Updates & Anthology

Hiya, folkarinos! It’s the end of July, which means I can officially start looking forward to autumn – my favoritest season of all. ^_^ But before we get to September, we have to go through to August, and things are happening in August!

First, I’ll be done with the first round of editing on “Legion!” My goal is to finish this weekend!! Then, I’ll be submitting to PitchWars on Wednesday, August 3rd. I’m not a very lucky person, but you can wish me luck if you want. 🙂 I already have my mentors picked out and my submission packet ready, so hopefully, I can get that out in the morning so I’m not thinking about it all day.

Next, dropping Friday, August 5th is THE THING THAT TURNED ME Anthology by Stay Classy Publications, featuring a wide variety of stories and genres tackling the subject of Turning Points. Click Here For The Goodreads Page. (More on that in a bit.)
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Also happening next month, MissSnark’sFirstVictim is hosting a Secret Agent contest, and the submission date for that is Monday, August 8th. I won’t have heard anything back from PitchWars yet, but I might try for it anyway, as there is go guarantee the robot will pick me, and there is no guarantee a mentor will pick me either. It looks like it’s open to all Young Adult and Middle Grade genres, as well as Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Historical, and Thriller for everyone else, so nearly everything.

And lastly, I’m going on vacation, finally!! Nothing fancy, just getting out of dodge for five days and looking at pretty aquarium and museum-like things. 🙂 I should be in full brainstorming & mini outlining mode with my next project by then, too. I may even start drafting!! More deets on that next week!!! Spoiler: I am very excited, in case you missed the gratuitous use of exclamation marks. ^_^

Needless to say, I’m very excited about next month. 😀

So, I contributed a rather depressing contemporary piece to the above mentioned anthology. It’s about a probably college-aged girl in ballet school with a lot of issues. Things spiral out of control, of course. 🙂 I did try to back out, and I didn’t originally submit a short story at all. I submitted a poem, but when I saw everyone else was doing a story, I didn’t want to stand out, so asked if the poem could be pulled. I have a love/hate relationship with that poem though. I go back and forth between thinking it’s great and thinking it’s trash.

But anyway, short stories are not my strength. I have always maintained that it takes a different set of skills to write a short story than it does to write a novel. They are different beasts, with different needs, and different purposes.

Some writers can do all kinds of story lengths very well. Others, like me, just can’t. Part of this is because I just don’t want to write short stories and flash fiction. I don’t get ideas for them, and I don’t ever think about it. I’m a novelist at heart. I started out with short stories, of course, but once I got into novels and discovered all the space available to me in novel-land, I lost interest in writing anything else. I can write them, technically. I understand how they work. However, back in college, the only way I could write a short story that wasn’t mediocre or didn’t “feel like it needed to be a novel” was when I went outside of my preferred genre. That was fine. I was there to strengthen my writing in general, and you can do that with any medium.

What’s funny about my relationship with short stories, is that I will read other people’s, of course – I love anthologies, I have half a thousand – but I won’t read my own, including the one I submitted to THE THING THAT TURNED ME anthology. I haven’t read it since the last time I edited it. I remember thinking it was good, though I didn’t particular like it because it doesn’t have the strange sense of humor usually present in stuff I write. I wrote it because I was pushed to write it – and I still don’t know what it is that they were trying to get out of me. But I always thought that if any of my short stories were going to see the light of day, I wanted it to be this one.

People are strange. 🙂

So, I hope you have some excitement going on next month. Check out the contests, if you can, and let me know if I’ll have any company!! I would love some company. ^_^

Books & Stories & Rambles – July Edition

This month marks the anniversary of my first ever finished “novel.” And every year around this time, I like to reflect. So, I’ve come to the realization that I do not have time to get feedback on “Legion” before Pitch Wars – especially considering the fact that I’ve barely started editing and by barely, I mean,… Continue Reading