A while back, I mentioned that Leading Edge Magazine wanted to put Diamond Sharks through what they call a ‘developmental editing process’. As editor Audrey Gonzales explained in her email, this meant their DE department would provide me with a list of editorial suggestions for the story, and encourage me to submit a rewrite based…

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This November I’ll be trying to write an entire novel* in a month. Along with about 100,000 other writers and would-be writers, I’m participating in the NaNoWriMo this year. The National Novel Writing Month is a world-wide event created to stimulate writers by giving them a reason to do something very unreasonable: focus on word…

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Somehow, I completely forgot to report on the latest from submissionland: Though I thought I’d wait for the Codex Halloween Contest result before sending out Toby’s trophies, I suddenly realized there was no reason to. It should be at Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine by now. I’m not entirely sure if it’s their cup of tea…

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When we came home in January to find serious damage to our new bathroom, we congratulated ourselves on our foresight in hiring our housekeeper legally. We’d hired her from a house care organization that shall remain nameless, whose hiring conditions included liability insurance against just this kind of thing. All we had to do, we…

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lj-mood: doggedly determined To balance out the two rejections I received today, I’ve submitted not two but three stories tonight. <Working title>, the Halloween story with the secret title*, is at my online writer’s group Codex, waiting to be judged by a jury of my peers. The good part is: for the Codex Halloween contest…

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After a perfect wedding followed by a lovely honeymoon, I suppose it’s always tough to get back into the drudgery of daily life and work. But who said the difficulty should be enhanced by two rejections in one day? Sheila Williams over at Asimov’s Science Fiction provided the fourth rejection in a row for Prisoner…

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