A Writer’s Blog

A Writer's Blog

Sorry, if I am messing you up with these Thursday blogs. But the last two weeks I’ve had more time on Thursday than Friday. Today, I’m going to do something a little different and toot somebody else’s horn. My writing friend, Melinda Moore, has a story out in Tales of the Talisman, a speculative fiction printed magazine. It’s always exciting when one of my writing friends scores with a story or book. We’re all pulling for each other. Melinda’s story is called, “Storyteller’s Initiation” and as usual, she’s managed to weave her love of culture, music and story telling into this beautifully written narrative. It is all about Tia, who is the storyteller of her pueblo. During a rain dance she meets a flute player named Kokopelli, who begs her for a story. Tia only knows stories she’s been told, but with Kokopelli’s help, she learns to tell her own new stories. That’s all I’m saying. To read this wonderful story, you’ll have to purchase a copy of the magazine. Here’s the link. http://www.talesofthetalisman.com/
Are you in the mood for a fairy tale? How about reading, The Light Princess by George MacDonald. There is so much i love about this book. First of all, the pictures in it are by Maurice Sendak, where the wild things are. The story is relatively short. 110 pages, and it concerns a girl who is cursed with no gravity. How she finds a way to stay put is what you’ll discover reading this book. I loved it.
Okay, now for the update on my picture book. I submitted it! Yay! It’s been submitted and I will definately let you know when I hear anything about it. Fingers crossed, good thoughts and prayers, please. Not every book is accepted, of course, and no matter what, I’m not stopping. Onward.
Besides submitting my book, I won’t tell you where yet, I also submitted an article to Guardian angel Kids. I got an answer from one of my queries, a rejection from Leading Edge. It was personal and full of good advice. I’ll improve the story and send it somewhere else one of these days.
Thought for the Day: Any progression forward is victory;not moving forward is defeat. So progress in whatever area you excel in. I’m going to.

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A Writer’s Blog

A Writer's Blog

What is water good for? It’s good for cleansing, cooling, refreshing, quenching thirst and the word that first came to mind, reflection. As a writer, reflection is one of those much needed disciplines to rejuvenate the writing juices. Also reflection is needed to change direction in what we write or how we write. Reflection is something I use often when I begin a story. I reflect on something I’ve seen, or an idea that came to me, or even a book I’ve read.

While I’m on that subject, I recently read Therese Raquin by Emile Zola. According to Zola he was inspired to write this book by another book he read that dealt with human punishment of a murderer and his mistress. He thought that a more powerful book could be written using divine punishment. Therese Raquin is powerful. It’s about poetic justice. The emotional nerve of the book is chilling. It concerns a man who has an affair with his best friend’s wife. They murder the husband so they are free to marry and claim for themselves the family business. It doesn’t work out at all the way they planned. The agony their minds are subjected to because of guilt is the basis of the book. This story is dark and chilling.

Query Time: When paging through my numerous submissions, I saw a pattern. I have many that have never received a reply, so it was time to write some queries. In a way, I hate queries, because it is often like asking for a rejection. Once receiving my query, I feel like the editors say “Oh, did I miss sending you that rejection? I’ll get that right off to you.” But, as writers, we ask for them anyway.

I had two standard, impersonal rejections this week: one from Vestal Review and one from Blank Fiction. I submitted to three places this week: The Story Quest contest, Grim Corps and Timeless Tales. As usual, I’ll let you know my results.

Final word: I have finally decided to submit my picture book for children that I have had stewing for years, and I mean years. I wrote the book, drew the pictures for it, and my husband hand painted them. I have been sitting on it mostly because I haven’t known where to send it, but I believe I have found the right place now. We still have some finishing touches to do, and then I have to take pictures of the paintings and assemble the book but hopefully, in a week or two, I will be able to submit it. I’ll keep you posted as the story enfolds. Keep the prayers, good thoughts and crossed fingers going for me.

Thought for the day: Keep the creative juices flowing in whatever way you can. Visit a new place, read a new book, observe and reflect.

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I’m still excited about the win at Penn Cove I had last Friday but as with all writer’s pursuits, I have to move on. This week I’ve had two rejections. They were both personal so it wasn’t a total downer. Shimmer said : Thank you for your submission to Shimmer. I thought your story had its strong points, including an interesting concept, but ultimately I didn’t think this was quite right for us. The voice, here, didn’t seem to be what we’re looking for: something lyrical, while being understated and emotive. I’m going to have to pass on this, but I wish you the best of luck placing your story elsewhere.
I also had a rejection from Spellbound. They had asked for a rewrite so I was hopeful there but it didn’t pan out. Spellbound said :Thank you for submitting a rewrite of “The Stone Giant” to Spellbound.
I do think this story is improved with the edits, but ultimately, I
feel it’s not quite right.

While I’m not accepting this story, I wanted to let you know that I do
enjoy seeing your submissions. Also, in case you didn’t know, we are
releasing a special edition of Spellbound next year. We’ve just
opened up to submissions and you can find the guidelines at:
http://eggplantproductions.com/general-guidelines/guidelines-for-spellbound-spindles/.
The theme is retold fairy tales. I hope the theme inspires you to
submit something.
So I am trying to take heart. I submitted to Photo Flare Contest again this week and to the Story Quest Short Story Contest.
Thought for the Day: Don’t dwell on the negatives. As the song goes, “Accentuate the positive” God is still in his Heaven. All is right with the world.

my article with Guardian Angel Kids on Alpacas

my article with Guardian Angel Kids on Alpacas

I’m very excited to post this link to an article I’ve written in the new issue of Guardian Angel Kids on Farming. Another reason for my sunny disposition is that I had two acceptances this week. Along with the article cited, I had an acceptance from Strange Musings for their anthology, Alternate Hilarities, which is scheduled for publication in early 2014. It will be the first publication in which I will share in the proceeds from the sales of the book. So that is exciting for me.

 

I also had two rejections this week: one from Lakeside Circus and the Photo Flare Contest, where Melinda very kindly informed me that I was in her top three. Well, onward and hopefully, upwards. I submitted to three places this week. One is to Enchanted Conversation contest. This is a site dedicated to Fairy tales although stories contributed do not have to be fairy tales, they must have the feel of a fairy tale. I also submitted to Shimmer and a new women’s zine, called Up Do. I’ll let you know as always.

Thought for the Day: Often times Editors will give you advice. If it is any way practical, take it. The advice of others is always valuable. I did get two pieces of advice last week. I’m not sure about the one but the other was very interesting. I started a new story this week and I’m glad I’m still able to write, even though I’m tired. I had two days this week where I started work at 6:30 in the morning, not my favorite hours, I assure you. Though working because I need to, I’m not giving up on my writing dreams. Don’t give up on your dreams either whatever they may be. I guess that’s two thoughts for the day. Bonus!