Sekrits!

Got a synopsis to write and a few other tidbits and I'll send Flashpoint Zero off to meet its fate in the big wide world all by its lonesome. *wipes away a tear* Fare-thee-well, little tale. Hooray! Tomorrow I meet my writing buddy. I'm looking forward to it because I will have an opportunity to …

Five Star

Five Star wants me to resubmit my mystery/thriller novel Flashpoint Zero. They have a new editor over there now and new submission guidelines. They passed on Red Widow, but asked me to resubmit this one, so I'll be busy this weekend getting that together.

Next?

I got the rewrite for "High Moon" finished and sent it off. I believe I did a good job but was reaching a point of diminishing returns so I needed to get it out. I'm meeting my writing buddy again tomorrow and I'm thinking of starting a new story, except there's going to be a problem with that. …

Show Me The Money

While I maintain print was long overdue for a shake up, I don't view this economic downturn as any kind of validation for self-publishing. Here's how it works: Money flows to the writer. That holds true in all cases.  I don't care how many magazines go under. Or how desperate you get to see your stuff published.

Queries and Tigers and Bears, oh, my!

One thing I would like to see is some sort of standardization with queries. Seriously. Some agents want a query letter and synopsis and first three chapters. Some want query and synopsis. Some want just the query -- email only, please. Some want query snail mailed. Some want query, a three page synopsis and first …

Keep going, baby. You know you like it.

I was talking to my writing buddy today at the coffee shop about show don't tell in fiction. And it got me to thinking. I have a problem with over description in my stories. I can just describe, describe, describe a scene in the most exquisite (and therefore exhausting) detail and be happier than a …

Resolutions

I"m going to concentrate on short stories again this year. But if  a big project comes along and interests me then I might do it. I'm leaving myself open to that possibility which is something I didn't do last year. But mostly short stories, I think.

“Death Storm” Finds A Home

Drops of Crimson accepted my short story "Death Storm" for their February 'Blood and Roses' issue.  I'm happy about this. I've always liked this story and its character, Takeo Sugawara.  I'm glad it found a home and will now have readership. "Death Storm" is one of my Sugawara tales and a personal favorite of mine.  I …