Let’s Blitz Again – October 2016 #9

October 13, 2016 at 2:17 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , )

11822982_10155860366935032_1772408397614030219_o-editedYesterday’s submission, a query to an agent, took longer than I had anticipated so I didn’t get around to blogging, but today’s is done with time to spare.  It’s the second time out for this newer story, rejected once only by a pro-rate venue.  A cheeky tale with a chilling ending, I’m quite fond of it –  which often is a mark of doom for my stories because I have quirky, eclectic tastes, so the ones I don’t like as much often fare better.  If I find them a little dry or ordinary, they tend to find a home quite quickly.

I’m working on a story, “Smiles All Around,” I hope to have finished by the end of the week.  I’m writing it for a specific call.  It is flowing nicely and ties in some of my work experiences.  I also managed to squeeze in a bit of gardening, while the nice weather lasts.  Frost will clear things out soon enough.

In the meantime, things keep growing and I keep picking.


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April Submission Blitz – Closing In

April 29, 2014 at 1:08 am (writing) (, , , , , )

Just a couple of days left and I’ll be done, other than the odd submission here or there, until October. I got back the final rejection I was waiting on from Simon 451. That ended as expected. I still have the three other novel submissions I’m waiting on. I know I don’t fit well in the big 5 box, but the smaller presses may like my quirky stories (quirky but epic, according to some.)

I like the challenge posed by this semi-annual goal I set for myself, but I’m pretty tired of submissions by the end of the month. I’m looking forward to just focussing on some editing and reading for a while. That and I’m bracing myself for the stream of rejections that eventually will follow. There’s a reason I only do this two months out of the year.

Almost there…

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Women in Horror – Spotlight: Carrie Martin

February 15, 2014 at 11:32 pm (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

Today’s spotlight shines on the author of The Grotesquerie short story “Wicked Trip”. A product of Britain and Canada, Carrie is primarily a children and YA writer who sometimes takes a turn at adult fiction. You can find her work published in such anthologies as 100 Doors to Madness from Forgotten Tomb Press and Frightmares, flash fiction from Dark Moon Books. She is apparently camera shy, so I have no photo of her for this spotlight.

She describes herself as quirky and dark. Her fans describe her work as “excellent” and “outstanding”.

For more on Carrie, head on over to her website at http://carriemartin.ca or her Amazon author page at http://www.amazon.com/Carrie-Martin/e/B00AYHK2Z2

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Women in Horror – Spotlight: Lisamarie Lamb

February 9, 2014 at 1:07 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

My spotlight tonight is shining upon the author of the short story “Devil’s Cake” in The Grotesquerie. Quirky in a good way, this lady was born to be a writer, accompanying her earliest works with illustrations in crayon. We shared pages in the lycanthropic charity anthology, Shifters, from Hazardous Press and the Fear anthologies from Crooked Cat (I’m in Volume I, she’s in Volume II), but she has a great deal of other published writing, including short stories in a couple of the Satan’s Toybox anthologies from Angelic Knight Press. She also dabbles in genres other than horror.

Her fans describe her work as “chilling” and “cringe-inducing” – sounds like she hits her mark.

Discover more about Lisamarie at her website – http://themoonlitdoor.blogspot.ca/ or check out what she has to offer at her Amazon author page .

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Edit Fest – Things that Surprise Me

May 4, 2013 at 1:47 am (writing) (, , , , , , , , , )

I make a point of not editing a novel manuscript until I’ve let it sit for at least three months, so I can approach it with a fresh perspective. I have this bare bones impression of the story that sticks with me, etched into my brain, but the rest fades from my thoughts once written out. When I get back to the story, it never reads like I remember it. This isn’t a bad thing though. Doubt always seeps in during those months away from it – that whole notion that the story can’t be all that great. Returning to the actual words written always surprises me, and usually in at least a somewhat positive way. I can’t imagine how I came up with certain unusual turns of phrases and quirky descriptions that seem original but fitting.

The feeling doesn’t last. I trudge my way through my editing, chastising myself for the little mistakes here and there and enjoying the things that seem to work, but once I’m done everything fades again. I think it’s pretty amazing. I have scenes that stuck with me in vivid detail for the better part of a decade because I didn’t have the opportunity to write them down, but the moment I did, I lost all but their basic essence, and the only way to get them back is by reading what I’ve written.

I’m wondering if this is common to many writers or something specific to me. It’s like I clear out my brain, wiping the slate mostly clean except for that faint chalk shadow. Call me a space cadet (in reference to a writer meme that happens to be floating around right now) but I think I have to do this to empty my head – otherwise things get too cluttered.

Anyway back to editing…

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The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Danger Peligros!

December 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm (Links, writing) (, , , , , )

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I’m trying to get back to my usual Monday overviews of other writers’ work, in the form of reviews, notice of book releases and info on special promotions. This week’s spotlight is on a travel book with a quirky spin (and people who know me know how much I like quirky.)

I have enough weird and wonderful travel tales of my own, but never had the initiative to put them together in a book (plus my recollections are likely a little fuzzy now.) I can certainly admire the work and talent that it takes to bring real adventures to life with ink and paper (or in this case, digital formatting.)

And how do these writers describe their book? Here’s their blurb:

Explore the best moments, mischief, and mayhem from the adventure travel website No Map Nomads. Whether by boot, by (motor)bike, by boat, or by whatever it takes, Raven and Weifarer will take you along to experience trips from sublime to nearly disastrous. With serendipity tucked into the saddlebags along with some capricious Peligros, every turn leads to the unexpected.

This book includes the complete story arc to Cruise Ship Mutiny, the Cabot Trail on motorcycle, memories of the first motorbike trip to Canada (in October no less), hikes on tropical islands and much more.

I have a personal interest in this book because their travels took them to my home province of Nova Scotia, which I like to think is one of the most beautiful places in the world. You’ll find mention of the Maritimes here in their intro:

What are Peligros? That is a tough one to explain. They are the best and the worst of your day, travel, life. They are what draws us out from safe and comfy homes – the little itches that make such abodes feel too confining, too much the same. They are the essence of that moment when everything has gone horribly wrong and you are left thankful to be alive with parts that still add up to a functional whole. They are that moment when someone you don’t know lends you an unexpected, warm hand. They are when your luck goes from nonexistent to good, because you wouldn’t need good luck if things hadn’t looked scary for a time, now would you?

You know what a Peligro is, only you just didn’t know what to call it.

Raven and I have been traveling since we met on Martha’s Vineyard oh-so-many years ago now. From those early days barely surviving learning to sail on Vineyard Sound to more recent motorcycle trips through the Canadian Maritimes, we’ve had our share of trouble and of luck. Danger Peligros! collects some of those stories of our misadventures so that when you follow a Peligro out the door, you might be a little better informed!

And where can I find this book, you might ask? Try this:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGVD2XU

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/261152

With a special price of $0.99, for today only.

On a side note, for those following my NaNoWriMo project, Chapter 16 is now available at Scribd.com. You can find it at this link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/115345475/The-Trading-of-Skin-Chapter-16

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