Back to editing!

My very first contributor’s copy arrived this week!

My short story “The Next Dance” is in Fiction River: Tavern Tales. Here’s the anthology’s description:

Think you know a tavern tale when you hear one? Think again. The seventeen stories in this volume run the gamut of genre and mood. Bars filled with glitter and ghosts stand alongside taverns filled with orcs and adventurers. Exclusive members-only drinks served at the end of the universe war with coffee bars with strange employee policies in the Pacific Northwest. Dive bars, afterlife bars, gay bars—you name it, and you’ll find it in Tavern Tales. So, grab a drink and get ready for one of the most entertaining Fiction River volumes yet.

I’m also excited to report that it was recently announced that Fiction River: Wishes, which will contain my mermaid story “Twin Wishes,” will be available in March 2018. Yay! That may seem like a long time away – and rest assured that it seems even longer to me. 🙂 But it’s super exciting nonetheless.

This has been a slow week writing-wise thanks to my ongoing website/email migration. Rather than fix the one website that got hacked, I decided to move it and this site to a new hosting provider, since that was already on my to do list. Then once that was done I realized I’d forgotten to redirect my mail, and my emails were bouncing. Oops… I investigated a few options, then finally decided to go with G Suite (formerly Google Apps). That took more setup time, and I’m still waiting for my email to finish migrating. At this rate, it may be done by the end of the week…apparently I should have cleaned it up before starting the migration. But soon this will all be done and I won’t have to worry about any of it ever again, other than when I get the bills since I’ve drastically increased what I’m spending.

I’m now back to the editing I’d planned to finish last weekend. I still haven’t come up with a name for the faerie story, but here’s an (unedited!) snippet from the first page.

Context: a young human girl somehow ended up in the Land of Faerie, and doesn’t know how to get back home. A few faery boys, who were out playing games, came across her, and aren’t quite sure what to make of the little girl.

The small creature certainly didn’t make any sense. She clutched her doll, as if an inanimate object could do anything to help her find her way back to the Land of Men, and continued to make the same horrendous racket she’d been making since the sun had started its slide down from the top of the sky.

Nuár hoped she’d stop soon. If humans made that type of sound all of the time, that would certainly explain why faeries had so little to do with them.

Once this one is done I’ll wrap up “Clyde and the Ghost Cat,” which appears to be the title for the ghost cat story. That was a lot of fun to write, although it did make me miss having cats… Rosie and Jasper would like having cats too. Maybe… 🙂

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