April: National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.

Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.

I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.

For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.

The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.

2021 Goals

So, I’m figuring these out as I write this. Not the way I’d recommend setting goals, but I don’t want to go into February without a plan.

Today I submitted the first 3,000 words of my novel to Futurescapes workshop. I was thrilled to be accepted and am both excited and nervous about workshopping my novel in March. My main goal this year is to have my novel ready to submit by June 1st.

Secondary goals are:

Write a poem a day in April for National Poetry Month.

Write, revise, and submit 12 new flash or short stories this year.

Revise and submit any previous stories that are worth developing.

Read 20 books. I’ve reduced this goal from previous years due to the hours of reading I do each week for Flash Fiction Online.

Still aiming for 100 rejections, and a handful of acceptances would be nice, as well. 🙂

Think that’ll do it for my writing life this year. Wishing everyone a productive and peaceful 2021!

These two little pen stealers haven’t helped my productivity, but they’re worth it.

2020 Goal Accountability

I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, but I do like goal setting. So here’s a look at how well I met them last year.

The number one goal was writing my novel. I finished the first draft and am about halfway through revisions. Then, I’ll send it to Richard Thomas for line-edits. Once he sends it back, I’ll do one more round of edits before sending it out to agents and publishers. I’m happy with this, even though I’d hoped to have it in Richard’s hands by the end of the year. The novel is coming along nicely. It’s dark, tense, and disturbing, with a touch of humor and, maybe even, hope. I’m excited to share it with readers.

I’d planned to revise and submit 16 short stories. I’ve finished 8. Those, along with a few stories that were completed the year before, plus a few poems were submitted 71 times. My goal was 100 rejections and a few acceptances. Didn’t quite hit the rejection mark, but my short story “Wolf’s Bane” and two poems, “Haunted Basin” and “Witch’s Garden”, were accepted to publications I’m honored to have work in.

Adding to my collection of print publications 🙂

Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth workshop led to six new stories. Plus, I signed up for a couple micro-fiction challenges with The New York City Midnight Challenge, as well as, wrote a new story in the short story challenge.

My goal of reading 52 books last year fell short, at only 37. But including the 8 novels I read and critiqued for my peers and all the flash stories read and reviewed for Flash Fiction Online, I feel pretty good about my reading for the year.

All in all, it was a pretty successful year, amongst all the chaos. Next week I’ll post goals for 2021!

Print copies of Hypnos Magazine Volume 9 Issue 2 are now available to order.

My poem, Witch’s Garden, inspired by The Snow Queen and written in Carina Bissett’s wonderful Storied Imaginarium fairy tale workshop is in this volume.

Order your print copy here:

http://radiumtownpress.com/store.html

Free PDF copy is also available at:

http://radiumtownpress.com/excerpts.html

All Worlds Wayfarer: Through Other Eyes

Honored to announce the inclusion of my story ‘Wolf’s Bane’ in this lovely anthology. I wrote this twisted tale in one of Storied Imaginarium‘s wonderful fairy tale courses. Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and the color red module, I discovered a wolf woman named Terra who had a story to tell.

All thirty of the included tales will take you on a journey through non-human eyes.

Release date December 15, 2020. Now available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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“Stories take us beyond the bounds of our own lives—into new worlds and new situations. Perhaps most importantly, they invite us into new minds. Through the eyes of the characters we temporarily become, we not only live other lives, but discover new ways of looking at our own. Speculative fiction takes us a step farther—beyond the bounds of humanity, itself.

In Through Other Eyes, the first All Worlds Wayfarer anthology, immerse yourself in 30 unique stories featuring non-human protagonists, from aliens to dragons and monsters to mythical beings. Become someone—and something—else.” All Worlds Wayfarer