It’s Writing Wednesday, where I hold myself accountable in public. If I didn’t, I’d probably never get anywhere near as far as I do, because… uh… lazy? Shame motivates me? I don’t know. I don’t delve too deeply into my own psychology.
The big news this week, of course, is I made good on my promise of last week: I’m done.
Well, “done” would be more correct.
Rough draft completed. I have a month before the book is due into the publisher, so now I’ll go over and over and over the rough draft, snipping out words, fixing spelling to US standard, watching for slip ups in repetition. The stuff you do as much as you can before your editor points out the thousands of other times you’ve done it and didn’t notice.
I’ve got some beta readers who’ll be getting this version – I always have such mixed feelings about releasing a beta version to readers, because – frankly – before an editor helps me with a manuscript, I’m aware it’s nowhere near what I’d like it to be. Still, blessed are the beta readers, for they point out massive issues.
Anyway. The book. Boom. “Done.”
Y’know, other than edits, copy edits, line edits…
The Short Stuff
I have been so darn good – and so darn bad – about short fiction this month. I’ve submitted three things this month, which is a record for me. I have not, however, finished the story that’s basically due the 31st, so… Eep. I know what I’ll be doing the rest of the month. Y’know, both days.
Still, one of the best parts about being done the draft of Triad Blood is now I can step away and work on short fiction without feeling at all guilty, and – deep breath – get back on track with those open calls for submission I’ve been listing below without often managing to contribute.
Speaking of open calls for submission, here are the ones I know about…
Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History – An anthology of YA historical fiction from the point of view of marginalized people; deadline July 31st, 2015.
Crazyshorts! Contest – You can enter with 1-3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each for $15 (which includes a subscription to Crazyhorse); deadline July 31st, 2015.
Solarpunk Dragon Anthology – Think dragons + steampunk + sustainability, diversity, and community; deadline July 31st, 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.
Torquere Press has quite a few themed submission calls up right now, the earliest deadline for which is August 15th, 2015.
Unconventional Love – Short romantic fiction that revolves around attending a convention; deadline August 31st, 2015.
The Myriad Carnival – Nominally shared world carnival setting, LGBT; 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.
Girls on Campus: Lesbian Erotica – College setting lesbian erotica. Erotic romance also accepted; deadline September 15th, 2015.
Burning Bright – An anthology looking for stories exploring the darker side of Shifter romance; deadline September 30th, 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.