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September 2016 recap

Posted By on September 30, 2016

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 21
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 18 (+1)
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 19
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 22

The numbers for September are really clean and easy. No acceptance, but I did finish a new story (rain) and get that out for submission. The +1 under rejections is for a market that returned my story because they were revising their user agreement. They invited me to resubmit the story, but unfortunately, their new terms were not favorable. I pulled another story, which I don’t think ever got a code name, out of circulation because I’ve had several editors suggest that it ends too abruptly. Since it’s not super long at the moment, I figure I can safely write a little more on it. And I do have one story out to two markets right now–they both allow for simultaneous submissions, and I am beginning to think that the first market might be inactive.

In terms of other work, I finished the first draft of “green” and started on the first draft of “blues.” I also continued working on Camp Haunt. “Green” still needs revisions, and “blues” isn’t quite done, but it’s getting there. Both of these are historical fantasy stories–“green” is set in the 1880s, and “blues” is set vaguely in the 1920s or 1930s–I have a little bit of research to do for that one that will solidify that date. They also both have a touch of horror to them, but I wouldn’t classify them as horror stories. You’d think they’d be perfect for working on in October, but …

For October, I’m actually taking a writing break from short stories. This is primarily because I have a LOT of conventions and craft shows coming up in the next three months, one of which caught me by surprise, so I’m frantically crocheting in every spare moment. But I’ll still continue working on Camp Haunt, which I should be done writing as an epistolary serial novel by mid-October. (It will continue to be posted three times a week on Channillo for a few more months, though.) After that’s done, I’ll change gears and work on finishing my NaNoWriMo novel from 2013 (codename: Kyra), which was the last year that I “won” NaNoWriMo (finished 50,000 words). I still have about six chapters to write before the novel is done, though, which makes it the novel I’m closest to having completely done. So it’s first on my plate for finishing. I’ll return to short stories (and continue working on this novel) in November.

August 2016 recap

Posted By on August 31, 2016

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 23
Acceptances received: 2
Rejections received: 17
Stories withdrawn: 0 (2)
Resubmissions: 17
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 21

August’s submissions look about right to me. I had a photograph that I submitted as part of the 31/31 writing challenge accepted, so that’s one of my two acceptances. The other is that my story, “Nochevieja,” is going to appear in Cobalt City Christmas 2: Christmas Harder. It’s a fun little Huntsman story featuring Sarah Castile home for the holidays, and the Castile family’s New Years Eve tradition, stemming from their Spanish ancestry. (This was also my one new submission for the month.)

The withdrawn stories were not withdrawn per se, but I have a couple of stories that I’ve been trying to sell as reprints that I have pulled from circulation because I’m running out of markets that will take reprints of their length/publication history/etc. They’re just on hold, though–something is likely to open up eventually that will have an interest in them, I’m sure!

Outside of the submissions, I finished the first draft of “rain,” and started writing “green.” I’ve also been chugging along on my serial novel, Camp Haunt, and I’ve come up with a plan to start working on some of my old neglected novels. We’ve also been chugging away on getting Fitting In (for MSJ) ready to publish, and I’ve been helping Jeremy keep his stories/publishing on track.

For September, my plan is to finish the first draft of “green,” start the first draft of “blues,” and revise “rain.” I’ll also keep on trucking with Camp Haunt, and another project that’s been simmering in the background, which I’m not quite at a point that I can announce officially.

“Miasma” at Liquid Imagination

Posted By on August 30, 2016

My short story, “Miasma,” has just been reprinted by Liquid Imagination, along with a super creepy piece of artwork! This is a reprinted story that originally appeared in NonBinary Review in their King in Yellow issue. Oddly, I have a couple other King in Yellow stories or other projects in the works right now, or nearby on the horizon … sometimes things just really stick with you!

July 2016 recap

Posted By on August 2, 2016

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 20
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 19
Stories withdrawn: 1
Resubmissions: 21
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 23

This month has mainly been about keeping stories moving–a rejection comes in, back out that story goes. I did have one story that I withdrew, as the market was unresponsive. The rights reverted on another story, so that one is back in circulation. And I finished something new!

The something new was a little bit odd. I had signed up for Zoetic Press’s Write Like You’re Alive challenge. The idea was to write something every day of the month. I did not succeed at that, though I did pretty well. Most of what I worked on was Camp Haunt. But I also submitted a photograph and my first ever legitimate attempt at writing song lyrics. (I am not counting the weird snippets of songs I wrote in college as real song lyrics, because they never got farther than perhaps one verse and a chorus… if that.)

I came very close to finishing one of my two Cobalt City stories, but I didn’t actually finish it in July. The other one got backburnered, as did “green.”

August will be dedicated to getting that second Cobalt City story into shape (maybe not quite done, but close), and starting on writing “green.” Because I’m having a surprisingly busy crafting month in August, I’m easing up on my writing schedule. But I am giving myself a personal challenge to work on more songwriting, so we’ll see what comes of that. Could end up accidentally committing poetry again. Who knows!

The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby now available!

Posted By on July 12, 2016


If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you might recognize the protagonists of my new novella, just out today! The Marsh sisters, who debuted in my very first published short story, “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” are back in action in The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby!

From the book: “Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, girl detectives, investigate a break-in at their family’s mechanical garden, and discover the culprit is a mechanical cat. After learning that the mechanical cat has only a limited power supply, they must find the cat to return it to its owner. But Dover is a big place, and there are Built Boys, a carnival, and a man called Solomon standing in their way. They’ll need help from Inspector Gaspard Greymoor and his constables in order to rescue the mechanical cat before it’s too late!”

