Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 2015 Update

I now have more stories out on submission than ever: 10, of which I’m very confident about two or three, particularly for the Hidden Youth anthology. Now I have to sit and wait for months! Aiee!

I got a lot of work done on the “hilarious new story idea” from my last two posts. The Fairy Gentrification story is about 90% of the way through its second revision, but I got sidelined by…

A Codex writing contest helped me pound out two great little pieces of flash fiction. I have to be vague because the contest is still ongoing, but I’m proud of them both. One is full of ridiculous black humor, and needs only a quick little revise before it’s ready for submission. The other one is so dense it deserves to be expanded to 2-3x the length, if not a whole dang novel. I got bit by the worldbuilding bug, and that infection plays badly with a 1000-word limit!

Writing resolutions for next month: submit flash-1, rewrite flash-2 as short story, get Fairy Gentrification to the outside-critiquer point. If I finish all those, it’ll be back to Conquistador Dragons for a fresh disemboweling1.

Personal notes: Going to Boston this weekend to see friends! I also have some more HUGE news, but I’m going to save that for its own post on Monday. Of course, anyone reading this blog has probably heard me crow about it already 🙂

Inspiration via Twitter

Inspiration comes from the strangest places. My current WIP 1 was inspired by an exchange on twitter. At first I thought it was a throwaway bit of silliness/sadness, but a day later the outline burbled up in my brain while I was on a bike ride.

The story is currently in Draft 1.5; I’m midway through the first rebuild, paused the last week or so while I worked on other stuff. But for the record, here’s the Twitter conversation that inspired the story, tentatively titled “The Gentry.”

Fourth Street Fantasy and June 2015

June was a busy month for me, in many ways other than actual writing: I moved into a new house, started a new job, and so forth. I also got sick… well, I’m sick now, but it started on the 30th so it still counts as June! Blame the illness if this post is some combination of short, rambly, and/or incoherent.

1) Attended Fourth Street Fantasy! This was my first time attending a convention in 8-10 years, and my first time as a writer. I learned a lot of things, had a lot of great conversations, saw a lot of great friends. Way too many folks to name: Viable Paradise classmates, folks I’d only seen as twitter thumbnails, professional writers and editors, new friends. I attended some fascinating panels, had thoughtful conversations on writing craft, got great advice, shared homemade pálinka, drank plentiful whiskey, talked neuroscience with Elizabeth Bear, and had a practically-jumping-up-and-down excited conversation with Max Gladstone. (Theological fantasy! Concepts made form! Behold the power of our genre!) So, yes: awesome con, would attend again; awesome people, can’t wait to see again!

2) Revised the banker-priestesses, conquistador dragons, posthuman romances, and sent them all out to markets and/or readers. Current count of active submissions: 7.

3) Very promising personal rejection from Strange Horizons on the story with Jews in the Hungarian revolution. I got a good strong reaction from the editors, very positive, even if it didn’t sell. And one of their critiques was actually useful (“oh, I hadn’t realized that would be a problem, good point”). Going out to Lightspeed as soon as they’ll take another story, and from there probably to Hidden Youth.

4) Not sure what’s going to happen with my story in Fictionvale. I still hope to publish as part of its final issue, and I had a great experience with the editor, but as of midnight tonight my contract is expired.

5) Got a hilarious new story idea. It started as a twitter joke, and then I found myself outlining it. Started putting pen to proverbial paper on it yesterday, but that was exactly when the sickness hit. Soon, though! Faeries and gentrification!