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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the cover reveal

Keeping QuietSo, yesterday, if you noticed, was the cover reveal for The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet. But I’ll add it in here, just in case you missed it.

The scheduled release date is June 24, 2014, so stay tuned. It will be available in e-format and print, and so far it’s been a grand adventure pulling this all together.

In other news I got another new story submitted, which made up for the three that were rejected. I also pulled a story from a market that had it for a very, very long time. It was, in theory, short-listed. But since this particular market has had long stretches of silence, I thought it better to pull it and do something else with it.

Plus, the editor at Fantasy Scroll Magazine asked me to do an author interview that will run in the issue with the story I sold them last week.

Writing Work:

  • Lots of proofing, lots of typo catching, lots of “What on earth is wrong with my spine?” (the book’s spine that is, not my own)

Submissions:

  • A (K)night in the Royal Arms (new story!)

Rejections:

  • Five to Freedom
  • What Little Remains
  • The Perfect Canvas

Acceptances:

Publications:

  • None

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Publication: Elvis Has Left the Building

Elvis Has Left the Building

Elvis Has Left the Building

Here it is!

Elvis hits the virtual stands today at Untreed Reads. Curious about what you might get for fifty cents (that’s right, 5-0 cents)? Well, here you go:

Second generation Elvis impersonator, Elliot, is content with his small-town circuit and regular gigs at the Holiday Inn, until he attracts a fan who has never heard of the King.

But stepping free of the shadow cast by both his father and Elvis may prove to be impossible.

To get Elvis Has Left the Building for fifty cents, click on through to the Untreed Reads site. You can buy it in all major e-formats (Nook, Kindle, iPad) and for Kindle and Nook users, there’s a new functionality that lets you send the story directly to your reader.

Once you reach the checkout, you’ll have the option to download the file to your computer or send it to your e-reader (Nook or Kindle) directly.

I tried it. It’s really cool. Plus, you get a far better deal.  You can’t even get a cup of coffee for fifty cents these days. But for that price, you can take Elvis with you anywhere.

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 23 the one with hot goblin action

Week 23! A fun week with The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen. No doubt all the other writers are crafting prose that illuminates the human condition. I, on the other hand, write a story that involves hot goblin action. Really.

That being said, I don’t necessarily mean action of the bow-chicka-wow-wow variety. Still. The story has a goblin. Who’s hot. In more ways than one.

I also wrote two flash fiction fairy tale type of things. There’s a third I hope to write that goes with the first two.

On top of this, I wrote ~ 3,000 more words in Pansy and even better I know how it ends.

Writing:

Submissions:

  • The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty ~ reprint market! I sent it to Drabblecast and wonders of wonders, it made it through the first round, so now I wait some more with fingers crossed.

Rejections:

  • Filling The Space
  • The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date

Acceptances:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 22 the one where it turns into June

Week 22! I woke up yesterday and all of a sudden it was June. How on earth did that happen? Wasn’t it just May (like two days ago or something)?

I totally wrote myself into a corner with Pansy this week. I was chugging along and then had the thought, if I write the scene this way, I have no idea how to get them out of it. Then I shrugged and did it anyway.

After my writing session, the solution smacked me in the head. The funny thing? The answer was in the very first scene I wrote, back when Pansy was supposed to be a response to a flash fiction prompt (and 43,000 words later …).

This book is weird. In more ways than one.

Writing:

Submissions:

  • Playing Soldier

Rejections:

  • Playing Soldier ~ I like those fast markets–no messing around for them.
  • The Weight of Secrets ~ this was actually a rejection from last week that I forgot about. Another benefit of Write 1/Sub 1–you totally forget the rejections the second they happen.

Acceptances:

  • None

Other:

So. Yeah. I won that pitch contest I entered. And now I’m thinking … thoughts. Not necessarily deep thoughts, mind you. Still. I’m thinking them.

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 21 the one with a long weekend

Week 21! I’m still working on Pansy, as you can see. I’m maintaining a good pace–not writing so much that I burn out, but enough that I don’t get all twitchy, either.

I’m also all signed up for The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen, which starts next Saturday.

And … I wrote a blog post that wasn’t a check in, so there’s that as well.

Writing:

Rejections:

  • Leap of Faith
  • The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date ~ very nice rejection from UFO2 anthology. Not quite funny enough, but Alex did call it a beautiful story. He invited me to submit something else, but I have nothing that is both speculative and funny. Maybe by the time UFO3 rolls around.

Submissions:

  • The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date ~x2. Since this came back in a day, I decided to send it back out again.

Acceptances:

  • None

Other:

I got the most charming sorry you didn’t win, but … note about The Life Expectancy of Fireflies:

Although the four finalists have been selected from the sea of talented entries, we wanted to let you know that your piece sparked conversation between the editors and is still being considered for possible publication online. With that in mind, we ask that you hang in there like a kitten on a tree branch while we sort the details out. Thanks for participating. You are magical.

I haven’t heard back yet, so we’ll see what we’ll see, won’t we.

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 20 the one with an accidental novel

Week 20! This is the week I hang my head in shame. Did I stop writing? No, quite the contrary. This is the week I admit that what I have on my hands is a novel. Worse, it’s a very strange novel.

Yes, I know. I’m not sure I can truly count it as a “write 1” but there you go. I mean, what am I going to do? Not write? Given the choice, I will always go with the writing.

Writing:

  • Pansy~ 7,200 words.

Rejections:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies ~ I don’t have the official status yet, but I know the outcome. It made the “long list” (top fifty) in the Women On Writing Flash Fiction contest, but not the top ten (which includes publication). That is made any sort of list at all is nothing short of amazing. You’ll see below why I’m counting it here.

Submissions:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies ~ there was another contest where I wanted to submit it. This worked out rather neatly.

Acceptances:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 19 the one with a revised novel

Week 19! What a week. A software release at work (this is no small thing) and revisions on Speechless. Plus, I managed to write a short story and submit two.

I credit this to my participation in Write 1/Sub 1. Sure, the accountability factor helps. But it’s more than that.

In a way, the slow and steady writing is a lot like exercise. When you need to give it your all and run the race as fast as you can, you’re in shape for it. While I’m looking forward to relaxing and filling the creative well (so to speak), I don’t feel burnt out from this round of revisions.

Writing:

  • Sunset~ 1,200 words.
  • Revisions on Speechless, edits up to the end. As tempting as it was to rush, I kept a steady pace. I ended up adding about 8,000 words to the story (this is a good thing) and I’m pleased. I’m also looking forward to relaxing a bit.

Rejections:

  • Just a Matter of Time ~ not surprised, it was a long shot.

Submissions:

  • Filling the Space
  • The Patron Saint of Lost Things

Acceptances:

  • None

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