So, I just wanted to say that I did send a story to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores for this submission period. I doubt seriously that they will accept it, but I really wanted to have something out to them as I have missed three or four submission periods.
I sent them one of the stories that I finished a while back–Citizen X. I don’t expect them to take the story as it is an Alternate History story with Sci-Fi elements. The story has caught the eye of several “slush” readers and been passed up to market editors (at least three separate times), but in each case, the editors decided to pass on it. However, it was the only story that I haven’t sent them that I’ve worked on recently. All of the other stories, HawkeMoon, Silence Will Fall, and Here Be Monsters, among others, they didn’t really like (although they did suggest changes to HawkeMoon and asked for a resubmission of it, but I chose not to do that because I felt the changes would have impacted the story that I was trying to tell. Perhaps that was wrong, but I really try to follow a “hero’s journey” for my stories, but I remember that the changes would have impacted this journey negatively. Unfortunately, Cosmic Roots and Landscapes allows you to “clear” you feedback and once its gone, its gone.
Compelling Science Fiction
The next major market that I’m writing for currently is a smaller market that’s been closed for the past year (maybe longer) and its called Compelling Science Fiction. They are actually opening again from October 1st – December 1st (at least, that’s what the email said when I signed up for email notices of their next opening date). I’m currently working on the Independent and that’s the story that I intend to submit there first. I’m going to have to do a 3rd draft of the story–I’m concentrating on character for this pass, but I”m already over 1,000 words in and I’ve not yet even hit the inciting incident (which should probably happen in the first 500 words). So this draft will be the longest draft and the 3rd draft will be me finding places to cut the story down and adding in a little more setting/description (not a lot, but I feel that it is a little bare bones at the moment).
The reason why I’m not finishing projects as fast as I was over the summer is that I’m trying out rotating my projects. I’m working on 3 projects at the moment: Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel, The Independent (2nd Draft), and Project Star (Rough Draft). Once I finish one of these, I’ll move onto another. This ensures that I’m never bored and the projects never grow stale, but it also means that it takes much longer for me to actually “finish” a project. Still, this seems to be working and a lesson that I’m constantly having to re-learn is “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Well, that’s all for now/ Have a great day!
- Current Work-in-Progress: The Independent (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 2nd Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Project Star (Sci-Fi Short-Story -1st Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue #1, Currently on Script Page 28)