Writing Wednesday – Break

I’m not at home right now – I’m visiting relatives for March Break. Normally, that would mean almost no writing time, but it turns out that they’re mostly late risers, so I’m getting bits and pieces done while everyone else is asleep. March has been a strange month so far, but I like strange.

Speaking of Strange…

Lethe SaleLethe Press is celebrating its fifteenth birthday and to celebrate all the e-books, for the entirety of March, are $1.50 each (with a minimum purchase of three: that’s $4.50 for three awesome ebooks). Strange tales have never been so wonderfully priced.

You totally need to take advantage of this. And, because I feel no shame in pointing out anthologies in which I have a story because that supports the editors and other authors as much as it supports me, I shall make list said anthologies below, in case you wished to stock up on those awesome books in which yours truly has a wee story despite the book being so awesome.

“Vanilla” appears in Threesome: Him, Him, and Me, edited by Matthew Bright; “A Slice of Pi” appears in The Biggest Lover, edited by R. Jackson; “Wind and Tree” appears in Tales from the Den, edited by R. Jackson; “Time and Tide” appears in The Touch of the Sea, edited by Steve Berman; “The Psychometry of Snow” appears in Bears of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler; and “Aiming to Please” appears in Tented, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler.

A Reminder to Respond to the Launch RSVP!

The launch of Triad Blood event posted is over on Facebook, right here. It will be at After Stonewall, here in Ottawa, on Thursday the 12th of May. More details are available through the event link. If you went to my launch for Light, and you have any feedback, please, please say so. I’m a big boy, and I can take constructive criticism. If you’d like to come, make sure you RSVP, as the owner has to watch for capacity laws.

The Novel(s)

Triad Blood coverThough I’ve had some good writing days here, I want to be at least 30k into Triad Soul by the end of March, and I’m a smidge behind that target as of right now. Today I might catch up, though I want to work on a short fiction piece since it’s Wednesday.

I did learn that writing on a train on a lap-top doesn’t work for me, which sucks. It triggered my motion sickness.

I’ve added a potential interview to my list of promo items for Triad Blood. Otherwise, noise-making set up so far includes a blog entry for the release at QSF, the awesomeness that is “Three,” the BSB blog date (I need to write the darn blog, but at least my spot is booked), and the launch.

The Short Stuff

I’ve almost finished my draft of the ‘Survivor’ themed story (see the calls below) and I’m excited about that. After that I need to pick a new short fiction piece to be working on. I should really bite the bullet and finish the second Village Stories novella, and then do a third, and then think about ways to release them.

My life is full of “should.”


Open Calls I Know About (and find tempting)…

  • Transcendent – Short, speculative fiction published in 2015 (ie: reprints) that features transgender characters, Lethe Press, Deadline: March 31st, 2016.
  • The Alice Munro Short Story Contest – Short fiction, entry price, Deadline: April 1st, 2016.
  • Gents: Steamy Tales from the Age of Steam – Gay male erotica set during the Victorian/Edwardian era, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
  • Survivor – SF/F anthology looking for stories of everyday trauma survival, Lethe Press, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
  • Magic and Mayhem – Mage/cyborg or tattoo artist/soldier stories (very specific, but it’s for a charity anthology, details at the link), Gay Romance Northwest, Deadline: March 31st, 2016.
  • Novella Call – The Book Smugglers, Deadline: May 30th, 2016.
  • Animal Magnetism – Tales of men drawn together over their love of animals, JMS Books, Deadline: July 31st, 2016.
  • A Scandal in Gomorrah: Queering Sherlock Holmes – Queering the canon or something more transformational, Lethe Press, Deadline: January 1, 2017.

Don’t forget to check the Lambda Literary site for more calls, as well as the Queer Sci-Fi calls for submission page (always a trove!)

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