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November - Ending With a Surprise

Posted by Rob Smales on December 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Okay people, this should actually be a short one. For those of you with attention deficit disorder, it should be -- hey! Where the hell are you going? Get back here! Even your attention span isn't that short!

Narration:

Episode 19 of the podcast Protecting Project Pulp stars the work of author Thomas Thursday in the form of the story Ten Dollars - No Sense. The story is voiced, however, by yours truely. It's free, and if you can get by the poor voice work the story's pretty good. Every show put on by The District of Wonders has some of the very best short fictionout there. Do yourself a favor and give one of the shows a listen. Just to make it easy on you, here's a link to my episode -> http/protectingprojectpulp.com/protecting-project-pulp-no-19-tom-thursday/

Writing:

One Buck Horror has yet to reply to me about the story I submitted last month, Saying Goodbye. I still have my fingers crossed.

While waiting, I've written two more stories: a sci-fi short called You've Got Mail (where a man figures out how to avoid any and all junk mail, with surprising results) and a sci-fi/horror crossover called It's In The Blood. It's In The Blood was written for submission to the Blood Type anthology, a collection of science fiction vampire stories. Both stories are in the editing phase, one of them being out with a couple of test readers at the moment.

Other than that I've been working on getting my small collection, The Dead of Winter edited so I can send it out for publishers to look at. I think I'd really like to try to have a book out there with my name on the cover rather than in the Table of Contents as a 'contributing author'. I'm working on it.

Sales:

I went down to Fiskdale Massachusetts back on December 1st and threw some of my stuff down on the New England Horror Writers sale table at the Tantasqua High School Holiday Craft Fair. I'd never even been to a Craft Fair before, never mind working at one. How did I do? I already wrote a blog entry about it over at WYMOP, so I won't do it all again here. I'll just put a link right here and you can click on it to read the story whenever you like --> Click HERE for WYMOP

In Future:

Something I'm looking forward to is being on The Roundtable Podcast sometime in the future. Roundtable is a show where two writers invite in a third, someone considered to be a successful writer, as a Guest Host. Then the three of them have a fourth writer on the show, a newer writer who comes to the show with a story idea, and the four of them workshop the idea for about an hour, trying to shape it into a full novel idea. It's a terrific show if you're interested in the way people create stories from nothing, and I'm just waiting for then to get a hold of a Guest Host in the field of Horror so they can slide me into the show schedule. I love the show, and it should be a lot of fun.

...and the Surprise:

Do you remember that little story I wrote called Photo Finish? The one in the anthology The Ghost IS The Machine? The one my friend Paul out in California was such a help with, reading it and helping me edit when I got stuck? I was just notified the other day that back in the last days of November Eric Beebe, the man who runs Post Mortem Press, the publisher of the book The Ghost IS The Machine, nominated Photo Finish for a Pushcart Prize for excellence in fiction. For those of you who may not know, here's a short blurb from the Pushcart Press website:

 

The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections.

Writers who were first noticed here include:Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, Rick Moody, and many more. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series.

 

Have I won? No. Could I win? Eric Beebe seems to think so. Am I happy about this? You bet your ass.

I guess I have to thank Paul again for the assistance he gave me with that particular project.

Dude, you are officially my bestest friend.

 

Okay, that's all I have for this month's update. Y'all go read something, I'll go write something, and I'll meet you back here in a month.

Deal?

 

Talk to you later!

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