Milestones

Well, I did it! With the acceptance of my poetry and a short story into two different anthologies I now have 56 pieces accepted for publication over the last ten months.

I am so thankful to the publishers who have accepted my stories and poetry over the last ten months, it means the world to me.

In light of this recent milestone, I’ve decided to challenge myself.

My aim now is for 75 acceptances by December 31st 2019.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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Hello, October!

Sadly, being in Oz I don’t get to share autumnal images or pumpkin spiced anything with you all in the northern hemisphere. But… I do get to share in Halloween, which I’ll be sure to blog about later in the month. It’s mostly for the kids, let’s face it, as a mum of four it’s always about the kids.

In the spirit of Halloween I’ve subbed to a few Halloween inspired anthologies and while a few are pending I feel like this is the perfect time to promote Forests of Fear from Blood Song Books.

This anthology will be available for purchase on October 31st 2019. I have three stories included:

  • Wild Fae, a story about a murder loving faerie.
  • Candy Corn Wolves, a story about Halloween and werewolves.
  • Witch in the Wood, a story about what witches get up to on Halloween.
  • I’ll be sure to share links the moment I have them.
  • Blood, Fire & Ravens

    I’ve had a lot going on recently, not all of it good unfortunately. But, I’ve pulled myself out the other side and am back to making things happen once again.

    So on to the business end of things… I’ve got a few story submissions to mention. Firstly, img_2357-1my story, Of Blood & Fire, was accepted into the Coffins & Dragons anthology by Dragon Soul Press. The release date has yet to be revealed but as soon as it is I’ll let you know.

    Secondly, my story, A Storm Of Ravens, will be published in Divinity, an anthology by Iron Faerie Publishing. It’s scheduled for release on the 25th of October 2019.

    I have other news to share, but I’ll make a separate post and share it when I’m not so strapped for time. Weekends don’t allow me much time at the PC. My kids have a tendency to hog it when I’m not quick enough. Roll on, Monday. LOL!

    Birthday Giveaway #2

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    I had such fun doing this last year that I decided to do it again.

    From now until midnight August 1st, I’m hosting a giveaway.

    Up for grabs is the following:

    1 x ebook copy of Fable, featuring one of my short stories, Stealing Beauty.

    1 x ebook copy of Lost, a collection of short stories.

    To Enter:

    Like this post and leave a comment below to be placed in the draw.

    Entries  close at midnight (Perth, WA Time) 1st August 2019.

    Winners will be announced at random courtesy of random.org. by midnight 2nd August 2019.

     

     

    Fable is in the Top 100!

    Woohoo! 🎉

    The anthology, featuring my short story, Stealing Beauty, is currently sitting at #95 for Fantasy Anthologies.

    It’s really exciting and I can’t wait for Release Day on Friday!

    So, please if you haven’t… PREORDER a copy of Fable now. Myself and the 15 other authors would love to see this anthology reach new heights!

    Pre-order Today!

    Week Sixteen

    Today is the end of the sixteenth week of the 365 Writing Challenge and I failed dismally this week in way of words added to pieces of fiction and poetry. However, I did write an impressive 2,114 words on my blog. So, that’s a win in my book.

    So, what have I accomplished in the past seven days?

    Let’s list it shall we and find out!

    • Added 100 words to an Iron Faerie Publishing submission piece.
    • Added 100 words to Le Fay.
    • Submitted one drabble to Black Hare Press.
    • Wrote one poem.
    • Edited a couple of short stories.

    And of course, the wait for contest scores continues, as does waiting to hear back on a few – 5 – submissions I’ve sent to publishers in the last month.

    Of course, that list doesn’t include my work with The Horror Tree which can often be overwhelming or my work with Iron Faerie Publishing.

    Until next week (or the week after that). Happy writing.

    Week Fifteen

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    Today is the end of the fifteenth week of the 365 Writing Challenge and I’ve managed to write 1156 words across seven days.

    So, what have I accomplished over the past week?

    Let’s list it shall we and find out!

    • Wrote a further 644 words and completed Of Blood and Fire. It comes in at 5,044 words and was submitted in the early hours of Thursday, 11th April.
    • Continued work on Le Fay, writing a further 300 words. It’s now sitting at 4,000/6,000 words. I had to push the deadline back two weeks.
    • Wrote two short poems.
    • I’ve sat staring at my untitled story for the Summer Splash anthology more than I would like but I’ve managed to get 156 words down.

