Monday, December 28, 2009

The Lion of Solkara

The Lion of Solkara has gone through another edit and been sent off to another novel pubisher. It took me days but I think I made it into a much better story. I ended up adding about 12,000 words.

I'll have to wait and see if it gets accepted. Just like with my short stories I am planning on giving it a good edit every time it gets rejected. So far it has worked with my short fiction. I have had stories accepted after many rejections. Sometimes being accepted into better paying markets than the ones I got rejected from.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bards & Sages

The new issue of Bards & Sages Quarterly is out. My story Goblin Errant will appear in this issue. This story has place close to my heart. It is very short only about 700 words, I wrote it on whim as I tried to write a novel. It was the first short story I ever wrote that wasn't for a school assignment. I sent it in to be published without really thinking that it would be. This ended up being my first acceptance that started my short fiction writing career. The story like most of my flash fiction is a fantasy parody.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kingdom of the Dead is done

Okay I finally finished my nanowrimo novel. Final count 44 days: 70, 235 words. It is going to need a lot of editing, I skimmed over a lot of the descriptions and did not even think about my word choices as I wrote. Also in chapter 6 I decided that one of the characters should be a woman, so for the first five chapters I'm going to have to change a lot of hes to shes. But it is done, and suprisingly it makes sense, I was worried that writing so fast there would be a lot of holes in the plot, but I think this one is going to have fewer plot holes than my other novels. I don't know if that is because it is my third novel and I am getting better or if it is because of how I wrote it.

What's next? I have a three or four anthologies I want to write for, and three novels that need editing. That should keep me busy until at least the end of January.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Realms Magazine is out. I made the cover!!!

As the title says Realms Magazine is out via createspace and will soon be on Amazon.

My story Lord of the North is featured on the cover. This is the first time I have had artwork based on a story I have written and I am super excited. I did not even know it would be on the cover until today when I got an email it was out. It totally made my day.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Zombie Love?

I have been looking at the novels I've written or am writing, The Lion of Solkara, Summer's Blood, and the Kingdom of the Dead. And much to my amazement they all have zombies in one form or another. It doesn't really matter if they're the ghouls from tLoS or the lifeless from SB or the straight out zombies from KotD they are all zombies.

I can't believe I didn't see it before, I thought my Dawn of the Dead meets Lord of the Rings idea for KotD was totally different than my other novels. The only real difference is the role the zombies have in the novel. In tLoS they are a mad necromancer’s horde, in SB they are created when the Lord of the Underworld accidentally rips through the planes of existence into the world of the living, while the Winter Court and Summer Court are at war, in Chapter 22 of a 30 chapter novel.

Maybe KotD will get the zombies out of my system and I can write something a little different.

I just finished my Roar of the Crowd sub, it came out to be a 5,200 word monster of a short story, about twice as long as most of my short fiction, which worked out really well considering they have a 5,000 word minimum.

I have decided that tLos is just going to take too much time to edit, and have retired the novel. I will be concentrating on the other two, and my new idea.