Acceptance and other updates

Been a while.  Been writing, been prepping, been doing other things.

In no particular order:

  • You Are Now Leaving Ashtabula County got accepted by Stupefying Stories for their Showcase feature.  Will put the link up when this one is available.
  • Heartstrings has now been published by Parsec Ink as part of their Triangulation: Harmony and Dissonance anthology.  Click on the cover if you’d like to buy a copy:1755160130
  • My Super Sekrit Projekt continues to advance.  I wrote two stories and chose the one I thought fit better.  It’s about politics and gods and fear and detatchment.  The other story I wrote will probably turn up somewhere else some other time.  It’s about depression and paranoia and space and fear and detatchment.
  • I’m… mostly prepped for Nanowrimo.  I’m also tired and used up and don’t know how a month of writing will leave me, but that’s why they pay us writers the big bucks… oh.  Well, that’s why they give us the recognition and… oh.
  • I’m kind of off current events based social media until after the midterms.  I’m taking politics too personally at present and that isn’t helping anybody.  If you’re a usual Twitter follower you can find me nerding about writing and wrestling on Mastodon at

Okay, that’s all for now.  See you all soon.

Oh, hello

Haven’t updated in a while what with one thing or another.  Here’s where I am with various bits & pieces:

  • By the Banks of the Lethe was a no from New Myths and from Diabolical Plots.  Blood Marker was a no from Kzine (but quite a positive no).  They’ve both bad a bit of a wash and brush up and gone out to other people.  That makes it rejections 27, 28, and 29 for the year.
  • I’ve got a big super secret anthology project I’m going to be part of laster in the year.  Without giving too much away it has an assigned emotional major and minor theme.  And on the basis of that information alone I’ve come up with two entirely different story ideas.  Oops?  One is written, I’ll have to work on the other.  Thankfully they’re both good stories independent of the theme.  I think.
  • I’ve completed a 7000 word story called “Atmospheres”.  Going to  give it a scrub down, send it to some people I trust, see what comes out the other side.
  • I’ve decided, mostly, on my nanowrimo for this year.  Contemporary fantasy, same universe as Blood Marker.  Working title of “Tag”.  It’s got a heist plot, so that will take some planning…
  • I’ve seen the cover for Triangulation, where Heartstrings is going to appear, and it’s pretty great.  Can’t wait to share it as soon as I get permission.
  • Oh, and I got another story accepted.  I think.  Their email answering is a bit hit & miss but I’ll fill in more when I know more.

So generally things aren’t looking too bad.  Yay?

Rejection 25: half a year

“Half a year” isn’t the title of a story, the one that got rejected today was the short piece “By the Banks of the Lethe” from Strange Horizons.  Instead I wanted to talk about 6 months of sending out stories.

It can be exhausting, throwing out stories to either nothing or to be told they’re not good enough.  Exhausting, disheartening, and unenjoyable.  Most people don’t write to be demotivated, so why do this?

The thing is, my rejection target was just that: a target.  It’s separate from the outcome I was trying to achieve.  The outcome I was shooting for was to write more stories, and I think I have.  In what’s been a difficult six months for me, I’ve completed three stories of a combined 18,000 words in length, and I’m happy with them.  They’re also (I have to say) noticeably better than the stories I was writing last year.

The target was a way of making me write more, as a way of making me get better.  Six months in, I hope it’s working.

Rejections 23 and 24: a double event!

Received two rejections within four minutes of each other.  Sometimes you find your amusement where you can.

An hour after that I saw the proof for the artwork for another story.  Which is so cute that I just want to show everyone.  Except I can’t.  Until it’s published.  Stupid embargos.

Was going to write a bit more on a new story tonight, but I’m tired, so I’ll leave it there.