    Of course, that list doesn’t include my work with The Horror Tree which can often be overwhelming or my work with Iron Faerie Publishing. Or any of the blogs I’ve written over the last week.

    Until next week (or the week after that). Happy writing.

    Confessions From an Indie Author Trying to Make it as a Blogger

    44148_20150318_232444_FIGHTAlright, I confess. I tried something new today with my blog. I posted two blogs when I normally only post one.

    Surprisingly, it got results. Bigger and better than I ever would have hoped for. So, THANK YOU!

    The blog itself was inspired in part by all the poetry blogs I have subscribed to, and… the fact (which I didn’t know until today) that’s it’s National Poetry Month! Finally, it was written because I didn’t want to just write another post about the Arthurian Myths (which I adore) lest I bore you all to death. So, I shared Tennyson’s rather epic poem instead.

    The second was my obligatory weekly recap for the 365 Writing Challenge post. Long overdue, as I try to write them weekly, but last week was met with a flurry of blogging updates, and little room or time to actually write that second post last Monday.

    I can’t promise to write every day. That’s just… impossible for me between trying to split myself between family and writing. I’m not quite organized enough to successfully schedule my time the way I know I should. I try but I inevitably wind up dropping balls or something unexpected happens that wipes out everything I had planned for that day, and attempting to catch up the next day never works the way you think it will.

    But, I do promise I’ll try. Assuming you’re all willing to stick with me as I navigate the blogosphere.

    So, on that final note, I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU again to all of you who’ve stopped by recently and liked or followed my blog, I really do appreciate it from the bottom of my heart and I hope you’ll keep coming by so that you can stay up to date with my writing progress. Whatever the achievement.

    Until next time,

    Stacey

    Week Thirteen and Fourteen

    Today is the end of the fourteenth week of the 365 Writing Challenge and I’ve managed to write 5008 words across fourteen days. Hard to believe, I know. This of course, doesn’t count the words that go into my blog posts, if it did, I can guarantee you the word count would be higher.

    So, what have I accomplished in the past two weeks?

    Let’s list it shall we and find out!

    • Started work on Of Blood and Fire – I’m 4,408 words into the short story which is centred around King Arthur and Camelot. Complete with dragons and… vampires. Yep! You heard correctly. Vampires!
    • Submitted a poem, Raven Queen to Dragon Soul Press.
    • Edited two short stories.
    • Edited 9,000 words worth of articles for a client.
    • Submitted my short story, The Drowning Pool to Pixie Forest Publishing’s anthology At Death’s Door.
    • Wrote a 600 word scene that will eventually be included in the WIP Eldritch.
    • Wrote two more poems
    • Wrote two drabbles

    Of course, that list doesn’t include my work with The Horror Tree which can often be overwhelming or my work with Iron Faerie Publishing.

    All up it’s lead to a very busy, but productive two weeks.

    Until next week (or the week after that). Happy writing.

    Week Twelve

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    It’s goodbye to yet another week of the 365 Writing Challenge and I’ve written a grand total of 2,200 words… which is slightly up from last week.

    So much has happened this week, most of which I have already blogged about. So, I won’t go into it again. Suffice to say, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the poetry anthology from Dragon Soul Press that has my two little poems in it, when it releases in June.

    I also received my copy of Spring’s Blessing in the mail, which featured my short story, The Dawning of Spring. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy you can do so here.

    Well that’s about it for this week.

    Happy Writing.

     

    200 Followers

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    Thank you all so much. You guys are beyond awesome! It’s been an incredible nine months since I hit my last milestone and so humbling to find myself at 200 followers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me.

    I vowed back in June 2018 that I’d share more about my writing journey and my kids. I think I’ve succeeded in sharing more about my writing but not so much about my kids.

    So, I thought I’d use this post to share a bit about the other side of my life, as a mum to four kids. Yep, four… crazy, right? It comes as a shock to some, actually. In fact, I’m asked a lot how I keep my sanity. Sometimes, I don’t. But sleep helps, that and copious amounts of coffee.

