Friday, May 31, 2013

I was productive except for Dr. Who

After a flurry of editing, submitting, reviewing, etc., I treated myself by catching up on this past season of Dr. Who. By no coincidence, this coincided with a week where the kiddos woke up an hour early, didn't nap, or went to bed late every day of a week. They are back on schedule now, and so am I! I have been finalizing the ebook for Pendragon Variety - Issue #1 - In Memory of Dragons. Copyediting and ebook coding has been a wonderful adventure. I'll let you know when it's for sale!

Me on the interwebs:

YA Report: "Never" by K. D. McEntire

YA Report: "Cascade Effect" by Leah Petersen
OSC Intergalactic Medicine Show #33 (May/June 2013)
Fantasy & Science Fiction - May/June 2013
(The above review was mentioned at!)

I just received an acceptance for one of my flash submissions! More details to come.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Project Status Check

I'm the kind of person who likes to have a lot of projects going on at once. I might focus on only one or two in a week, pounding at once until I finish a draft, for instance, but in the bigger picture I have a ten-point bullet list of to-do tasks spanning multiple projects - plus the projects that don't make it to the list for fear of setting up impossible expectations. Anyway, if you have multiple projects, it can be easy to lose track. It's easy to tell yourself that you'll resend or re-edit that story that you just got a rejection for, but then forget when someone else asks you about a project with an actual deadline.

So, I combed through my writing in all of its glories and not-so-glorious stages of draft, editing, and submitting. I've edited, submitted, and researched further submission possibilities. Researching short fiction markets has led to new drafts and ideas for drafts. I feel like I'm getting my balance back as far as fiction v. nonfiction. Whew!

I've also noticed that I need more beta readers. I've been expanding my writing into other age groups, researching middle grade fiction and below. If you're interested in beta reading SFF for young children then definitely give me a ring. Well, a tweet. An email. What-have-you.

And the best of luck with your own project status check!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Requesting: Boots to the Head

If the title has given you a Dr. Demento ear worm, you're welcome!

I've been having a minor problem the past couple of days where I'll write a wee bit by hand during the day, sometimes as if my life depends on it, but then at writing time, doing any thing but writing. I'm not sure if the problem is that I already feel like I've "done" something, which has never been a problem before, but I guess I feel that way a bit... or if it's because I'm writing right after I've had my coffee, but feel it's unwise to have more coffee a mere two hours before bed. Or maybe I'm forgetting my ritual of taking my vitamins before I sit down in my chair and (hopefully) open my goals list.

SHOOT. I knew I was forgetting something!

I blame the weather. And forced disruptions to my routine throughout the week. Darn you, routine disruptions!

Everybody, please send me Boots to the Head in whatever quantities you can spare.