I'm pleased to announce that "The Dark Ride" will appear in the upcoming horror anthology Horrorology. Glad I found that one a home. So that makes 9 short stories slated for publication this year--it kind of seems surreal.
Friday was an all-day house cleaning bonanza that spilled over into Saturday morning and a little of Sunday morning too. Had the family over for Father's day so I got zero words written for my werewolf story. That's good though, because now I can refocus on it as a novelella instead of a short since I can't make it fit the theme of the anthology.
Need to read some chapters of my friend's book that I promised I'd critique though. I think I'll do that tonight.
I'm working 10 hour days for the next 8 weeks so I think I'll have to switch up my writing habits to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday mornings. That is when we don't have a zillion things going on... What is summer again?
This is just an update to today's earlier post. I got an email back from the editor and she liked it! My story "The Witches in the Walls" will appear in the upcoming "Tales from the Cauldron" anthology (Library of Horror Press).
As corny as it sounds, I teared up as I read it and got a little choked-up. That was the hardest thing (emotionally) I've written in a while and it was such a relief to have it be met with approval. I need to do this full time.
After a long weekend of editing and worrying and re-reading, I just re-submitted "The Witches in the Walls" and I hope it fits the bill for the anthology. If not, it was still a blast to write. The only bad side was "reliving" what happened to the family over and over and over. Physically, emotionally, and mentally I'm spent. I'm taking a day off from writing and just resting my mind.
How I settled on my witch tale: I started thinking about things that scare me and the Foot Monster of my childhood came to mind but I quickly dismissed this because a witch with a foot fetish just didn't seem scary enough. Then I started thinking about houses where witches might live and voila! I remembered my story "The Faces in the Walls" that got a nice rejection and "we're sure you'll place it elsewhere." Well, I think with a little spit and polish it might just make one heck of a scary witch story.
Wow, two rejection emails in the same weekend. They weren't as soul-crushing as the last one I received so I'm rather...I guess happy isn't the right word, but maybe hopeful. Sure, hopeful sounds good.
Once again I was out in the sun for a brief period and now I have hives on my hands and scalp. Allergy meds to the rescue....