December and Dark Corners

December 3, 2016 at 12:28 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

darkcornersI know this has been my first blog post in some time and it’s not because I participated in Nanowrimo this year (I didn’t). Rather, real life had me busy. An issue with my well/running water that had to be resolved before the ground froze for the winter had me (and to a larger extent, my husband) occupied on the home front for over a week.

Meanwhile, having to move offices (for a third time since I started my current job) meant numerous missed breaks and lunch hours and just a general sense of feeling burnt out at the end of the work day – so any blog posts got put on hold for sometime.

December won’t be much better, time wise. Commitments for the holidays, Christmas shopping and trying to fulfill the act from my daily act of kindness advent calendar doesn’t leave much wiggle room for writing or blogging, but I’ll do my best to squeeze some in.

On a happy note, I did keep up with my short fiction writing in November. One of my blitz acceptances (from a rejection the publisher retracted the day after it was sent – a first for me) came with a request for a sequel short, so I completed that. I hope they like it. I added a bit of plot and character complexity that they might appreciate, or it may put them off. I’ll wait and see.

I also worked on a sci-fi story for a selective call for submissions (a call extension by invitation only) with an impending deadline. Writing to a requested theme can be tricky – I have a tendency to skirt the edges of the topic to avoid being boxed in, which doesn’t always work in my favour. The story ended up nice and tight though, so I’m hopeful it has a chance.

And in other news, November saw a new story release. My horror short story, “On the Tip of her Tongue” is now available in the latest Dark Corners anthology, dedicated to the original editor, who sadly passed away before the anthology saw the light. Thanks to his wife and others committed to seeing the anthology’s completion, his efforts won’t go to waste.

I’ll try to get in a few updates in December, but if blog posts are limited, I’ll make up for it in January with my first annual winter submission blitz. I’m aiming for 100 submissions next year. Let’s see if I can make it happen.

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Off to a Start

January 21, 2016 at 12:14 am (Links, writing) (, , , , , )

11411625_828063760601992_934110053421441574_oI was planning to save my next blog post for the next anthology release. It’s now available so here’s a link to the latest charity anthology from Grinning Skull Press.

I’m still waiting on three other releases from three other publishers. One is going through the editing process now. One was tied up by legal issues that have been settled but required some reworking as a result. The other has hit multiple unfortunate obstacles, but hopefully will soon see the light. Almost everything is in place but no release date has actually been set for any of them…so I sit…and I wait. Okay, I’m not simply sitting, but more about that later.

I have a couple of stories I was trying to decide if I should submit to another publisher. One got mixed reviews from test readers that spawned some doubts. A part of me wishes I could expand the story a little more but I ran into the top end of the word count restrictions and despite editing efforts, I couldn’t find enough give. I decided to send it in “as is.” The last time I was foiled by word count limitations, the editor who eventually accepted the story gave me leeway to go a bit bigger so that I could expand on what I had a little. This submission is to the same publisher but a different editor, so I can’t expect the same consideration.

The other story is based on true events and outside my normal genre. I already had one rejection from that venue and I’m not sure why. They said they liked my writing but passed on the story. I’m not sure if this new attempt is more like what they wanted or even farther off base.

That, and with winter’s snow comes the wall I often hit this time of year. I don’t know if I suffer from SAD, but I get a bit mopey in the winter and that dulls the enthusiasm I need to push things out, It’s the reason I prefer spring and fall submission blitzes, Summer is for gardening and winter is for glum.

In my attempt to combat that glum, I continue with jugger on Sundays and I have tried out trabampolining (as my friend, Gil, likes to call it) and dodgeball I’m hoping the best cure for the winter blahs is staying active and attempting to have fun (I’m not a huge fan of dodgeball but it was fun because nobody cared how bad I was.) I’m not sure if staying active is working. Time will tell.

I hope I can figure out what does work by February. I have two weeks off then, and I want to make the most of them.

More later…

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Solutions not Resolutions – News and Winter Blues:

January 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm (horror, The Snowy Barrens trilogy, writing) (, , , , , , , , , )

I don’t deal well with winter – I honestly wish I could hibernate and wake up come spring much thinner and refreshed. Instead, the nasty cold weather and dismally gray days suck away all of my creative juices and leave me one anti-social sourpuss. I’m usually left with three options: try to force away the gloom by taking a couple of art breaks (and neglecting my blog and other forms of social media in the process), focus on less creative tasks like editing and reading/reviewing (I’m doing that) and hole up in a pseudo-hibernation (which never makes me thinner, but keeps me from growling at people.) I’m working on prepping The Blood Runs Deep for release (it makes me melancholic – I miss these characters so much) and keeping to myself while gather resources for next month’s “Love and Hawthorne” theme. It means missing the odd day’s blog post, but better that than going on some awful cranky rant, which I’m prone to do this time of year.

On a happy front, I have good news. Slices of Flesh, the Dark Moon Books anthology in which my flash fiction horror tale “What I’ve Gots in my Pocketses” appears, made it onto the preliminary ballot for anthologies for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards (woo woo!). This is just as their Mistresses of the Macabre anthology, which contains my ghastly tale “Orbs”, is approaching release. It sounds like it is going to be one very special anthology. Masked Mosaics, an anthology containing my flash fiction “A Face in the Wind” from Canadian press, Tyche Books is also revving up for a February release.

If I wasn’t suffering from the winter blahs, I’d be giddy.

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