Lots of Moving Pieces

It’s been a busy month, probably the busiest since I began my writing career, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve been more productive than ever and have quite a bit to show for my efforts.

You may remember I set my goal this year to write ten short stories. I’ve now surpassed the fifteen mark for that goal with five stories written this month so far. Almost all of them have been short pieces of flash fiction, but I’m finding my writing to be more punchy and emotionally driven compared to a lot of my earlier work. I now have over twelve stories on submission to various venues and I’m still working on landing that first pro sale.

In some other news, I began working as a slush reader for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. It’s a pro venue and while working to wade through their submission pile I’ve learned a lot about good story telling. I’m excited to work for them and hope that it will continue to benefit my development as both a writer and editor beyond what I learned at university.

I decided to cancel the Kickstarter campaign for Drabbledark and come at it from another angle. I want to gather the authors first for the anthology and then seek funding. I think this method will work a lot better. If you feel like challenging yourself to write short, feel free to submit a story for the anthology on the submission page here on the website.

I do have one major announcement which I am very eager to share. I’ve been gathering reprint submissions for an anthology called Timeshift. It’s an anthology themed around stories of time and time travel. I’m excited to say that I’ve gathered some pretty heavy hitters in the genres who have given me some very strong stories. I have stories from Robert Silverberg, Cat Rambo, Alan Baxter, Ken Liu, Kevin J. Anderson, just to name a few. The project is coming along very well and I hope to share more details and a Kickstarter with you very soon. For not I’ll keep writing, keep editing, and we will see what happens.

-ESF

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