Fae Comes out Today!

My very first story in actual honest-to-goodness print came out today!  I’ll admit I kind of feel like a real writer holding bound pages with the words I though up on them.

The story is F.C.U. and is part of the World Weaver Press anthology Fae, edited by the amazing Rhonda Parrish.

For anyone interested in checking out Fae, just follow the link to the official press release.  There’s a few reviews and links to multiple formats the book can be purchased in.  Enjoy.

FAE Release 7-22-14

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Only 16 Days Late

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blogs…  Ugh, I can’t keep them all straight.  Which is why it’s taken me 16 days to finely get an update on here about my latest story.

Echo and Yankee is a quirky little story I wrote a while back, had rejected a few times, then kind of forgot about (I have many of those).  Then one day I was trolling Submission Grinder and found Toasted Cake Podcast.  Of Course the name caught my attention.

I clicked through and found a neat podcast site looking for odd, quirky stories.  I decided to send in Echo and Yankee and see what happened.  It wasn’t going to get published just sitting on my hard drive, after all.

Turned out they liked it and on May Fourth (Star Wars Day, I might add.  May the Fourth be with you) they published it as a podcast!  My very first.  If you want to give it a listen, you can check it out here.

If having my first podcast wasn’t exciting enough, I got another surprise a few days later.

I was checking the stats on my blog (yep, I do that.  Fortunately, there’s rarely many to check (wink, wink)) and I noticed a click over from a site called Fanny pack Mafia.

You know I just had to check it out.

So it turned out I found a blog entry, on a total stranger’s site, about me!

Dave Caolo, Fanny Pack’s host, had heard Echo and Yankee at Toasted Cake, liked it and decided to check out my site (which is, of course, why I should really try to keep the darn thing up to date).  He read my About page and was impressed that I attribute my interest in writing to Dungoens and Dragons; so much so that he decided to write about it!  I am toataly flatered.  You can check out Dave’s blog post here.

Well, that’s about it for now.  I’ll try to be a little more prompt next time…  Of course, spreading out the good news like this does give me something to do between reading rejection emails.

There’s so many rejection emails!

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Darn You Netflix

I’ve decided the proprietors of Netflix are on a mission to derail my writing.  If it wasn’t for them, I might have gotten this post about my latest story up sooner.. not 10 days after it came out.

Yeah, that’s why.  It has nothing to do with my hopeless procrastination.

Regardless of the reason, here’s the link to my latest story:  One Night in the Trench over at T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog.

T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog is a new site with a great mission; publishing family friendly fiction.  I love how Mr. Davis sums up what family friendly is on the submissions page:   A general rule is that if I’d turn red while reading it aloud to my mother and my daughter, then it won’t be accepted.

That’s probably a good guideline for a lot of things in life, not just reading out loud.

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Almost Completed NaNoWriMo and a Couple Other Updates

First things first:

No, I did not manage to write 50,000 words in November, I only did 48,005.  So close, I know, but not quite close enough.  I’m not disappointed though.  I’ve got the start of what might (with lots of editing) someday turn into, hopefully, a halfway decent novel.  But more importantly, I’m on my way to developing a habit for writing.  While I didn’t make my final word count, I did make most (but obviously not quite all) my daily goals.  During NaNoWriMo I learned to write even when I wasn’t really ‘feeling’ it and I learned to accept a first draft is just that, a draft, it doesn’t need to be perfect, that’s what editing is for.  I plan to keep those lessons in mind as I continue the novel I started (I will finish my novel.. I will finish my novel..) and also work on other writing projects.

Now on to a couple other things:

I’ve had a couple more stories published.  The first is Solo, published on Perihelion Science Fiction’s Shorter Stories page.  The second story, Live from the Past, is in the first issue of Lakeside Circus, a new quarterly from Dagan Books.

And one last bit of news:

I just found out more story The Traditional Taste, published earlier this month, came in second place in Fiction Vortex’s November fiction contest.  They had some really nice things to say about my odd Robot drinks Coffee story over on their blog.

Well, that’s it for now.  Back to writing.

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The Traditional Taste

I just thought I’d take a moment away from my first year attempt at NaNoWriMo (day five and still on track, yeah) to share the link to my latest short story The Traditional Taste.  It went up this morning at the great Fiction Vortex website.

The Traditional Taste combines two of my favorite things; coffee and robots.

Hopefully, that alone will compel you to check it out.

Well, back to NaNoWriMo.

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A Husband’s Hobby

So this post is a little late in coming, my story A Husband’s Hobby came out in the first volume of Geek Force Five at the beginning of the month.  Yeah.

A Husband’s Hobby is a story I actually wrote quite awhile ago mostly to get out of a slump and then sat on my hard drive for months.  When I found Geek Force Five’s call for submissions on Submission Grinder I thought it might fit right in.  Apparently the editors thought so too.

Letting the story sit turned out to be a good thing.  After so many months of it being out of my head I was able to look at it with new eyes and make some improvements that turned out to work.  The biggest difference between the final draft and the version that sat on my computer is the ending.  I have a tendency to not start a short story until I know exactly where it’s going to go.  Sometimes that seems to work, but lately I’m discovering I might be a little to dedicated to an ending that doesn’t provide the best impact.  Definitely something I’m going to keep in mind from now on.. and just maybe it will help me get more acceptance letters.

For anyone interested in checking out A Husband’s Hobby and the other great stories in Geek Force Five, there’s a link to Volume One on the Story Links page.

 

 

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Facebook Page

So I started a Facebook page for me as a writer (separate from my personal page).  I’ll admit, I felt a little silly doing it, but seeing as Facebook is where I get most of my updates on authors and publications, I thought it was about time I started one for myself. We’ll see how it goes.

Here’s a link to my page.

Wow, I suddenly feel like a grade schooler:  “Boy, I sure hope somebody likes me.”

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