Thoughts

My daughter, who is nine, has recently started writing quite a bit of poetry — and some of it shows promise, especially when she stops trying to force rhymes LOL. Right now I’m just supporting her…if she keeps it up maybe someday I’ll help her revise and edit her work, but for now I don’t want to point out the weaknesses of it, I just want to foster her talent.

This morning she came to me with a new poem called ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and asked me to help her submit it to publishers.  I told her I would, though I intend to shield her from rejections as much as I can — or at least share some of my own to help dull the pain for her.  Maybe, though, those revision lessons aren’t too far in the future.

On another note it occurred to me that my writing website doesn’t actually feature any of my writing LOL I think maybe after pieces have been published if I still retain the rights to do so, I may post some of them up here.  It seems like a reasonable thing to do, doesn’t it?  I thought so too 🙂  Look for it in the future.

Trusting Your Audience

I read a lot about trusting your audience and not spelling everything out for them, and I’ve often thought that’s an area I have some difficulty in — I always want to make_absolutely_certain that everything is crystal clear…which, I think, comes from a couple years of writing for the adult entertainment industry LOL  Alas, it is often to the detriment of the story I think.

Recently I wrote a story and resisted the urge to draw everything out for my reader, trusting them to be able to put one and one together and get two.  I took a deep breath and submitted it to a publisher — who rejected it.  However, I got some very enlightening feedback regarding it — it seems I may have left too much unsaid this time.

I think it’s going to take some practice to get the balance right on this one LOL

There’s Always a Catch Accepted

My short story, “There’s Always a Catch” has been accepted at Mount Zion Speculative Fiction — yay!  I’m very excited not only because it’s another awesome publication credit in a great magazine but because part of my payment is a contributor’s copy, and I wanted to read the magazine anyway 🙂

Yes, I really am that easy to please.

I’m not sure when it’s due to be published, but to say that I’m happy would be a serious understatement.

Big Bear Accepted at T-Zero

“Big Bear” is a flash story I wrote based on my time working as a bartender in little village called Milo.  I worked as a bartender there for a few years (three I think) and in that time I gathered enough material to create boat-loads of incredible characters.

Right now I’m pretty stoked about the story because it’s been accepted for publication at T-Zero which is a paying market *cheers* Rumor is the story will be in the May issue — I’ll keep you updated for sure.

Accepted at SHINE

My poem, Sandcastle #5, has been accepted for publication in the Summer issue of SHINE.  This is the second time this haiku will have been published, which, as you can imagine, makes me very happy 🙂

I’ll link directly to the poem when it goes live in June 🙂

Accepted at Static Movement

My poem, Vampiric Fluff, has been accepted at Static Movement 🙂  I’m not sure when it will be published because they have an automated system for submissions, so I’ve not actually spoken to anyone directly yet.  Yay!  There is something really awesome about having a story or poem reprinted — it’s very satisfying to know that someone likes it well enough they don’t mind that they aren’t the first person to publish it 🙂

Submission Tracking Update

I sent an email to Writer’s Market support on March 7th about not being able to add markets any more and on the 9th I got a reply, a very personalized, polite reply. I will share part of that here:

We’re currently fixing a huge customer database/customer service application tied to WritersMarket.com, which will significantly increase the customer service aspect of the site. When that is finished and tested (currently projected at 4/15-4/20), Add-a-Market is the very first thing on our list. It’s a much smaller job compared to the customer service application; so it should be done fairly soon after that mid-April customer service deadline. I know that still feels like a very long time (at least it does to me), but we are working to get it on there asap. In fact, we’re planning on adding it to the favorites folder part of the site, so that you only have to “add-a-market” one time, even if it’s one you submit to multiple times, and that will also allow you the ability to keep all your favorite markets together, whether they’re listed on our site or not.

That seems more than reasonable, so my current plan is to renew my Writer’s Market account and use it — but also report my stats to Duotrope and make donations there, because I really enjoy being able to see each market’s average response time and acceptance ratios.

I write, I edit and I take a lot of naps.

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