The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby is written for a middle-grade audience. It is appropriate for kids of all ages, but it’s written at roughly a 4th grade reading level. It’s available in ebook format only, at the moment, but I hope to get it into print sooner rather than later!

June 2016 recap

Posted By on June 30, 2016

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 22
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 14
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 14
New Submissions: 0
Stories out at the end of the month: 20

(My numbers seem off, but I can’t figure out why right now.)

June wound up being a strange month, in which I didn’t get as much done as I was hoping to. I’ve been keeping up with writing Camp Haunt, which is my serialized epistolary novel on Channillo, so that’s good. I’m making progress on a couple of stories in the Cobalt City universe, but neither is done yet. But we fell behind on reading through The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, which means that’s going to be slightly delayed. We’ll probably have ebooks out in the next couple of weeks, but the print books might not be until the end of July, so not in time for the event that I wanted them for. Ah well, c’est la vie!

In the midst of all of that, I do have one acceptance that I can mention! “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue” (which serves as a sort of prequel to Tick-Tock Tabby) will be reprinted in the next Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, which is the third of that title. (I’ve also got other exciting news, but I haven’t signed the contract yet on that one, so you’ll have to wait for the official announcement soon!)

July will be more work on the Cobalt City stories and Camp Haunt. I’m also participating in the Write Like You’re Alive challenge that the fine folks at NonBinary Review are putting together. The goal is to create something every day of July, which can be writing but can also be art or something else creative. My plan is to write on my various projects AND a new story (codename: green). Assuming I can get the new story done, it will then go into an anthology that they’re putting together for those who successfully complete the challenge! Any rate, looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me!


“A Dark Place” reprinted in Disturbed Digest

Posted By on June 15, 2016

I’m happy to announce that my story, “A Dark Place,” which was originally published at Fictionvale, is now available in the June 2016 issue of Disturbed Digest. This is the second of my stories that have been reprinted by Alban Lake Publishing, and I was really pleased with how nice the print version looked! Can’t wait to have this one in my grubby little hands!


May 2016 recap

Posted By on May 31, 2016

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 20
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 13
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 15
New Submissions: 0
Stories out at the end of the month: 22

Well, I didn’t get as much done in May as I had hoped, in part because I spent a week in Kansas City for work, and got very little done in the evenings. I’m still working on finishing up “rain.” And I’ve had to back-burner “blues” because I was invited to submit a story for a small anthology that has a due date in August. But I did get my revisions mostly done on my middle reader book, and we just started on the final read-through yesterday. I’m hoping to finish that up over the next couple of weeks, hopefully with an eye toward having it out in time for an event we’re attending in mid-June (edit: July)!

We’ve also been working on Fitting In, which is the third anthology from DefCon One/Mad Scientist Journal. We’re in the editing stage currently, which is tons of work for me. But we’re on target, and chugging along quite nicely with that. I’ll be finishing up my edits in the next couple of weeks, and then hand it off to Jeremy and Matt for layout.

For my other June projects, I’m planning to finish up the first draft of “rain,” and start in on my story for the anthology invitation (codename: NYE). In addition, I’m working on an interesting epistolary serial novel that I’m planning to publish through Channillo. Channillo is a subscription-based platform, where readers pay a monthly fee in order to read a number of series. I’ve currently got Sparx and Arrows on that site, with a story appearing every two weeks for my subscribers. (Jeremy’s first novel, Kensei, is also available at Channillo, with a new chapter appearing weekly.) For my new series, which I’ve just started writing, I plan to post about 500 words in each installment, 3 times a week. With my current outline, this will end up being about 43,500 words over the course of the next several months.

Also, you might have noticed the acceptance above, and I’m pleased to say that it was a very quick turn-around from submission to acceptance to publication. “Donning the Helm,” which originally appeared in In Situ in 2011, has found a new home at 87 Bedford!

“Salt in Our Veins” is available now!

Posted By on May 4, 2016

The Future Fire has just released Fae Visions of the Mediterranean, which includes my short story, “Salt in Our Veins,” along with 23 other stories and poems. It’s available in paperback or ebook. I haven’t had a chance to read all of the other stories yet, but I’m very excited to do so soon!

I read my story at our local authors reading on Saturday. If you were there, this is the place to read the story for yourself!

April 2016 recap

Posted By on May 2, 2016

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 22
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 12
Stories withdrawn: 1
Resubmissions: 11
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 20

April was a strangely slow month. I did finish one new story and got that started in circulation. I also got an acceptance, which I’ll talk more about later, after the contract is signed. I withdrew one story that hadn’t been responded to in well over 8 months. I had a couple of rejections come in on Saturday and was too busy to get those back out, so they’ll be heading out this morning.

I started working on a new novel (briar), but after writing about 1/10th of it, I realized that I was way too busy in April to make good progress on it. May looks similarly hectic, so I may have to save this for June/July when things are more quiet for me. Instead of working on that, I started writing a new Cobalt City story (codename: rain), and I’m working on revisions to my middle reader book. I had originally hoped to find an agent for that book, but I’ve ultimately decided that I’d prefer to self publish it. It’s an awkward length for publishers, but for self publishing, there’s no such restriction!

In May, I’m planning to finish the first draft of “rain,” and pick back up with “blues,” which I started last year. The latter is a story I liked, but I was having a hard time shaping it to fit the mold that a specific call for submissions had. Now that I’m not working within those constraints, I think it’ll work much better.