October Submission Blitz – Scary Scarecrows

October 30, 2013 at 2:03 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

Three more days, three more submissions (and two more rejection letters – but it is what it is.) I hadn’t been planning on submitting novels as part of this blitz, but I got a rejection back from Baen for Elements of Genocide and then found out Angry Robot had an open submission window. I really want to find EoG a home – I don’t like having it sit and gather dust on my shelf so I decided to try it out on Angry Robot. That meant writing a two page synopsis, my least favourite submission task. I find tackling the synopsis more difficult that writing and editing the 100,000+ word novel the synopsis covers. But I hunkered down and got it done. Even if I don’t get it published soon, I feel rewarded each time I get someone to read it, whether it ends up rejected or not.

The second novel submission was actually a query in response to a publisher soliciting a novel. This is only the second time I’ve had this happen, so I jumped on it and suggested “Sleep Escapes Us” for review. We’ll see if there’s interest there. I have my fingers crossed.

My third submission was the third resubmission for one of my shorts. Maybe the third time will be the charm.

My horror trope today is scary scarecrows. This trope seems to crop up everywhere. From the classic Pumpkinhead to a myriad of Halloween-themed tales in anthologies and podcasts the scary scarecrow shows its spooky face all over the place. Considering they are designed to frightened, it’s no surprise that they are inherently creepy.

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October Submission Blitz – Perverse Puppet

October 27, 2013 at 11:53 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , , , )

When it rains it pours, and I could have used a rejection umbrella. Four rejections arrived in two days – one from a novel submission back in April. I’ve gotten used to rejection but they were all form rejection letters which is unpleasant. A little bit of feedback goes a long way.

Not that I would ever let that dissuade me. “Zuka’s Misfortune” went out along with a new podcast submission and a story that had been accepted as a result of the last blitz but came back to me when the anthology was cancelled.

Besides, this has been a year of firsts, despite having a surplus of grief. A few more steps towards that goal of good exposure, proper distribution and name recognition. A writer has to make the best of the positive and to shake off the negative. It’s easy to get discouraged in this industry.

My horror trope for today is the perverse puppet. Chucky might come to mind, but he’s more of a doll than a puppet. There are plenty of stories and movies involving ventriloquist dummies, haunted or possessed much like Chucky, who torment the protagonist or who go on a serial killer spree. I think there’s a simple transition here, because most of us find the dummies creepy to begin with.

Four submissions left to go and I have three things available to submit, so I need to work on one last short before NaNo begins. I’ll share this last story idea with you once I’ve figured it out,

Back to writing.

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October Submission Blitz – Ominous Fog

October 24, 2013 at 2:19 am (dark fantasy, horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

I sent out “Amnesty” for the third time this blitz, and made more progress on “Zuka’s Misfortune”. Only a few more days to go and then I may take a stab at NaNoWriMo. I have a novel that needs finishing so if I do choose to go for the 50,000 it won’t require a lot of preparation. The question stands as to whether or not I’ll have the drive to make it this year. It wavers from day to day.

A third anthology for the month containing one of my stories was released today. You can find Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers at this link. This comes along with the two earlier releases this month, Dark Moon Digest #13 and Dead North.

Today’s horror trope is an ominous fog. This is an oldie but goodie, a classic trope that dates back to the days of black and white flicks, rolling in to add atmosphere and hide things from view for increased suspense. Some stories and movies have expanded the trope to become the dominant feature in the plot, like in “The Fog” or one of my favourites “The Mist.”

I’m hoping to hear back on a couple more submissions before month’s end – fingers crossed.

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