    I love my kids to pieces, but they do at times drive me up the wall. My husband too, at times, but I guess that comes with the territory.

    My eldest son is thirteen… a teenager, and it hasn’t sunk in yet. He’s outgrown me. (That hasn’t quite sunk in, either) I still find myself thinking of him as the same kid who surprised us all by reading at three and a half. He received Harry Potter at seven and devoured the books in quick succession. He’ll still pick them up and reread them to this day. He hates having to clean his room.

    My daughter is quite a bit like me. She came into the world incredibly early, at not even a kilo and has left her mark every day since. At eleven she’s an absolute riot. Loves cats, horses and origami and hates the colour pink. Which according to her brother is the weirdest thing ever.

    My next eldest son is ten and insanely smart and sometimes frustrating bundle of energy. I think he learnt to run before he learnt to walk, because he never stops. He loves Lego and minecraft and anything and everything space related and is slowly getting into fantasy books. He hates stir-fry and homework.

    My youngest son is eight and has never quit trying to keep up with his older siblings. He loves trains, Peter Rabbit and Groot from the Marvel universe. His favourite colour is green. He’s broken bones and had stitches but I can’t think of a single thing he hates right now, when I do, I’ll be sure to share.

    And that’s pretty much the snapshot into my kids and each of their very different personalities.

     

    Week Eleven

    Today is the end of the eleventh week of the 365 Writing Challenge and I’ve managed to write 2,100 words and get some editing done on a few of my short stories I wrote last month. I’m still waiting on my scores for Phase 4 of Fantasia Divinity’s Interpretations Contest, but I’m hopeful they’ll hit my inbox very soon.

    In other writing news, I have four short stories awaiting completion so that I can submit them to various anthologies, plus close to a dozen drabbles to write for another submission opportunity.

    March is beginning to feel just a little overwhelming of late, but I’m trudging through and I’ll make it through to the other end, hopefully unscathed. And who knows, maybe by the end of the month, I’ll have a couple of acceptances to add to my pile of ever growing acceptances.

    Until next week. Happy writing.

    10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

    So, in light of today’s events I thought I would post something more lighthearted and have some fun along the way. Maybe even manage to lift people’s spirits as well.

    My heart is with New Zealand at this tragic time. May those who lost their lives find peace and those who are injured, recover.

    And now without further ado, here’s my list:

    1. I can play the piano.

    2. There’s a replica of Excalibur sitting in my living room.

    3. I don’t like beer.

    4. I’ve visited Heath Ledger’s Memorial Monument at Heathcote Reserve.

    5. I love Hawaiian Pizza. Pineapple is gold!

    6. I’ve met Juliet Marillier, Claudia Gray and James Masters and have each of their signatures.

    7. I have two tattoos. A Pegasus and a Leo sign

    8. I think sloths are creepy.

    9. I wrote my first novel, Charity, at eighteen and I’ve got no plans to publish it… ever!

    10. I’ve never read Stephen King. I did watch the movie version of The Mist with my husband and handled it relatively okay, until the final scene.

    Week Seven to Ten

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    And, I dropped the ball. I find it ironic that the last post I made to this series was on February 11th. Today marks the tenth week of the 365 Writing Challenge.

    These last four weeks I’ve written roughly 8,796 new words, finished my Phase 5 short story for Fantasia Divinity Magazine‘s competition and started work on Le Fay, the prequel to Morrighan.

    Lost, my collection of short stories, was published on March 28th on kindle and paperback.

    If you haven’t purchased a copy, I’d love it if you would consider doing so.

    Here’s the LINK!

    Until next week.

    I hope.

    Fingers crossed.

     

    Week Six

    Today is the end of the sixth week of the 365 Writing Challenge during which I’ve written 3,199 words. It’s up from last week and actually feels pretty good.

    I’m still chipping away at my fifth contest entry. It’s going slower than I would like because of the research. There’s not a great deal of information about my person of interest. Plenty of movies and tv shows but when you’re trying to get down to what really happened… it’s a little more difficult. Thankfully it’s not due til the end of this month, so I have time to get it finished. Hopefully, the judges like it.

    All in all a good week, writing wise. I hope to be as productive next week.

    I promise I’ll keep you all posted.