Scribbler’s Scoreboard – November ’09

Feeling festive this month, with quite a bit of good news.

Though I bombed NaNoWriMo this year, I did make good progress on two different novel projects despite a very busy November, so, all-in-all, I’m content with that.

The Muse was released this month, and is now available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Splashdown Books (psst…makes a great Christmas gift!). I’m getting lots of encouraging feedback, both online and face-to-face, and the comment I’m getting most often is, “I couldn’t put it down.” That’s got to rank on the top ten list of “authors’ favorite feedback.” I’ll start linking review comments here soon on my page for The Muse.

“Of All Things, Seen and Unseen” was selected for the 2009 Residential Aliens print anthology, coming in January/Feburary 2010.

I gave several interviews this month, to Writing Career Coach, Examiner.com, and The Lost Genre Guild. I also had a fun meet & greet with some fellow writers in Colorado Springs.

Another story sale! “Pilgrimage,” a science-fiction short story about a human ambassador who must confront her own fears as she witnesses a bizarre alien ritual, will appear in Other Sheep, a new magazine of Christian speculative fiction premiering early next year.

Finally, my short story, “Angel Wings,” will appear in next month’s Digital Dragon Magazine. It’s a cautionary tale of parental angst and teenage rebellion–sort of a nightmare before Christmas. It’s listed below as a submission/acceptance for accounting purposes, but it’s actually a response to a solicitation from Digital Dragon requesting a short story from me. I figure if it was really lousy, they would have rejected it.

The November Scoreboard:

1 Nov: The Muse released by Splashdown Books

5 Nov: “Angel Wings” submitted to Digital Dragon

14 Nov: 9-day acceptance from Digital Dragon for “Angel Wings”

25 Nov: “Pilgrimage” submitted to Other Sheep

25 Nov: “Half” submitted to Every Day Fiction

26 Nov: 1-day acceptance from Other Sheep for “Pilgrimage”

Still waiting on a response from Books for Monsters for “Come You Back to Mandalay.” I’m thinking this one probably got a pocket veto, will query next month.

Upcoming Publications:

“Little Piece of Cloth” will appear in the 2009 Best of Every Day Fiction print anthology, coming in January 2010.

“Of All Things, Seen and Unseen” will appear in the 2009 Residential Aliens print anthology, coming Jan/Feb 2010.

“The Silver Tree” will appear in the next issue of Kaleidotrope, coming sometime between December 2009 and February 2010.

“The Chamber of Doors” will appear in Bards and Sages Quarterly, coming in April 2010.

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