“Medusa’s Eyes” Available now on Amazon

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“Medusa’s Eyes” is available now for $0.99/ free through Kindle Unlimited.

Blurb:

As a hacker, Ryker “Perseus” Cameron is used to unusual jobs. Then he’s asked to break into a biotech weapon called Medusa. The retinal implant device mimics the powers of the legendary gorgon, and has been used to take several lives. And his potential client wants it stopped. At any cost.

But as Ryker studies his quarry, he quickly learns that nothing is as simple as it first appears. And that real life can echo an ancient myth in more than one way…

Medusa’s Eyes is a 10,000 word science fiction story based on the Greek myth about the gorgon Medusa.

Available now on Amazon and AmazonUK

 

Awards Time!

Some exciting news to pass along! First, I received an Honorable Mention in the 2nd Quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest. I’m excited, of course, but still hoping to disqualify myself from the competition all together by pro-ing out as soon as possible!

I also was informed that my first published fantasy story, “Ink,” which originally appeared in Liquid Imagination Issue 21, has won a Write Well Award 2015, which is sponsored by the Silver Pen Writers Association. The anthology of award winners is available in both e-book and print through Amazon.

Progress Report–September 2014

I know I haven’t done one of these for a while. Needless to say, the summer was absolutely crazy for my real life and a lot of writing stuff got placed on the back burner.  Here’s a recap of my 2014 goals, and where I stand with each one:.

1. Finish 18 new stories.

Progress report: Finished just 1 new short story since May.  Total for the year-to-date:

2. 100 short story submissions.

Progress report:I can’t give you a breakdown by month, but I’ve sent a total of 58 short story submissions as of the end of August.

3. Keep up with this blog and Twitter

Nothing to report here.

A couple of interesting notes. One, I sold another story, this time to Fantasy Scroll. I will post the direct link to the story when it goes up. Second, I’m quickly closing in on a dubious milestone in my writing life: I have accumulated a total of 95 rejections. Only 5 to go before I hit the big 100. On the one hand, that’s a hell of a lot of Rs. On the other… it does mean I’m getting my work out there.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals for this year?

Progress Report #5

One more month down, seven to go.  Here’s a recap of my 2014 goals, and where I stand with each one:.

1. Finish 18 new stories.

Progress report: Didn’t finish any short stories in May.  Total for the year-to-date: 7

2. 100 short story submissions.

Progress report: 6 short story  submissions made, giving me a total of 37 for a year.

3. Keep up with this blog and Twitter

More preparations and stresses related to moving house. I keep thinking life will settle back to normal soon, or that I’ll have more free time somehow, but it just hasn’t been happening.

Not expecting June to be better — we’ll be living on the road for most of the month. We’re hoping to make the final move into our new home towards the end of June, provided nothing goes wrong. Although, with no tv to distract me, I may actually get more writing done. Maybe.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals for this year?

Short Story Success!

Now that the contract has been signed, I’m pleased to announce my short story, “Ink,” will be published in Issue 21 of  Liquid Imagination, which is due to be released at the end of this month. It’s my first story sale in the fantasy genre.

I am beyond thrilled right now. Not only am I being published, but I happen to have a particular soft spot in my heart for this story (though I suppose writers aren’t supposed to have favorites), which involves subtle magic and Japanese kanji tattoos. I had a lot of fun writing it .

Progress Report #4

One more month down, eight to go.  Here’s a recap of my 2014 goals, and where I stand with each one:.

1. Finish 18 new stories.

Progress report: Finished 2 new short stories in April.  Total for the year-to-date: 7

2. 100 short story submissions.

Progress report: 7 short story  submissions made, giving me a total of 31 for a year.

3. Keep up with this blog and Twitter

Another crazy month in real life, so haven’t spent much time even thinking about these things. Got long-awaited orders for my husband, for one–we’ll be moving to Colorado in June–and the whirlwind of preparations has already begun. Also had a close call with the Alabama tornadoes at the end of April. One of them passed within 5 miles of my house, crossing directly through the main road that my husband takes to work. Fortunately, we got the tornado warning just minutes before he was ready to head out that morning.

