This group was created for writers to express their insecurities and seek support from fellow writers. Anyone is welcome to participate. Just click on Alex's name above and sign up, post the first Wednesday of the month, and visit your fellow IWSG'ers.
This month's co-hosts are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan! Be sure to drop by and say hi and thanks for their hard work.
Speaking of the IWSG, I've got some news: As of this month, I've joined the IWSG team! Christine Rains is stepping down from her reign as the newsletter queen, and I'm taking over. I'm excited to be part of the IWSG crew!
This month's optional question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
First, if something else is going on, I try to give myself a break. Maybe I just need a break from writing. Otherwise, I tend to set reasonable goals if I'm struggling, and to seek out themed submissions calls to see if anything catches my interest and sparks a story idea. If I need to work on something else, that's what I'll do.
While I spend plenty of time beating myself up when I'm not accomplishing what I think I should be, I try not to. If I make myself miserable over writing, the joy of it will dissipate. And who wants that? So if I'm struggling with my writing, I try to figure out why so I can figure out the best solution.
March Submission Stats
Each month, I do a submissions/publication summary of the month before in order to keep myself accountable. Here's March:
Submitted: 3 short stories
Short Listed: 3
Currently on Submission: 10
Other: A magazine I was due to have a story in went under about a month before the projected release date. While I was disappointed, as it was a cool magazine, that story was picked up by the new publication being put out by one of the creators of the previous magazine, and will release in May or June in the first issue of the new magazine.
I didn't get much writing done this month or last, which was a letdown after a productive January. I'm trying to get regular life back in order after the book launch, and then I should get more done.
Other Publishing News in March:
My short story collection, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations was released on March 15! Clicking on the title will take you to the Amazon page, but it is also for sale from Barnes & Noble and Apple. More buy links can be found on my Publications tab.
My release party the week after it came out was great fun! We celebrated with pie and wine.
I had a flash fiction piece up at Cottonwood Center for the Arts that was inspired by a piece of art by Linda Logan (the artwork was untitled). This was a cool inter-arts program run by Pikes Peak Writers, with plans to flip it and have artists create pieces of artwork inspired by pieces of flash fiction. This was the brain child of Bowen Gillings.
Some April News (this week):
My short story A Cold & Carnal Hunger is in Beneath the Waves - Tales From the Deep, an anthology of water-based horror edited by Steve Dillon, and including stories from Clive Barker, HG Wells, HP Lovecraft, and Brian Lumley. The price goes up to $22 this weekend, so grab it now for $16! A hardcover edition will be releasing next week for $33.
I'll be signing copies of the Necro-Om-Nom-Nom-Icon, an anthology including two of my HP Lovecraft related stories, at Stir Coffee & Cocktails this Saturday from 1-4 with my fellow anthology authors. Copies of Blue Sludge Blues will also be available for sale. If you're local, come on out! This should be a good time. I don't have buy links for this yet, but once I do, they'll be on the Publications tab and the left sidebar.
Wow, it's been a busy month. Really, it's been a busy year, so far! I absolutely can't wait to have copies of the above two books in my greedy little hands.
Submission Link Time!
Now for some links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Bayou Magazine is seeking short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. Up to 7500 words. Pays $25-$50. Deadline May 1.
Carte Blanche is seeking narrative fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, photography, and art. Up to 3500 words. Pays "a modest honorarium." Deadline May 1.
The First Line is seeking short fiction and non-fiction with the first line "'I wanted you to be the first to know,' Rowan tentatively confided in me." 300 to 5000 words. Pays between $5-$50. Deadline May 1.
Midnight Hour is seeking horror, dark sci-fi, neo-noire, cyberpunk, and dark speculative fiction for Midnight Hour. 1500 to 8000 words. They're also seeking dark Christmas stories for Midnight Before Christmas. 1000 to 10,000 words. Both pay $.02/word. Deadline for both is May 1.
Nosetouch Press is seeking folk horror for Fiends in the Furrows, an anthology. 5000 to 10,000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline May 1.
What are your writing insecurities? Do you read the IWSG newsletter? Are any of these links of interest? Any you might submit to? Anything to share? Have you had any submissions this month?
May you find your Muse.
Congratulations on taking over the newsletter! I always save them to my writing file and read them when I'm able to really focus on them. I hate trying to read something in a hurry!
When I find it hard to write, I have to focus on not beating myself up. I'm learning to let life happen, not in a way in which I lack control over my creative time, but in a way that allows myself to grow and stretch along with my responsibilities and current situations. Lately, I've been struggling against new work responsibilities which eat into most of the free time I had during each month. The flip side of that is I'm writing MORE when I do sit down at the keyboard!
Thanks for the calls for submissions list. There are two that my short may fit.
How awesome to see your work on an art wall! That is so special! You have been busy! Love it!
Thanks for the links, and those covers are wonderful!
All sorts of good news! Your work on the wall - now that is something.
Happy to have you on the IWSG Admin team.
You'll do a fantastic job with the newsletter! :) Congrats on the stories. The collections sound like fun.
I love the idea of your story on the wall, an interesting collaboration. Congrats on all your good news :-)
Welcome to the IWSG team.
I love Lovecraft. I'll definitely get those two anthologies.
Pie and wine - what a great way to celebrate anything :-)
Congrats on taking over the newsletter!
Yippe! Congrats on the acceptances, on taking over the newsletter, and wow! You've got so much awesomeness happening! You're killing it, woman.
Congrats on joining the team! I'm sure you'll do great! :)
Congrats on joining the IWSG team. You're a busy lady. And congrats on all your publications.
Congrats on joining the IWSG team. Congrats on all the productivity too. You go!
Congrats on becoming part of the IWSG crew!!! So excited for you!
Welcome to the team, Shannon! Good to have you on board!
Congrats on the art-inspired flash fiction display! AWESOME!
I read your book and posted my review on Amazon and Goodreads! Gave me the heebie-jeebies!!
You have so many good news: several new publications and the new position in the IWSG admin. Congratulations! And you wrote a flash based on a painting. It's great that they put it up beside that painting. Art pieces often inspire me too.
Thanks for the links.
Congrats on your newsletter job - I know you'll do great with it!
I've done query submissions, but no short story ones. Congrats on all your publications. That's incredible.
Thank you for taking over the newsletter! Looking forward to reading your "issues." Looks like you've had some writing success too. I'm glad for you.
Good for you on all accounts!
Looking forward to your newsletters ;-)
Good luck on those two calls!
It's so important not to beat ourselves up when life gets in the way of writing. It's going to happen, no matter what.
Thank you! Things got busy there for a while!
It was a really cool project and a great idea.
Fun, I hope you like them!
It is! And thank you.
I am, and thank you!
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing it! And I'm so glad to be on the team.
It was a really cool project. It was great to be a part of it.
Good luck with those queries!
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