A Writer's This -n- That

I’ve started three separate blog posts today, and abandoned each of them. Ironically, one of them -- which I got a whole two paragraphs into before it fizzled out -- was about lack of focus. Need I say more?

So in the spirit of being unfocused, I thought I’d just embrace randomness today, and share some of my writing-related news.

• There’s one week left to vote in this round of the Fresh Blood contest where my unpublished novel, "Heart of the City," is one of five finalists competing for a publishing contract. From this point on, it’s all vote-driven, so I’d really appreciate your vote. To vote, just send an email to freshblood@chizinepub.com. In the subject line write: Fresh Blood Vote: Heart of the City. You can leave the body of the email blank. For more about the contest or read the cover copy for all the finalists, visit Chizine. This opportunity means the world to me and I want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who’s already supported me in the contest. You can also read more about my entry and my experience in the contest in a previous blog entry: Fresh Blood? Who Me?.

• This week I found out that my short story, “The Midnight Girls,” was chosen as a Million Writers Award notable online story of 2009. “The Midnight Girls” appeared in Abyss & Apex # 30.

Having my story in Abyss & Apex was a wonderful experience in and of itself. Not only was it my first semi-pro sale of a speculative fiction story, but Abyss & Apex is an absolutely wonderful publication that showcases top-notch fiction and poetry. Plus, my story was nested in with stories from writers whose names I knew: Bud Sparhawk and Aliette de Bodard. So to now receive this honor is just amazing.

• I finished my revisions for Blade Red Press’s Dark Pages Anthology, which should be coming out in a few months. I was excited to finish the edits, and I appreciate the amount of time the editor spent with me to make the story the best it could be. I think this is going to be a wonderful anthology and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. You can see the ToC at Blade Red Press.

• I got new eyeglasses so I’ll actually be able to see what I’m writing. ;-)

So that’s my randomness for the week. Next week my goal is to refocus, pick a project, and get moving on it.

How about you? What bits of randomness do you have to share this week?


  1. Congrats on Midnight Girls! That is awesome. My randomness for the week? If I put 1,500 words/day down on my WIP, I'll have 60,000 + by the end of the month and that means a complete rough draft. Yay!!!

  2. Hi Lisa! Thank you very much for the kind words. It has been passed on to all the team members who helped out in the editorial process.

    This anthology will be extremely wonderful, and your piece will only help it be that much better. Congratulations on all your hard work.

    Dark Pages Volume One Anthology editorial team


  3. Congrats on your short story, and good luck with the final round of judging on your MS! Hope you get it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment. Hope to see you there again sometime! I'm a new follower of yours, and I look forward to reading your blogs. :)

  4. You were a mod at WDC?? I'm Nicki D, or my dreaded username "heftynicki." Who are you, Lisa K?? (*smile*) What is/was your handle?

  5. P.S. Running out the door but looking forward to following the link you provided and casting my vote!

  6. I have no randomness, but I sure liked reading yours. Glad about your glasses. Seeing is good. :)

  7. Bethany... Thank you. And I love your randomness for the week, too. It never seems so insurmountable when you break it down that way, does it?

    Brenton... You're welcome, and thank you! Working with your editorial team has been an excellent experience. I'll be looking forward to holding the anthology in my hands!

    B. Miller... Thank you. I've been enjoying your blog as well. :-)

    Nicole... Yup, I was a mod at WDC. I don't tend to talk too much about my time there anymore, but I do still pop in periodically. I was always Stereotomy over at WDC. Now I'm Ghost of Stereotomy. I'll have to look you up next time I pop in! And thank you so much for checking out the Fresh Blood contest. I really appreciate it.

    Elana... Yes, seeing is definitely good. Also, having glasses that aren't crazy-glued to keep them intact is REALLY good. :-D

  8. Hi! I popped over from Nicole's blog to say hi and congrats on your award. :-)

  9. Weird, I've just posted on my blog about not being able to decide what to post about.


    Publish or Perish

  10. Thanks Shannon! I'm so glad you stopped by.

    Al, that is funny...and maybe a little bit of synchronicity, lol.


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