Today’s monthly update brought to you by the letter Coffee and the number 5:
5) Novel progress: on schedule, despite two weekends traveling! As of last night, the #cdnovel is just under 30k words.
4) Got an expected publication date for my next Strange Horizons story: June 6.
3) Loving my current short story. Can’t give you any details because it’s for an anonymized contest, but the project has me very excited (if slightly distracted from my novel).
2) I conjured a flash story from scratch to submission: a bit of black humor called The Time Cookie Wars. Because some days, snacktime destroys the multiverse.
1) This weekend I’m finally going to send something out to my mailing list. Sign up on the right if you want to hear publication announcements, exclusive content, and possible cat pictures!
Pssst! The Scientist Ghost Story is tentatively scheduled to appear in Strange Horizons on June 6!
I just sent in pronunciation notes for the podcast version, which required a funny bit of juggling. One non-English name gets spoken by a character who wouldn’t know how to pronounce it correctly, so I had to send their fine Podcast Editor a mispronunciation guide.
Less than six weeks until I can share this story with everyone!
Why, who is that on the MidAmeriCon 2 guests page?
Well, lots of awesome people, frankly.
I may be up there for my experience with neuroscience and sMars as for my writing – I applied for a guest slot back in December before I’d made my first pro sale. But that does not abate my excitement in the least!
So, in that March monthly update the other day, I concluded with a mention of some good news that’s not yet ready for release. Tease time is over, and I am superthrilled to announce that I have sold another story to the illustrious Strange Horizons!
“The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.” (aka the Scientist Ghost story) is a story about what it’s like to be the ghost who’s eternally repeating the moment of their death.
It’s the most challenging story I’ve ever written, and as a result of that battle, it’s one of my best for sure. I can’t wait to share it with all of you, and I’ll announce all over the place (especially twitter and mailing list) when I have a date & a release!
March has been a busy month! It saw the publication of my first pro story, and many more of my recent stories getting released into the wilds for the first time. Of my 11 stories currently out on submission, 7 of them were launched in March. That includes first releases for my Conquistador Dragon epic fantasy (my many-times-rewritten Viable Paradise application piece), and the Sentient Mining Equipment space opera.
I also produced a new first draft, but I rather hate it, so it may go straight to the trunk. If I want to dig out and rewrite a story, I have better options in my backlog.
Despite that one diversion, I focused on a lot of revisions and releases this past month, because I wanted to clear my plate to focus on my novel! After about two weeks of work, the as-yet-unnamed Conquistador Dragon Novel is about 10k words in, and thus already the longest thing I’ve already written. I post regular novel-progress updates on twitter with the #cdnovel hashtag; not because the world cares about my daily wordcounts, but because the public announcement process keeps me motivated. Those 400-word days are embarrassing!
I seem to have joined a “Novel Before Worldcon” challenge (ahem, #NovelBeforeWorldCon), though I hope to have the first draft done well before then, despite the serious word count I need to rack up for an epic fantasy.
Finally, I have some good news that’s not yet ready for release. Stay tuned!