Monday, April 29, 2013

365 Project: Stories Read as of 28/4/2013

Stories read include Lane Robins, Hugh Howey, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Ada Hoffman, Sean Vivier, and Karin Tidbeck x2.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Week 15 and 16 Update: Includes Sale!

Howdy do! I'm back from House of Mouse 2013. Phew, the jet lag was rough on me this time. I really should travel more to get used to it. Haven't done a long haul flight in 7 years. Despite the aching feet and exhaustion (8-10 hours per day in the parks!), I had a fantastic time - I love me my Disney trips!

While I've been away from This Writerly Thing for a good ten days, things did keep ticking over. I received a few rejections, some good feedback on submissions and my BCS story, and NEEHAW A SALE! "Situation Vacant, Apply Within" will be appearing in the July issue of Interstellar Fiction.

Over the weekend I dabbled in some editing and rewriting of parts of a story, but haven't fully got back on the bicycle. I plan to do that from today with the fresh new week and fresh new start to the routine.

Here's to making the rest of 2013 a good writing year!

Disneyland Mickey Mouse Ears Hat, with my name embroidered on the back

Sunday, April 21, 2013

365 Project: Stories read as of 21/4/2013

Stories read include Cat Rambo, Bob Newbell, Conor Powers-Smith, Alexis A. Hunter, E. Lily Yu, Patricia Stewart, Aaron DaMommio, and Karin Tidbeck's entire "Jagannath" collection.

Friday, April 19, 2013

It's! (another hardcopy book received)

Cover of "Daughters of Icarus" anthology,
 just landed in my mailbox!
Page 207, baby!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Blood, Stone, Water": Five Questions

They're baaaa-aaacck! Let's pull my internal blog narrator PT out of their box and find out what questions they'd like to ask about "Blood, Stone, Water" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #118, April 2013).

Monday, April 8, 2013

Week 14 Update

Release wise, the last week has been the best week yet. It's an exciting and nerve-wracking time having my first big story out there.

I'm trying to not look for reviews or whether I've got new Twitter followers, but...oh it's a terrible habit. I'm hoping that being away from constant online attention for the next 10 days or so will cure me of it. I have to stop caring less, because in the end what is one review or opinion? I have to distance myself from those things if I want to make a crack at this.

Writing wise, my attention span grew thinner and thinner the closer I came to Flight Time and the more time I spent trying to figure out how to promote my story on my limited resources and time. I eeked out 4000 words, finishing off the first draft of "In The Bones", but I'm not happy with the ending. I need some distance from it to come up with something better. The overall tone of the story is good.

Speaking of the "limited resources", I'm currently sticking to four promotional social media platforms because I don't want to spread myself too thin. I might revise this later if things starting kicking up into a higher gear. Currently I'm using this blog, Twitter, Good Reads (see the sidebar) and Facebook. At this point, my Facebook page is a mix of writing and personal, and I'm considering when and how to change that (ie: make an official author's page). The time's not right yet.

I'm on a jet plane in two days time for House of Mouse 2013, meaning I won't get much writing done in the next 10-12 days. I'm taking my brick of a lappy with me, but I have no expectations of output. I've been planning this trip for ages, and I'm hoping I'll come back energized and refreshed.


The blue-lit tunnel start to the Space Mountain ride

Sunday, April 7, 2013

365 Project: Stories read as of 7/4/2013

Stories read this week include Genevieve Valentine, Jake Kerr, Kali Wallace, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Ken Liu, and Matt Wallace.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

#WomenInGenre Month

This is relevant to my interests.

Author and editor Harry Markov kicked off April with a question: "Where are the women in genre?". It wasn't an April Fool's joke, and it wasn't one of those clueless articles  that usually flail about completely missing the huge history of women in speculative fiction. Harry knows (part of) the answer, and he wants to share it with us and push the wider conversation forward.

Friday, April 5, 2013

It's a Week of Excite! "Blood, Stone, Water" released online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Well, here we are folks, the dream we all dream of. Boy versus wait, we're not quoting Prince songs, we're bouncing off the walls because my first pro story has been released!

"Blood, Stone, Water" is now live online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Thank you to editor Scott Andrews for his patience and enthusiasm. It's been a journey, not only to get this story out to the world, but three years of hard work to finally get to this point.

I hope you all enjoy the story, and I hope to only get better from here on in.

Go Forth My Minions!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Places you can purchase "Daughters of Icarus: New Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy"

"Daughters of Icarus: New Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy", including my story "Me Myself I", is now available in a variety of formats for your optical edification:


Monday, April 1, 2013

Week Thirteen: a story, an antho, a narration, oh my!

The last seven days really snuck up on me with its awesomeness, most of which didn't have to do with writing any words!

Starting out on a high of making a 2nd pro sale was good enough...then "Daughters of Icarus" was released (Amazon).

And then I had a narration at PodCastle released.

And THEN my Beneath Ceaseless Skies story was pre-released in ebook format (Amazon, Weightless Books)!

Lots all happening at once...and I go to Disneyland next week!

Words wise, I pulled my expectations back to 5000 words for the week, which I managed with an excellent Easter weekend of free time. I rewrote the second section of my swashbuckling Princess story, edited it, and sent it back around the trap. Then I started writing (again!) a story that just won't leave me alone. This is my sixth attempt at writing it - I think I've given up before because I didn't have a good enough ending, but this time I do.

On the book front, I finished "The Drowning Girl", and it was a hell of a trip. There were some parts I had to put the book down for a few days because it was very heavy - I was feeling physically moved/headachey from it. Now it's done, I've gone for something a bit lighter (?) in Neil Gaiman's "American Gods". Yeah, I know, I'm a total heathen, having not read Gaimen in almost 15 years.

So yeah, Teh Captain Picklesworth is happy after that week.