The Wheel in the Sky…

I bet you’ve been wondering just what the heck I’ve been up to lately. Well wonder no more, friends! For I am here to enlighten you to all I’ve done the past few weeks. Lots going on behind the scenes…

Nonlocal Science Fiction          

First and foremost I’d like to talk about Nonlocal, the science fiction magazine that accepted one of my short stories. The magazine will be out the 15th of this month and will be available as an ebook or digital download from Amazon or the Nonlocal site. Dan, the head editor at Nonlocal, has been throwing out some free material in the days leading up to the release, and the link to preorder the issue is already live right here. I encourage you to check out the site and see what it has to offer. The stories are good.

I’m pretty excited about this magazine because I GOT A SHORT STORY PUBLISHED. There look to be lots of other great stories and poems in the issue, but the story I submitted is one of my favorites. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the other authors and contributors have to say about not just my story but the issue in general. Nonlocal is a really cool site that has the best in Sci Fi stuff. I’ve met a really nice author already through the site and plan to submit stories to them in the future. Hurray for Sci Fi!

Short Story Contests

I recently submitted a short story to an anthology hosted by the awesome staff at sffworld.com. The theme of the anthology is “Ecotones”, so all the stories submitted must follow that theme. I wrote a story that I’m pretty fond of and submitted it a few days ago. I originally submitted almost a month ago, but got a super helpful email from one of the editors giving me some pointers and advice. I took their advice to heart, mainly because they are in charge of the anthology, and then resubmitted. I received another email from said editor saying the changes I came up with on my own made the story work much better and he had high hopes for it. HIGH HOPES. That just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside

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I dropped another story off at the cwinst.com for their yearly phrase writing contest. Every year they come up with a phrase and any story submitted to the contest needs to have that phrase in it. I forget what last year’s was, but this year’s had to include the phrase “I got more than I bargained for!” That was a little tough for me. I stared at that prompt for a long time trying to formulate a story around it. I think I did a damn fine job of it, if I do say so myself. You’ll just have to wait till I win in order to read it, unfortunately.

Mageborn Trilogy: Initiation

You see that title right up there? All bold and glorious. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I’ve come up with for the title of the novel I’m writing. It’s a working title, but I’ve always envisioned it as a series, a trilogy, and when I look at it spread over three books the title of this one becomes apparent. Initiation. Man, I am so pumped for this story!! If I were to make a rough estimate of word count so far, I’d say around 80,000, and I still lots to go. LOTS TO GO. I hit the halfway mark a while ago and was very conflicted because the story is so long already and I have a lot more to go. *Sigh* Such is the life of a writer, I suppose. The story is coming along swimmingly, though, and every day that I get to craft more of the world is a day where I’m content. I have the first few chapters the way that I want them and can start sending them off to editors and agents soon. SO CLOSE! AH!

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In order to help immerse myself in the world that I’ve created, I’ve pinned some of the more important notes around my computer desk for reference. It helps me to write more, a major plus. Every time I walk into my room and see the papers hanging on the wall, it makes me want to write more. It makes me want to sit down and add more to the lists, or get to the really cool stuff on the list. Did I mention that I’m excited for this book?

SF:SE 

Who’s going to a writer’s conference later this month in Orlando? THIS GUY. Who’s going to hopefully have his novel done by then in case he meets an agent or editor in search for the next greatest story? THIS GUY AGAIN. SF:SE stands for speculative fiction: south east, and is held by a group called the Dirty Little Bookers. The conference is basically a gathering of the biggest heads of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror in both indie and traditional publishing, coming together to celebrate their love for the magical and spacey. And I shall join them. I shall be one of them. Check it out here.

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Man, that’s a lot of update for you peeps, and there’s even more I could write about(like the reviews for my book, author exchanges or writers I’ve met)! But I’ll leave you with that for now and hope that satisfies your curiosity. I added a subscribe button to my site for all you non-wordpress users so you can get my posts. I’d be grateful if you felt like signing up.

TIL NEXT TIME! PEACE!    

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Step by Step

You know what’s been really helpful the past few days? People encouraging me in my quest to be a writer far beyond what I expected. I can’t tell you how validating it is to have other writers and authors accept me into their circles with open arms and shower me with advice, words of encouragement, congratulations and spot on tips. It’s an amazing feeling to have something that you put your heart and a measurable amount of work into be received so well. It’s been so great the past couple of days to get emails and messages from publishers or authors talking to me about my work and giving me grand opportunities. I have been so positive recently now that I can see what I am working towards paying off. Just goes to show you, kids; you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.

I am excited to say that a sci fi short story I wrote last year is being accepted into a sci fi magazine and will be published next month. How cool is that? Turns out the publisher, Dan Dombrowski, is a really awesome guy who has an independent publishing company and really enjoys sci fi. He started up a Science Fiction magazine called Nonlocal Science Fiction and has articles, interviews, podcast and tons of other awesome stuff on his site. Needless to say, I was very happy to hear that he liked my story enough to feature it and look forward to working with for future issues.

I was contacted by a readers/judges group that is taking submissions for an anthology about a story I submitted recently giving me some great feedback and encouraging me to stay active in their community. The anthology has the theme of Ecotones with a subtle hint at diversity and is hosted by a website called sffworld.com. The site rocks and has a fantastic forum that I’ve started to write often on. One of the judges wrote back to me about my story telling me the first reactions of the other judges as well as positives and negatives of the story. They offered great advice in a really long email about some subtle changes that could be made which would win over the other judges who were sort of on the fence. So, that was also really fun news to hear. Just that a judge (and author himself) was kind enough to take the time and give some advice on what they thought would give the story better reception speaks a lot to me and shows that the story at least has potential. Luckily, the deadline for the anthology isn’t quite upon us, and the judge encouraged me to make the edits and changes as quick as possible and resubmit to hopefully buy over the others.

Then come the specific interactions with other authors, all of which make my day. Having authors tweet me and invite me to their online hangout spots is so cool. Having my blog liked and commented on by authors who live all over the globe is so humbling. Of all the feelings swirling inside me, I have felt blessed most of all recently.

In order to repay all the kindness and help I’ve received from others the past few days I’ve been doing what I can on my side to, well, be a writer and not let all these people down. I’ve updated lots of the pages on my site, I’ve joined several critique and reader groups, I’ve outlined a few short stories for both Nonlocal and three other competitions coming up, and I peek at my novel once a day. My novel is… daunting. Compared to stories I can write in a day or a weekend, this gargantuan story that is about four times longer than my novella and maybe halfway done is just so big. But, I will continue to bleed ink on the page for those of you who love the written word.

Peace!