It’s good to take stock, to turn the gaze backwards to get the level of the landscape. To determine exactly how much time I’ve spent staring at the computer screen. Actually, it’s been a great writing year, regardless of the state of the time portal.
Two things that have happened over the last month are simply astounding, for me personally. I was asked to be guest reader for SmokeLong Quarterly (
https://twitter.com/SmokeLong/status/1466526373871337479) and they also nominated my piece for Best Microfiction ( https://twitter.com/SmokeLong/status/1462548564853227520). Yep. Unbelievable. If I think about it for too long, I can’t feel my toes.
I’ve also been a little silly and collected some stats for the year, which are below. Just for funsies.
End of Year Stats – 2021
Submissions – 111
Rejections – 103
Acceptances – 8
Publications – 6
Stories written – 38
Noms – 1
Other awards and near misses – 4 longlists/HMs
Agent queries – 18
Agent rejections – 13
3 requests (including pitch contests)
Two passes and edits of IITAOFA
17K written of War Island
Other Lit Involvement:
Blog editor for LSQ
Guest reading for SLQ
lotsa beta reading
Took three workshops
Active in 3 writing/reading groups
I’m looking forward to writing in 2022, to channeling the joy that writing brings and the community that supports it. Wishing the same for everyone. Love to all and Happy New Year!
Picture by Anna Sushok on Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/photos/WmtH0ysU65A
I have a new something up with the amazing folks at Cheap Pop. A little something. Actually, a very little something with snakes and knives and being whittled into not much at all.
I did have a pocket knife growing up that was my mother’s, though the rest is a different story altogether.
…where I talk about my favorite bugs, how to pick a title, and why writing a story is like assembling a wonky car.
This amazing, beautiful publication is out and (I need to breathe a little before I say it) contains my quirky micro, “The Larvae of Tree-Dwelling Species Stay Where They Hatch”.
It’s a spontaneous creation nightmare, sort of. It’s a love story, sort of.
The insurance company does not care for the 500 pound robin, at all.
Besides my story, there are nine other, incredible selections. Go read them.
My drabble is up at Daily Science Fiction. Takes about three breaths to read. Plenty of time to get back to work on that knitted balaclava and maybe pull some weeds in the garden.
Look at how lovely! Each cover hand painted and hand-sewn. Only 50 in the world. My poem, “Snow Queen in Exile” feels wrapped in creative joy.
Which is amazingly awesome! I’m really honored Meow Meow Pow Pow chose my piece to nominate. There are lots of fantastic stories in the cue, and it feels good just to be standing in line.
My flash story, “Snapdragons Come Back Every Year” is now up at F(r)iction, just in time for some campy Halloween goofiness. So read on if you are interested in seeing what may happen when the couch bursts into blooms of gerbera daisies and a thistle seeds itself into your coffee cup.
Also, the art by Hailey Renee is divine.
Hello all! This happened a few weeks ago, but somehow I forgot to mention it here! Super excited to see this one up in the newest edition of Twist in Time magazine.
The impetus behind this story was a contest that assigned very specific prompts: a story written in Japan during the 1890’s. A lot of research later, I hope the story captures a window of the time period with just a smidgeon of fantasy.
Tea and the Weight of Spirits