Happy autumn!

Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:48 pm
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Also known as “birds will start flying into the window any day now” season.

No words.

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Almost equal 

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:56 pm
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Autumnal equinox is tomorrow. I’ve always loved fall, crunching leaves under foot, sipping cider… not so much the growing dark, but we can’t have everything.

Wrote 262 words today, in addition to freelance works and having the kids home from school. Not much, but it’s progress.

Sedum flowers

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That didn’t last long

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Would you be surprised to hear I haven’t tracked since Friday? Didn’t write today, either.

But have a short video I took today. I apologize for the spottiness; kitchen window needs cleaning. (Also, I hope this works. I’ve never uploaded video through the app before!)

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Sep. 20th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Late, and short - the last month or so seems to have gotten away from me, as months often do - but here are my favorite short works that I read over the summer.

Caroline M. Yoachim, "Carnival Nine" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #228, May 11). A story about a world of wind-up toys who only have a certain number of "turns" per day. The metaphor for disability is so apt that at first it almost feels too on-the-nose, but by the time the story settles into the complexities and difficulties of its characters' adult lives, it's become compelling and really good.

Maddie Phelps, "Ocean Heart" (Strange Horizons, July 3). I have trouble expressing what I think about this one - a poem about boundaries and pressure, about choosing what we make of ourselves, about knowing one's own depths. It's good.

JY Yang, "Waiting on a Bright Moon" (Novelette, Tor.com, July 12). Gorgeous and vicious, this is the story of a rebellion against a space-empire that turns queer women into magical transportation devices. There is magical singing, and space wizards, and characters in desparate circumstances finding love where they can. (And - be warned - the most grisly execution scene I've read in a while.) A story of the risks people take and the meaning they find for themselves in the face of intense oppression.

Announcing MONSTERS IN MY MIND

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:35 pm
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 I've kept this under wraps a little too long, but it's definitely happening.

In mid-October I will be launching my debut collection, MONSTERS IN MY MIND, with NeuroQueer Books.

This will be my first book-length published work. (My agent assures me that, for the purposes of publishing novels, my first novel will still be considered a debut work. I made this deal before I signed with her.) It will contain dozens of the short stories, flash stories, and poems that I've published since I first began to write for publication, as well as four new full-length short stories, one very scary new microfic. and six new poems.

NeuroQueer Books is a very small outfit, but there are some very good people there who really "get" me as an author. MONSTERS IN MY MIND is, accordingly, a small project - I have no illusions that it will make me wealthy, etc - but one with a lot of love in it, and one that I am tremendously excited to be about to share with my friends and fans.

There will be a book launch party during Can*Con 2017 in Ottawa - exact time TBD as Can*Con finalizes their schedule - with a reading, delicious baked goods, and some awesome monster-plushie and stim-toy door prizes, so if you are in the area or were considering going there for Can*Con already, please do stop by.

The launch date is only a month away, and so very soon you will be seeing more on this topic, including a TOC reveal, a cover reveal, more about the launch party, notes on the stories and poems in the collection, as well as a song pairing for (at least) each full-length story. When pre-order and/or plain normal order options are available, I'll be posting here about that as well.

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Since last posting about where you can find paying markets, I've come across some more sites.

These are all blogs or list sites, so more for those who don't mind sifting through rather than having a searchable database:
Angie's Desk is the blog of writer Angela Penrose. Every month she posts up anthology deadlines - it's also her all purpose blog so filter by using the tags "anthology market listings" or "open submissions".
Publishing ...and Other Forms of Insanity is the blog of Erica Verrillo, who posts publishing news, open submissions, and contests.
Cathy's Comps and Calls specialises in free to enter calls that can be entered online.

Some websites that have a section of contest and competitions are:
Trish Hopkinson's website
Christopher Fielden's website
Almond Press
Creative Writing Ink
Writers Reign
Mslexia
Writing Magazine (this only their own competitions)

Obviously as these aren't searchable they may also list markets that don't pay or charge fees. As always, read the guidelines before submission. Happy hunting!

Friday! And progress has been made

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:37 pm
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Slight hitch at the beginning of the day, as we ran out of milk. Had to make eggs for the girl’s breakfast. So I ran off to the store after getting her on the bus to school. First time in 13 years of living here that I had to stop for a train at the train tracks.

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Distracted faction

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:59 pm
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I started tracking! Or, well, I started to start. Except I forgot some categories I wanted to use (like “social” and “personal”), and I stopped tracking after I actually started getting anything done. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.


So what did I spend the rest of my day on? Discussing Oreos on Twitter, working on different ways of looking at the data from the SFWA survey (like which member categories have more females than males), and going to the open house at our son’s school.

After that, got home, talked with our daughter about her homework, got her to bed, and wrote 252 words. Still not where I want to be, but better than the last few days.

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Slowing down again

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:57 pm
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Last week went even better than I’d thought, with several days over 1,000 words. This week is being more of a struggle — not sleeping as well, trouble focusing, barely eking out a hundred words or so each day (119 today, for those keeping score). As I said in my newsletter — which went out today, a couple days late — I’m considering tracking my time to see how much I’m spending in the different areas of my life. If you’ve got experience or anecdotes about your own time tracking methods, drop them in the comments. I’m interested!

Meanwhile, I’ll be working on enjoying fall and watching the changing seasons around me. Here, one of our holly bushes is covered with berries, but they haven’t begun to redden yet.


And here we have the sedum, the flowers just starting to open.

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