Sunday, November 25, 2012

Too many things; too little time

I know, I know. I always have an excuse. But, really, between work at work and work at home, I don't have much time for anything else. But, somehow I manage to get done what I need to get done. However, updated my blogs and website and facebook, are on the bottom of the list. It gets ugly when I finally sit down to do this stuff. Hours and hours go into updates. Oh, if only I had the time to keep up with them.

Unfortunately, I don't. So, I'm taking almost an entire night to do it all.

Forgive me if I repeat some things, but here's a list of my most recent accomplishments.  You can check out my website for more info. I updated it first. (YAY!)

"Trip of A Lifetime" anthology from Sleeping Cat Books with my story "Snow Angel" is now for sale! Click this link to purchase a copy. You can even get a mug!

The Whortleberry Press anthology "Strange Christmas" has my story "Proof" in its pages.  It is also for sale, and just in time for Christmas!! Here's the link to go buy yourself (or someone else) a copy.

Third Flatiron Publishing will soon be releasing "Origins: Colliding Causalties" in which I have "Of Men and Gods."

I made it into another Rainstorm Press anthology. This one is "Glimpses of Insanity" and its about unusual mental issues--not the ordinary everyday coo-coo's nest. My story is titled, "The Clonal Blake Jones."

I have had many stories accepted at Static Movement as of late.  "The Gauntlet" and "One Last Christmas" were accepted for "Last Night."  The anthology "Bloody Ghost Stories" accepted "A Little Girl."  An anthology of drinking stories, "In Vino Veritas" will include my tale "A Restaurant in Culver City."  "A House Named Ernie" was welcomed for "A Journey You Say?" anthology of life's journey stories.

Finally, I responded to an ad on Craigslist (don't bash me yet) for a call for submissions to a Gorge Writers Anthology.  I've already had my story "Buckets Full of Blackberries" accepted, so now all I need to do is wait and see if the editor gets enough writers interested in submitting.  I should hear something back on this shortly.

Ok, so I guess that wasn't the "final" update, after all.  I am editing a story for Strange, Weird, & Wonderful's "The Inanimates I" anthology.  They really liked my submission titled "Precision Sharpened for Perfect Slicing" but they want changes.  I'm trying to muddle through it for a final acceptance, so wish me luck! My first submission to them was "A House Named Ernie" which they didn't accept because they already had a house tale.  So, I asked what they DID want, and the editors gave me a prompt for a meat cleaver. I went for it and they said it was "kick ass." (Their words, not mine). Now, I'll see if I can make it fit for them. I'm glad it's a paying market.

Alrighty, then. I think that's all I have to update for now. I'll try to keep you posted on changes and publications and further acceptances, but I don't know how well that will go. Nonetheless, keep watching...I'm always writing and submitting.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Take the Trip of a Lifetime!
And you can win a free travel mug! Announcing the release of Trip of a Lifetime: An Anthology.
What is your idea of the trip of a lifetime? Is it relaxing on a sandy Caribbean beach? Traveling through parts of Europe? Or do you prefer to stay closer to home and travel through your imagination? Sometimes the trip of a lifetime can be the one you never expected to take. And sometimes a trip becomes quite memorable for the wrong reasons.
In this collection of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction, you will find our contributors' ideas of the "trip of a lifetime." Perhaps you'll find your own ideas in these pages, or perhaps we'll spark the desire for you to go out and make your own memories!
To celebrate the release of this anthology in both paperback and ebook formats, Sleeping Cat Books will send a Trip of a Lifetime travel mug to one reader chosen at random (see website for image). The rules for entering this drawing are below.
Rules for Entry
·         One entry per paperback copy ordered.
·         Only orders placed through Sleeping Cat Books ( are eligible for entry.
·         Orders placed and paid in full prior to 12:01 am Saturday, 1 December 2012 are eligible.
·         Contributors to this anthology and their family members are eligible provided they place orders through the website at full retail cost.
·         The winner will be chosen at random on 3 December 2012 from all of the eligible entries. The winner's first name will be announced on the Sleeping Cat Books blog ( that day.
·         In the event that we are unable to contact the winner by 10 December, a second name will be chosen at random and announced on that day.