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!

The 52 Short Stories Challenge

Originally, the idea is to write 52 short stories in 52 weeks! (*bursts out laughing*). Yeah that’s not happening. But I’m chipping away at these prompts, and I’m loving it. Here’s my progress. Will update as I continue.

1. A story entitled “A New Beginning” (done, and published at The Fictional Cafe)

2. A story about rising to a challenge (“Snake Charmer” published in Saw Palm)

3. A retelling of a fairytale (“The Twelve, Dancing” done and published in Quantum Fairy Tales)

4. A story about three siblings. (“We Kill the Skull Man” appearing in My American Nightmare)

5. A story set in London (“Idylls of the King” Published soon in Running Wild Press’s short story anthology v. 2)

6. A story about finding something that has been lost. (“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” which appears in Intellectual Refuge)

7. A story about a journey. (“Thriller”)

8. A story set during a war (“The Kitchen at the End of the World” in anthology Enter the Rebirth)

9. A creepy story (“Our Lady of the Crossroads” published in the “Wizards in Space” literary journal)

10. A story featuring a countdown (“Countdown”)

11. A story set at a full moon. (“Motherhood of the Wolf)

12. A story about a contest or competition. (“MVP”)

13. A story that takes place entirely inside a vehicle. (“The Witch Tree”)

14. A story from a villain’s perspective. (Snow White’s Villain retelling)

15. A story set at a concert or festival.

16. A story that begins with a gunshot.

17. A story set in a country you’ve never been to.

18. A story about a historical figure.

19. A story set in a theatre.

20. A story written in 2nd person narrative.

21. A story set on another planet.

22. A story written from the perspective of someone dead/undead

23. A story about a birthday.

24. A story that ends on a cliffhanger.

25. A story set at the summer solstice.

26. A story about nostalgia.

27. A story that features a song or poem.

28. A story that ends at sunrise.

29. A story opening with the words “F*** you!”

30. A story about a magical object.

31. A story set at sea.

32. A story about a curse.

33. A story set 100 years in the future.

34. A story about loneliness.

35. A story that features a real recent newspaper article.

36. A story written from an animal’s perspective.

37. A story about a scientific discovery.

38. A story set on another planet.

39. A story with only one character.

40. A story about a secret.

41. A romance that ends in tragedy.

42. A tragedy that ends in romance.

43. A retelling of a recent Hollywood movie.

44. A story that takes place the year you were born.

45. A story about a near-death experience.

46. A story about anger.

47. A story about a magic spell.

48. A story set in a strange small town.

49. A story about justice being done.

50. A creation myth.

51. A story set at Christmas.

52. A story entitled “The End”.