August 30, 2015

I’m burned out. I have a new job and it sucks, specifically the fact that I have little to no time to write or work on writing. There’s some time here and there, but not much.

So why am I there? I really needed to get out of my last job. It was killing me! Supposedly, this was going to have better hours and better pay, but nope, neither.

Until I find something new, I’m stuck. And yes, I am constantly searching for new work! Hopefully something good comes very soon!

Something else that’s bugging me is the writing I already have. While I’m having little to no luck getting things published (I wrote a very angry blog last night about it, maybe I’ll post it soon), I’m getting frustrated at people on my workshop.

For years now, I’ve been a member of an online workshop that has a great system. What bothers me, however, is how irritating some people get to be. I’ve talked about it before, like the “I guarantee” and “No editor will ever accept this” bullshit. And yet, if you go read any book or literary magazine (science fiction or fantasy, as that’s what I write, natch), you’ll see so many of those “rules” broken incessantly.

So why are people quoting chapter and verse of writing guides at me? Oh no, I used an adverb! Oh no, I used a “filter” word! If I followed your “rules” I’d have nothing left on the fucking page! (And yes, I’m aware that they are always guidelines, and have their moments to be broken, but just go with it.)

Sigh…some people get a real bee in their bonnet over stupid shit. I write stories to entertain and provide some semblance of escape to people who want to enjoy themselves. Who gives a shit that I used the word “was” a few times?

Sheesh. Get over it, people.

And you’re probably thinking, maybe that’s why I can’t get published. Far from it. The simple answer to that is, until I’m proven otherwise, I’m not in bed with the right people!


August 23, 2015

Last night, the Hugo Awards were presented. Unfortunately, not only could I not attend, I wasn’t nominated (seriously, people?!).

However, there were a lot of people/publications/etc. nominated that were there more or less because some people are very, very petty. These groups, the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies, are bigoted and hate liberalism, and feel the need to bring things back to white males, because reasons.

Guess what?

None of their nominees won!

As a perennial loser, I understand the frustration and emotional impact that losing can have on a person, so I feel for them, truly. However, the nominees who were there more or less for no reason other than to prove a point would have been hollow victories. The “true” nominees, based on the merit of their work, not the color of their skin/country of origin/merchandise between their legs, mostly all won.

Some of the winners were “No Award” which is an even bigger slap in the face to the losers, it seems.

Point I’m making? Thank you, people, for voting intelligently. Thank you for thinking about things, and not just proving a petty point that no one really cares about (except those hoping to make it).

Will this bury me? When editors receive a submission from me and go check on my social media to decide whether or not they’ll publish my work, will they see this and get pissed? I don’t care–I want people to judge writing/entertainment on its merit, not the overlay of color that seems so important these days.

And to some publications that didn’t want to be on the slates in the first place? Good job.

(Oh, and in completely unrelated news, I edited a story last night, and I’m very happy with it. Hopefully it’ll be coming soon!)


August 2, 2015

…is getting an acceptance email. Thank you, Beyond Science Fiction, my new favorite publication!

My story “Escape” will appear in their upcoming September issue. How’s that for good things finally happening?

It’s an interesting story behind the story, actually.

I wrote it back in early 2010, for a contest. I put a lot of effort into it, had a lot of people look it over, and still got it rejected. That didn’t stop me, though. I worked harder, fixed it up even more, and sent it off to a few more places. A few months later, in May or June of 2010, it was accepted!

But the publication went belly up literally that week. They never even sent me an email!

After six months of waiting to hear back, I put 2 & 2 together and realized, I’d never hear from them again. Damn!

A few years passed, I started submitting again, and kept getting rejected. Guess how many publications I sent it to before it finally got accepted. Give up?


Yep, seventy. I figured it was fine, just not what they were looking for.

Recently, I thought about rewriting the story…maybe I could fix it up. But nope, Beyond Science Fiction is awesome and saw it for its merits and loves it and wants to publish it.

Folks, sometimes you just need to have a little bit of patience. I’m glad I did.