Writing Wednesday – Noisemaking


Obligatory reminder you can pre-order.


I’ve handed in the proofs, and Triad Soul is on it’s way to becoming a real life book. Which means, while I’m still working on Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks and Of Echoes Born, I’m also now gearing up on the whole promotion/making noise aspect of being a writer.

It’s always a little bit amusing when you get final version of the book to me. I end up thinking some variation of: Oh yeah. This. I wrote this. Huh. Almost forgot.

So, now it’s time to remember what the book is about, to crack my knuckles and get the blog posts and interviews and everything else lined up properly, and hope that the signal is higher than the noise.

And speaking of stuff you can hear: I’m going to be guest on An Earful of Queer (a delightful new podcast hosted by Matt Bright), and you can send in questions, which I promise Matt will consider asking (especially if they’re uncomfortable questions). I’m looking forward to every part of it except listening to my own voice. Hyperconscious of not stuttering isn’t a good sound for me, but I’ll do my best.

And as I’ve said a bajillion times before, as much work and worry as it is to release a book, I can’t wait to share more of Luc, Anders, and Curtis (and the rest of the gang) with y’all. June can’t come fast enough.

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

I had a few good breakthrough moments these last two weeks, and although it hasn’t turned into a great word count, it’s helping. I’m also still working on chatting with that pride club, so we’ll see how it goes.

Of Echoes Born


The three Ian Simon stories are really shaping up now. In the three tales, we meet Ian at 16, revisit him at about 26, and then the final story of the collection he’ll be 36. The decade thing might be a bit on the nose, but I’m hoping it works.

I also made myself cry with a scene where young Ian has one of his psychic moments and gets to see a reflection of his older self in a mirror, and the two can interact across time. The future Ian points, and makes the “okay” hand symbol a few times until the younger Ian gets the message: You’re going to be okay.

So much of Of Echoes Born is a variation on this theme of the past and the present and an unknown future. I hope it works.

Open Calls for Submission

Every Wednesday I try to include my list off all the various open calls for submission I’ve found and/or am trying to write for. If you know of any others, by all means do drop them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. If this is helpful for people other than myself, it’s even better.

Tallies for April: 1 submission (new), 1 acceptance.

The year thus far: January was: 6 submissions (4 reprints, 2 new), 1 acceptance; in February was bare minimum: 1 submission (1 new). March brought 1 rejection, and 1 submission (new).

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul – Various titles, various themes, various deadlines, 1,200 word count limit.
  • Clarkesworld – Currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.
  • Cast of Wonders – Young adult short fiction market, open to story submissions up to 6,000 words.
  • Totally Entwined – Many calls, various dates and lengths.
  • Chelsea Station – Nonpaying, but a great magazine; deadline May 1st 2017.
  • Alice Unbound – Think Alice in Wonderland, only speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc. Exile Editions; Submission window: February 1st – May 31st, 2017; 2k – 5k word count limit; Canadians and ex-pat Canadians only.
  • Myths, Moons, and Mayhem – M/M/M ménage; Deadline June 1st, 2017; 4k – 6k word count limit.
  • The Witching Hour – Mythical creature visitation theme; deadline July 30th, 2017; 10k to 40k word count limit.

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