To quote Q-Bert…

January 28, 2007 at 10:11 pm (Rejections, The Final Quarter, Writing)


Got an e-mail the response from Fast Ships, Black Sails finally. Unfortunately it’s been rejected: “It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the story per se but I wasn’t feeling the time period (a personal thing) and we have stories that are somewhat similar. In other words, we felt this was a good, not a great, story.”

I’ve sent “The Final Quarter” on to the Triangulation anthology. I’ve had a couple of near-misses there. We’ll see if third time really is the charm. If not, there are a couple of other places I can send it to.

Time will tell.

The novel progresseth mightily slowly:


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Tom Petty said it best…

January 17, 2007 at 5:20 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

“The waiting is the hardest part.”

Got a note from the editors at Fast Ships, Black Sails yesterday. They’re swamped and still wading through submissions. They plan to have all responses out by the middle of February. Which isn’t really all that long to wait. It’s just that they’ve had it since the end of November, and I hate wating. But that’s my own cross to bear.

I just wish I had some idea of my chances on this one. It’s a major effort with professional pay rates. The editor is a professional writer who has slotted some stories by invitation and some by open submission. So we know the competition is going to be stiff. I think “The Final Quarter” is well written, and I have perhaps a the tiniest bit of an edge in originality (how many pirate tales do you know of that incorporate college football?).

But no matter how good you think you are — or even how good you actually may be — there’s always someone out there who’s better. And it depends on the mood of the editors.

Either way, it’s not a total loss. There are a couple of possible markets for this piece even if it doesn’t make it here, and the theme has spurred writing I would have never attempted otherwise. After I wrote the short story, I decided to expand it into a novel:

What am I reading? Dance of Death by Doulglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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Well, nuts…

January 16, 2007 at 12:47 pm (Rejections, The Final Quarter, Writing)

I got another rejection from the nice editor at Triangulation: End of Time for “Routine Maintenance.” Pete Butler has been quite helpful in his critiques, so it’s not a total loss. In this case, it’s a judgement call — “Maintenance” bears too much resemblance to Stephen King’s “Trucks,” he said, so he was going to pass. On the other hand, he held the thing for nearly two months before making up his mind, so at least I know my writing doesn’t inhale too profusely.

Just finished the first draft of “Like Father, Like Daughter,” a short horror piece for the Courting Morpheus anthology. Let’s keep our fingers and everything else crossed.

Where be ye writing today?

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A good way to start the morning…

January 10, 2007 at 1:03 pm (Acceptances, The Final Quarter, Writing)

I was checking my e-mail this morning and found a message waiting from the editors of Gryphonwood. They had accepted my story “A Slice of Vengeance,” but I decided to decline and see what else I might find. Apparently they liked the story, because the message included an open invitation to publish it in Gryphonwood should I be unable to find a home for it elsewhere.

I’ll definiately keep that in mind.

Also wrote a little last night:

What am I reading? Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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The strains of writing…

January 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

I’m working on a novel, a postapocalyptic pirate tale. Don’t really have a title yet. It’ll probably wind up being fairly short, but I think when get done, I’m going to go back and rework into a fantasy/steampunk setting. I can see quite a bit of potential in that, and I think it’ll help strengthen the conflict.

The problem is finding time to write. I honestly thought I’d be done with the first draft by now, but I’m only halfway through. How do you find time to write with a wife who works part-time and needs a break from your three kids when you get home?

Avast me hearties, here be the progress so far:

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January 9, 2007 at 12:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Greetings earthlings (and the aliens from Spaxil IV — when are you going to give us your secret for really good bandwidth?)! Welcome to my corner of the ‘net. I hope you find it spiffy and groovy, or at least not entirely dull.

I am a corporate communications specialist in Texas and also do some writing of my own. when the twin pressures of work and family let me. I’m a fan of the fantasy genre, but I’ve written everything from Western to post-apocalyptic.

So, how’s stuff n things?

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