start

April 2, 2014 at 2:12 am (horror, writing) (, , , )

 

Today marks the first day in this year’s spring submission blitz – although with this weather, you could never tell. I sent of my first submission to a podcast and looking at what I have available for submission, I have 23 other items I could send out right now. That means I won’t be rushing to finish a bunch of flash fiction to hit my quota, just a handful of stories to add to the pile to get in my 30 submissions. I may just edit the two latest novels in my existing series and submit them as well.

Anyway, time to start hunting up other venues. Wish me luck!

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October Submission Blitz – Night Swim Equals Death

October 23, 2013 at 2:50 am (dark fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , )

Three more submissions and the end of the blitz is approaching – only nine more to go. The last three, two reprints to podcasts and another pro rate attempt for “The Elephant’s Graveyard,” were a challenge since I’m down to almost nothing to submit. I’m soooo busy with my day job, blogging is a challenge as well.

…And I’m really tired.

Today’s horror trope is where a night swim equals death. You know the one. As soon as people start wading into the water in the dark, in a horror flick, skinny-dipping or not, at least one of them are doomed. Something is there to eat them, a serial killer is lurking along the water’s edge or somebody drowns (tangled in water weeds perhaps?) All I know is that I cringe whenever someone in a movie suggests one f these swims.

Time for bed *yawn*

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Genre for the Holidays – Sounds for the Season

December 22, 2012 at 12:59 am (fantasy, horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

One of the great oral features of the festive season is the selection of holiday episodes at my favourite genre podcasts. I thought I would share my picks and links to some winning seasonal audio tales. Here they are:

Tales to Terrify: a horror podcast with sinister flavour, this episode features a short story called The Spirit of Christmas – http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-terrify-show-no-49-lawrence-santoro-and-james-lovegrove/

Podcastle: for fantasy fans you can find their yarn with a Christmas spin, Catching the Spirit, at http://podcastle.org/2012/12/18/podcastle-239-catching-the-spirit/

Pseudopod: Podcastle’s horror sister podcast offers a gothic Christmas tale, The Dead Sexton – http://pseudopod.org/2012/12/21/pseudopod-313-the-dead-sexton/http://pseudopod.org/2012/12/21/pseudopod-313-the-dead-sexton/

And I’ve mentioned this one before, but this year’s Wicked Women Writers competition featured holiday stories including ones for Christmas and Hanukah. You can find the full spread here: http://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/horror-addicts-079-wicked-women-writers-challenge/

While they do not have any specifically holiday-themed stories, you can find some excellent speculative fiction at Drabblecast and Starship Sofa.

4 days left ’til Christmas J

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My To-Do Bucket Is too Full

August 4, 2012 at 1:18 am (Fervor, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

I’m kind of surprised I’m writing a blog post because this is the time of year that I’m so busy my brain turns to goo and I stumble around bleary-eyed with a dazed look on my face. One might even mistake me for a zombie. In my mundane life, over-time hours and summertime family demands stretch me a little farther than I normally have to go. I have a garden to tend to and kids who want to go to the lake or to the beach. We also just adopted a new pet, and I’m adapting to adding him, a beagle named Sparky, into my regular schedule

And that’s just the ordinary stuff.

I hate turning down opportunities associated with my writing, and lately they just seem to be multiplying. Aside from working (very slowly) on my latest Fervor novel, Providence, several short story projects and my blog (which includes book reviews), I now have obligations from joining a fantasy writer’s collective, commitments to narrate for a podcast, illustrations I ought to be working on for Transcendence and a variety of promotional efforts. I don’t think I’ve ever been this tired in my life.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel – with vacation time coming up in a week. I will have several home maintenance projects to deal with, and probably a few family day trips, but otherwise my time will be freed up to clean up loose ends and get some rest.

I suppose I could say “no” more often, but “yes” had brought me quite a bit of satisfaction, including an anthology acceptance I was really hoping for (they had more than 200 submissions,) and the opportunity to narrate for one of Star Ship Sofa’s affiliates, something that thrills me to bits. I even got to discuss the promotion of this year’s Wicked Women’s Writers podcast competition with one of my podcast idols, the FDO himself, Scott Sigler.

Speaking of which, I’m going to take this opportunity to plug that competition myself. The chance to listen to the wonderful tales written and narrated by some very talented wicked women is almost upon us. The competition goes live at horroraddicts.net on August 11 – be sure to drop in, listen and vote.

Anyway – I’ll cut this short and go back to wallowing in my fog. See you in a week, when I’ll likely be even more like a zombie, and my bucket will be overflowing.

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