Winter 2019 Updates

Thank you ever so much for thawing out your fingers to click on this blog post! Daaammnnn… what a winter. You would think that having all of these snow days would assist my writing, but I still haven’t managed to get much done!

I do have to give a serious shout-out to my writing group. I’ve been meeting with them once a month since last spring. Beth, Eleanor, and David — thank you so much for all of your valuable feedback on my recent short stories. If you can believe this, I am planning to revive Cultbreakers and have them help me craft it into something I can sell. I still have faith in that novel, and someday, I want it to find a home. If all else fails, I will self publish. Julia’s story needs to be told.

Unfortunately, my submissions to Unlocking the Magic and Release the Virgins were rejected. However, spoiler alert, I have a really good feeling about Writers of the Depths! I want to wait until things are totally official though before I share too much.

I finished and submitted the manuscript for the novel based on “Idylls of the King” titled Legendary. My editor, Lisa, and I are working together on revisions. I’m almost done with my first edit based on her feedback. Right now we are still scheduled for a late 2019 release! EEE! Learn more about my publisher here.

In more news from Running Wild Press, the anthology of short stories that contains “Idylls of the King” was included in a red carpet gift bag for nominees and presenters of the Golden Globes! Yes, seriously! Some of the celebs that received our book were Benedict Cumberbatch, Glenn Close, Tina Fey, Bradley Cooper, and the incomparable LADY GAGA. Here’s what the gift bag looked like:

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And here’s a nice write-up from my local paper 🙂

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Five Months and NO UPDATES?!? Sorry.

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted writing updates! Lots of great stuff has been happening, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

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So, the biggest news is that the editor of Running Wild’s Anthology of Short Stories Vol. 2 asked me to write a novel based on my story “Idylls of the King.” I know, right? Major squeeeee! I immediately started on the manuscript. I worked with the editor to develop an outline, and she gave me some excellent suggestions.

The novel picks up eleven years after the short story, but the short story is also included within the context of the novel through a flashback. I spent a few months working on the manuscript, and I finished it in early June. Since then, I have had one beta reader look at it, and have done two full edits. A second beta reader has it now, and is currently leaving me comments to think about. I’m so grateful to Jill and Jason for their time and energy.

Once I get through a third editing draft, then I think I’m ready to submit the novel to my editor. My editor…*swoons* I have ALWAYS wanted to say that phrase. It makes me sound so professional!

In other news, I.O.W.A was a lot of fun. I broke even on sales, but I got to spend my time talking to the wonderful Randy Roeder and Brian K. Morris, and hang out with Alexandra Penn and Erin Casey too. They are all amazing writers, so you should check out their work!

I’ve also been hard at work on a few short stories. I found three wonderful anthologies I really wanted to submit to, so I wrote stories for them.

Unlocking the Magic (edited by Vivian Caethe, who brought us Humans Wanted)

Writers of the Depths 

Release the Virgins! 

I’ve already submitted for Release the Virgins! and I’m getting some beta reads and help from others for Unlocking the Magic and Writers of the Depths. There are such interesting themes for anthologies out there these days. If I get accepted to any, I’ll let you know.

I hope not to be away for so long, but working on “Idylls of the King” has really sucked up my time. But I’ll try to be better about keeping you posted.

Stay cool!