More monsters!

I’ve now sent two stories off to the fabulous DeAnna Knippling for editing, and submitted one to an anthology. Hooray!!!

Lest you think I’m now out of work, I need to wrap up one more in progress story by May 1st, have to write a completely new story by mid-May, need to finalize the sales copy, cover, and review the final ebooks for the Faerie Summer bundle and, if I have any extra time left, write two more short stories by the end of the month. The latter seems unlikely, I know, but as a Pollyanna I like to think I can accomplish an unending number of things. 🙂

The latest two stories were really fun to write.

“Clyde and the Ghost Cat” is about a cat who moves to a new house only to find it’s haunted by a ghost cat – and the ghost likes to lie in Clyde’s sun spot on the sofa. I realized a year or so ago that I often put cats in my stories – although up until Clyde, they’ve always been side characters. Not only are cats fun to write about, this story made me really, really wish I had cats. It’s been a long seven years. I have a deal with my husband (re-confirmed last night, with his mom as a witness) that we can get cats once we finish the remodeling project that will add a utility room (and therefore a place for a litter box) to the house. And yes, I said cats, plural. 🙂

“The Late Bloomer is my first ever attempt at a Lovecraftian story. I was nervous about this at first, but once I came up with the idea, this story was super easy to write. I’m clearly going to have to write more monster stories – although whether or not something is a monster is relative…

The next story on the list is “To Be a Monster,” which will be released in June in the Beneath the Waves bundle. The protagonist is Scylla, a monster from Greek mythology – but Scylla didn’t start off as a monster. She was a nice young maiden who was minding her own business until Glaucus, a fisherman-turned-sea-god, fell in love with her. Scylla fled from him, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer, and he asked the witch Circe for a love potion. Circe fell in love with Glaucus herself, clearly oblivious to the fact that he was a jerk, but he only had eyes for Scylla. So the witch turned Scylla into a monster.

This sort of thing happened quite a lot in Greek mythology. Not only would these poor young girls get turned into monsters, no one stood up for them after the fact. You’d think someone would have tried to convince the witch to undo her spell, or ask some random god for help – but no. Once an innocent person had been transformed into a hideous creature, everyone apparently accepted the new situation and went on about their lives. Everyone except the newly made monster, that is.

Expect more monster stories… 🙂

 
 

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Heedless optimism!

I’m super excited to report that I’ve committed to two brand-new projects that I’m going to work on with two of my very favorite authors! 🙂

One might argue that this is a bad idea since I already have a zillion things on my list, but as a determined and unrepentant optimist, I wouldn’t listen if one did! I did recently make a schedule listing all the deadlines I’ve committed to for the next few years (yes, years), and it is a long list. But I’m also finally done with the ridiculously manual website and email migration I chose to do instead of picking or one of the many easy solutions, so I’m enjoying the heady – and probably false – sense of being on top of things. In keeping with my Pollyanna-like nature, I’m choosing to believe I’m just about to get ahead on everything.

One of my recent accomplishments was to send a story I’ve been fretting over to my editor. I love this story, but no longer feel I can objectively identify everything that is or isn’t working, so it’s time to get another opinion. I’m almost done finishing another story, and have two more in the pipeline. If all goes well – and as an optimist, I’m sure it will! – I’ll have all four stories wrapped up within a week, if not sooner.

I’m wrapping up the last few things for the Faerie Summer bundle, which launches on May 1st. I’m organizing two more bundles this year, and have at least three scheduled for 2018.

Next on my list is a crime story. I’ve never written a crime story before, so this will be a fun challenge. I have the basic idea for a story, and in a dream last night I figured out all the details. I wrote them down in my dream, which seemed helpful at the time, but is a little less helpful now that I’m awake. Hopefully my subconscious will remember the important parts…

 
 

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A festival of faeries

The launch of The Faerie Summer bundle is only a few weeks away! I’ve got a few more things to do to get it ready to go, like writing the sales copy and tweaking the design of the ebook cover – but everything that’s left is straightforward and easy to do.

It’s been really fun to see this bundle come together. I sent out the first invitation last August, over eight months before the planned launch date. I wanted to launch the bundle on May 1st, also known as Beltane, or May Day. There are a number of ties between Beltane and fairies, as one might imagine from a holiday that plays such a strong part in Irish and Scottish mythology, and May Day celebrations go back thousands of years. Even the Romans had a similar holiday – Floralia, which was held at the end of April.

Working on my story for this bundle, “The Faery’s Choice,” has not only been fun, it’s gotten me thinking about the world I’m writing in. This story is set in the same world as my upcoming novel, my short story “The City Trees” which is in the Fantasy in the City bundle, and at least one other story that I’ve outlined. I don’t have time to work on anything else in this world right now, but I can think about it and make notes! 🙂

I do have quite a few things to work out before getting back to the series (I have about seven chapters of the first book written), so I’m taking advantage of having just immersed myself in my latest faery story and am letting my imagination play. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure out a few of the missing pieces before I get back to the series.

The Beneath the Waves bundle slithering along quite nicely. It still doesn’t have artwork, although I’ve looked at quite a few illustrations of tentacles. The theme is mythical water creatures, and we’ve got quite a variety of them! My story is told from the viewpoint of a watery monster from Greek mythology. My monster started off in human form, but – as was often the case with those impetuous Greek gods and their associates – she managed to get on someone’s bad side through no fault of her own, and was transformed from a lovely maiden to a hideous creature. After going through that type of experience, you really can’t blame her for plucking men off boats and devouring them. Who knew writing from a monster’s point of view would be so fun? 🙂

 
 

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