Writing Wednesday – I’m Only Behind Because I Got Naked

So I didn’t get nearly any writing accomplished last Thursday or Friday because I was on my way to Naked Heart, and you can read about how awesome that was if you’d like.

So, I’m really only catching up for the last couple of days. But I’ll be massively back on track this week.

Works for Current Calls: Goal: 2,000 words; actual: 3,040.

This is my work on Mondays and Tuesdays, where I’m working on open calls and trying to maintain at least one submission per month.

  • I can check off that “one submission per month” as of yesterday. I polished and sent off my nonfiction piece. That was a lovely feeling.

  • I’ve made some good headway on my ‘Rear Admiral’ story, which is definitely going to be what I submit to Men in Love. It’s maybe a bit non-traditional in its romance, what with the dildos and the porn stars, but I think it’s a fun tale, and I hope it’s well received.

    Pitchwork: Goal: A pitch by end of month; actual: One plot pretty much outlined, just needs to be written up formally as a pitch.

    On Wednesdays, I’m planning new pitches to send in by the end of the year, which basically means giving myself some options over which novel I’d like to suggest to my publisher next. On the train to and from Toronto, the sequel to Triad Blood, which is Triad Soul, coalesced in a major way. It’ll have Luc, Anders, and Curtis, of course, but my plot includes some ancient Greek mythology, a much deeper delve into the younger wizards of the Families, and finally touching on the oft-mentioned (but never really met) lycanthropes of my Triad world. I daresay this will likely be the one I send in.

    Working for Myself: Goal: 2,000 words; actual: Zip. Zilch. Nada.

    On Thursdays and Fridays I’m working on stories that I just want to work on. Be that for a potential inclusion in Of Echoes Born or be that for the “Village” idea I’m still kicking around, the goal here is to build up some stories that could very well be released on their own, in a collection, or just sit and wait for calls that suit them.

    Or, y’know, I’m going to Toronto and doing nothing of the sort.

    And there you have it – public accountability.

    Open Calls I Know About

    Here are the open calls I’ve bumped into…

  • Nine Star Press has a call open for Valentine’s themed stories, but no concrete deadline listed.
  • The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Short Fiction Contest – Deadline extended; loose theme of ‘Saints’ and/or ‘Sinners’ fiction; new deadline November 2nd, 2015.
  • Men in Love – M/M Romance; deadline November 15th, 2015.
  • Torquere Press has quite a few themed submission calls up right now, the earliest deadline for which is November 15th, 2015.
  • Covalent Bonds – Geeks in Love; deadline December 15th, 2015.
  • Year of the Superhero – The Book Smugglers, looking for superhero short fiction; Deadline December 31st, 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.

    Know of any other short fiction open calls for submission? Let me know in the comments.


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