Another rejection, this time from Magic and Mechanica for “Dreadneck.” Too slow, too much repetition.
You know, I hear occasionally about “rewrite requests.” What exactly merits something like that?
Oh, well. I’ll probably do some revisions and send this on to somewhere else.
I’ve got bit of other stuff to work on.
Some time back, I volunteered for the Freehold shared world project over at Carnifex Press. It’s set to be a series of four trilogies. Armand Rosamilia writes a novella to introduce each book, and then there’s about five or so short stories from various writers.
For a while there, I thought this whole thing would never get off the ground. But, sports fans, I’m pleased to announce the wait is over. I’m in the “Twins” series, and my proposal was accepted for Book I, “Beggars and Thieves.” It’s about an evil-tempered, deformed little gargoyle of a beggar. Got to love my twisted little mind, eh? As a writer in the series, I’ll have another story in either Book II or III.
One of the things about this particular project I find the most intriguing is that it’s a group project. I write a story, give it to the group and they tear it to shreds — er, I mean critique it. I should have the story done and in their clutches this week.
Still, I hope to be able to get back on the novel soon.
Got another rejection for “Routine Maintenance,” this time from Shimmer. So the hunt for a home continues…
Also got one for “The Pains of Love” from 971 Menu.
No word yet on any other submissions floating around out there, although I did receive a note from the Triangulation: End of Time editor saying he should get to “The Final Quarter” this weekend.
Just sent a sort of fantasy/steampunk story for the “Magic & Mechanica” anthology. Pitch Black was going to put this together, but that one folded. Another house, Ricasso Press, has picked it up.
I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed here.
But I finally replaced all those Zokotu word meters on the site. I liked them, but I got tired of seeing the broken images. You go to the site and it says the account has been suspended.
The replacement is admittedly large, but I like the cartoon image. After some hunting, Im found it in the Writertopia “toolbox.” They have a much smaller “picometer,” but I thought it lacked any real personality. It’s just a box. I think this one is worth the space:
I know I should be working on the novel, but I’ve found once I get a story idea bouncing around my skull, I can’t really do much of anything else until it’s done.
In this case, the story is a cross-genre Western and zombie tale that I hope to have published in the Permuted Press anthology History is Dead. This one’s got it all — zombies, cowboys, longhorns, zombie cowboys and even zombie longhorns. Given that it’s my first zombie tale, I’m rather proud of it. I think I may be even more proud of the title: “That Ain’t a Mosey.” It’s not too often I come up with a title I like that much. I just hope they like the story (I’ll send it after giving it a little bit of the ol’ spit an’ polish).
A Slice of Vengeance is up and posted at Gryphonwood. That’s publication number three!
I’d still like to get something in print. There’s something about being able to hold a book or magazine with your name in it.
Sometimes things just don’t go your way. Yet another rejection from Fast Ships, Black Sails for “Where the Sun Don’t Shine.” 😦
“We liked parts of this, but we’ll have to pass.” Then he suggested I try Shimmer’s pirate issue (the same thing he said for “The Final Quarter” — I guess he’s sending everything their way). I think I’m going to have to pass on that particular piece of advice, however. “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” is too long for Shimmer’s 5,000-word limit, and I don’t know that I could (or would want to) cut enough out to meet it. Plus, I think this story’s good enough to start shopping around to professional markets.
My first stop is Fantasy Magazine. They’re one of the few print publications who take electronic submissions, and I just prefer going that route. If they reject it, I’m considering Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.
Too bad I don’t have the time/money to do my own fantasy magazine. I’ve even got a title: “Better Gnomes and Goblins.”
Who wouldn’t want to read that?