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Weekly writing check-in: Steadfast

Busy week! My daughter had a dance meet this week (the first of the season) and then an invitational on Saturday. I. Am. Exhausted. You’d think I was the one doing all the dancing.

A little writing, a little work on a fairy tale project, and that’s about it. Oh, except for Steadfast, of course.

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Fairy Tale project
  • Writing ~3,000 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Moving Day

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

My story Steadfast is in the December issue of Flash Fiction Online.

The story is a modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, with a gender flip and an unapologetic happy ending. (Take that, HCA!)

Head on over and give all the stories a read.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the Flash Fiction Online anthology

Well, that was a nice surprise. Flash Fiction Online has published a 2014 anthology of their stories. And look! It has Straying from the Path. Plus? My name on the cover as well. Very, very cool.

Also, if you like to read and write flash fiction and want to study an excellent market, pick up a copy of this anthology. You’ll get a great feel for what the editors are looking for.

In other news, I didn’t quite make my 1,000 words/day goal this week, but I came close. I also did a little formatting and other whatnot in prep for this week’s Kindle Countdown Deal for The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath.

Speaking of which, three more days to enter the giveaway:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath by Charity Tahmaseb

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath

by Charity Tahmaseb

Giveaway ends January 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~6,257  words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

flash-fiction-online-2014-anthology-coverIt’s the 2014 anthology! What a cool cover.

It’s available in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF from Weightless Books. You can also grab a copy for your Kindle at Amazon as well.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the mock award

More writing this week, up about 2,000 words, for a nice 1,000 words per day pace. This, I might add, is a good pace to write at. Also, the total manuscript word count is currently at 65,065, which is so symmetrical I almost hate to add to it.

Well, almost.

This week, I also received an email from a professor at a university in Pennsylvania. She’s teaching an introduction to creative writing class, and as part of the course work, her students had to comb through online journals, find stories they liked, and then hold a mock prize committee to select the best one.

Why was she emailing me? Well, her students found my flash fiction piece, Straying from the Path, that was published last month over at Flash Fiction Online. Not only did they find it, they awarded it first place.

The professor not only sent her note, but all the commentary from her students as well. I can’t tell you what a wonderful experience that was. As a writer, you hear from critique partners, beta readers, editors, and eventually, reviewers. So seldom, if ever, do you get the chance to see your story so completely through someone else’s eyes.

In this case, several pairs of eyes. Oh, they each had their own take on the story, some I never even thought of.

All in all, it was delightful and truly made my day.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~7,214 words

Submissions:

  • None this week (soon, soon)

Rejections:

  • What Little Remains

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None, but coming this week, Sucker Literary Magazine Volume 3 will be out, with my YA novelette, Just a Matter of Time.

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Publication: Straying from the Path

Straying from the Path is live over at Flash Fiction Online! This is another fairy tale retelling, this one about Little Red Riding Hood.

Click on through to read the story and view the cool and scary artwork they paired it with.

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