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Friday
Nov212014

Results of New Year's writing resolution

It's not quite the end of the year, but I'll take whatever time I can find to write a post. I've heard back from the last of my submissions for my New Year's resolution (write and submit 12 short stories) and have good news to share about Wolf Creek.

New stories written and submitted:

-Boson's Mate (steampunk erotica scifi) published in Valves and Vixens

-Bouillon de Bebe (horror short story) published in People Eating Peopl: A Cannibal Anthology

-Brainatarian (horror short story) to be published in Zombified II

-A Mother Knows (horror flash fiction) published in Coming Back

-Insatiable (erotic horror flash fiction) to be published in NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica

(due mid-February 2015)

-Great Mother Wolf (wolf flash fiction) published in Wolf Warriors

-Grieving Widower (scifi noire short story) rejected multiple times

-Another You (scifi horror short story) rejected

-Gold Song (weird west short story) rejected

-Chapter 7 of Mystery at the Blackhouse published in Ellsworth American

-Little Monster (horror short story) rejected

-No More Mangoes (horror flash fiction) didn't make the cut for the contest

-Paternity (horror flash fiction) made the voting round of the Horror in 100 words at http://horrornovelreviews.com

-Gra Mathair (Yates inspired poem) didn't win contest

Now for Wolf Creek. After over a dozen agent submissions and several publisher submissions, I finally got an acceptance. The tentative publication date is Sept. 2015, but that will depend on the editing process.

Lil' Miss Bean is starting to fuss, so I will end this post before meltdown.

Tuesday
Oct282014

A bean is born

We welcomed our first last week. Life in two hour increments does not leave much time for anything besides the most basic necessities and the occasional luxuries.

Lots of exciting news on the writing front I hope to share soon regarding Wolf Creek. Until then the lack of posts means I am doing an important job.

Saturday
Oct182014

Writing Worry #28: Missing the mark

Story ideas are a dime a dozen. They come at random, anywhere, anytime. Sometimes it's an interesting personality that sparks an idea, other times it's a fascinating dilema or situation. Over the last year, I've let submission calls be my source of inspiration for story ideas. It's been a fun exercise that has resulted in a half dozen publications. However, not every story found a home.

One story I trunked after the first rejection letter because I knew it was fatally flawed.

Two stories have seen several rounds of re-writing and submissions only to still not find a home. One that made it passed the initial cut but failed to make the final cut is probably good to go on to another submission. Then there is my problem child submission.

The problems comes from trying to make a story out of one sentence that I absolutely fell in love with. I've tried a few times to capture the story behind that one sentence and still feel like I'm missing the mark. A couple of beta readers have made some valid points about the writing itself. Too much exposition. Too little in the moment. These were worries I had at the last submission attempt. The question becomes to re-write or trunk.

With the little one due any day now - seriously, she's over a week overdue right now - I likely won't have much mental focus or energy to write. I wonder if that one sentence is a darling that needs to be put out of its misery so that I can find the story I want to tell.

Monday
Oct062014

Wolf Warriors: Writing for a Charity Anthology

This has been a year of very active short story and flash fiction writing as I tried to reaffirm my belief that my stories are good enough to publish while receiving copious rejection letters for Wolf Creek and procrastinating on editing my first novel outside of the paranormal genre.

My rule for writing a short piece for submission was that I had to find the submission call intriguing in some way. Bonus points if some kind of royalties or payment was offered. Really, I was just looking for reassurance that I could write a story that someone would want to read (and think others might want to read).

I've been a Facebook follower of the National Wolfwatch Coalition for a little while now. Wolves are beautiful and interesting animals that both scare and fascinate people. They've been hunted and revered. It's hard not to find some controversy when wolves are re-introduced into a habitat they once occupied. It's pretty horrific what happens to wolves and dogs mistaken for wolves in some places. Yet these are deadly predators not pets.

When I saw the submission call for a charity anthology to raise money for the coalition, I was reminded of a wolf poem John from the EPL writing group had read a few months back - it was also accepted for publication in the anthology. Then I felt compelled to write my own wolf-inspired flash fiction.

Great Mother Wolf is a creation myth flash fiction. It was among my few submissions outside of the realm of paranormal. I wanted to capture the primal essence of these animals as well as creation on the level of the individual - as I am experiencing in my pregnancy - and on the level of the universe. It was a fun challenge, and I was thrilled it was accepted. Plus I get to say that I am a collaborate to an anthology with Catherine Valente.

I just placed my order for a paperback copy today. Net profits go to National Wolfwatch Coalition.

Wednesday
Oct012014

Black Mountain (Franklin, Maine)

Admittedly, there haven't been too many hiking posts this summer. We took less trips, half of our Wednesday hikes were rained out and hiked a lot of the same trails we hike every year. Hiking for two definitely has slowed me down. With the end of pregnancy in sight, I couldn't resist one more peak.

Last Sunday, I met up with my dog walking group (minus the dogs) to hike Black Mountain (1000 ft; trail information and map). It took about 3.5 hrs to cover 5 miles. Although we weren't out to set any records.

I was surprised at the initial steepness of the trails. At 38.5 weeks pregnant, trekking poles are now a must. I was relieved when the dirt trail transitioned to flatter rock and the views opened up.

There are a few rock scrambles on this trail and lots of mossy forest nooks. From the top, there is a 360 view of the area including MDI and a wind tower field I wasn't aware of.

This is listed as a moderate hike because of some steep sections. However, it's a pleasant hike. We saw a few people with dogs on the trail. But I was glad to have left my natural puller at home. This will probably be my last mountain hike until after Lil' Miss Bean arrives and I get back into hiking shape.