Before the knock-off Benadryl kicks in, I wanted to post a quick update. Fingers crossed that it makes sense...
First, my zombie tale "Being Neighborly" has been accepted into Through the Eyes of the Undead 2. That one was a nail biter because I was in the first book and really, really wanted to be in the second one too.
Me, the girl that rarely wins anything, won a steampunk pocket watch from the lovely Tonia Brown just by commenting on her amazing web serial "Railroad!" You should check it out--it is really addicting!
What else...hmm... Oh, I just wrote a very brief tale called "Hair Baby" and I'm working up the courage to send it out to a big name magazine. It'll be fun!
I'll leave you on a final note about bringing tension and building up a climax in your writing: write these scenes when you really, really have to pee. Seriously! Channel the anxiety, fear, and drama right onto the written page. Your readers will feel the tension building and never know how you did it. ;)