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

First draft is done!

The shitty first draft is done! Coming in at 54,777 words, it has some growing and refining to go, but the bones are all there.

Thanks to my wonderful editor/mentor/teacher Richard Thomas and my comrades in his Novel in a Year workshop for helping me make it less shitty than it would have been writing on my own. Huge thanks go out to them for all their feedback and support along the way!

Also, so much love and gratitude to my wonderful friends Carina Bissett and Katherine Wagner, without whose support I wouldn’t have gotten words on the page as many days as I did.

And my amazing husband, Gary Slye, who has always been my greatest cheerleader and dedicated reader, I cannot express how thankful I am for everything he does.

Thanks to my mother, Donna Royer, who introduced me to Dr. Seuss and Stephen King and gave me a love of reading and horror.

Last, but not least, the ever-supportive writing community of which I can’t list all the people who have cheered, listened, and offered encouragement along the way. You all are the best!

And yes, you will see these again once I finish the final draft, again when I find a publisher, and again when my book is published lol.

Now on to revisions!

More Publication News

Honored to announce that my short story Wolf’s Bane will be published in Through Other Eyes anthology by All World’s Wayfarer, and my poem Witch’s Garden will be published in the Fall Issue of Hypnos Magazine.

Both the story and poem were first written in Carina Bissette’s fabulous Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Myth workshop from The Storied Imaginarium.

Updates to follow when cover reveals and publication drop dates are announced.