Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Infected by the Editing Bug

I edit everything I write. Even my social media posts aren't exempt. Misspellings mentally hurt the worst, but even* redundancy bothers me--especially if I know my writing friends and acquaintances will see it. For example, I wrote an announcement for a sale on a private message board that read "Pleasantly surprise" instead of "Pleasantly surprised," and every time someone congratulated me, I saw my mistake and it prickled deep in the soft meat of my brain. (I fixed it, of course, but not quickly enough). On FB, I might edit my posts as much as four or five times until I get it "right." Forget Tweets! If there's an error, I delete the mother-blanker and start again, regardless of how many hearts it got**.

There are a few writers and editors I know who don't seem to suffer from this affliction, and they're pretty famous within the short story writing world. What must be going through their brains? How can they read something like, "I jus finished my newest [project] and sent it to my [editor/agent/whatever]. Can't wait to see they're reaction" and not be bothered? I, for example+, already edited this blog entry four times and I haven't++ posted it yet. My only question is, am I blessed, or cursed, or something in the middle? I like to pretend it'll help me in the long run,  but more likely it just means I'll obsess endlessly over minutia and never get anything done. So goes life.

* I just noticed I used "even" twice in two sentences, and it offends my eyes. I left it in as an example.
** This isn't a problem, yet, because I'm about as significant on Twitter as a grain of sand in the Sahara. My Tweet heart record is three, and I'm still proud of it!
+ Oh God...
++ Almost wrote another "even" here, but I couldn't allow it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Slow News Year

I've had a few publications since I last wrote.

"A Mundane Encounter With a Civilized God" appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show's February issue.

"Servant of the Aswang" was reprinted in the Feburary issue of Apex Magazine, and again in the French horror anthology, Ténèbres.

"A Thing in All My Things" aired on the Pseudopod Podcast in August.

"Behind the Walls" appeared in an anthology of original horror stories called Cutton Block: Single Slices vol. 1.

"Love in the Time of Alien Invasion" was reprinted in the Fantastic Stories of the Imagination: People of Color Flash Anthology.

"She Who Would Rip the Sky Asunder" was adapted into an audio drama and aired on the Redshift Podcast.

As for sales? "A Pocket of Madness" sold to Digital Horror Fiction; a reprint of "Penelope's Song" sold to Far Fetched Fables, and is expected to air in January 2018; the Podcast Tales to Terrify picked up "PagPag" to air sometime in 2018; and "Beyond the Reach of Darkness" may appear in an anthology of original horror stories in January of 2018 as well.

Beyond that, one of my newer stories made semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest, and I have a few originals currently under final-round consideration. Hoping to get more, and better, news as we near the end of the year! I'll also try to update my bibliography, and this post, with links as soon as I can.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bibliography Updated

I updated my bibliography with three new publications, including "Pagpag" from Apex Magazine #89 and "Penelope's Song" from the 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories. Also added a few publications, forthcoming in 2017, to the bottom of the list.