New, Exciting, and Awesome

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 in General Chaos | 7 comments

Hey guys, what’s shakin’?

I thought I’d give you a heads up about what’s new and exciting in my world. There’s a five-pointed list. Count ’em down with me.

First! I submitted my first story to an actual paying market. Hooray! I also sustained my first rejection. Boo! I guess there’s a small hooray there too, because I survived. I’m actually working a few short stories at once right now. I’d intended to submit one of them to Writers of the Future this quarter, but I can’t seem to put a finish on any of them right now. I’ll see how things go in the next couple of weeks, but at the very least I’ll soon have some exciting new fodder for the Submission Carousel.

Second! I finished my read through of Broods and I’m digging the changes. I made some notes while I was reading, so I have to implement those changes over this weekend, but it should be in shape to go off to my editor early next week, right on schedule! I love being on schedule, almost as much as making lists. Yes, I am a little OCD, thanks for noticing.

Third! One of my awesome beta readers also helped me tighten up my blurb, and I’m liking that too! Whadyathink?

When an old friend calls on Brand to help find a missing pack member, he becomes embroiled in a series of dangerous clashes with his kind that make him question his decision to remain isolated from werewolf society. He should be their king, but, Brand refuses his birthright, haunted by the memories of his fatherโ€™s vicious rule.


Will the Broods of Fenrir spiral further into brutality without him, or, by leading them, could he save his people as well as himself?

It’s really starting to feel like I’m heading into the home stretch now. I might even make it for my hopeful Halloween deadline, but I won’tย  hold my breath. Wow, two cliches in one paragraph, time to dial it down. Ba-dum-tiss. Okay, I’m really done now, I promise.

Fourth! As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve started to host more guest posts and interviews. I signed up to be a host for a couple of book tour sites (there’s some buttons over on the right side bar if you’re interested). Why? I love books and I’ve had a fantastic time meeting authors on several different sites. I wanted to give a little back to those communities, and maybe meet some more cool folks in the process. (If I can score some free books for you guys in the process, I’ll consider that a bonus.)

Here’s the lineup of guests and interviews I have scheduled for the rest of the month:

August 18th: Interview with author Zachery Richardson

August 22nd: Guest Post by Richard Brown & Giveaway

August 23rd: Guest Post by Laura Bickle

August 27th: Interview with author Julie Ann Dawson

Fifth! You are awesome! See, aren’t you glad you stuck around for the whole thing now? ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. How could we not read a blog with a title like that? Congrats on the great progress on your stories and manuscript!

    • Thank you! I was feeling a little down a few weeks ago because it felt like I was stagnant. Just goes to show you have to keep moving forward even if it feels like you’re running in place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. “I submitted my first story to an actual paying market. Hooray! I also sustained my first rejection.”

    You’ve earned your first stripe! One step closer to the acceptances. Initiation accomplished. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (And your blurb sounds quite interesting.)

    • Thanks! It’s actually quite a relief to have it over with. In my mind I had it so built up that I think it was stifling me. I turned around and submitted the same story to another market and got one more rejection today. Instead of sulking I added it to my flash fiction collection here on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Glad you like the blurb!

  3. Wow! Sounds like you’ve got lots going on, and, in general, everything’s moving in a good direction. Boo for the rejections, but a definite plus to get to read the story on here :). That blurb is nicely tightened up – reads well!

    • Yes, I’ve been super busy the last couple of weeks. Thanks! It’s pretty similar to the blurb you helped me with, just trimmed down a little more for extra punch!

  4. I already congratulated you on the massive step of first submission and rejection! Excellent. Now I’ll just encourage you by saying you’ve got another six weeks to wrap up a WOTF entry, and it could net you up to $5K….worth a little late-night hair-pulling, no? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like the blurb! One professional-editor type note: lose the comma after the “but.” I’d also change the “could” in the last sentence to “can” or possibly “will,” but that’s a definite personal-taste thing.

    (Yes, I’m back from vacation, and wading through my massive Reader backlog. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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