This week has had its ups and downs for me. While “real” life has been very difficult in terms of my school work/teaching workload, my “writing” life has been very productive. Two of my stories were accepted for publication! I am ecstatic and it makes me thankful of all of the encouragement that I received from my blog post on rejections (about a month ago). Coming up with a system of submitting to a reasonable number of markets also helped as I wasn’t so stressed out about submission process now that I have a reasonable submission goal. The two stories that were accepted were WarLight and Childe Roland, both of which I’ve talked about previously here on the blog and both have Author’s Notes available here on the blog if you’re interested in the genesis/development of the stories.
WarLight was selected for publication by Carrol Fix as part of her Visions anthology series. It should appear in Visions VI: Galaxies. Regular readers of the blog will remember that Carrol also printed my story, Ship of Shadows in Visions IV: Space Between Stars in April of this year. I really appreciate Carrol’s publication of the story and I am hopeful that I can contribute to more of her anthologies. Visions VI: Galaxies can currently be pre-ordered from the publisher’s website, Lillicat Publishers, but the book should also be available via Amazon/Kindle (as all of the previous entries in the series have been as well).
Childe Roland was selected for the November issue of Electric Spec online speculative fiction magazine (electricspec.com). It should be available at the end of November and I will update the blog with a blog entry once the story is up and available. Best of all, for readers, the issue is FREE! You won’t have to subscribe or anything like that once the story is available. They DO accept donations, so if you have some extra money, you might consider throwing some their way, but that is entirely optional. They do PAY their writers (YAY! You go Electricspec editors!), and as a teacher who is now a poor graduate student, any amount of money that I make from my writing, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated, so please consider donating if you can afford it at all.
I also saw Dr. Strange this weekend and I really enjoyed it. In the interest of time, I’m going to save the Mini-Review of it until next week, but if you like magic, cool special effects, and martial arts, then this movie will be right up your alley. I should note that it is a lot like what I was trying for with I, Magi, (especially the integration of Magic with Martial Arts), but my story and it have strong enough conceptual differences that (hopefully) will keep my story from looking like an “also-ran” of Dr. Strange now that the movie has been released.
More to come next week! ‘Till then, have a great one!