Well, I’m still putting words together on a daily basis. I finally finished one of my more ambitious* stories Tuesday. If it gets received well by the Wordslingers, I want to put it into my Clarion West application bundle. My other stories for that are an epic fantasy piece and some military sci-fi, so a contemporary magical realism (? If that’s what this is) piece would fit in nicely. But who knows what they’re looking for. As I’ve said before, I intend to keep learning as best I can but I think a lot of the lessons Clarion West would teach me, I already know. I just need to DO them.
Speaking of, I’m having ambitions again. I don’t want to jinx anything but I might be writing a heck of a lot this year, starting with the Rainforest Retreat in March. I plan to begin writing the sequel to Angel Odyssey there and finish it off in March. If that goes well, I plan to re-write half of Smooth Vengeance and then edit and submit them. I just need to decide if I should submit them to Amazon or the New York houses.
In that vein, I’m going to shift gears a bit and do more fantasy writing and reading until the Retreat. I’ve been writing contemporary fantasy and sci-fi pretty much non-stop for a few months. I need to shake some rust off. Writing stories set in the Angel Odyssey world strikes me as a good way to do that.
Finally, I intend to submit more stuff. I’m embarrassed that I don’t have any short stories out for submission (well, one but it’s for WOTF, so it doesn’t count). April is going to be my submission month, with a little March holdover.**
Anyway, that’s what’s up so far this month. Back to the grindstone. Need to get sharp.
*Ambitious for me means: no sex or violence on the page but still trying for compelling conflict.
**there’s a semi-pro market that might be a great fit for my “Body as a Ship” story.