Yup! It’s that time of year again… no, I’m not talking about Halloween. Although it is coming up awfully fast and I’ll blog about that in another post. I’m talking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those not in the know)
Every year since November 2005, I’ve participated. And every year, bar 2008, I’ve won.
This year, I’ve decided to not be a rebel and write a novel from scratch. 50,000 words – all of them new. In an effort to kickstart a new series.
So far, beyond the main characters and setting, I’ve done little pre-NaNo planning.
Basically, I’m winging it and pantsing. It’s worked quite well in the past and whatever doesn’t work post NaNoWriMo will be edited out.
I’m thinking I might post snippets every day of November so you can see a little of my progress along the way.
Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below! I could use some buddies throughout the month.
For those who might want to look me up, I go by Rhiannon Brid on the forums.
Divinity is the second anthology from Iron Faerie Publishing and it’s now available to PREORDER!
My short story, A Storm of Ravens, is one of twenty one stories featured within and it’s a story about Morrighan and Dagda. Life and death coming together and the aftermath.
It’s just over 500 words and tells the story of the Morrighan and Dagda’s union at Samhain and the battle with the Formorians.
It comes out officially on the 25 October 2019.
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!
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:
I’ll be sure to share links the moment I have them.
- 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.
Ringing in the last day of September having written 1080 words of fantasy featuring wolves and ravens. It’s been an interesting time.
To say it’s been a productive day would be an understatement because I actually haven’t written this much in a while. It feels good.
Not only that but as of September 30th I’ve submitted 54 works ranging from poems and drabbles, right up to stories reaching 12k in length.
Of those 54 submissions, I’ve had five rejections and thirty-five acceptances. Fourteen remain pending.
It’s quite an impressive list and my aim is to see out 2019 with 50 acceptances.
Fingers crossed I can achieve it! If I happen to reach it before December rolls around I’ll push for 60!
If you haven’t preordered your copy of Curses & Cauldrons you’d better do it fast! This anthology goes LIVE in a matter of hours!
Within the pages of this anthology are eight of my drabbles. I won’t spoil it by rehashing what they’re about as I’ve done that twice already in previous blogs… BUT what I will say is if you haven’t, get your copy now! You won’t regret it!
Get you copy here!
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, my 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!
Iron Faerie Publishing are seeking submissions from 500 to 5000 words for their Myth and Magic anthology!
Love mythology and mythical beasts?
Then this submission opportunity is for you!
Open until full there’s still time to submit. And with over a dozen spots left to fill, you’d better get writing.
So, here’s three creatures I’ve stumbled upon during my research for this open call.
Basilisk – The Basilisk was a mythological creature so venomous that its mere glance could kill.
Chimera – From the right angle a chimera might look – if only for a second – like nothing more than a lion. But it’s far from it.
Harpy – Harpies are mythical creatures in Greek and Roman mythologies with the head of a woman and the body of a vulture.
I hope this open call and tiny selection of beasties inspires someone to write something great!
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!
Fable, the debut anthology from Iron Faerie Publishing is available to PREORDER!
My short story, Stealing Beauty, is one of sixteen stories featured within and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of a twist to it.
It’s just over 3000 words and tells the story of Isabel who swaps places with her father, who was imprisoned for stealing a rose. Not longer after meeting the man who holds her captive, it is revealed that not only is he cursed but she is as well. Both victims of an enchantress who has cursed the entire town for their wrongdoings, no matter how slight.
It comes out officially on the 5 July 2019.
Yes! I have a release date! Le Fay is to be released on August 9th!
I have agonized over this for a while, and finally settled on a release date… one that I think is fair and gives me time to polish Le Fay into something great. Unlike with Morrighan, I didn’t have two test runs of this story to fall back on. All three incarnations of Morrighan have received positive feedback and reviews and I don’t want to disappoint anyone with releasing a subpar story in my haste and excitement to see another story of mine out in the world.
June and July are also difficult months for my family, as both mine and my husband’s mum’s are no longer with us. I have to say though he handles the loss of his mum far better than I handle the loss of mine.
So, I’ve pushed it back to give myself time to fall into a heap on July 24th and come out the other side. August 9th also marks what would have been my mum’s 70th birthday. It seems like a fitting tribute.
Watch this space… because I’m absolutely loving the roads these short stories are taking.
It will be available in eBook and paperback formats across all platforms.
In the meantime… if you want to read a snippet or two… check here and here.
Just a few minutes ago I received an acceptance on my drabble, “Eyes Open”. It’s being published on the Horror Tree as part of their Trembling With Fear online publication.
It marks my twentieth acceptance for 2019. I’m hoping, that with some luck I can double that by the end of the year and maybe even hit fifty acceptances by the end of the year.
No word yet on when it will appear but I can’t wait to share it with you.
It’s done! Omg! I finished writing Le Fay early this morning. At ten past one this morning to be precise. And, wow! I think you’re all going to love it, I really do!
This journey has been incredible. I wasn’t sure for a while there if I could even write a prequel to Morrighan because the words just weren’t flowing and I didn’t want to force them, but then a spark of inspiration came and I got it done.
So, it’s done and I still need to edit it and properly format it and make sure the cover is right for the paperback… basically make it shine… so that I can release it into the world. Which means no release date yet, but soon, I swear. I just had to update you all on my progress and let you know that I hadn’t forgotten.
At just over 6,200 words it will be priced similarly to Morrighan… be sure to keep your eyes on my blog for future updates!
I can’t wait!
I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card when my Facebook group hits 200 Members!
All you have to do is join!
If you’ve liked any of what I’ve shared on my blog or are curious as to my next few releases please come along. I’d absolutely love to have you!
Author, Stacey Jaine McIntosh’s Fae Hollow
I love weaving Celtic mythology into my stories and writing about faeries and other paranormal beings. There’s so much fun to be had with creatures that can’t lie.
Okay, so I’m not that wicked, but I am weary.
As you can see, I spent April blogging up a storm, and I loved every literal second of it. (Pun intended) But, in doing so I wore myself out.
My plan before April… was that I would post daily throughout May, but obviously April happened and now we’re ten days in and I’m busy finishing short stories while editing others.
All that means is I’ll take a more leisurely pace until June.
So, on that note what I have been hard at work on is a paranormal romance short story that is just over 15k! It features faeries and woods and the turning of the seasons from autumn to winter and while it needs a little work before it can be submitted for consideration into a rather epic anthology that Juliet Marillier is featured in, I am hopeful. I’m keeping everything crossed that my story is good enough and that I manage to make all the edits in time, because it would mean the absolute world to me if it was published.