Just a brief catch-up here on what’s been happening. Brief, because what’s been happening = not much 😛
This week, I put my second original short story of the year, “Beneath the Foundations” in the can and submitted to the Sword and Mythos anthology. I’m not optimistic because the story that bubbled up was not along the lines that the editor said she was looking for.
The editor was looking for aboriginal (not just NA, but Australian, etc.) northern Africa, Arab, Indian, or Asian settings, female protagonists, and in general, a new spin on the old Cthulian genre.
BtF is medieval European, specifically England during the time that King Alfred was ousted
by the Danes and was gathering his forces to retake Wessex and Mersea. Adric, the protagonist, is male, though he is a little person, and by that I don’t mean that he was a pixie, but short of stature.
He’s bought by a Danish lord, Ofded, as a sapper along with several other boys from St. Jerome’s. Proper miners supervise the expendable boys in the endeavour. Alfred’s supposedly harbouring in Castle Sark, and Ofded wants to get the credit for his capture.
The story is about what Adric finds beneath the foundations and the horror that ensues.
So I’ll have to wait and see. Typically, I don’t think much about my stories after I send them off. I list them in my submissions table and mark off the result when it eventually comes in, or not, as the case may be.
Next up, I’ll be revising a couple of stories for submission to Tesseracts 17. I haven’t quite decided which one I want to send in yet. The deadline for that is February 28, for those of you who would like to submit. Check out the guidelines.
I haven’t had a lot of time to work on Gerod and the Lions, and haven’t gotten back to Initiate of Stone yet. I have a busy time coming up for the day job, and I have to pick and choose.
This week coming, I’m out of town for a training gig, and then again, after one week at home, I’ll be travelling again for more training delivery and my attempt at certification. I don’t think it will be reasonable for me to return to IoS until after the next few weeks.
In March, when I dive back into my project, revising for beta-reader feedback (and yes, I will be asking a broad cross section of friends RL and online for their assistance) I will also be working on revising another, fairly long, short story for the next Writers of the Future (April 1) and a new short story (idea hasn’t cropped up yet) for In Places Between (April 4).
I’ve submitted to WotF before, and was pleased to receive an honourable mention certificate, but it’s hard to know how one would do in such a popular arena. Again, I’ll encourage those of you who are working on your own stories to submit.
Also this week, I submitted some work to my critique group and am largely caught up.
Next weekend, when I return from training, I’m going to be attending a poetry workshop and I actually have some poetry to take with me. My poet friend, Kim Fahner, graciously offered to have a look and I hope to have the few revisions she suggested ready.
I hope to submit some of my poetry to various journals, but I’m not so much into the poetry these days, so if anything this may be something that has to go by the wayside for now. I definitely want to submit a poem to the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Month Blog, and have a few options for online submissions that might suit.
Upcoming for the blog, I’m going to try my hand at submitting a post to Wordsmith Studio, another pupdate (Nu had her check up this past week, but I won’t have the time to commit it to the blog this weekend), I’m going to continue my new series, A life sentence, with mortal punctuation, I hope to have an interview with my friend, Brian Braden, about his new book, Black Sea Gods, and will likely blog about the training, the poetry workshop, and anything else my life offers up for sacrifice 🙂
That’s it for now.
Good words at y’all! Writerly Goodness, signing off.