Writing Wins and Woes: A writer’s Blog

Writing Wins and Woes: A writer's Blog

I’m trying to pretend I don’t really mind all these snow storms we’ve had this year in the Northeast. After all, it has inspired me to write a bunch of “wintry” stories. However, I am longing for spring so I can write some fair weather stories.

This week hasn’t been the best writing week for me. I was rejected three times, twice from Enchanted Spark’s Photo contests, although one I was one of the final two. My second resubmit to Knowonder! was also rejected, for lack of magic in the story. Whenever I get these rejections, I tend to lose interest in writing, and I haven’t yet made my writing goal this week. Suffice it to say that there is a lot going on in my life right now, and I don’t know if I’ll finish 3000 words this week or not.
I submitted to two places this week, Page and Spine and Asimov’s Science Fiction. I don’t hold out much hope for either one, but if you don’t try, you always fail. By the way, that is my thought for the day.

Have a great writing week! Please submit your stories to Paint Splashes. There is only one month left.

Alternate Hilarities anthology

Okay, here is the link for the kickstarter campaign for the new anthology my story, “Monkey Shines” is a part of. If you like science fiction, fantasy and humor, you will like this. I know it’s funny, since my story is part of it.

If you contribute at the $6 level, you get an e-copy of the book and if you contribute at the $12 level you get the paper version. Support it if you can. And if you can’t, pass the info along. Thanks


Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer’s Blog

What is your favorite thing to write about? I love to write about dragons, among other things. Dragons are fierce, dominating, and powerful. When they are around, people take notice. See any similarities? Yes, this is how every writer wants their work to be approached. I want to be a fierce writer that conquers (in the publishing world, of course)

So far this month, my domination has been lacking. I had one acceptance from Guardian Angel Kids. I am so thankful for them as they continue to accept a majority of my work.
I haven’t had so much success with my resubmit to Knowonder! I still haven’t met their approval although they’ve invited me to try again with this story. My other resubmit to them I haven’t heard back about yet. I had another rejection from The First Line. I’ve tried there repeatedly, as well. No luck. The first story I submitted to them, they said they liked but they had too many stories similar to mine. Ever since, I’ve never even merited another personal rejection. I wonder what I’m doing wrong.

I sent another story to Daily Science Fiction. I’ve been rejected by them over and over again. I know they like flash stories and mostly, science fiction. I like to write flash stories but I prefer fantasy over techno mumbo jumbo. I like science fiction. I just find it difficult to write it without sounding laughable.

I submitted one story to Timeless Tales, another to Enchanted Conversation, because I love fairy tales, and two to the Photo Flare Contests. I urge any writers out there to submit to Melinda’s contests. The regular contest pays $50 and her flash pays $10 like mine. All stories must be in by next week. Details can be found on her blog on my sidebar.
While we’re on the subject, please enter my contest as well, Paint Splashes. Details found here:

This week besides the Photo Flare Contest, I submitted to Guardian Angel kids for their Unique Art issue. If you enjoy writing for kids, I urge you to try writing there. Details are again on my sidebar.

Thought for the Day: I know they say, write what you know, but I say, write what you love. What do you love to write about? I’d love to know.,

Paint Splashes Flash Contest

Paint Splashes Flash Contest

For today, I thought I’d reblog info on my contest, Paint Splashes. A month has gone by and I’ve not gotten many submissions, so I’m replugging.

The contest is based on my husband’s painting, as pictured. Please make your story pertinent to the painting. It is a flash contest. That means all submissions should be 1000 words or less, please.

Winner will receive $10 paypal money. Runner-up will receive $5 paypal money, so please have a paypal account. It is free to set up the paypal account. Both winner and runner-up stories will be posted on my blog around the beginning of April. Contest ends March 25th, 2014. Winners will be notified by April 1st.

Please mark your subject line with Submission and story title, at least. Please put all submissions in the body of the email, no attachments, please. I’m wary of viruses.

I will send out a confirmation email that I have received your submission within a few days of submitting at the very least. Please send submissions to: paintsplashes@comcast.net. If you do not receive a confirmation email, I did not get your submission. Resend, please.

I will notify all entrants whether they win or not, by April 1st. I hope I haven’t missed any necessary information. Any genre is accepted. Format is not important. Just please keep grammar errors to a minimum. I reserve the right to edit those, but any changes will be approved by the author. You have all rights to your story.Please keep submissions PG. My daughter and husband will choose the two finalists and then, I will decide the winner. Thank you in advance for entering. Now, please, send your entries soon.

Writing Wins and Woes: Character sketch of my hero

Writing Wins and Woes: Character sketch of my hero

Okay, This doesn’t look like anybody’s idea of a hero, but I thought a lot about this blog and my belief is that when writing about a hero they should be somewhat flawed. This person(if your hero is a person) might be ordinary, but everybody has character inadequacies, and if my character doesn’t have a flaw, the hero isn’t remotely interesting.

So, I often write about a girl/woman who is lost, or facing some difficulty and is seeking to do something to overcome that crisis in her life. To me heros come in every day packages. Of course, in some of my stories, the hero doesn’t even win, or the hero turns out to be a villain. When the hero does win in my story, she often finds she wants to go back to where she started because what she found is not as satisfying as home. Sounds a lot like the Wizard of Oz, right?

I appreciate being able to share my opinions in this blog hop. This is one of the most interesting ones, yet. I’m sure there will be a lot of varieties in answers. Say on!

While I am here, please allow me a chance to plug my contest, Paint Splashes. The picture I included in this blog is my husband’s painting, and Paint Splashes is a flash fiction contest I have on my blog based on another of my husband’s great paintings. The contest goes to March 25th. More details are on my blog, here.


Thought for the Day: Heros are complex. When writing about them, don’t follow the stereotypes, try something different.

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer’s Blog

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer's Blog

This week we had an ice storm. This followed a snowstorm two days before. We thought shoveling 7 inches of heavy snow was hard, but the ice storm hugged electrical wires and weighed them down until there were thousands of power outages, and of course, slippery, treacherous streets to navigate. I, for one, am longing for balmy spring.

This is how the writing life often is. Treacherous sometimes with power outages when we are not succeeding but eventually it will be spring and stories will flow smoothly and sell again.

I submitted to Enchanted Spark’s new contest, Photo Flash. Check out both her contests here and submit.


I also resubmitted a story to Knowonder! that needed revising. Fingers crossed for an acceptance!
Unfortunately, I received a rejection from On the Premises for their latest contest.

I’d also like to advertise the blog hop I participated in two weeks ago and will be available to hop on to again on Monday, February 10. You are invited to write something about your favorite character. Check it out here.


Blog hops are fun and you get to meet fellow writers like yourself and a chance to promote your own blog as well.

Thought for the Day: Stimulate your writing anyway you can and don’t be afraid to do some publicizing. You worked hard and you earned it!

Guardian Angel Kids eagle issue

Guardian Angel Kids eagle issue

I am very excited to start off February, my birth month, with a story accepted in Guardian Angel Kids. It’s an article told in eagle eye view called, “Hey, do I need a toupee?” Please read it. It will tell you some great info about eagles you may not know. Where I live we can actually see eagles in the wild along the Susquehanna River once in a while. I once saw a Bald Eagle perching on some rocks near shore. It is a beautiful and stately bird. Have a great Saturday, everyone. Use it for writing.