A Little of This, A Little of That

I must apologise for my lack of presence around the blogosphere in recent weeks.  I’ve been a little preoccupied with offline projects.  How I envy all those who can blog daily and juggle four or five WIPS! 😉  Anyway, I thought it might be fun (for me, if not for you) to let you know what I’ve been up to…

What have I been working on?

A couple of weeks ago I finished my revisions for The Winter Ghost, my paranormal fantasy mystery novella (gosh, that’s a mouthful!).  While I’ve been letting that sit quietly for a few weeks, I’ve returned to The Sacrifice and The Summoning, a novel-in-progress that centres on my amateur witchy sleuth, Andromache Jones.  Having not worked on this in over a year, my progress is slow but steady, and when it’s time to go over The Winter Ghost again later this week, I’m determined to keep this project ticking over.  I would love to have the first draft completed in the next couple of months, if I can…but…

Beta Readers

My main priority at the moment is The Winter Ghost, and the next novella in the series.  If, when I have another read through of TWG this week, and my alpha reader thinks it’s good to go, I am hoping to ship it out to half a dozen or so beta readers to see what they think.  If you would like to volunteer as a beta reader, I would love to have you read this story, so please get in touch!

Weekend Writing Prompt

Please know, that while I’ve not been commenting on responses to the WWP, I have been reading and liking them.  So if I liked it, I read it.  Some of you may know that I suffer with anxiety, including social anxiety, and sometimes I do struggle with leaving comments, especially if there’s a lot to leave; it just gets too much for me.  I’m not deliberately ignoring anyone or think that your writing doesn’t deserve a comment, it’s just the way I am and some months are worse than others…


It’s also been a while since I submitted any of my writing to magazines / journals / anthologies.  The last piece I submitted was a short story to an anthology back at the beginning of November!  So that’s another thing I’ve been working on.  So far, three pieces have been sent out, and one of them has been accepted!  Woohoo!  Fingers crossed for the other two.  Submitting my work is another thing that effects my anxiety, especially when there’s been a big gap between submissions.  My aim is to try and reduce that gap so that it has less of an impact on it…

Whispers and Echoes

It’s been a while since I closed submissions to Whispers and Echoes – eight months, I think.  This long a hiatus wasn’t my intention at all.  In fact, I had planned to reopen to submissions back in January.  However, I was mulling over changing the format to one that required a little less time and commitment (but no less love!) and that issue seemed to take a while to resolve itself.  But it has now, and I’m pleased to say that I am opening submissions again on the 1st June!  Yay!  And everyone reading this is being favoured with advance notice.  If you do wish to submit to the journal, head over to the Whispers and Echoes site (I’m still putting the finishing touches to it – what do you think to it?) and check out the submission guidelines – and if you want to submit early go ahead!  I’m hoping to see the inbox fill up with your work 😉

I think that covers everything, at least writing-wise.  How’s everyone’s writing going? Let me know in the comments.

If you made it through to the end, thank you so much for reading and enjoy the rest of your week!

13 thoughts on “A Little of This, A Little of That

  1. First. Count me in as a beta reader. That’s if I count, having already read it. My sieve-memory me, it’ll come fresh again.
    And well done with the submission. More power to the … well, not elbow, more fingers. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get anxious when submitting, which was the prime reason I posted Feast Fables to blog while I was still debilitated with CFS/ME. No way could I face it. So you have my understanding and support.
    And I shall check out Whispers and Echoes, though I’m not sure I have anything I can submit. But who knows till we try.
    I hope you’ll get stronger and stronger as the summer advances. Winter is always a pull-down. Good luck with it all, Sammi

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    • I would love to have you as a beta reader! And, having already read it, if it does come back to you, you’ll be able to say whether the minor edits I’ve made have made the story better – or worse! 🙂

      And thank you, regarding the submission. I’m pleased to reveal that another one was accepted since I published the post. Woohoo!

      I totally understand that most people find submitting anxiety-inducing, but I have found that the more I do it, the easier it gets. The problem is trying to keep up doing it regularly, especially when I’m not in the right frame of mind to do it, or if I don’t think I have anything worth submitting at that point.

      I love, love, LOVE your stories (as you know) and I’m so glad something so wonderfully creative and positive came from such a trying period.

      Thanks for your support, Crispina. You’re a star 🙂

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  2. Submitting to stuff is one of my greatest fears! I’m terrible at submitting short stories because I’m pretty scared of rejection. So thank you for talking about your experience – at least I’m not alone! (and, now, neither are you!)

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    • You’re welcome, H.R.R. I find it a pretty difficult subject to talk about so I usually make a point of avoiding it.

      As writers, submitting our work is part of the territory and we can’t really avoid it if we want to succeed, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier, does it? And such “helpful” comments as, ‘You need a thicker skin’, or ‘You’ll get used to rejection,’ don’t help at all, even if they’re meant kindly. Anyway, rant over 🙂 Thanks so much for your support. I really appreciate the comment. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jo. You’re too kind. It’s a bit like bad-tasting medicine, isn’t it? Awful when you take it but does some good in the end.

      Thank you so much for your support and for the wonderful comment. It’s deeply appreciated 🙂

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  3. Wow, I am so impressed with how much you’ve been working on! And congratulations on your latest acceptance, hooray! I know what you mean about anxiety making it hard to do things that might seem simple to other people (and even seem simple to me, when I’m not feeling anxious). Good luck doing what needs to be done, and letting go of the rest. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Joy. It has been a bit busy lately but I find when I’m engrossed in a project it’s best to keep going before the momentum dwindles away and a different project catches my eye…I’m too easily distracted!

      Thank you for the wonderfully supportive comment. I really do appreciate it 🙂

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