Inspiration Published

My poem, Inspiration, is in this month’s issue of NewMyths.com . I’m a fan of NewMyths.com, and not just because I’ve had my work in two issues…though that definitely helps :). Really, though, if you’re a writer it’s a paying market with a wonderful and personable editor, and if you’re a reader it’s a great venue for reading fantasy works — free.

Anyway, Inspiration is online there now. I’d like to tell you what inspired it, but ironically, I can’t remember LOL However, I do remember that when Scott accepted it he said ‘How could I say no to a poem that starts with the line, Her thighs are spread and trembling?’

How indeed πŸ˜‰

Niteblade #4: The Gnome’s Spectacles

The Gnome's Spectacles
The newest issue of Niteblade is out. Issue #4: The Gnome’s Spectacles is going live right now…early. How’s that for a bit of awesomeness? And when it comes to awesomeness, let me tell you, this issue is chock-full of it.

I think the poetry is especially strong in this issue. In addition to the killer poem that was granted the cover this period there are pieces about the Wicked Witch of the West, death, space, aliens and an amazing prose poem. I know, I’ve really had issues with prose poetry in this past, so the fact I found one so good I agreed to publish it has to say something good about the piece, doesn’t it? The poems run the spectrum from funny to depressing and touch in on a load of other adjectives too.

Don’t think poetry is all this issue has going for it though. No way. There are some pretty amazing stories too. Sentient zombies, an incredibly evocative Asian fantasy story, psychological horror, an undead pig and the end of the world are just a few of the things we’ve got in this issue’s 13 stories. There is even one about a hockey player…let the Canadian editor jokes begin! πŸ˜‰

Really, this issue is definitely one worth checking out — and perhaps best of all, it’s free.

http://www.niteblade.com

Time For Change

I figured it was time for a change on this blog because, after all, when you have deadlines looming and scads of work that needs to be done, the thing all responsible writers and editors do is decide to change the look of their blogs…right? Right?

Well anyway, that’s what I did πŸ™‚

The image is one I licensed from i-stockphoto. It’s a vector image by -M-I-S-H-A-, an artist whose work I often drool over. In this case I only had to make a few minor changes to make it work, which is good, because as I’ve said before, I am not a graphic designer LOL The layout is courtesy of AreaΒ  381.

I like the new layout, but it’s going to take some getting used to, I think. I’d be interested in hearing what you think, too πŸ™‚ In the meantime, I’m going to iron out the bumps and then get back to work on Niteblade — the new issue comes out very soon. πŸ™‚

Sister Margaret @ Anthology Builder

Sister Margaret joined the ranks of awesome short stories at Anthology Builder today. If you’re not familiar with it, Anthology Builder is a website that will allow you to create custom anthologies filled with only the stories you want to read. I think it’s a brilliant idea and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Swing by and create your own anthology of up to 350 pages for less than fifteen bucks — and be sure to include Sister Margaret…or at least review it πŸ™‚ Reviewing is free πŸ™‚

Interviewed on The Dark Phantom Review

The Dark Phantom Review is a great little blog that does book reviews, author interviews and editor reviews. In addition, they also have articles and short fiction. It’s run by Mayra Calvani, who is a talented writer. Recently I was honored to be interviewed by The Dark Phantom Review, and the interview is live now.

Interview with Rhonda Parrish, Editor/Founder of Niteblade Magazine

Please check it out. I’d love to hear what you think, either here or on The Dark Phantom Review’s blog. Personally I think I need to work on my skills as an interviewee LoL It’s just one more thing to add to the list of skills this magazine has inspired/required me to develop πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ However, I got the contract today, so now I can brag πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ ).

Yay me! πŸ™‚

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

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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

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