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Fun for Friday: October 2021 Writing Prompts

| October 1, 2021

This year, I’m going all in for Halloween-themed prompts for the month of October. These are compiled from other creators; specifically, column 1 is Mab’s Drawlloween Club, column 2 is Creeptober from Kick in the Creatives, and column 3 is from Drawlloween.com. The format of these is slightly different from my normal single word format, […]

“Superstitions” at Manawaker Studios Flash Fiction Podcast

| June 8, 2021

My story of ships, magic, and rats has been podcast! You can find “Superstitions” at Manawaker Studios Flash Fiction Podcast. “Superstitions” started as a Drawlloween piece in 2018. It was published in Theme of Absence in early 2020, and now it’s got an audio version for folks who prefer to listen to stories read to them. […]

Two New Stories Out!

| December 29, 2020

After I posted my list of 2020 short story publications, I had two more flash fiction pieces come out! Both of these were Drawlloween stories from 2018, which might have been my most successful monthly writing challenge to date–I’ve sold 13 of the 31 pieces I started that month! “Maija Spencer, Internet Witch” is a […]

October 2020 recap

| November 5, 2020

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 109 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 59 Stories withdrawn: 2 Resubmissions: 99 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 147 Pretty good month by the numbers. I’m getting more stuff out there, even if it’s not immediately leading to more […]

What If I’m a Merfolk?: Big Fish

| October 20, 2020

The new story that appears in What If I’m a Merfolk? is “Big Fish,” which is a very short flash piece. It’s told in an unusual style for me, in that it’s a first person story in which the narrator responds to unstated questions from an unseen and unheard second character. But for this story, […]

Fun for Friday: October 2020 Writing Prompts

| September 25, 2020

It’s my favorite time of the year: Halloween! I’m ready for lots of spooky writing prompts and other autumnal delights! This month, the words in the first column come from Millennial Boss’s Simple Drawing Prompts. Words in the second column are the words that I’ve come up with, steering clear of the October theme of […]

October 2019 Recap

| November 5, 2019

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 164 Acceptances received: 4 (+5) Rejections received: 80 (+5) (+1) Stories withdrawn: 3 Resubmissions: 89 New Submissions: 5 Stories out at the end of the month: 163 October was a much more typical month than September was, in that I didn’t finish a whole […]

Fun for Friday: October 2019 Writing Prompts

| September 27, 2019

October is my favorite month of the year, because it culminates in Halloween. It’s also a month with a whole lot of art challenges themed to the spooky season. So this month’s writing prompts come from Mab’s Drawlloween Club, Inktober, and Sari’s Artober. There’s a little bit of repetition amongst the lists, but for most […]

“Brick-Red Love” out now!

| April 16, 2019

My flash fiction piece, “Brick-Red Love” went live on The Arcanist on April 12th. You can check it out here! This was one of my Drawlloween stories, based on a prompt of “bride.” In the context of Drawlloween, I’m sure it was meant to be Bride of Frankenstein, but I took a lot of my […]

November 2018 recap

| December 4, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 32 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 28 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 30 New Submissions: 12 Stories out at the end of the month: 46 November was a busy month for submissions, as I finished up a bunch of my Drawlloween pieces (10 stories and […]