Monday, June 28, 2010

Ze Clock, She is Ticking!

The end of the month is rapidly approaching, and my mini-vacation is coming to an end. I'm looking forward to it... this has been a great month to do whatever I want, but it's gonna be really great to get back into the universe I created and start moving stuff around. I feel like revision is shaping the raw material I've created. Yes, a good deal of it is pretty clean. But I can make it better... sharper. I want it to sing.

Almost finished with my erotic horror flash. Next I'm going to polish up a short I started a couple of years ago but never finished. I figure it's about five pages from the end. If I can get it down right, I'll have another piece to add to my portfolio. It's pretty exciting to see that expanding, because it means I can group them together into an anthology before too much longer. This isn't unheard of in the horror genre; Joe Hill published an anthology of his short fiction before he published his first novel, and it did so well, he got a contract with Harper-Collins.

I've sent out queries to Weird Tales and Dark Discoveries about the pieces they still have (Weird Tales has had "Knights of the Road" for a little over three months; Dark Discoveries has had "Watched" since January), and I'm hoping to hear back soon on them. In the meantime, I'll have new stuff to send out in the next couple of weeks, and that makes me happy.

Another exciting thing: my website will be up and running soon. I want to get it rolling before I head to KillerCon in August. There probably won't be a whole lot at first, but I can't wait to share it with y'all. I'm taking business cards to the convention with me and I want to have the website ready for who might be visiting...

...but before all that kicks into high gear, I'm enjoying the last week of June. Next Sunday there'll be fireworks; until then, I'm chillin out. So - you didn't think I'd forgotten about Music Monday, did you? Here's one of my favorite "chill" songs for you to enjoy... hope it brings a little calm blue ocean into your Monday.



What's going on in your life? Anything you're particularly excited about? Need to kick back and relax for a couple of days? You're not stressing in the summer heat, are ya? Remember, friends... the comment section is always open.

Have a great Monday!

9 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Pleased you have had a good mimi vacation, does one good to have a break. Good luck with the writing, Enjoyed the video.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to your new website!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm still wondering where the heck did June go?

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Good luck on the submissions!! I'm pretty stoked to play around with the short form sometime this summer. I'm almost at the end of my horror MS; when that's done, I'm putting the sucker away to rest for a coupla weeks. That's when I get to play a little in short stories.

Molly said...

I lvoe revision too! It's especially fun with poetry because what you once had originally can become something 100% different. It's really exciting to see something come together. To look at something raw and then have the finished product and just be happy.

Hope your shorts go over well :)

I'd love it if you could check out my blog sometime! withmonsters.blogspot.com

Watery Tart said...

Kudos for sticking to your plan (even allowing yourself a break!) I have no doubt you will NAIL this revisions thing--having seen some of your shorts, you KNOW what to do. I wish you luck with it anyway though.

I am diving head first into my cozy now that my BuNo is done... Then AUGUST will face revisions...

Jemi Fraser said...

Good luck with the submissions! Exciting stuff :)

I'm excited about school ending in a few days! Come on summer :)

Ellie said...

Can't wait for the new site! Smart to take time out and re enter the world, refreshed!

Palindrome said...

I just got my business cards the other day! And my first conference went over fabulously!!

Good point about horror authors. I should start working on more of my short pieces. :) Thanks for the tip!