Submission Tracker

I’m going mad trying to find all inclusive submissions tracker.  I used to love the one over at Writer’s Market, but then when they re-did their site they took away the ability to add markets that weren’t in their listings.  Then I started using Duotrope’s system, which totally rocks, but alas, doesn’t list all the markets I use and doesn’t seem to add new ones very quickly once I ‘suggest’ them.

My desk is getting covered with little bits of post-it notes as I try to record all the submissions that neither system will accommodate, and  all the rest of them are split between two systems — making it necessary for me to continuously cross-check everything before I can send something out.  It’s very tedious.

I think what I need to do is just create something of my own, but unfortunately I’m a bit of a technical moron.  I wouldn’t even know where to start.  I’m going to hit up my husband and see if he can whip something up for me, but he’s really busy teaching right now, so if anyone knows of a third system that might work better than the two I’m using, I’d love to hear about it before I lose my mind.

Vampiric Fluff

My poem, Vampiric Fluff, is online at Adventures for the Average Woman.  You should read it — really.  It’s pretty lighthearted and funny.  I wrote it on a lark, but when I re-read it months later I went, ‘Hey, people could read this and interpret it to mean blah blah blah’.   What’s on the surface was my intent, but hey, if you can find more meaning to it than that more power to you 🙂

When Laurie Notch emailed me this morning to let me know the online version of the magazine was live and the hardcopies in the mail, she said, “ was down in DC and Philly plugging for the magazine and already I got some wonderful commentary on your work.”

Double yay!

This is a great way to start a day 🙂

And the Machete Falls

I just heard back from Mr. Boven at Twenty3 Magazine regarding which poems of mine he’s accepted.  One of my poems about the genocide in Rwanda, ‘And the Machete Falls’ was accepted and another, far lighter, rictameter entitled ‘Coffee’ is also potentially going to be printed as well, to “bring in a lighter side to your page as well”.  To my page — how sexy is that?  I’m so excited!

My Rwandan inspired poetry is some of my best work in my opinion and is definitely the poetry I am the proudest of, and the happiest to see find an audience.

And I get a page!

Dude — instant win 😉

‘The Whip’ Accepted!

My poem, ‘The Whip’ has been accepted for publication at WildChildPublishing.com and ‘Snowflakes’ was accepted there as well. The Whip has not been published anywhere else, but ‘Snowflakes’ was printed in Storyteller magazine a couple months ago.

I really love it when my work is reprinted because it means that more than just one editor enjoyed it, which for obvious reasons, holds no small amount of appeal 🙂

The Whip is one of my fetish-y poems so I wasn’t sure if I ought to announce its acceptance here or not, but since I’m not exactly overflowing with publishing credits for children’s literature, I think it’s safe 🙂 In fact, I’ve really stopped writing stuff for kids that have an intended audience other than my daughter, nieces and nephews — I need to focus on my Haven stories or they’ll never get finished.

Back to the topic at hand however, yay for more acceptances! At this rate I’m going to have to stop referring to myself as a freelance writer and start calling myself a poet 😉

Vampiric Fluff

More good news!  My poem, Vampiric Fluff, has been accepted for inclusion in Adventures for the Average Woman.  Yay!  I’m not sure when it’s due to be published, but I’m pretty happy just the same.  I really enjoy being accepted by publications that offer contributors copies — I still get a huge thrill out of seeing my name in print.

I think it’s interesting that I am having so much success with my poetry, it’s something I thought I did well in junior high school but then as I got older my faith in my ability to write poetry faded.  It’s quite surreal to see that other people like what I write, and very, very rewarding.

Published @ SHINE

My Fatherhood drabble has been published at SHINE.  You can check it out here –> Fatherhood . 🙂

I’m very pleased with this drabble, it’s been published at two places so far and I think it’s pretty well done.  It confuses me, however, that flash stories I’ve done since then that I think are superior to it keep getting rejected LOL Perhaps it’s the subject matter — things being left unsaid is something everyone can relate to, but maybe not everyone ‘gets’ stupid gangsters or visits from beyond the grave.

Food for thought I suppose, but I’d be lying if I said it would be likely to affect what I wrote in the future 🙂

Twenty3

Some of my poetry was accepted for the seventh issue of Twenty3 Magazine, however it’s a bit complicated. The magazine is restructuring* so I’m not exactly sure when my work will be published, or in what format. I’m not even sure which poem I submitted was accepted (I submitted three) but it’s exciting nonetheless. I’ll be sure and update as I discover more details 🙂

*I know a few details, but I’m not sure it’s my place to reveal them just yet 😉

A Merry Christmas

My flash story, A Merry Christmas, has been published at Flash Flooding — yay. You can read the story by following that link, and if you do, please rate it — but do it honestly, I don’t want any gratuitous 5s.

Aside from that and the usual process of writing and submitting nothing else is new that’s related to my writing. I continue to work on the Haven novel-in-stories and I’m editing the ‘On a Mission’ novella to take out about 3 chapters and make it a tighter read. Exciting, no? 😉

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

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