Archive for February, 2011


“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.”
-Barbara Kingsolver

I received an e-mail from the Odyssey Workshop today. Apparently I submitted my application in time to be considered for early admission (which, honestly, I didn’t even realize I made that deadline, lol). Unfortunately, I wasn’t accepted for early admission. Since the majority of the slots have to be reserved for the actual deadline, only a few people are granted admission this early.

Jeanne Cavelos, the director, had some very nice things to say about my writing samples though. She enjoyed reading the two stories I sent. To one she said it “…has a strong noir tone…” and on the other “…I found Stacey a strong, interesting character.  The dialogue between Ric and Stacy is quite believable. ” She concluded with, “It’s very tough to write such short pieces; you were able to do a lot with a few words.  Your commitment to improving your writing is admirable.”

I’ll find out by the end of April if I get accepted, but I just thought that this was cool to hear and to share. 🙂

“The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.”
-Russell Baker

TV shows can be distracting to a writer. Well, I suppose it can be distracting to anyone, but I’m a writer, so I’ll keep that statement.

Since I’m working on upping the amount of critiques I do at Critique Circle, my critique site (of which I currently hold Star Critiquer status. Yay me!) I’m getting backed up on my DVR. I wake up at 5 o’clock AM on most days I work so I can get in about an hour of reading, critiquing, writing, and I’m incorporating editing blog posts too.

I work from 7am-3pm and when I come home, I eat, spend time with the family, and critique & do other writerly things. If it’s a day where my family is out or working or whatever, I eat while watching TV (I call that Time Management). I take a shower and I’m pretty much in bed by 9. I realized that if I go to sleep at 10, getting a mere 7 hours of sleep, that eventually catches up with me and I’ll be wanting to take a nap when I get home. And naps can screw up my entire schedule.

Let’s go through my list of TV shows, shall we?

Sundays:
The Amazing Race

Mondays:
Being Human, Harry’s Law, Hawaii Five-O

Tuesdays:
The Good Wife

Thursdays:
The Mentalist, CSI, Fairly Legal

Fridays:
CSI: NY

And those are just primetime shows and shows currently in season. And, no, I don’t watch much comedy, lol.

Now, that list may not seem like that many, but if we incorporate them into all of my other responsibilities (“higher priorities” we may call them) we get a packed week where something has to give.

I enjoy all of those shows or else I wouldn’t be watching them. Can I do without them? Absolutely. But then that means I’d have to rent them on DVD to catch up (which I’ve done before) but I do get some good ideas from these shows. Or certain shows, I guess. My most recent story was sparked by a CSI: NY episode.

Obviously I don’t want to cut back on the writing aspect of my life, especially since I found a productive groove that works. But if I don’t watch my DVR, it will eventually find itself full. Maybe I just need to take additional days off of work, lol.

I would love to know how people juggle so many things.

Rejected by Daily Science Fiction

“The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.”
-Norman Mailer

So, I received a rejection e-mail from Daily Science Fiction for the submission I sent them three weeks ago. I had high hopes for this story to be published there. I sent it to other markets before sending it to DSF, because I didn’t want my only publications coming from the same market (not that I would’ve turned that down, hence I eventually submitted it there :P).

But I especially got excited when Daily Science Fiction hadn’t responded to the submission by the two-week mark. Why two weeks? Because that was when they rejected the first story I sent to them. Technically, it was twelve days. And when DSF bought A Day Like No Other, it was three weeks from the date of my submission.

I know there’s no set rule as to when you’ll get rejected or accepted, but still, there’s always that glint of hope.

The next market I’m sending the story to will be Abyss & Apex. It was between that one and BULL SPEC. I picked the former because their reading period ends at the end of the month. So why not get it in now?

“Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.”
-Sholem Asch

Have you had a story published online (and online only) in 2010? Is it over 1,000 words? Or maybe you’ve read a story exclusive to online that was published in 2010 and it’s over 1,000 words. You can nominate it to win The Million Writers Award. If you’re an editor of an online magazine, you can nominate up to three.

I just became aware of this recently. Apparently it’s been running since 2004 (this is their eighth year) by Jason Sanford, co-founder of storySouth. Every reader, writer, and editor is able to nominate a story (yes, authors, you can nominate your own story!). From the lot of nominations received (and stories they nominate themselves), preliminary judges will narrow that down to the most Notable Stories of the Year. Then Jason Sanford and two other judges will pick the top 10. Then it’s up to the public to vote.

Nominations end March 15.

It’s really a cool thing Jason started. Getting all the writers, readers, and editors involved for an award program. They take donations which will go toward the prize fund (so the prize money can fluctuate from year-to-year). Right now, according to Jason’s blog post, First Place receives $350 & a $100 ThinkGeek gift certificate and the Runner-up will receive $150. He wants to offer a third place prize as well. I’ll be sending in money to help with that.

I think this is a very cool award to have, as the involvement of all aspects of online literature is coming together.

Very happy I have a story I can nominate! 🙂