Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Release - Devolution Z & Links

Hello! I ended up not being able to post on Monday, because my interwebs went down during the snowstorm. Not something that happens here often (it's Colorado...we tend to have wiring and such that can withstand the snow), so I'm  not sure if it was actually because of the storm or coincidental timing. Either way, I took an extra day off.

The February issue of Devolution Z is out, featuring my story Blue Sludge Blues! If you don't already hate port-a-potties, I hope I can nudge you along on your way with this one.


Available in print ($6.99) and Kindle ($2.99).

Also, this is what happens when the adults in a house both forget to take down the canopy on the back porch when Snowzilla (not to be confused with the Snowpocalypse) is heading our way.


That's gonna' leave a mark, eh? It kept our porch relatively snow free, though, seeing as how we got over a foot here in the foothills.

Now for some links! Bear in mind I am not endorsing any of these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence when submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Alex Shvartsman is putting together a reprint anthology of Funny Fantasy. 500-7500 words. Originally printed between 2005 and 2015 in a publication paying $.01/word or more. Pays $.02/word, plus contributor copy. Deadline February 29.

The Literary Hatchet is open for dark fiction poetry and prose. 1000-6000 words for short stories. Pays $5-$10, depending upon submission type. Submission window closes March 1.

Thema is accepting short stories, poetry, essays, art, and photographs with the theme Drop the Zucchini and Run! Fewer than 20 double spaced pages. Pays $10-$25, depending upon submission type. Deadline March 1.

Upstreet Literary Magazine is accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. 5000 words or less. Pays between $50 and $250. Deadline March 1.

Body Parts Magazine is accepting horror, erotica, speculative fiction, essays, and art. The current theme is Grave Robbing. Up to 8000 words. Pays $5-$20, depending upon submission type. Deadline March 1.

Beatdom is accepting essays on the topic of politics for their next issue. 2000-5000 words. Pays $50. Deadline March 1.

Blog Hops:

The A-to-Z Challenge for April 2016 is open for sign ups! Post daily except Sundays throughout the month of April, following an alphabet theme of your choosing (or lack of theme, with topics in alphabetical order...your choice!).

C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Rains, and Tara Tyler are hosting the Winter Blahs Blog Hop. Post an encouraging meme between February 29 and March 4. That's it! There are prizes involved.

Of Interest:

The Daily News put out an article entitled CIA Posts Its Own 'X-Files' in Celebration of the Show's Return. They've split into into Mulder and Scully sections.

H.R. Sinclair shared an editing software for Windows called SmartEdit. It looks interesting.

How's your snowfall been this year? Any whoopses in your prep? Have you ever read Devolution Z? How do you feel about port-a-potties? Any of these links of interest? Anything to add? Submission news?

May you find your Muse.

39 comments:

  1. Wow, lots of good stuff here. I hate port-a-potties but actually did a radio spot for a client. Yup, even port-a-pot companies advertise. I used the song, When The Moon Comes Over the Mountain, by Kate Smith, and the radio copy was a - Dear John letter approach. It won an award along with providing lots of laughs for the radio listeners. Thanks for the links to the submissions. I have two short stories that might work with what they're looking for. No snow here - I'm in the tropics of Mexico. The only white here is the sand on the Caribbean beaches. I know, boo hoo, right?

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    1. Great that you won an award for the song! I'm pretty sure there are no fans of port-a-potties, but I could be wrong.

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  2. Congrats on the story! And I already shudder at the thought of port-a-potties. Yuck! Thanks for the links. :)

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  3. Congrats! The cover for Devolution Z is awesome!

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  4. Port-a-potties, the horror! But congrats on your story for Devolution! Cool!

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    1. It automatically sounds scary, right from the beginning!

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  5. Yeh on the story! And that is one creepy magazine cover - shudder!

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    1. So far, I've liked every cover of the publications I've been in!

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  6. Your lawn furniture looked like ours did last November. The snow that came too early.

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    1. This snow was late for us, I hate to say, which means we just blanked on removing the cover, despite having been given ample time. Whoops.

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  7. Hi Shannon,
    Congratulations! And thanks for posting. I started submitting in January and will submit my work every month. You were my inspiration. Thank you.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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    1. I'm so happy to hear this, Patricia! Keep going! I look forward to hearing your successes.

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  8. Congrats on your story coming out. We had that big snow last week but rain today that is melting the 3 feet of it so now we have to worry about flooding.

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    1. Oh yes, it's never just a lovely storm, right? One big snow leads to mud slides and flooding. But it's pretty when it's first coming out of the sky.

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  9. Hi Shannon - that snow looks lethal ... but you got your extra day! That magazine cover is very hard-hitting! Good luck with the story though .. cheers Hilary

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    1. We had three whole days of no school, which is crazy around here!

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  10. Big congrats! Ad so glad that you survived all that snow:)

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    1. I'm hoping for some more big snow at some point this month, but we'll see.

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  11. Great cover, congrats on story. Port-a-potties may I never see one again. Thanks for the submission links I always like checking them out.
    Juneta Writer's Gambit

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    1. I always hope each experience with one is my last. It never is. Or it always is...until the next one.

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  12. Great cover, congrats on story. Port-a-potties may I never see one again. Thanks for the submission links I always like checking them out.
    Juneta Writer's Gambit

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  13. I love the cover of that horror mag. Great stuff! Sorry about all the snow. I've lived up north my entire life and this is the first year we've hardly had any snow. It's very strange for us. We can't even snowmobile unless we head a few miles toward Canada.

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    1. Everyone seems to be having unusual weather. Given, the snow is normal for us, though maybe not that much. But in between the snows we're hitting 60s and 70s for our temps.

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  14. Congrats on the story! I already hate port-a-potties, so no nudging necessary - figuratively or literally.

    We got over a foot here too, but on the plus side, the snow makes a great beer cooler.

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    1. That it does! It made a good kid cooler for me.

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  15. Congratulations!
    Wow, sorry about the canopy.

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    1. My husband has a plan to fix it, so all is not lost.

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  16. That poor innocent canopy. Congrats Shannon and thanks for the links.

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    1. That canopy is looking completely wrecked at this point. So sad.

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  17. You sure got some snow. Inwardly, the canopy is cursing.

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  18. I need to stop blogging and start writing, lol. Congrats on the story release. Love the concept idea.

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    1. Yes, write, write, write! But, you know, blog sometimes and say hi. ;)

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  19. is snowmaggedon next? ha! those storms sure take a toll!
    congrats on the publication - and thanks for all the links! just reading them motivates me to try one soon!
    thanks more for advertising our blog hop! you're awesome!

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    1. It needs to be even bigger to be snowmageddon, and I'm hoping for a taste of that!

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