GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

With 19 hours to spare, I finished the last of my six short stories for the Clarion Write-a-thon. Woof, what a slog. I had eight donors total. Thank you, all you lovely people! I’ll be drawing a name out of a hat (or, more likely, using an RNG) to pick who will be the lucky ...

I write a horrible story (also known as: trunk stories, what are those?) 1

It happens sometimes. It kind of has to, if you think about it. Not everything you write is going to be wonderful. In fact, particularly when you’re starting out, more of it will suck than will not suck. The difference for me is that normally, when I hit a story that I just start hating, ...

Submitting short stories (part 2/2) 4

Continuing on from yesterday, let’s talk more on with the nuts and bolts of submitting short stories to magazines/anthologies. The Cover Letter I feel like that heading should come with a dramatic flash of lightning and a crack of thunder. This is the number one thing that scared the hell out of me when I ...

Submitting short stories (part 1/2) 1

A friend of mine asked me for advice when it comes to submitting short stories for publication. Which actually surprised me a little at first, but hey. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m dropping things off my cover letter publication list to keep it down to six items, so I guess I must ...

Read me in Specutopia issue one!

The first ever issue of Specutopia is now online! Please go check it out and pick up a copy. I’ve got a story in there of course – Entangled. Unfortunately, it’s not one of the stories that will be available as a free read online, but I assure you the magazine is well worth the cost. ...

Donation made! 1

As I said before, I wrote Comes the Huntsman as a gift, and as such didn’t feel quite comfortable keeping the payment for it. I e-mailed Mr. Hiddleston’s publicist and asked if there was a charity I ought to send it to. He told me that Mr. Hiddleston supports UNICEF, which helps children all across the world. ...

I want YOU to be the underwire in my authorbra.

Well, it sounded funny at one in the morning. What could possibly go wrong? But seriously, I would love your support. I’m now 1/3 of the way through my self-imposed Clarion write-a-thon torture and chugging right along. I’ve finally set myself a donor goal, and it’s not for some amount of money – I just ...

Comes the Huntsman 2

And I am done with my graceless heart so tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart – Florence + the Machine Shake It Out As of today, my story Comes the Huntsman is online at Strange Horizons, available to be read for free. (Though you should consider donating to SH if you like the story!) ...

It’s that time again!

The Clarion Write-a-Thon is now accepting writer sign-ups! So as you’ve no doubt already guessed, I’ve signed up. Last year I wrote the rough draft for Fire in the Belly and even met that goal a bit early. However, I know I can churn out large walls of text on command, so long as I have ...

Fifty Shades of Pissed Off

I’m probably not going to rant about what you expect. It’s pretty standard these days for struggling writers who haven’t scored their first novel publication yet to go off on bitter, venomous screeds about, for example, Stephanie Meyer or E.L. James and how damn unfair it is that obviously I can string words together in a ...