A lot can happen in three weeks. Yes, that’s how long its been since my last post. We, in the Southern Hemisphere have said goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring. Of course, the weather around here can’t quite make up its mind.
I love today for two reasons. One, because it’s officially Spring and two because the day and night are equal. Which somehow makes today seem more magical.
Aside from that, I’ve been busy writing. Working on a range of different stories, from drabbles right the way up to longer fiction. Right now I’m struggling with a 2,000 word short story. I love the concept but the words just aren’t flowing the way I want them to and I really hate the thought of having to give up on the submission opportunity so I’m stubbornly persisting with it in the hopes that something comes of it fairly soon.
So, fingers crossed. I think I’m going to need all the luck I can get.
If in the meantime you want to check out any one of the stories I’ve had accepted for publication so far, go here. And if you haven’t caught up on my mini Camelot Series you can do so here.
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!
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.
I thought I’d put it out there that Iron Faerie Publishing has a few Submission Calls currently open. The latest of which is…
They are seeking stories about faeries from Irish, English, Welsh and Scottish origins be they from the Seelie or Unseelie Court or the unaligned. Dark and Light elves are also welcome, as well as the more domesticated (household) fey.
Genres wanted are urban fantasy and paranormal or dark paranormal fantasy. No horror.
Word Count: 2000 to 4000 (No stories over 4,000 or under 2,000 words will be accepted)
Submissions Close: 1st August 2019 or UNTIL FULL
Response Time : within 3 weeks after submissions close.
Compensation: A Contributors Copy (eBook)
Reprints Accepted: No
Estimated Release Date is TBA!
So, what are you waiting for? Get writing!
Yes. The struggle is real! And, along with struggling to find something worthy to write about tonight, I’m struggling to figure out which of my WIPs I should be focusing on.
First World problems, I know. But it’s true, and the answer should be simple, but it’s not.
Too many stories and not enough time, and even more writing opportunities keep popping up out of the woodwork. I swear, my anxiety is in overdrive, because I just don’t want to miss out, you know?
It’s hard. I’d forgo sleep, but I need sleep. There’s only so much coffee a person (namely I) can drink before I wind up bouncing off the walls. I think the official tally is about 6 cups over the course of a day.
So, in the interest of saving me from simply procrastinating and winding up following the internet down some rabbit hole… trust me it happens often. One minute I’m researching something for a story and the next I’m somewhere totally unrelated… would anyone be willing to share what they’re working on at the moment? It doesn’t have to be a novel or short story. It could be a poem or your latest blog post. Who knows, it might create a spark of inspiration for my own writing.
It’s done. I’ve not only finished an epic 5,000 word story, but I’ve submitted it too. It’s currently winging its way into the hands of the Dragon Soul Press editors as I type.
I just hope they like it.
I’ve spent the last forty-five minutes winding down since I did a mad dash to write what I thought was 400 words but was really 600 words in as little time as possible tonight so I could get the story finished.
It took two hours.
Sadly, it’s not much of an update but I had to share nonetheless, now that the excitement coupled with nerves has died down.
My short story, Beauty is being published in Iron Faerie Publishing‘s forthcoming anthology, Fable.
It’s a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, which was first recorded by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740.
I’ll share more as soon as I’m able.
I’ve been writing more and submitting a lot of stories this month and it seems to be paying off.
I received an acceptance email from Blood Song Books in my inbox for four of my drabbles to appear in their upcoming anthology, Curses and Cauldrons.
The stories are: Down the Rabbit Hole, The Keeper, The Witches Mark & Undersea.
Each is just 100 words but packs a punch in their own way I think.
I can’t wait to see this anthology in print. There’s nothing better than holding a copy of a book that has your work inside.
I just submitted a flash fiction piece to a flash fiction anthology moments ago. I have another longer piece that I’m writing and two other short stories on the back burner that I plan to write and submit to other anthologies if I get the time.
I might be juggling just a little too much currently.
Between several novel projects and short story projects, coordinating book reviews, writing up author interview questions (and trying to mix it up a little each time with each new author – not so easy) as well as keeping on top of three social media platforms and a blog. All while trying to keep up with a house, hubby, for kids… not to mention fulfilling job networking requirements when looking for suitable employment for part time work.
That’s the really sad part about this. Having spent the past eleven years raising kids, I’m kind of unemployable. And freelance work… as I’ve said before is kind of hit and miss. The jobs I have gotten, while promising to be ongoing have dried up after a month or two.
That said, I am hard at work making improvements to my novel The Winter Princess. It’s coming along slowly because there’s one PC for six people… and my children have found a few PC games that they like to play on weekends… so stealing time at night is very much my routine of late… unless the hubby beats me to it and steals it for himself.
And because I’m feeling generous, I’ve decided to share a small portion with you.
Here it is, the opening of The Winter Princess
The Winter Queen lounged on an icy crystalline throne as her gown of dark grey silk and taffeta billowed out around her. The hair piled atop her head held a darkness that paled the silk; the tiara of silver and sapphires shone in contrast. Having counted silently on my fingers, one hand held the sum of occasions that I had entered the drafty throne room before now. Setting foot here was unusual for me which led me to be painfully aware of every detail as I approached.
I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll share more.