My writing is oriented to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. I'll try to share news of sales as well as offer advice / findings and promote free contests or market deadlines appropriate to those genres.
The whole thing is up. Novel complete at 50,996 per the official validator.
I'm not sure the old links will work, so here's an updated link as I renamed the bugger a little hoping to make sure it got into the $2,000 drawing over on wattpad, which is why the novel now has the nanowrimo13 at the end of the title.
Parts one to eight (roughly the first twenty days) are up on wattpad if anyone's interested.
I know some people in the Nanowrimo community post their novels and progress live, unedited, as they work.
This year I'm joining the scrum, I guess.
So, should you like to read the progress so far, here's the link.
Expect sporadic updates, I'm going to try to keep updates to once or twice a week.
Updated November 9th, 2013 at 01:26 PM by expatrie
Hoping I can get closer to "par" over the weekend, though getting distracted by setting up on Wattpad hasn't helped.
At any rate, work should start laying off a little over the next week (although not really, I have 11 projects to complete and two from last week still "hanging" and revisions expected on the four I "completed" last week.
Other than that, as story gossip, I've picked up Burnout from last year (I
Updated November 9th, 2013 at 12:05 PM by expatrie
Some days the internet really... pisses me off.
I read a book (published in 1996), it mentions a thirty year failure cycle for major collapses in bridges, it then goes on to mention the Millenium foot bridge as completing the cycle (because in 2007 the I-35W bridge collapsed and the book wasn't out--though admittedly the thesis applies to different TYPES of bridges, so the 35W bridge is outside that as it is not a new type of bridge and the "failure" we are all waiting for
Well, I just finished Bag of Bones today.
On a non sequitur note, I decided to check out the wikipedia entry as I was unclear where we were on the time-line - pre or post being hit by a van. This book is pre.
King's formula for learning to write well is: "Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can't expect to become a good writer." He sets out each day with a quota of 2000 words and
Well, if you didn't see the May 1 broadcast of Modern Family, with Jay struggling to create a page of his spy thriller, well, I found it hysterical.
Here's information on "Career Day."
One bit (and there are more, please, that are funnier)
God, I am so procrastinating.
Updated September 6th, 2013 at 10:38 PM by expatrie
(added youtube link because I'm procrastinating.)
I've just been sucked under by a work-nami.
That and the current piece I'm working on is not going well. I'm encountering some kind of personal resistance to the topic, I guess. Call it Horror-block.
let's be realistic. all exercise equipment for in home use should also do something else so it actually gets used. ours would, with some modification, make an excellent drying rack for clothes. I could see treadmill toasters, elliptical chairs, bicycles with a fan mounted in them, a dehumidifier would be nice.
Updated May 14th, 2013 at 10:50 AM by expatrie
FYI - if you ordered a signed Dresden Cold Days hardcover from Barnes and Noble, you might have a defective book. Mine has a double-feed leave from 345-376, and then it jumps to page 409. Obviously I found this out when I got to page 376 for the first time, but it took me a minute. Like, wait. Harry's taking a shower again? Lacuna is saying she has no clothes again? I'm so confused...
Then I realized. So.
And if you buy the book from a store, check you have pages 377-408
I couldn't spoil the book for you folks if I wanted to. I haven't read chapter one of the preview even, and apparently my book is arriving by quadriplegic hobbit. They took a full day to package the book after I bought it. Wake up Barnes and Noble! Amazon would get it in a box on the same dang day.
Let alone the new format and spending ten minutes trying to find... create new post.
I'd rather be reading Cold Days. Dangit.
Has it been a year since I've done this? Work has been eating me alive, and the old home life, too. That and a nearly pathological need for sleep.
Just a sampling cut from duotrope (new format for the web site, give it a look).
Red Skies Press: True Dark Darkest horror 12 Sep 12
(9/30/2012) Tomorrow Anthology: Post-apocalyptic
(9/30/2012) In The Spaces Between Anthology: Science Fiction Mysteries
(9/30/2012) Story Star Publishing Short Story
Updated August 29th, 2012 at 11:45 AM by expatrie
(added True Dark--which I could still conceivable hit the deadline for)
Well, to quote Douglas Adams, "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
While I always meet deadlines at work, I am not so successful at writing. This time the issue was I spend too much time doing nothing in the story. I realized this was a problem and came up with a different approach angle, but just ran out of time.
I took another look at the duotrope deadline calendar and it's like the whole year has three to five times more deadlines than the last time I looked. Tons of horror/scifi/fantasy deadlines.
And it looks like I can give "Heartbreaker" another polish, provided I ever finish "Bitter End" for that revenge anthology on the 15th of June.
Right now, "Bitter End" has all the appeal of a week-old bowl of oatmeal. I'm at 1,200
I submitted a story to this market that wasn't accepted - no worries, it's kind of a tough story to sell but it did rather fit the concept.
Anyway, the anthology is out and getting some nice notices in the UK press. (Well, I presume the Guardian is UK. I'm 99% sure....)
learn more about the anthology here:
From the sound of it, it's a little more social than Ian pictured at the beginning of the submissions call, a