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 🙂
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!
My flash piece, Ironic Angst, is now online at Every Day Fiction. Obviously, I like my story, but I also really enjoy the way Every Day Fiction works. If you like flash you ought to check it out. They put up a new story every day and you can rate and comment on them. If you stop by make sure you check out my story, then keep poking around — you’re sure to find something you like.
My poem, this girl, got published at Oysters and Chocolate today. Yay! I’m not actually into the whole Gorean scene, but that doesn’t mean I can’t write about it, right? 🙂 Oysters and Chocolate is not a kid or work-safe website. Make note before you click.
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.
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.
My BDSM sonnet, Bondage Whore, has been re-printed in Issue 9 of Twisted Tongue Magazine. The good news is that the .pdf version of the magazine is free, so you can download it and read, not only my poem, but loads of awesome prose and poetry. Yay!
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 🙂
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.
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!