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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April Blitz 2016: Good News and some Gratitude (#14-17)

April 18, 2016 at 12:48 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , , , )

1914373_247892685031_757370_nI have been diligent about submitting this month, and I’ve managed to dig up some untried venues with themes suited to my work, including a YA podcast, an online magazine with strange topics and a new pro-rate venue, where I sent my latest completed tale.

I would have posted my progress yesterday but I was distracted by some truly “squee-worthy” good news, that I unfortunately can’t share until later in the week. I’ll just say I managed to achieve one of my writerly goals and it involves working with someone I highly respect.

So I’m feeling grateful for this and for the lovely weather that allowed me to enjoy some jugger today.  I have to go hunting for more new venues tomorrow, so I might not be posting again for a couple of days.  I can guarantee I’ll definitely have a post up on Wednesday.

Have a great week 🙂

 

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April Blitz 2016: A Triple Play (#5-7)

April 8, 2016 at 1:39 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , )

kilosThings happen.  When I’m doing one of my twice a year submission blitzes, sometimes I get distracted by other things and skip a day.  I had every intention of catching up the next day, but I fell asleep early and that brought an end to that idea.

Third day’s a charm, and despite jugger practice, I did manage to squeak in three submissions to get myself back on track – one superhero submission and two horror tales.

I’m also working on a short, inspired by the latest chicken mink attack.  My husband manage to eliminate both sneaky predators so far, but there’s a third skulking about.  The story is almost finished and then with a few tweaks, I’ll be able to add it to the blitz.

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April Blitz 2016: Submission #2

April 3, 2016 at 3:10 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , )

1930503_71700570031_9229_nToday’s submission went out to a small Canadian press preparing their first teen anthology. With one very minor tweak, I had just the thing for them, towards the lower end of their preferred word count. It’s only a token payment call but I like the idea of working with a new Canadian publication.  I’ve worked with four Canadian publishers to date, but I’d be happy to increase that number.  Most of my acceptances have come from U. S. venues.

I’m trying to decide what I’ll work on next, story-wise.  It’s hard to think past the drama that my unfortunate family is dealing with in France (I may go into detail later, if the situation demands it – I could be setting up a Change.org petition if all else fails), the reorg going on at my workplace and some bad news from friends.  Right now my own problems seem petty in comparison and the world, pretty harsh and scary.  If I write something, it will have to be truly escapist.

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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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October Submission Blitz 2015 – Success

October 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm (horror, Reviews, writing) (, , , , , , )

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Day 12 of my blitz and 12 submissions complete, several of them to pro-rate venues.  The good news is that I’ve already received two responses and both of them were acceptances.  I’ll post the details when I’m free to share them.

My scary little girl of the day is a classic C – Carrie.  Stephen King’s start as the King of Horror began  with a teenage disaster who found supernatural powers to go with her adolescent angst when she reached puberty.  Throw in a crazy zealot of a mother, school bullies and a bucket of pig’s blood and say hello to a freak out of epic proportions.

And for a bonus today, a review.  Here’s one for Ren Garcia’s Stenibelle:

With this installment Ren Garcia’s Shadow Tech Goddess series, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It had all of the wonderful world crafting and characterizations typical of his writing, but with its female protagonist/PoV, I was a little wary about how I would connect with the story.

I like to see stories that give female characters plenty of agency, especially adventure stories, and that’s difficult in the Victorian-esque patriarchal social-settings common to Garcia’s League of Elders series. It allows for dashing male heroes wielding great power and charm, but the female characters before this novel ,have been either demure, villainous, or struggling to control and wield what power they have – bordering on insane, damaged by their power or seeking isolation at the expense of their relationships.

In this vein, Stenibelle is at a disadvantage compared to her male counterparts right from the start. She starts at a major low and swings out far in the other direction to the point of arrogance and aggression, and I found myself hoping there would be some balance to come. Despite my frustration with her situation and her behaviour, the story was still very enjoyable.

At first Stenibelle didn’t have her own agency – “lesser” than her male counterparts – and she had to have an extra hand up. Considering her social setting, however, there was no way of avoiding some disadvantage because of her gender. My discomfort at her struggles is a compliment to the author’s storytelling skills – I wouldn’t have felt frustrated in the face of her circumstances if I hadn’t been so invested in the characters and the storyline.

There are other examples of empowered female characters in the story. Gwen was very strong in this book, despite getting beaten in a physical fight. Stenibelle was using unfair tactics to win and Gwen took the loss graciously without being cowed by it.

Alesta is also empowered, and my favourite character in the book. She works outside the boundaries of society because of her spiritual beliefs. She does what she feels is right and sometimes that meant being assertive. She’s quite powerful even though she is humble about it and doesn’t resort to throwing that power around carelessly.

Stenibelle, or Bel, does undergo growth of character. With the help of her friends, Bel, finds her agency and owns who she is. As Bel’s confidence grows it changes her dynamic with other characters, such as the bullying, villainous Professor Shurlamp. Shurlamp then has less power over her.

I really liked the changes that happen at this point in the book. Bel had to shake free the shackles of societal expectations and the unwarranted doubt it had created within her. Then she assumes responsibility for her fate directing the outcome of her adventure. In the end, I thought that this was one of Ren Garcia’s best stories yet. I look forward to the next one in this series.

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April Blitz – Day 21

April 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm (dark fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

I finished up my essay, finally, and sent it on its way (with two days to spare.) I don’t have high hopes of even placing as a semi-finalist in the competition, but it’s fun just trying. I’d love an outing to Toronto and the $10,000 grand prize would be like a lotto win.

My two other submissions since my last post include a Lovecraftian tale to a semi-pro venue and, after its second rejection this month, a dark fantasy story to a pro-rate venue. I have high hopes for the story. It got a “maybe” from one pro-rate venue that turned into a “no” and my latest pro-rate rejection came with a comment from the editor that it was a “perfectly good story” but that it didn’t have the feel she was looking for for the anthology (too dark perhaps?)

Only a week and a half to go and still plenty of short stories available for submission. Maybe I’ll try submitting novels in October.

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April Blitz – Day 16

April 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm (dark fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , )

Two more submissions sent – one to a pro-rate venue and the other to a charity anthology. My first rejection for the blitz finally arrived, but that just meant I got to send out that story a second time for the month.

I’m now past the halfway point. I’m almost finished polishing my essay, so that will go out soon. I haven’t run out of submissions or potential venues yet so I may or may not have to resort to submitting one or more of my novels before month’s end.

Wish me luck.

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April Blitz – Day 8

April 9, 2015 at 1:55 am (horror, writing) (, , , )

Two more short stories have gone out and I got my first “maybe” back for the month (It passed first review and is on hold for voting.) Since it’s coming from a venue which has never given me a “maybe” before, I consider this a win, even if they end up rejecting the story.

I have a good feeling about this blitz. Response has been positive so far. Let’s just hope it stays that way.

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April Blitz – Day 6

April 7, 2015 at 2:02 am (writing) (, , , , )

I sent two darker tales out over the last couple of days. One went out to a venue I’ve tried a few times before with no luck. I haven’t submitted to them in a long time. They ask for writing credits and I have many more now than I did the last time I submitted so maybe that might improve my chances. Only time will tell.

I have had a couple of friendly receipt e-mails for earlier submissions from this month. One sounded particularly positive, so we’ll see how that one pans out.

More later…

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