Thursday, November 18, 2021

Patricia Josephine's Birthday & Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to Patricia Josephine's Scavenger Hunt!

Find the clue and head on over to Patricia's blog to find the other participants. Gather at least five, then comment on her blog, including both a Happy Birthday and a Happy Anniversary. You'll be entered in the giveaway.

Good luck and happy hunting! And Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to Patricia!

To save the world, Erin needs a zombie.

Every human in the world becomes a zombie when they die. But Erin refuses to accept the world as it is now. She’s heard about a cure locked away in a lab in Upper Michigan, and she plans on retrieving it. To do so, she needs a zombie. Not just any zombie, though.

Zee is Erin’s link to the lab. His connection to the living world is her bargaining chip. But only if she can teach him to control his mindless impulses.

Can a zombie be trained? Or will Erin be Zee’s next meal and become a zombie herself? The fate of humanity rests in her hands.

The Cure is a post apocalypse story about redemption and saving the world.
Steam rating: None.

Add to Goodreads.

Also, I had a new release recently. My short story "Psychosis" appears in Madame Gray's Vault of Gore. Only check it out if you're okay with gore and heavier horror.

May you find your Muse.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Submission Roundup December

Here's the next month's worth of submission calls. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these companies, merely passing along their calls. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

United Faedom Publishing is seeking submissions for three romance anthologies: Cozy Romance, LGBTQ+ Romance, and Romantic Fantasy. 8000 to 10,000 words. Pays $20. Deadline December 1.

The Abbey Review is seeking short stories, screenplays, and poetry. Maximum page count is up to 30, depending upon submission type. Pays $30. Deadline December 1.

Samjoko Magazine is seeking short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. 1000 to 4000 words. Pays $20. Deadline December 15.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is seeking stories in the following themes: Humorous stories (November 20), Kindness (November 20), Preteens (December 20), Teenagers (December 20). Up to 1200 words. Pays $200. Deadlines are in parentheses with their themes.

Worlds Enough is seeking stories for Fantastic Detectives. 5000 to 15,000 words. Pays $20 + royalties. Deadline December 30.

Dragon Soul Press is seeking short stories for their anthologies with the following themes/titles: Rogue Tales (November 30), Everlast (November 30), Surge (December 31). 5000 to 20,000 words. Pays royalties for the first year. Deadlines are in parentheses next to the titles.

Sliced Up Press is seeking short stories for the anthology Monstroddities. 1000 to 3000 words. Pays $50. Deadline December 31.

Stormdance Books is seeking short stories for Grumpy Old Gods. 3000 to 4000 words. Pays royalties. Deadline December 31. 

The Quiet Ones is seeking horror stories in the theme True Love Never Dies. Up to 3000 words. Pays $25. Deadline December 31.

Manawaker is seeking short stories for Felis Future: An Anthology of Future Cats. No hard word limit. Pays $.01/word. Deadline December 31.

Workers Write! is seeking stories and poems with a musical theme for Tales From the Key of C. 500 to 5000 words. Pays $5 to $50, depending upon length. Deadline December 31.

Any submission calls to share? Any of these of interest?

May you find your Muse.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

IWSG - In the Throes of NaNo

 It's time for the November Insecure Writer's Support Group!

The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and exists to help writers support each other through their insecurities. Anyone can join. Simply, click on Alex's name above and sign up on the linky list.

The co-hosts this month are:

Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

The optional question for this month is: 

What's harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

Honestly, both are harder than writing the actual content for me, but I'd say the blurb is harder than the title. I'm not great at either.

My insecurity this month has to do with the business plan I'd made for the next year. I had intended to take the year to completely get off a medication I'm slow tapering off from (it will take me until July of 2022) in order to avoid the more brutal aspects of withdrawal, but also to put the business degree to full use and fulfill a hefty one year business plan I'd put together. But life happens, and with medical bills racking up, plus unexpected expenses of home and vehicle ownership, I'm having to search for a job and rethink everything I'd planned for the year. It sucks, but it's life. And most of the medical bills are mine, and completely uncovered by insurance. It also means the time I was hoping to also recover from my last fibromyalgia flareup is null and void. And round and round we go. 

I haven't sat down to redo my business plan yet, because I need to have the job first and to know what type of hours I'll be working. And the fibro's still not great, which means I'll have some heavy fatigue after I start the new job. So I'm giving myself about a month after I get the job to sit down and redo the business plan.

I'm a little down in the dumps, but I was already lucky my husband could support us while I returned to school over the last year. I'll suck it up, and I'll still make things happen. Just probably not all the things.

Speaking of which, I passed 30,000 words on my craft book, and I'm feeling good about where it's going. Of course, at around 27,000 words, I suddenly had the "this book sucks and nobody will be interested" calamity. Still working through that.

Okay, time to go over my submission stats for the last month. In October, my stats were:

12 submissions

9 rejections

1 acceptance

1 story assumed rejected or lost (no response, and no response to query)

23 stories currently on submission

Also, I was interviewed on a podcast, Living the Dream with Curveball. His show's about people who inspire, and there are all kinds of great episodes to check out. They're pretty short.

Are you NaNoing? Have you been submitting? Any news to share? What are your insecurities? How are you dealing with them?

May you find your Muse.