Sucker Literary Magazine Volume 3 release day!

ItSucker Literary Magazine Vol 3‘s here! It’s here! Today is the day Sucker Literary Magazine launches volume 3!

Are we excited? Why, yes. Yes, we are. It’s packed full of young adult stories, including my paranormal YA novelette: Just a Matter of Time.

So, now what? Well, check out the Kindle version, or pick up the paperback.

You can enter to win a copy of the paperback over at GoodReads.

You can also sit back and enjoy the trailer.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the mock award

More writing this week, up about 2,000 words, for a nice 1,000 words per day pace. This, I might add, is a good pace to write at. Also, the total manuscript word count is currently at 65,065, which is so symmetrical I almost hate to add to it.

Well, almost.

This week, I also received an email from a professor at a university in Pennsylvania. She’s teaching an introduction to creative writing class, and as part of the course work, her students had to comb through online journals, find stories they liked, and then hold a mock prize committee to select the best one.

Why was she emailing me? Well, her students found my flash fiction piece, Straying from the Path, that was published last month over at Flash Fiction Online. Not only did they find it, they awarded it first place.

The professor not only sent her note, but all the commentary from her students as well. I can’t tell you what a wonderful experience that was. As a writer, you hear from critique partners, beta readers, editors, and eventually, reviewers. So seldom, if ever, do you get the chance to see your story so completely through someone else’s eyes.

In this case, several pairs of eyes. Oh, they each had their own take on the story, some I never even thought of.

All in all, it was delightful and truly made my day.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~7,214 words

Submissions:

  • None this week (soon, soon)

Rejections:

  • What Little Remains

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None, but coming this week, Sucker Literary Magazine Volume 3 will be out, with my YA novelette, Just a Matter of Time.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the mice

Did you know that when mice chew up your internet cable, you lose connectivity? I know. Crazy. Also, the new construction down the road didn’t help matters either.

I got my writing in this week, but didn’t send anything out. This is the last week of my InDesign classes, so all my spare time was spent working on the final assignments. Challenging but fun.

Next week, I hope to get a few more things out. On the plus side, everything I have out is still out there. No rejections this week either.

And … you may have noticed, I’m changing things up a bit. I am writing–a lot. And I will return to short stories (possibly next month), but I haven’t truly been doing the Write 1/Sub 1 challenge this year. I love doing the check in (it keeps me honest).

So, new name, pretty much the same content.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~5,000 words

Submissions:

  • None this week

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Ghost in the Coffee Machine_finalWell, would you look at that. Ghost in the Coffee Machine is its own thing now. A thing you can buy at many fine e-retailers, too.

Not only that, you can buy it for less than a cup of coffee. How often can you say that these days?

For the curious and thirsty, pour yourself a cup of coffee and then download a cup full of ghosts from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Smashwords.

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with the mad scientist

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeA little less writing this week since I’m still doing class work for the Adobe InDesign classes I’m taking. Still, I’m not complaining about +5,000 words.

This is also the reason I haven’t sent any submissions back out. But it’s spring break this week and I hope to get a few more things submitted, a few more words written, and my classwork completed.

We’ll see if I can make this happen.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~5,833 words

Submissions:

  • None this week

Rejections:

  • Abandonment Issues

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

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Publication: The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date

It’s alive! Also, take a look at this cover:

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It has my name on it! While I never actually articulated the goal of having my name on a magazine called Mad Scientist Journal, I now see that it has always been an ambition of mine.

The journal is currently available via Amazon and Smashwords, with other e-book retailers coming soon. Learn more about the journal and the issue at the Mad Scientist Journal website.

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Queen of the world …

This really needs no other words:

queen of the world

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with lots of words

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeA few rejections (one of which I sent right back out again), lots of writing, and that was about it for this week. And yet, I feel as if so much has happened. Things have, but those things have been in the world of the story, not real life. 

So … yeah. I can’t exactly tell you about my fictional people and the myriad of fictional problems they have. Also, I should probably admit that what I have on my hands is definitely a novel, since I’m sitting at 47,000 words total so far, and the end? Not quite in sight.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~8,637 words

Submissions:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies

Rejections:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies
  • Doreen’s Muse

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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