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

Posted by [email protected] on March 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM


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 I'm pretty sure that what I write for Vamplit Publishing each week has a potential audience of 4 - 5,000 people.

Those aren't the people reading it, but those are the people with access to it. I have noticed traffic here on The Storyteller from around the USA and other countries, and I'm pretty excited by it. It amounts to fewer than 20 hits per month, I think, but it's all traffic I didn't have before, so i'll just keep on being excited about it, thank you very much!

On February 16th I sent in my first writing contract, enabling me to get actual royalties for a story. LDS Publishing decided to include my story Fishing Buddy in their Christmas Anthology, and if it actually sells enough copies to cover the cost of the printing run, anything above that gets split between all the contributing authors. Do I think I'll actually see any money from this? No. But it's a good writing credit, and it's the first one I have that has absolutely nothing to do with Horror.

Now, at the other end of the scale, we have my story Maxwell's Silver Hammer that I submitted for that zombie anthology. It was accepted within 48 hours of my sending it, and the people running the project are being pretty open about progress with the project. The amount of accepted material is growing, and they are hoping to have enoug to go to press soon. When they opened submissions to the public, I encouraged my friend Michelle, author of the book Lady of the Veilsto submit something.  Though she does not usually write Horror, she rose to the challenge, and I'm hoping to see her in this anthology with me. Even if she doesn't wind up submitting it with them I'd still love to see what she's come up with.

Well, I think that's it. Two more stories accepted for publication. Two different stories accepted by Dark Moon Books back in January, but I still haven't heard where they want to use them. Working on Home Grown, my NaNoWriMo novel, just about every day (108,500 words and counting) and someday it may even see the light of day.


I think of stories every day: new ideas crowding older ones, older ideas coming to the forefront of my imagination for consideration, works in progress where I have a sudden flash of 'that's how I'll fix that!' understanding. I wish I had the time to work on everything I think of. The problem is, the more time goes by, the more stories I think of.

It's getting pretty damn crowded in here. I may have to learn to type.

Okay, I have a Flash Horror story to work on before I go to bed, and a novel to wake up to in the morning.

Talk to you later! 

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