So, the disadvantage to being able to check your email on your phone means that you are never “disconnected.” During a bit of downtime during the Super Bowl on this past Sunday, I happened to check my phone and saw that I had an email from the market where Citizen X was on the short list. I also noticed just by the first sentence that it was a Rejection Notice (You can always tell a Rejection Notice by the way it starts–that “formality” that we all shift into whenever we have to tell another person bad news). It didn’t put a damper on the game/commercials/fun of the evening, but it was distracting. Something that I wished that I could have seen on Monday morning, rather than on Sunday evening. Ah, well, that’s life. At least, it was short-listed.
Silence Will Fall
I should probably here of SWF’s fate shortly. The email mentioned early February is when the market whose short-list SWF is on would make a decision. HawkeMoon was on the short-list at this market as well, but it didn’t make it, but who knows if SWF will make it or not. I like Silence Will Fall quite a bit, but then I liked HawkeMoon as well, so its always a bit of a “crapshoot.” There’s a movie coming out soonish that seems to have the same take on SWF (i.e., if you make noise, bad things will happen, but it looks to be a “zombie” movie, rather than a science fiction one). I hope that the movie doesn’t render my story as an “also-ran” because mine was conceived first and deals with a science fiction concept, but the key idea of “sound” is in both which may be detrimental to my being able to market it in the future (i.e., we’ve seen that concept already in such-and-such movie).
Here Be Monsters
While this one isn’t on a short-list, it is still out for consideration at a market with an upcoming anthology. Don’t know if the editor is going to choose this story or not. He’s accepted one story and rejected two others, so far I believe (going by what has been reported via authors who track their stories on Duotrope. However, my story is one of at least 17 submissions (again, based on Duotrope’s tracking) still awaiting a decision. Nothing to do here except be patient and see what happens.
Rather than just resting on my laurels, I am actively working on trying to finish the rough draft of Project Skies (the short story with Skye to discover her character)–I am currently drafting section 3 of 3, revising All Tomorrow’s Children to start submitting (I’m currently revising section 2 of 3), researching my next story, Project OPaK. I had to go all the way back to June of last year to discover the name that I’d given this project. I also noticed that I really like to introduce Projects, but I’m much slower at finishing them (a blog post for another time). I have photocopied research for this project and I will transition into Project OPaK as soon as I finish Project Skies.