My First Cover

I got my first cover today πŸ™‚ “Sister Margaret” was published in the December 2007 issue of Pantechnicon and as if that weren’t wonderful enough, it was chosen as the cover story. I am over the moon with happiness! See that? I’m so happy I don’t even mind that I’m using cliches πŸ™‚

If you click on the image above it will take you to a larger version of itself. Yay! I’m so happy. Best of all, Pantechnicon is free so if you’d like to check out my story, or any of the other awesome works of fiction in it, you can do it easily by clicking any of the links to it. Like this one –> Pantechnicon!

Inspiration Accepted at NewMyths

W00t! Not very professional, I know, but I really needed this day to end on a high note and it has courtesy of an acceptance notice from NewMyths for my poem, Inspiration. Yay! The release of the issue with Inspiration is TBA, but I’m just happy to be accepted again and looking forward to seeing my poem grace the pages of NewMyths once again.

So I reiterate — W00t!

Early Christmas Present?

I was checking the stats for this domain the other day and I noticed that a lot of the search engine hits I get are people looking for Christmas Scripts. I show up in the results because of the entries I made last year regarding my short kids play, Aurora The Littlest Reindeer.

With that in mind I’ve decided to put “Aurora” up for any teachers or non-profit groups who may be looking for a secular Christmas play. Please remember to give me credit where it’s due and enjoy.

Aurora The Littlest Reindeer
The play is a short piece about the littlest reindeer at the North Pole. Most days she doesn’t mind being the littlest so much, but on Christmas Eve, when everyone is busy with an important job but her, being little makes her very sad. By the end of the play, however, after her differences save Christmas, she realizes that maybe being different isn’t so bad after all.

Tapestry on Oysters and Chocolate

I just got an email from the wonderful editors of “Oysters and Chocolate” accepting another of my poems for thier site. “Tapestry”, yet another BDSM flavored poem is due to grace their pages in February of 2008. I really love this market, as you may have noticed. It’s professional, paying and they respond to submissions in a reasonable amount of time. Tapestry is my third poem to be accepted there and I hope it won’t be the last.

The Sepultress

I am incredibly proud to have my poem, The Sepultress, in the inaugural issue of New Myths. I think the editor, Scott Barnes, described it incredibly well when he called it “cute and grotesque”.

I started writing it when I was at the coast this summer. I was actually trying to write a sci-fi sonnet for the SFPA sonnet contest but I re-discovered that I really have a profound dislike for iambic pentameter so I reverted to my favorite — iambic tetrameter. Oh, so comfortable πŸ™‚

Anyway, I hope you like it πŸ™‚

Sister Margaret Accepted at Pantechnicon

One of my favorite short stories, that I’ve written anyway, has been accepted at Pantechnicon for their December issue. I’ll be sure and post a link when it goes live. I’m incredibly flattered to have my story reprinted at Pantechnicon as there is no disputing the quality of the fiction they publish.

Yay!

Also yay is that so far I have continued to resist the urge to revise Blood and Stone. So far. That’s related because Sister Margaret is one of the short stories I’m considering including. πŸ™‚

Rough Copy = Done

I finished my NaNoWriMo novel yesterday, and simultaneously finished the rough copy of Blood and Stone. I’m very excited and sorely tempted to start revising it right away — I know, “they” say you should let it sit for a little while, but I don’t know if “they” are as impatient as I am.

My current plan is to go through and integrate the notes for changes I’ve got stuck on post-its all around my computer before I lose them, then I’ll put it away until it’s my turn to submit to my writing group again (two weeks from now). That’s when I’ll start revising.

In the meantime I’m starting a new erotic novel. It will be a nice break from Aphanasia, and as much as I love Aphanasia, I really need that break.

Accepted @ Shine

I’ve been lucky enough to have two pieces accepted for the January issue of Shine πŸ™‚ My flash piece, “Not So Smart” will be published as will a short and, sadly, true poem called “Coffee”. I will, of course, post a link when they go live, but in the meantime I just wanted to brag a little πŸ™‚

In an unrelated note (I swear it’s unrelated) Shine is having a flash fiction contest. I can’t enter because since I am such a regular submitter Pamela has asked me to be a judge. I’m incredibly flattered and I can’t wait to read all the entries — but if you write flash fiction you should enter. There’s no entry fee and there are some pretty good prizes, so head on over and check it out.

In NaNoWriMo news my word count is just over 43,000 words and my daughter, who is ten and set herself a word goal of 10,000 is at just over 4,000 πŸ™‚ Yay!

I tried to enable commenting on this post but in less than two hours I’d already been swamped with spam. Sorry πŸ™

The Doll Published At Burst

The Doll, is now live at Burst. I’m very happy with this story, when you start reading it, it may sound somewhat familiar, a bit like “A Merry Christmas” or “This Year’s Toy” but keep reading — you’ll be surprised, pleasantly I hope LOL

In other news, I’m still working hard on my NaNoWriMo novel. So far I’m at 30,000 words, putting me at about double the word count I would need to be on track to finish in a month — yay! Best of all, I’ve read back over some of what I’ve written and it’s no worse than any other first draft, so hopefully getting it all edited and ready to shop around won’t be too painful an expirience. I’m very excited about it, in case it doesn’t show. This year for NaNo I bent a couple rules and decided to a) work on a novel-in-stories and b) work on a piece I’d already started (though I’m only counting words I’ve written since November 1st).Β  The end result is that I’m nearly done my Haven novel-in-stories which I’ve tentatively titled “Blood and Stone”.

My NaNoWriMo profile, including a short excerpt from “Blood and Stone” can be found here –> Midnyte.Β  Please take a look and send me a NaNoMail to tell me what you think. I wish I could leave this post open to comments so you could tell me here but alas, the spammersΒ  make that impossible.

Wrong Turn Published

My flash piece, Wrong Turn, is now live at Sorcerous Signals. I still like the story, shame about the second sentence though LOL Why is it I never notice these things until after they are published? Eh, my bad. Now you’re going to go read it just to see what’s wrong with the second sentence aren’t you? I’d like to tsk tsk you but I’d do to the same, so I can’t πŸ™‚ While you’re there read all the stories up for offer and be sure and vote for your favorite πŸ™‚

In other news I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year — though instead of aiming for 50,000 words I’m aiming for a completed novel-in-stories. My Haven novel-in-stories, as a matter of fact. Currently I’m at just over 2,000 words, which isn’t a bad start. I’m hoping to get about 5k today though, so keep your fingers crossed for me πŸ™‚

If anyone is interested my NaNo Profile is here and I’m always happy to have more buddies πŸ™‚