August 2019 Round-Up

It’s been a while since I’ve written an actual blog post. In fact, other than announcing published works and updating some of the pages, I’ve neglected this blog over the last couple of years. Since it will probably be some time before my next publication, I decided to try something new with this blog: a monthly summary of my writing activities. 

 

Writing

I started my latest short story in late July, and I’m currently working on the second draft. At the moment, it’s a little over 8,900 words, but I’m hoping with a few more rounds of edits, I can get it between 7,500 and 8,000. Considering that over the last few years, I’ve written mostly poems and flash fiction under 1,000 words, this new story is rather long for me. I don’t want to give too much away, especially since I’m still working on it, but this project is both a “return to roots” and a personal challenge, as I tackle a subject I’ve never written about before.

Because of the length and the subject, it will probably be a while before I’m ready to send this story out to the world, but that’s okay. One thing I’ve learned as a writer is that it’s about the quality and not the quantity. It doesn’t matter how often you get published. What matters is that you write pieces that leave lasting impressions on readers, and that is what I hope to accomplish with this project.

 

Submissions

I sent out three submissions in August and received two rejections. One was a standard form, but the other was a personal rejection, which, despite not being a win, was very encouraging. The editor wrote that my story was “well written” and he “really did enjoy it.”

One of the other submissions was to a market I’ve been trying to break into for the last year and a half. To date, they’ve rejected me four times. Also, I had to withdraw from them once. Maybe the sixth time’s the charm?

So far for the year, I’m at 24 submissions for the year. Not a lot, but not bad considering I haven’t had much to submit this year.

 

How about you? Please feel free to let me know what you’ve been up to lately in the comments.

New Publications

October is turning out to be a great month for me. Not only has it been unusually warm here in New England, but I’ve recently had several of my works appear in both print and online journals.

First, my magical realism short story “Reflections” appeared in the first issue of Moonchild Magazine.

Second, my poem “Yahoo, I’ve Been Hacked” is in the inaugural issue of Hi Vis Press’ new print journal, Low Light Magazine.

Finally, my spooky Halloween found poem “The Devil” is in Unlost Journal.

Check them out. Then submit your work to them.

New Flash Fiction

After a bit of a dry spell, I have a few new pieces published, and I’ll have more next week.

The first is A Swan’s Memory, a short fiction piece that the good folks at Mad Swirl were kind enough to publish.

The second is The Empty Cage, another short fiction piece that found a home (or a nest, since a bird plays a primary role in the story) in the always great Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. I had originally a version of this for a contest in the Summer of ’15 but later re-wrote it with the help from my friends in Scribophile, so I would like give a big “THANK YOU” to them.

I hope you enjoy the stories. Please feel free to let you know how you like them in the comments.