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This month's optional question is: What are 5 objects we'd find in your writing space?
How about some photos?
You'd see my Funko Pops (each one represents a short story sold).
Movie posters and artwork (the xenomorph was created by my friend Jade as a 40th birthday present last year).
Pictures of loved ones.
(I've got pictures of my parents awaiting frames.)
Badges/nametags from events where I've presented.
My library lamp.
And a bonus of my super sloppy shelves, which include craft books, contributor copies, and lots of horror stuff and personal objects (plus photo albums and my X-Files collectors cards from the 90s).
Last month I titled my blog post The Little Things then completely forgot why I'd titled it that way. What I'd intended to post was a little story about exciting small things that happen in writers' lives. So I'll tell you this month instead. As writers we deal with a lot of rejection, so we have to celebrate the little things when they come along.
One of my neighbors, who I didn't know very well, but we were friendly, asked my husband if I was a writer. She'd done a search on Amazon for horror short stories and found my anthology. Having no idea it was me, she'd ordered it on Kindle and read it. When she got to the end, she recognized my headshot. Ultimately, she ended up ordering a stack of signed books to send out to friends and family, which is probably the coolest experience I've had as an author, so far.
I know the holidays are hard on a lot of people, so I did a post last week about depression and some coping methods for those who might need it. At the very least, know you're not alone.
Okay, it's time for submission stats. Each month, I run through the stats for the previous month to keep myself accountable.
1 withdrawal (they had zero activity on Duotrope for the last year, and I wanted to submit the story elsewhere)
Right now, I have 10 short stories out on submission.
Don't forget that this is a WEP month! WEP and IWSG have joined forces.
Next month is IWSGPit! Get ready to pitch to editors and agents!
Now for some links! Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Bad Dream Entertainment is seeking humorous horror stories for an anthology. 1500 to 8000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline December 31.
Unlit Press is seeking stories on the theme of Darkness for the anthology Curse the Darkness. 3000 to 10,000 words. Will pay about $100 (payment is in pounds). Deadline December 31.
Zombies Need Brains is seeking fantasy and sci-fi stories for three different anthologies: Portals, Temporally Deactivated, and Alternate Peace. Will pay a minimum of $.06/word with further royalties once earned out. Deadline December 31.
Cantabrigian is seeking literary fiction. Up to 8000 words. Pays between $20 and $50. Deadline December 31.
Chicken Soup for the Soul is seeking stories about angels. Up to 1200 words. Pays $200. Deadline December 31.
Spring Song Press is seeking steampunk stories for the anthology Steam and Lace. 1000 to 10,000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline January 1.
What are your insecurities? What is something cool that has happened to you as a writer? What are your submission stats for the month? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.
*Photos by me