Here’s hoping that May will be better.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals for this year?

Progress Report #3

One more month down, nine to go.  Here’s a recap of my 2014 goals, and where I stand with each one:.

1. Finish 18 new stories.

Progress report: I did not complete any new short stories in March. Started a few, but never finished. I did manage a long overdue revision of a story I originally wrote last year. Total for the year-to-date: 5

2. 100 short story submissions.

Progress report: 12 short story  submissions made, giving me a total of 24 for a year.

3. Keep up with this blog and Twitter

Too much happened in my life to really do much in these. Plus, towards the end of the month, I got sick. I’m actually still sick now. Coughing and exhausted.

I hate having bad months. Here’s hoping that April will be better.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals for this year?

Progress Report #2

One more month down, ten to go. 2014 certainly feels like it’s flying by–or maybe not. I seem to think that about every year, lately. Here’s a recap of my 2014 goals, and where I stand with each one:.

1. Finish 18 new stories.

Progress report: Completed 4 new short stories in February. Ironically, even though I spent much of the month working on the Flash Fiction course, only 1 of those stories could be considered flash-length. Total for the year-to-date: 5

2. 100 short story submissions.

Progress report: 5 short story  submissions made, giving me a total of 12 for a year.

3. Keep up with this blog and Twitter

Getting better. Actually posted 3 times on this blog, though I did slow down a bit more on Twitter than I intended. Can’t seem to find the balance between the two sites.

Overall, it was a month of a couple steps forward, a couple steps back. The main thing that improved in February was the time I spent actually writing. Now, I just need to work on those other areas.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals for this year?

Rejectomancy Made Easy

I’ll admit, I have a bit of a love-hate thing with the Submission Grinder. I love how easy it’s made it to keep track of my story submissions, and the market search, while not always perfect, has provided me with interesting new places to send my work.

The one problem I have is with their “Response Turnaround Chart.” Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great tool, and on occasion it’s helped me get a fairly good handle on when a response from a certain market is due. But when it looks like this:

Response Turnaround Chart w/ Market Name Blacked Out for Privacy

Response Turnaround Chart w/ Market Name Blacked Out for Privacy

That’s where the “hate” part comes in. I start to worry. See that little dot? That’s my story. The red lines are rejections. The green are acceptances. I’m not confident enough to assume that I’ll become one of the acceptances. But being beyond the range of their “normal” rejection times inspires a new paranoia. OMG! I’ll be the oldest rejection recorded for these guys. Ever!

Granted, this particular market doesn’t have a large number of responses recorded on the Grinder at this time, so the sample size is too small to really be jumping to such drastic conclusions. I shouldn’t be worrying, but I can’t seem to help it. I refuse to think about what that says about me.

Ironically, as I was typing up the last couple of paragraphs of this post, the response from this market arrived in my e-mail. A rejection. Please excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall a few dozen times. Ugh!

Progress Report #1

Though only one month into the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to post where I am with my 2014 goals. Makes me feel like I have to be accountable for what I’m doing.

1. Finish 18 new stories.

Progress report: Completed 1 new short story in January. Also had to abandon 2 stories that just were not working. I also began Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction course, in part because I’ve noticed that far too many of my stories are running long lately. Hopefully, by doing more flash, I’ll be able to keep up with this goal.

2. 100 short story submissions.

Progress report: I logged 7 submissions during January. If I keep up that pace, I’ll have just 84 at the end of the year. Need to pick up the pace.

3. Keep up with this blog and Twitter

Didn’t post at all in January, after the Resolutions were made. Need to work on that. Twitter has been a bit easier. Maybe a little too easy. Hours waste away while I read through my feed, even when I’m not actively posting.

Overall, I think it was a decent month. Should be interesting to see what February brings, since it’s such a short month.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals for this year?