January 26, 2014 · 11:25 am
So … I wrote a lot this week (but I’m not sure how much, I haven’t counted the words yet) and I’m this close to finishing my story. I still think I might not be writing as much as I could be. But then, I always think that. I could write an entire novel in a single week, and still think that. So. Yeah.
I did do some revising work on another story and I hope to send that out in a day or two.
I also spent a lot of time working through InDesign tutorials. I really love this program and I’m enjoying myself so much, but there’s a lot to learn as well.
In other news, I think we’re all officially sick of winter. You know things are bad when the kids are upset about missing school.
- Lawn Mower Serenade ~ still in progress
- The Girl with the Piccolo (audio market)
- The Life Expectancy of Fireflies
- The Girl with the Piccolo
January 19, 2014 · 11:09 am
It’s hard to complain when your week includes two publications. It’s even harder when the universe lines up those publications just so. This week I saw not one, but two, military-themed publications.
In writing news, I am seriously inching my way through my story, as you can see. It’s still a work in progress. I’m almost tempted to go back on the weekly challenge, except I am also learning/teaching myself Adobe InDesign.
So, I’m not slacking … yet. And I’m really loving InDesign. Plus, it all contributes to my plan to take over the world.
Okay, maybe not that.
- Lawn Mower Serenade ~ still in progress–I am inching my way through this story.
- The Life Expectancy of Fireflies
- Incriminating Evidence
Filed under Promo, Write 1/Sub 1, Writing
Tagged as Army, Desert Storm, Every Day Poets, flash fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Reading, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Writing
January 17, 2014 · 11:12 am
That’s right! I have two, count them, two publications out today. And in a crazy bit of synchronicity, they are both military-themed.
- My Desert Storm poem, Breakfast in the Desert, is live over at Every Day Poets. That they picked today simply proves they are a pretty clever bunch over there. (See this Wikipedia article to see what I mean.)
- My flash fiction/vignette, Playing Soldier, appears in Issue #9 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.
This is a pretty terrific way to start a Friday.
January 12, 2014 · 10:15 am
Oh, but it was cold this week! The kids got two extra days tacked onto their holiday break, which made them happy. But it was so cold that there was no sense in doing anything with those extra days, except shiver and bundle up.
Even so, I managed to get some writing in–not a complete story, but I hope to finish it this week. Also! I had a rewrite/resubmit request, and I’m thrilled to announced I sold Straying from the Path to Flash Fiction Online.
- Lawn Mower Serenade ~ in progress
January 5, 2014 · 11:49 am
New year, new challenge! I’m holding steady with Write 1/Sub 1 this year. However, I’m going to switch to the monthly challenge.
One thing that started happening near the end of last year was I found myself either short-changing stories, or–even worse–not starting stories I sensed would run longer than what I could write in a week.
Plus, I have a backlog of stories, some still longhand in various notebooks, and I need to get those shaped up and shipped out.
I’m going to keep the weekly check in. I’m hoping it will keep me honest and on track. If I succumb to my Gen-X slacker ways, I will put myself back on the weekly challenge.
And I started 2014 with one publication and an acceptance, and no rejections. It doesn’t get much better than that.
- Two stories into electronic format
- One shaped up to submit
- The Perfect Canvas
- The Madness in King’s End
- Inside Out
January 2, 2014 · 2:57 pm
A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots is live over at Timeless Tales Magazine! This is my retelling of the Puss in Boots fairy tale.
When I sat down to familiarize myself with the story, I couldn’t help but notice that all the humans were morons and the cat was pretty much your classic a-hole. Why, oh why? I wondered. Why would the king foist his daughter onto a complete stranger with a made-up name? Why is the princess a simpleton who cares only about a handsome face? Why is the cat even involved?
I simply had to write the story to answer these questions for myself. If you’re curious, click on through and read my (tongue in cheek) take on the old French fairy tale.