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Exciting News!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Exciting News!

Exciting News!

Hello everyone out there in blog-land! I’m super-ultra-mega excited to announce today that one of my stories “The Night You Were A Comet” will be published in August(ish) of this year in the Alien Artifacts anthology by Zombies Need Brains, LLC. This is one of my newer stories, and I’m very proud of it. For those eager to buy a copy who didn’t get a chance to participate in the Kickstarter, pre-orders for electronic and print copies of the anthology are available here. Hugs and Puppies, -C...

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Tales of the Submission Carousel

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Tales of the Submission Carousel

Tales of the Submission Carousel

I was minding my own business this morning, doing my usual Saturday routine of updating my rejections in my submission log (I use Submission Grinder now which I highly recommend) and sending stories back out to new markets when I realized I’d crossed the 100 submission mark.  I stared at my numbers for a few minutes because I couldn’t really believe it. Submissions: 100 Rejections: 81 Acceptances: 5 Now, these numbers are not 100% accurate. I had sent out a handful of submissions before I went off to Viable Paradise in October of 2013, but the stories were just awful and really...

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I Survived SmokeCon!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 | Comments Off on I Survived SmokeCon!

I Survived SmokeCon!

As the title says, I managed to survive the Smokepocalypse at Sasquan this weekend. Mostly the weather was quite lovely, although on Friday the sky looked like this in the afternoon: I made that my early night because I got a monster headache after being exposed to the smoke for a while. It smelled like the entire city was sitting inside a campfire. I felt sorry for people with lung ailments and I hope it rains there soon because the terrible air quality wasn’t fun. Aside from it looking like the end of days one day out of four, Sasquan was pretty wonderful for me. I met so many great...

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Writing for the Big Screen

Posted by on May 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Writing for the Big Screen

Writing for the Big Screen

In my various travels around ye olde internets I found a pretty cool writing contest that I thought I’d share here: The Writers Lab. This contest seeks to match up women over 40 interested in screenwriting with mentors. I wish I had a screenplay ready to send to them, but alas, I don’t. Hopefully this is something they repeat next year. Screenwriting is something I’ve thought about a lot. My writing is dialog heavy to start with. Most of my scenes come to me first as a snatch of dialog that gets filled in afterward with details. It’s also not really a secret that...

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Motivational Sneaker

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 | 2 comments

Motivational Sneaker

I’ve been struggling to find motivation to write lately, so I thought maybe looking at things a different way would help. I pulled up my submission statistics and I was pretty impressed with what I found! 2013 2014 2015  Total Submissions 5 39 15 59 Personal Rejections 1 8 2 11 Total Rejections 4 36 7 47 Acceptances 0 3 1 4 Pending 0 1 7 8 These only reflect short story submissions as my novel queries are counted on a separate site. I was pleased to see that I’m on pace for 45 submissions this year. That seems a reasonable goal, especially considering much of February and March...

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Oh My Darlin’

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Oh My Darlin’

Oh My Darlin’

(I’m testing out some new posting apps today so apologies of this spams all my social media in an awful way, though I’m hopeful it will not.) I’ve been slacking on blog posts, yet again. Mostly, I think, I just haven’t had much to say. Everything in the new house is going well. We spend a lot of our spare time exploring the area so that’s probably part of the reason for less posts, and writing in general, on my part. The big news I have to share is a new member of our household. Those who follow me on Twitter of Facebook have likely seen her already, but this is...

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