52 Week Writing Challenge… an Update From the Queue

As a part of the 52 Week Writing Challenge, I am submitting short stories to actual magazines. The focus on short stories is something new. I don’t usually write stories, and when I do, I don’t usually think about sending them out anywhere other than this blog. So, you send the short story out–usually via

Submission Planner

I put together a form, today. It’s not much of a form, and this is not much of a blog post, but you can have them both. It is **trumpet fanfare** a submission planner for short stories. It’s not to track submissions. (I’m using a combination of Sonar and Submission Grinder for that.) It’s to

Pen Names for Diplomacy

I’m thinking about pen names (again.) It’s the kind of thing that comes up every so often. Right now, I’m squinting at a short story, and realizing that not only it not in my wheelhouse… I know just whose wheelhouse it should be in. And… I’m fairly sure their idea of a good time does

Bragging Walls for Grownups… Or not.

Do you have a bragging wall? Or shelf? A place in your house where you show off your accomplishments? Or are you more the private type? Anyhoo, a friend of mine was talking about making a brag shelf. (When she gets around to it.) And that got me wondering… what exactly would that look like?

Twists and Turns

I have been reading smut, which is to say I have been considering the socio-economic implications of a depressed fiat monetary system encountering an advanced, space-faring civilization that is still–somehow–building its economy based on barter. (Specifically, product x in exchange for women.) The primary plot thread is, of course, the romantic, but in general, I

Dutiful Typing and Thoughts on Process

I’ve been happily typing up some of my handwritten backlog, and keeping up with the current year’s typing. This is an accomplishment. So, I’m working my way through an old notebook. How old is it, exactly? Well, let’s just say that it’s well and truly been set aside for long enough that I can look

IWSG: Reading Genres

    The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose! March 3 question – Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely

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