Writing Wednesday – Let’s Just Pretend June Didn’t Happen, Okay?

Wilde Stories 2017

June? Not so great. July? Turning out to be awesome.

So. June.

Two things happened in June. Thing the first? Renovations. Casa Smith needed an upgrade, and unfortunately it needed a major one. Hence why no visit to New Orleans this year for my fave literary festival. The roof needed to be replaced. So did some windows. So did the siding. Oh, and the parging. Oh, and the eavestroughs. Oh, and…

Well, you get the idea.

So. Why do I bring this up? Because BANG-BANG-BANG-Whirrrr! You know what I don’t do well? Write while construction noises are blasting me from all sides. And I didn’t escape much, as said construction noises were also driving poor Coach a little mental, and I felt bad about leaving him behind to suffer with the noise. Most days he sat right beside me, leaning against me, with this look on his face that said, Why aren’t you making this stop?

So. My “write and submit something every month?” Nope. My word-counts for June? Nope. And that sent me into a pretty bad spiral of writer’s block and self-loathing and… Yeah.

Plus side? Triad Soul launched, and launched pretty darn well. Response has been solid, so I used my daily productiveness on blogs, podcasts, and generally tooting my own horn (which doesn’t come naturally).

And now?

Now I get back on track.

Also? Today I received my copy of Wilde Stories 2017, and I have to tell you getting into a Wilde Stories anthology is a checkmark on a literary bucket list for me. I’m so stoked.

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

I am back on track with my new word count goals, and not looking behind me. In fact, thanks to CampNaNoWriMo, I’m feeling shored up by the awesomeness of some other writer friends, and I hope to reclaim the ground I lost, but like I said—looking forward, not behind.

Of Echoes Born

The three Ian Simon stories are going well. I’m jumping between the three of them, back and forth, and that’s been good.

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.

July thus far? Nada. And ignoring the cataclysmic June, here’s the rest of the year:

Previously this 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); April say 1 submission (new) and 1 acceptance; May: 1 submission (new), 1 acceptance.

  • 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.
  • Erotic Short Romances — Carina Press, an ongoing call for 10k to 17k word count limit.
  • The Witching Hour – Mythical creature visitation theme; deadline July 30th, 2017; 10k to 40k word count limit.
  • Holiday Stories – Ninestar Press is seeking queer holiday tales; deadline July 31st, 2017; 5k to 30k word count limit.
  • Haunted — Erotic stories centered around the theme of haunted, Mugwump Publishing; Deadline August 5th, 2017; 1k-5k word count limit.
  • Flint Charity Anthologies – Organized by Vicktor Alexander; deadlines throughout September, 2017; 5k to 20k word count limit.
  • Futurescape Contest – “Blue Sky Cities” theme; 8k word count limit; deadline October 13th, 2017.



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