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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

~E.L. Doctorow

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June - Productive? Hmm... not so much...

Posted by Rob Smales on July 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Independence Day!

Don't worry folks, this should be much quicker than last month.

...wow, I can hear the sighs of relief from here...

Anyway, I have good news and bad news.

First, the good news: 

Do you remember that submission I made last m...

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May - A Wild Month of Success and Failure

Posted by Rob Smales on June 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone.

I know I skipped posting here last month, but I didn't get any complaints, so I figure it was alright with you folks. One month without my babbling - probably a pretty good thing. But here's what's been happening since that last post. It's been busy here.

Vamplit - The Friday Flash has continued to be written, though it's now going to a different place....

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Marching On

Posted by Rob Smales on April 7, 2012 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Not a lot to report about March - those of you with attention deficit disorder will be able to get back to your shiny things in just minutes!

I've kept up with the Vamplit Friday Flash, though I'm not all that happy with my submissions for the month of March. I tried to make 5 flash stories that could both stand alone as individual stories and be strung together to form one larger story, much like I did with Harold's Holi...

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Santa Clause and Zombies... Yeah, I can see that...

Posted by Rob Smales on March 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi!

Another month down and not that much to report, I think.

I'm still putting out a story a week on Vamplit Blog, and I've revised the math after seeing more of the Twitter lists involved. If you have no idea what that means, don't feel bad; I barely understand it and I'm the one who wrote it! Essentially, I've looked at the "Following" lists for the people and websites involved, and...

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Vamplit and Zombie Love - It's Been a Strange Month

Posted by Rob Smales on February 1, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

And that was January. 

Weird month. I worked on the novel I started for NaNoWriMo quite a bit, but I took a little time out to work on another project, one I was invited to work on, called Zombies Need Love Too. If you've been reading my Blog you've probably heard of it. I wrote a story I liked a lot, but it was a little long --6,500 words, when the requested cap for submissions was 5,000.

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Happy Holidays and Double Good Tidings

Posted by Rob Smales 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 Rob Smales 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 Rob Smales 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 Rob Smales 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 Rob Smales 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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