Abominations

Abominations

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here already — I tend to try and keep things to myself until they are so official my paranoid little brain doesn’t need to worry about jinxing them, so I may not have 🙂 However, I got the contract today, so now I can brag 🙂

Abominations is a brand new anthology by Shroud Publishing. It includes “13 spine-tingling tales of murderous monsters” and one of those tales, is written by yours truly. That’s right. My short story, Spoiled Picnic, is included in this anthology which is now available for pre-ordering.

Am I proud?

Hell yes. How cool is that title? Abominations. *purrs* I love it. And the cover? To die for (though it does look better full-size than it does in my ‘shrunk-down’ version 🙂 ).

Yay me! 🙂

That’s not very professional-sounding is it? Hmm…well, still, yay me 🙂

Shadows — First Draft Done

Wheee! Yesterday I finished the first draft of my new novel, tentatively titled “Shadows”. I usually don’t let anyone see the first draft, but this time I’m changing things up a bit. I’m going to send it to my beta readers as is (well, minus all the comments I left for myself ie: “Check on the color of these curtains” or “Is she blonde?”) and then keep their feedback in mind when I revise…which won’t be for a least a month. I’ve found that letting my work age a bit before revising is definitely a good thing, and besides, I’m going to be busy with Writo de Mayo for all of May 🙂

It’s a good first draft, my best yet I think, so I’m very excited about it. Yay!

I’ll Squish Your Head!

Rhonda - Headshot

My head got squished. No really, it did. I don’t know what it is about this headshot picture I’ve been using, but more often than not when it gets used on e-zines, it ends up quite squished. Today is no exception. Perhaps it’s a sign that I ought to take a new picture…but then I’d have to try and remember where my make up is, and that doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Anyway. Yes, as you may have gathered from that convoluted paragraph, I’ve got another piece published in an e-zine. Two of them, actually. Firstly, my flash fiction story, Denouement has been reprinted by Laurie Notch of IdeaGems. That’s where you get to see my squished head 🙂 I’ve also got a rictameter in this issue of IdeaGems, Writing is about, you guessed it, writing. I’m pretty sure this is the first time its seen print.

Enjoy 🙂

Athabasca Falls Published

Athabasca Falls. You need to experience it to understand it. You need to feel the spray on your face, hear the thunder of the water and see the insane rapids.  I’ve had more than a view nightmares about it ever since I first visited it, most of them involving my daughter. That was the dread that eventually evolved into my flash fiction piece, Athabasca Falls, which is now online at Apollo’s Lyre.

Tapestry Published

My kinky poem, Tapestry, went live at Oysters and Chocolate today. O&C have switched to a new format and though I’m usually resistant to change I like this one. They are going to update more than once a month (perhaps even daily?) and the stories and poems can now be rated and commented on.

As a writer/poet I love the idea that I may be able to get direct feedback from the people reading my work. As a webmaster I know the comments are unlikely to be used much, but I like knowing the option exists and I’m an optimist at heart 🙂

Blood and Stone Revised

I’ve just finished another round of revisions for Blood and Stone and I love it 🙂 Yay! Is it perfect? No, but I think it’s really good and I also think (hope) its as good as it’s going to get without an agent or editor looking it over and giving me notes. I have sent it to my beta readers again and I’m hoping to hear back from them in the next week or so. Assuming they don’t find any giant plot holes I’m calling this one finished.

In fact, I’ve already begun work on the sequel, Shadows and Lies.

HWA Newsletter

Marge Simon honored me by offering me the chance to guest write the Dark Poetry column for the HWA Newsletter. I was so intimidated, I can’t even begin to explain to you — but I did it. The end result is online in their newsletter, you can’t read it if you’re not a member, but it’s there. Yay!

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

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