Two of my career goals were met at the end of July: joining SFWA, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, and Codex, an online community for "pro-level speculative fiction writers." I'm so thrilled that my story sales this year have pushed me to the next level where I could qualify for these groups. I'm looking forward to improving my writing and getting more stories published in the future!
Saturday, July 23, 2022
This summer, I joined the Clarion West Write-a-Thon for the first time! I've been so busy with it, that I've forgotten to do a blog post until now and we're already in Week 5. It's almost over! There's been virtual writing sessions and helpful webinars that I've joined along the way, but the most beneficial part for me has been signing up for the Flash Fiction Critique Groups.
In June, I was matched with 5 other writers. We've exchanged flash fiction stories each week and sent critiques to each other. I haven't been workshopping my stories very much since Covid began (and my college courses finished), so it's been really helpful to get back to giving and receiving feedback! It's pushed me to finish up a lot of story ideas that I had sketched out, but hadn't actually taken the time to complete. I have a lot of revisions to do now to get these stories sent out on submission.
On the novel side of things, I took some time in early July to escape for a few days and focus on my novel. I think I figured out the best process that works for me: I can only focus on 3 chapters at a time (writing or editing), which is about 6000-7000 words. Anything longer than that, I get overwhelmed and confused about the story. I have a detailed outline with some scattered chapters partially written, but I have trouble focusing on the characters' development and arcs in each part if I think about all 45 chapters at once. So, when I focused on Chapter 18, 19, & 20, I got 'em done without losing my place. I turned off the negative inner voice, I guess. Moving ahead through the middle of this novel is exciting!
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Now that it's the end of June, here's a mid-year update on my publishing stats for January to June of 2022 (short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry):
Bonus (1st place in NYC Midnight Short Story Round 1)
My goal this year has been to submit something at least once a week, and I've met that goal with 32 submissions so far! I also passed my submissions total for all of 2021, which was 29 subs.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
I received an acceptance email last Sunday from 101 Words, a site that publishes micro fiction stories that are exactly 101 words long!
I submitted a story to them that I originally started as a poem. But as I've been practicing flash fiction and micro fiction over the last six months, I decided to turn the poem into a teeny tiny story. "Raspberried" is not as speculative as my other fiction stories. It deals with reflections on life and death and, of course, raspberries. My early title for it was "Bury Me With Raspberries" and I use the made-up word 'raspberried' at the end to convey this idea of the homonyms 'berry' and 'bury' that intrigued me.
I'll share the link to the story when it is published!
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The full eBook for HyphenPunk Magazine's Issue 4 was released today! Happy Summer Solstice, readers. Read some awesome -PUNK stories in this issue including my Clock-Punk fairy story inspired by radioactive material used in watchmaking in the early 20th century!
Buy the full eBook issue for just $2.99 here: HyphenPunk Issue 4
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Issue 1: The Blue Door from Pumpernickel House has been released! My story "The Tale of Starling" appears in this issue. It started as a NYC Midnight writing prompt and I'm so thrilled it found a home in a magazine.
I have a description of the story and its origins on a previous post here: Round 1 Story
A short excerpt of "The Tale of Starling" is below.
Thanks for your support, readers!
Monday, May 30, 2022
The results were out earlier this month for Round 2 of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. Unfortunately, my story (details here: Round 2) didn't make it into the top 5 stories for my group, so I won't be moving on to Round 3.
I'm looking forward to results from the 100-Word Microfiction contest and the prompts I will get for the first round of the Flash Fiction competition!
This month has been so busy with my kids' end of school year activities. I'm finally getting some breathing room this weekend. Preparing for summer activities and fitting in writing time again! I'll be posting about my latest short story publication soon, as well as my plans for finishing my novel this summer!
Happy writing, everyone!
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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Monday, April 25, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
- advancing writers will be placed into new groups
- each group is assigned a new Genre, Subject, and Character
- within 3 days each writer submits a story with the prompt in under 2000 words
- then the top 5 from each group will advance to Round 3 in May
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
The story will be published in an eBook for Issue 4 of the magazine in June.
HyphenPunk previewed the story perfectly in this tweet & excerpt:
Thanks for reading!
Monday, March 14, 2022
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
New accountability post for my novel progress in 2022!
I finished up last November's NaNoWriMo with 33,568 words in my novel draft after writing on 27 out of the 30 that month. I'm now looking at doing another rigorous plan to get the draft finished up so I can send it to beta readers.
To get back into the mode of my story, I've been working on making lists of my characters, place names, and other terms used in the building of the novel's world. I'm also going to reread the 33k words I've written and update my chapter-by-chapter outline. Then I'll keep going, full steam ahead, to The End around 100k words.
Here are some details I posted last November about my WIP novel:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
I entered the NYC Midnight contest for the first time this month with the Short Story Challenge. There were over 6000 writers entering this first Round!
How it works:
- writers are divided into groups of around 28 people
- each group gets a prompt of Genre, Subject, Character
- within 8 days each writer submits a story with the prompt in under 2500 words
- then the top 5 from each group will advance to Round 2 in April.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
I read A LOT of wonderful short fiction this past year, so I want to share a list of my favorites.
Some of these of were published in anthologies that are available for purchase, others are free to read online. I will link to as many as possible! I'll also add my one sentence description of each story.
In no particular order, here are my favorite speculative stories read in 2021:
"With the Nectar Comes the Sting"
By Jennifer Hudak
A shifting POV between mother and daughter tells a very unexpected superhero origin story.
Published January 25, 2021 in Apparition Lit, free to read online here:
"What the Humans Call Heartache"
By Jiksun Cheung
A drone takes a detour from her regular path.
Published April 26, 2021 by Arsenika, free to read online here:
By J. Nelson Jr.
Some very, very, very old friends meet up... once again.
Published July 27, 2021 in Alphanumeric from Zoetic Press, free to read online here:
"The Robots of Eden"
By Anil Menon
A family in the future deals easily with life's troubles in this story I wanted to read again and again.
Published March 12, 2019 in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color,
link to buy the anthology here: Bookshop paperback
By Sarah L. Hawthorn
A slow-burn creepy tale about a college student consumed with caring for a houseplant.
Published August 19, 2021 in GROWTH: A Speculative Young Adult Collection from TL;DR Press,
By Jennifer Lee Rossman
A teen in a solarpunk future avoids her homework and follows her crush to a protest.
Published in Fall 2021: Issue 1 by HyphenPunk, free to read online here:
By Jared Millet
A captain tries to keep her sanity and her memories to complete her vital mission through space.
Published September 17, 2021 in Issue 125 of Apex Magazine, free to read online here:
By Rich Larson
Time jump through a future with creative solutions to some of society's biggest problems.
Published September 14, 2021 in Fix's Climate Fiction contest from Grist, free to read here:
"The Catcher in the Eye"
By Ai Jiang
A girl who sees ghosts through only her right eye tries to keep it closed until... she doesn't.
Published in November 2021 in Issue 78 of The Dark Magazine, free to read online here:
By Christopher R. Muscato
When ships are damaged and stranded in space, one young woman proposes an unconventional solution.
Published on December 20, 2021 in Optopia Zine, free to read inside Issue 4 here:
I encourage you to not only read these stories, but also purchase or donate to the magazines and presses that have published such great work!
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Happy New Year ‘22!
My 2021 publishing stats (creative NF, short fiction, flash fiction, & poetry):
(Bonus: 1 Long listed story)
After a hiatus in 2020 w/ only 1 sub, this past year has been my busiest yet! I'm looking forward to submitting more stories and poems in 2022, as well as finishing up the next draft of my novel.
Happy writing, everyone!