Writing Thursday – Wait, what?

Usually I do my weekly writing update on Wednesdays, but it was Canada Day yesterday, so I decided to spend the day with my husband… in our office. It rained all day and the renovations mean we have only the office to really sit comfortably in, so…

Well, anyway, it was nice to spend time with him. Mostly we played video games.

Speaking of Canada – I’m rounding the bend into final draft moment of Triad Blood, and I’m paying close attention to the amount of Canada I’m dropping in there. Given how many people had moments of confusion over “loonies” in Light, I’m preparing for it and trying to be careful with my context. Also, it’s fun to talk about Colonel By Drive, the Chateau Laurier, and the Rideau Canal. I love Ottawa.

Though Anders isn’t a fan of the Glebe.

The Novel

Seriously, guys, I’m almost there. I’m stitching all the chapters together into one file, filling in the tiny gaps that sill exist, and think I’ll be sending it out to Beta folk over the next week or two. I am so excited, you have no freaking idea.

I also joined Camp NaNoWriMo to keep myself chugging along through this rough-draft re-write/stitch-together, and I think it’ll help keep me apace.

The Short Stuff

At the last moment of June, I did manage to send something off. I can’t talk about it because the contract doesn’t exist yet, but I’ve got something awesome planned, and it makes me happy. I also finished a short story and sent it out for someone to give it a read that’s very different in style and tone for me, so I’m hoping to hear back from that. That second story is for the next Saints and Sinners Literary Festival – I’ll actually have a story ready to go as soon as the contest opens, for once.

Speaking of openings…

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Open Calls I Know About

  • Torquere Press has quite a few themed submission calls up right now, the earliest deadline for which is July 15th, 2015.
  • Threesome: Him, Him, and Me – Matt Bright is editing for Lethe an erotic anthology dealing with one of the more adventurous of trysts, the threesome; deadline August 1st, 2015.
  • The Engorged Book of Gay Vampire Stories – Reprints of gay vampire fiction; deadline August 1st, 2015.
  • Unconventional Love – Short romantic fiction that revolves around attending a convention; deadline August 31st, 2015.
  • Glitterwolf Magazine: Hallowe’en Issue – Dark, queer, weird or horror fiction, poetry, art and photography from (as per usual) LGBT contributors; deadline August 31st, 2015.
  • Defying Doomsday – Apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters; deadline July 1st, 2015
  • Bi Guys – Firsthand Fiction for Bisexual Men and their Admirers; synopsis September 1st, 2015; deadline October 1st, 2015.
  • Ink Stained Succubus – quite a few different calls, including M/f, F/m, M/M, and lots of different genre calls; earliest deadline is September 15th, 2015.
  • Covalent Bonds – Geeks in Love; deadline December 15th, 2015.
  • Friends of Hyakinthos – Fantastical gay male-themed stories set during the time of Ancient Greece or involving Hellenism in later cultures; Deadline January 1st, 2016.
  • Other places to always check include the Lambda Literary Calls of Submission page.

    Heard of any good calls lately? Pop ’em in the comments, too.

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