Took a six-week break from Jennings Grove in late October due to a massive increase in workload on the job. I’m glad to say that things are back on a roll, and have been for two weeks. I’d also like to thank Bret Jordan, author of the truely unique Plague, for doing the following illustration for the Jennings Grove Myspace page:
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I hate waiting. I’ve got a dozen submissions sitting out there waiting for responses, ranging from a week to nearly a year. I don’t mind the ones that are a month or so, but after about two months I start wondering if they ever got it in the first place, especially the ones that don’t have any kind of response.
Of course, it’s not all bad. “A Time to Die,” to date my only non-speculative story, earned a hold request from How’d They Do That? A hold isn’t an acceptance, and it could easily still be rejected, but I’ve got a roughly 50-50 chance (based on the number of “holds” they expect versus the number of slots available). One of my other holds is also one of my longest waits — seven months for “Like Father Like Daughter” in Courting Morpheus. I don’t have a clue about this one. Part of the story is similar to “First Night in Jennings Grove,” which the editor has seen and enjoyed, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot if there’s better submissions. The anthology will be split between open submissions (such as mine) and invited authors.
Jennings Grove continues to eat up a lot of my time and I haven’t had a chance to write anything new lately. Unfortunately, work is eating up even more time and I haven’t had a chance to write as much as I should on Jennings Grove. I’ve got about 20,000 words done, enough to get me through the first part of October. I should have a great deal more written by then, but then again, I should have a great deal more written now.
I think it’s time to send “Nothing to be Afraid of” and “The Pains of Love” to the trunk. I don’t work well with flash fiction, although I do like “Nothing to be Afraid Of” (all 120 words of it). I work better with more words; maybe I should take a stab at some of the longer flash (1,000 words or so).
But for now, I’m concentrating on Jennings Grove, which now has the entire prologue and about half the first chapter up!
It’s been awhile since I posted anything, largely because I was on vacation last week and I’ve been playing catchup this week. But I’m back bearing two pieces of good news:
First is that Jennings Grove has finally gone live. The first of a three-part prologue is up and ready for you to read.
My second piece of news is that you no longer have to boot up a computer to read a piece of fiction by Jeff Parish. Triangulation: End of Time has officially gone on sale! This anthology of speculative fiction not only includes my cowboy zombie apocalypse “That Ain’t a Mosey” (fourth in the Table of Contents), but also work from Ian Creasey, Dario Ciriello, Tim Pratt, Idan Cohen, Jetse de Vries, Michael Stone, Kurt Kirchmeier, D.K. Latta, Ashley Arnold, Matthew Johnson, Rebecca W. Day, Trent Walters, Scott Almes, Jessica E. Kaiser, Terry Hayman, Katherine Shaw, Jared Axelrod, Sue Burke and Geoffrey Thorne.
Check it out! Better yet, buy a copy.
The horror continues in a new online serial novel called Jennings Grove, presented by Graveside Tales. The darkness is coming to get you soon…
When Vernon Hamilton loses his job and prospects for employment in Houston dry up, he moves his family to a small community in far north Texas. As the sun sets, they discover just how dark the country can get away from big city lights, and they learn the darkness of Jennings Grove isn’t like other places. It’s alive, and it hungers. Can Vernon save his family from the night in his new home? Can he even save himself?
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