Friday, October 28, 2011

Good News and Bad News...

First, the good news!  Zombidays: Festivities of the Flesheaters is available NOW so run and buy it.  With a hot dog eating contest and zombies, you can't really lose, can you?  My short story is called "Time to Eat."

On to the sad news.  Twisted Library Press has announced that due to the economy, all anthologies except for a few are cancelled and all rights revert to the authors.  TLP will still be producing novels, but for an undetermined time, no anthologies.  You can read more about it here.  I'm sad that these stories no longer have a home, but I support Doc and when he opens a call for submissions in the future, you can bet I'll be right there with a story in hand.

Short Stories that are now released to me that I will be finding homes for include:

"All Fun and Games" released from Made You Flinch--Again!
"Dracula Meets the Packrats" released from Groanology 2: Monsters, Madness, and Mayhem
"Zombie 101" released from Rapid Decomposition
"Outbreak" released from Rapid Decomposition
"Dracula Meets the Clutter Crew" released from Groanology: Amusing Monster Mash-Ups Unleashed
"Everyone Plays a Part: A Child's Guide to Surviving the Undead Wars" released from The Moron's Guide to Surviving the Inevitable Zombocalypse
"The Witches in the Walls" released from Tales from the Cauldron
"The Snipe Hunt" released from The Ladies of Horror
"Winds of the Enemy Ancestors" released from Vampology
"Minimized Exposure" released from Night of the Giving Dead
"Sleeping Beauty" released from Zombie Feary Tales
"Night of a Thousand Screams" released from Zombology III

Back to some good news!  "Picking Up the Pieces" is still slated to see print in No More Heroes. 

What can people do to help in this sad situation?  Buy a book.  Buy two books.  Buy a bunch of books.  I would hate to see this small press die, not because it made me a bit of money but because the publisher and the authors are like a big family to me. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stop Waiting

I've decided to stop waiting on a reader.  I'm going to dust off my novel, crack open the notebook and revise it to the brink of collapse and then I'm going to do the scariest thing in the world.  I'm going to take my list of 5 dream agents and I'm going to submit my story to them.  It won't be pretty and I'm sure there may be vomit involved in the whole ordeal somewhere, but I have to do it. 

If you're a waiter like me (no, not a 'Did you save room for dessert?' kind of waiter) I encourage you to stop waiting too.  Things happen when you wait.  Sometimes they're bad things and you kick yourself and ask  "Why did I wait so long?" 

Why the change?  I looked at my list of goals for 2011 and noticed that the big three are nowhere near being done because I'm waiting on one person.  Not good, considering 2012 is mere months away.  Also, someone very dear to me is celebrating 8 years since having surgery to remove cancer.  Life is short.  Eat that dessert the abovementioned waiter asked about.  But stop waiting around.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Snakes on a Wreath!

Ah, that cool air of fall has me spazzing out and flitting from one project to another like some kind of crazed bee getting ready for winter.  We're already 3 days into October and I've already been mourning the loss of Halloween.  Silly, I know, but the season just goes by too quickly.  Way too quickly.

But, I've been busy making and plotting and today was incredibly productive.  See for yourself here:

I got off my duff and revised a story called "Old Friends" and submitted it to Evil Jester's Attic Toys anthology.  Cross your fingers for me that they like it.  Tomorrow I get back to a story I'm submitting to a contest and then I can seek out places to submit "Hair Baby" to since they've released all stories from Weird Tales. 

All these things need to be completed before November 1st when NaNo springs forth and rocks my world for 30 days and nights.  I forsee many sleepless nights.  Or late nights at least.  Again, cross those fingers.

Farewell to J's grandma--got to know you and love you via the interwebs and I know you are now at peace.