Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rejection # 200: not quite

Rejection number 200 arrived too fast, just a year and change since rejection number 100.  I’ve landed 9 wins in that same span, so not all that bad, especially in a world where the odds are stacked against us writers. … Continue reading

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Excerpt of the week: Gho

Since my very first story every, “Gho,” sold this week, the winner of 2nd place in Bards and Sages charity writing contest, I thought it appropriate to use it as my excerpt.  But seeing as Gho has had two lives, … Continue reading

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Rejections 198 and 199: one after the other

Rejections 198 and 199 came bing, bang one after the other.  Like someone planned it that way.  As if one rejection wasn’t enough to taint even an optimistic writer’s day. Rejection 198, for “Wobble,”  was from a familiar journal from … Continue reading

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Rejection # 197: does not meet needs

Rejection number 197 was the first for a new sci fi action short story, “Flagjacker.” Another short and sweet dis, it simply read: Thank you for submitting “Flagjacker” to xxxx Magazine for consideration. Unfortunately, it does not meet our needs … Continue reading

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2nd Prize, five years in the works

Five years ago I started my first attempt at creative writing since high school.  Being the ambitious type, of course I decided to write a novel.  Gho. A ghost story. I’d bang it out in 6 months, sell it, become … Continue reading

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Rejection #196: Another contest

I entered “Wobble” into an extremely prestigious writing contest and guess what, it didn’t win.  Or place or show.  It happens, part of the whole shoot-for-the-moon aspects. Oh well, that counts as rejection number 196. Four more to my 200 rejection … Continue reading

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Paying Short Story Markets Updated

I have updated my listing of paying science fiction and fantasy short story markets. Highlights include: Two semipro markets added: Aercastle Narratives Aghast Pay rates changed on three markets: Buzzy (up) Dark Magazine (down) Weird Tales (down) Three markets reopened: … Continue reading

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