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Happy Holidays and Double Good Tidings

Posted by [email protected] on December 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

It's the day after Christmas, and I awoke with good news.  This morning I had an email waiting for me from Stan Swanson at Dark Moon Digest. I have been waiting to hear from some people about some stories I had out there in circulation, and Dark Moon would like to publish two of them.  They are not sure where, in their Quarterly print edition, their monthly e-magazine, or one of their special projects that i...

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NaNoWriMo is finished - but my novel is not

Posted by [email protected] on November 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, National Novel Writing Month is over, and I completed the challenge - 50,000 words in less than 30 days. That's about 145 pages of the 1st draft of a novel. Which is what I get out of all this. The rough draft of a novel.

There's one problem: It looks like the rough draft is going to be closer to 300 pages by the time I'm done. That's fine, but it's going to mean a lot of editing. And still a lot more writing. That's f...

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The End of the Hop, and Gotcha!

Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2011 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, the Coffin Hop is over and done with. I had a lot of fun and met quite a few writers, a couple of which have joined the site.

Welcome, new Members, and thank you for your support!

Things are still happening as a result of the Coffin Hop, and I suspect they will be for a while now. One of the writers I met talked me into getting a Twitter account (thank you Renee Pawlish) so I'll...

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Dark Moon + Blood and Lullabies = A Good Week

Posted by [email protected] on October 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So earlier in the week I recieved word that The Zombie Feed Press doesn't need my story "Finders Keepers", but I'm not worried about that; it's a great story (One of my best! - who am I kidding, I love them all.) and I'm confident that it will find a home. But, it's still a rejection.

I had sad face. :(

Then I got a surprise email from Dark Moon Books. I had submitted a flash fiction ...

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Appalachian Undead Anthology - a bust

Posted by [email protected] on October 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So I have had a story submitted with something called Zombie Feed Press for their Appalachian Undead Anthology; zombie stories set in Appalachia. I've been waiting for quite a while to hear back from them, and all it said on their website was that if you haven't gotten a rejection email from them yet then they are still considering the story. That sounded like a good sign, but I sent in a Status Query anyway.

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Christmas Anthology

Posted by [email protected] on October 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I recieved an email last night from LDS Publishing, and apparently they are considering my story, "Fishing Buddy", for inclusion in their 2012 Christmas Anthology. I believe I'll know by Tuesday!

Fingers crossed!


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