chapter 16 blog
There hasn't been a lot to update everyone about recently since making submission deadlines isn't all that exciting by itself (and I doubt you want to hear about each and every rejection letter because believe me, it gets tedious fast.)
Today however, I got an acceptance letter, which I figured you would want to know about :D
I will be having a short story featured in next month's issue of The Siren's Call eZine, which just so happens to be their fifth annual Women in Horror month issue - so I'm doubly excited about it. I'll get to work with their editor throughout the next week and it will be a really neat promotion for me.
I am a big supporter of The Siren's Call - not just because they accept my work, but because they run a wonderful eZine that promotes writers of speculative fiction and provides free, quality horror content to thousands of people. That's something I can definitely get behind, as my horror blog essentially tries to do the same thing (although I'm only reaching about a fraction of their viewers.)
I also really support Women in Horror Month. It's a great cause that tries to bridge some of the inequality that women face when writing in a genre that is definitely male-dominated (as are most speculative fiction genres, sadly.) A lot of the horror writers that I've looked up to for the past several years have been men, and a big part of that has been that they get more exposure and are easier to find across the various subgenres. Women in Horror Month showcases some very, very talented female horror writers and shows that we are every bit as talented and disturbed as men. I am so excited to be a part of that movement and so incredibly honored to be featured with so many talented women.
This is a great opportunity for me. The story I'm having featured will remain secret until next month, but I can tell you that it's a short story developed from a flash-fiction content I entered on Writing.Com. There is also some talk of it being adapted into a super awesome comic that I'm also looking forward to.
So, that's about it. I thought I would share the exciting news and I will provide some links in the future. Thank you guys for your interest in my site.
I hope that things are going well and that everyone's 2017 is getting off to a good start. I just thought I'd drop in to let everyone know I'm still here, I'm still writing, and I'm still working on things.
All of the pieces that I have polished and ready for submission are, as of this moment, submitted somewhere. I'm expecting a lot of rejections, but with any luck I'll be back on here one or twice to announce a publication from one of my 2016 submissions.
Man, I am so glad for 2016 to be over.
As for upcoming things, some of you may have noticed that I took my horror blog off hiatus. (And also technically the game blog, though I never really got the ball rolling on that one before so...) and that's eating up a fair amount of my time. I am (in theory) working on my portfolio site still. I was making really good progress on that until I lost my flash drive, but with any luck that will be turning up soon and I can wrap that all up.
I have some things coming up on the distant horizon - I have my manuscript narrowed down to just a couple options for instance and there's a good chance that I'll be writing a graphic novel at some point this year. And of course - I've got January submissions coming up.
The stories that I'll be working on this month include the following:
And, my all-time most requested aspect of original fiction
(I'm not even kidding - people seriously ask me for that all the time. I seem to have accidentally stumbled into a very specific niche with mildly BDSM-related, LGBTQ+, paranormal erotica. Who knew, right?)
And that, my dear (and possibly imaginary) readers, is what you can be expecting from me to be working on this month, as well as my daily horror flash fiction, which I'm going to try to do on a more daily basis from hereon out. One of my resolutions is to write more original stuff, and I'm only one day in, but so far it's looking good.
With any luck, there will be more updates from me in the near future, regarding the progression of the aforementioned stories, my attempts to finish a manuscript, and any potential publication attempts.