We all seem to be getting over the flu bug. Thankfully, as stomach flus go, this one seems to have been rather mild.
Hobkin has kept down all the food he’s eaten in the last twenty-four hours, and is generally exhibiting signs of being over the worst of his GI issues.
Received a BFoD from RoF, right on schedule, and a note from WotF that my story, while not a winner, was a quarter-finalist. Again. Always a bridesmaid, dammit.
My review of “Safe Haven” by Karen D. Fishler in Infinite Matrix is up at Tangent.
Another 3000 words on the novella. It’s now officially novelette length, and out of the short story pit of word countage. Flowing along great with the “write what you can, skip what you need to” approach. Fingers crossed and wood knocking that this continues.
Also received the next issue of Oceans of the Mind to review. It’s HUGE. My editor actually asked whether I wanted to skip this one and have him pass it to another reviewer, as I had already sent him a review this week. I actually considered passing as I don’t want anything to skew my writing flow. But then I figured, “nah, I can read and review between creative bursts.” Besides, I didn’t have anything else major planned this weekend.
Did I mention this issue is HUGE? I think it’s the longest issue they’ve ever published.
Also, I need to critique a bunch of stories on Critters. There are several regulars up this week who I would feel bad about if I missed.
I still haven’t finished sending thank you notes out for the last story that went through the queue, and I’m beginning to get a steady stream of crits coming in for my current offering.
And I need to work on that rewrite and send it to market already if it’s going to market, as well as have Matthew first reader my fantasy/VR fusion piece.
I think I bit off more than I can fit into my mouth.
Are you still eligible for Writers of the Future?? I would’ve thought you’d blown past those requirements long ago.
Technically, I’m still eligible. Their rules say a writer can enter as long as they haven’t had “more than three short stories professionally published.” While I’ve made over three “professionally” qualifying sales, I’ve still only seen two of them published (the smaller, semi-pro stuff doesn’t count against this limit). It’s the Cricket “up to two year” lead time thing. I made my third, fourth, and fifth professional sales last year, but until they hit print, I can still compete.
I’m estimating I have a couple more WotF quarters in me, then I’m out of the running. Although it’s possible I might have longer, depending on when Cricket schedules my stories and/or if another qualifying market buys something and has a much shorter lead time.
It’s getting damn irritating, though. That’s one honorable mention and two quarter-finalist stories in WotF and I still have no better idea of what sort of fiction they’re looking for!
Ah. Loopholes. Gotta love that. And about what they’re looking for? I don’t think they always know either – don’t they get different judges each year?