Annual Round-Up and Awards Eligibility

So… it’s still January, right?

Just.

I’m not sure where this month has gone. I’ve been meaning to write this post all year. Better late than never.

2016 was an amazing year for my productivity. I wrote ten short stories (more than ever in a single year!), made some good headway into my previously-languishing novel, and sent out 120 submissions. That’s about three times as many as the previous year. As a result of all that writing and submitting, I have more current subs out than I’ve ever had at once, which makes me feel like I’m doing this writing thing properly.

I also had four publications: two originals and two reprints, which is nice and symmetrical. My stories ‘Her Glimmering Facade’ and ‘Candy Comfort’ appeared in Deep Magic and Daily Science Fiction respectively. ‘Daddy’s Girl’ was reissued in glorious audio form at The Overcast, while ‘Rule of Five’ had its third publication in the all-female horror anthology Killing It Softly.

‘Candy Comfort’ and ‘Her Glimmering Facade’ are both awards eligible this year. If you’re reading for awards, I’d love you to consider them. ‘Candy Comfort’ is available to read for free via the link above, and as ‘Facade’ is behind a paywall, I’d be happy to send a copy to anyone who’s planning to vote. Just let me know in the comments.

2017 is off to a good start, as I’ve already written four flash stories and sent out thirteen subs. Let’s start as we mean to go on!

 

 

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Happy 2016 to All

Here we are again, at another of those yearly roundups. When I look back on my previous ones, all I can do is smile. My writing progress has remained steady and on an upward trajectory, and that’s really all I can ask for.

I sold four stories in 2015, and all four were published the same year. Two of them went to semi-pro markets, and two to pro markets. One of those semi-pros was my first paperback publication, in Liz Grzyb’s awesome anthology, Hear Me Roar. The other, Sci Phi Journal, featured my dear, departed dog in its cover art. Seriously, wow. I wouldn’t have believed either of those things this time last year.

As for the two pro sales, both are freely available online in excellent magazines, and oddly, both are stories I wasn’t convinced would sell. ‘Flare’ had a couple of personal rejections that made me doubt whether I was hitting the right mark, but Urban Fantasy Magazine sent me a lovely, encouraging rewrite request and swiftly bought the revised version.

The other pro sale was my final publication of 2015, and appeared in Flash Fiction Online last month. ‘Fibonacci’ is an experimental sci-fi story that got in my head and drove me crazy. It’s under 1000 words long, but it is the most difficult story I’ve written to date. Not only did I set myself the insane challenge of structuring the whole piece around the Fibonacci sequence, I also gave myself a strict word limit (it had to be flash) and a complex, science-driven story. It needed both plot and character arcs. It had to be a proper, fully-fledged story and not just a gimmick. But once the idea got in my head it wouldn’t let me go, and after what felt like a wordsmithery wrestling match, I tackled it into submission and ended up with something I could actually be proud of. It got picked up on its second sub, and I’m delighted it found such a well-renowned home. Its December publication was a lovely way to round out the year, and left me on a momentum high that I fully intend to keep going.

I wrote five meaty short stories and a good chunk of my novel-in-progress. I critiqued a whole bunch of pieces for fellow writers, and established some great writing friendships this year. I discovered some terrific new markets. I joined Codex. I submitted stories 42 times and received 4 acceptances (nearly ten percent! Woo!).

Yep. It’s been a great year. I plan to carry its positivity into 2016 and watch all kinds of new wonders appear.

May all my fellow writers and readers have a magnificent year ahead!

Milestones of 2014

It’s a little late for a year roundup, but it’s still January, right? So I’m going to squeeze in a last-minute summary of my writing year.

It was a good one, no doubt about it. I didn’t actually write quite as much as in 2013, but I submitted everything everywhere many times over and sold three more stories, including my first audio publication and first professional sale. All three of them, plus one from the previous year, were published, and I also had a story from 2013 voted into an annual anthology. I’m counting that as five successes.

I discovered some great new markets last year and made several new writing buddies. A good writing network is so important, for support as well as sharing and promoting. I finished up the year with a draft of a new story I’m pretty hopeful about, so that was a positive note on which to end 2014 as well as begin 2015.

I feel like I hit some important milestones last year, and to top it all off, I made the list of eligible authors for the Campbell Award. Anyone with a Worldcon membership for 2014, 2015, or 2016 is able to nominate someone from the list. There are some wonderful writers on there, and it feels great to be included.

So bring it on, 2015. We have plots to write, worlds to create, characters to transform! And I feel like this year, I’m starting from that much higher up the ladder. Woo!

Welcome, 2014!

The Christmas decorations have been taken down and my house is looking bare and sparse. Kind of like my poor neglected blog. At last, I have a chance to rectify that…

2013 was a good writing year for me. I wrote seven completely new stories and finished polishing an eighth which I started in 2012. I made inroads into my new novel and solved a major dilemma regarding my previously finished one. I sold three pieces, two of which have already been published. I entered some writing competitions. I submitted every polished story and received some great feedback from editors and fellow writers. I had several stories make it to final rounds before being rejected… yes, still ultimately rejections, but hopeful ones! I have five stories out at the moment and two more waiting for final revisions before I let them loose.

And I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. The year is full of potential. Just look at all the great stuff that hadn’t yet happened this time last year!