June News

June 27, 2017 at 12:39 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

June has been busy for me with new acceptances, contracts, cover reveals and releases. Add into the mix outdoor jugger and gardening and blogging gets reduced to one or two postings a month.

I’m happy to say that the e-book version of Tesseracts 20: Compostela is now available with the print version to follow in September (it contans my short story “Better” – I mentioned the pre-order last post) This one’s a thrill for me, due in part to the fact that Spider Robinson is one of the editors. I grew up reading his books (Night of Power was my favourite as a teen but I’m not sure which I’d give top place now,) and he actually lived in Nova Scotia for a time, so I hold him in high esteem.

Another new release is in Gathering Storm Issue #3. “Counting Crows” is my second appearance in this beautiful venue (their format is formidable and their artwork breathtaking, like the cover artwork here.) I’m submitted something for issue #4, so fingers crossed.

My story “Wrigglers” will make a reprint appearance in Gehenna and Hinnom’s Year’s Best Body Horror 2017 Anthology . You can find the ToC announcement here.

And to top it off, I just receive an acceptance and contract for an all Canadian horror anthology in the works. More news on that later.

I have a couple more things brewing but I can’t include them just yet. I’ll share when I can

As crazy as it may sound, I have decided to do Camp Nanowrimo this July. This will be my first time participating as part of a group (our cabin) but it should help me stay focused. I skipped the last couple of Nanowrimos because I haven’t felt all that motivated when it comes to novel writing (especially when the 20+ novels I already have completed could probably use another round of edits and then maybe a new shopping run.) But I’ve promising my hubby the one I have planned for camp for some time now, so it’s time to buckle down and get started. I just have to get a little research in before July 1 and work my writing in around overtime and family day trips.

See you in July!


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April Blitz 2016: Rejoicing (#18-20)

April 21, 2016 at 2:34 am (writing) (, , , , , , )

28968_10150173648850032_4556407_nIn the midst of quick rejections coming fast and furious from the pro-rate venues, nothing keeps my spirits up quite like an amazing acceptance.  I’ve submitted to the last six Tesseracts call for submissions.  In the past, I’ve received three “maybe”s with two rewrite requests but none of them turned into a “yes”.  I submitted to the last call with great trepidation.  I don’t normally write science fiction and while I thought my story had merit, I wasn’t sure if others would feel the same way.  I don’t know if you can imagine just how thrilled I was to find an e-mail in my inbox informing me of my acceptance – no “maybe,” no rewrite, just a “yes”.  I will have a story in Compostela – Tesseracts 20.  I was tickled.

And there are other parts about this wonderful happening that make it even better.  I grew up reading Spider Robinson’s books – Mind Killer, Time Pressure, and my favourite, Night of Power, and he’s editing the anthology along with James Alan Gardner.  Also, another of my favourite science fiction writers (I’m currently reading his latest novel, Quantum Night) Robert J. Sawyer will be appearing in the anthology.  So of the many goals I hope to achieve some day, I can happily cross this one off my list.

This is the best thing I can think of to counter the sting of another rejection and give me the courage to send out more.  Oh, and encourage me to keep writing of course.

So I’m going to hit that send button and enjoy my warm fuzzies.

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