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November writing summary

In a nutshell:
Finished a (very) rough draft of my historical fantasy novel, working on the first draft.

Publications: 1
Submissions: 2
Acceptances: 0
Rejections: 1
Projects currently in circulation: 6


  • “Royal Daughters,” a short fantasy tale set in the tumultuous border country of Scotland during the infancy of Mary Queen of Scots, published in Swords & Sorceress 32. 


  • Submitted a proposal of the novel-in-progess to a literary agent.
  • Submitted a flash fiction story to Market #5.


  • Flash fiction declined by Market #5.

Work in progress:

  • First draft of a historical fantasy novel.
  • Waiting for editor’s revision notes on a short story solicited for a themed anthology

Writing related:

  • Attended a meetup of the New England Speculative Fiction Writers.
  • Drew, inked, and colored the first draft of a cartoon illustration for the flash fiction tale “Family Matters,” which will be part of my upcoming Patreon launch.

Books read:

  • The Elizabethan Secret Services by Alan Haynes
  • Patronage, Culture and Power: The Early Cecils 1558-1612 edited by Pauline Croft
  • Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics by Sarah Gristwood
  • The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
  • The Witch’s Tree by M.C. Beaton
  • Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

Books Reading:

  • William Cecil: The Power Behind Elizabeth by Alan Gordon Smith

More delays on HATH NO FURY

The December 1 publication date for this anthology has been pushed back.  No word from the publisher just yet, but according to Amazon.com, the new drop date is February 1. I’ll post updated information as news is passed along.


Sword and Sorceress 32

The latest anthology in the long-running Sword and Sorceress series is out today. I am very happy to be a part of this one.

My story, “Royal Daughters,” is a historical fantasy tale set in the tumultuous border country of Scotland during the infancy of Mary Queen of Scots. It’s a standalone story, but it also gives a glimpse into the setting of my novel-in-progress.  The story takes place about twenty years before the events of the novel.

Here’s a link to the Amazon.com page. Hope you enjoy this collection!

Killing It Softly 2

This reprint anthology includes 38 dark fiction tales, all told by women writers. It’s over 185,000 words, and in printed form it’s 600 pages.

My story, “A Great and Terrible Hunger,” first appeared in the Chaosium anthology Madness on the Orient Express, edited by James Lowder.

Here’s a link to the Amazon.com page.

October Writing Summary


Publications: 1
Submissions: 4
Acceptances: 0
Rejections: 3
Projects currently in circulation: 5


  • The short story “A Great and Terrible Hunger,” originally published in the anthology Madness on the Orient Express (Chaosium, 2014) was published in the reprint anthology Killing It Softly 2, a collection of dark fiction by women writers.
  • Wrote and posted several new pieces of Halloween micropoetry.  (These are technically publications, but they’re not counted in the summary above.)


  • Submitted a flash fiction story written in August to market #3
  • Submitted the same flash fiction story to market #4
  • Submitted a Very Odd Short Story to market #7
  • Submitted a poem to a print/online magazine

Rejections: 3

  • The flash fiction story mentioned above was declined by markets #3 and #4.
  • The Very Odd Short Story was declined by market #7.

Work in progress:

  • Draft Zero of a historical fantasy novel.
  • Waiting for copyediting notes on “Living Memory,” a short story written for a shared-world anthology

Writing related:

  • Worked on content for a Patreon account
  • Attended the RI Children’s Book Festival in Providence
  • Attended Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival in northern Massachusetts

Books read:

  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the China Station by Dorothy Gilman
  • Chasing Shakespeare by Sarah Smith
  • The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

Books reading:

  • The Elizabethan Secret Services by Alan Haynes
  • Patronage, Culture and Power: The Early Cecils 1558-1612 edited by Pauline Croft

The Rules of Magic

This was a filling-the-well sort of weekend. Friday evening at the RI Philharmonic, listening to my favorite Mozart piano concerto and the Saint-Saëns organ symphony. Saturday at the RI Festival of Children’s Books during the day and playing games (Roll for the Galaxy, Cacao, and The Dresden Files cooperative card game) at Rivendell Books and Games in the evening. Sunday was for walking, our weekly everyone-in-the-kitchen family lunch, and tending to necessary weekly routines.

Over the weekend I also read The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman’s new book. It’s a prequel to her bestselling book, Practical Magic, and it’s wonderful. Reading a book like that is like listening to Renee Fleming sing: it shows you how much room you have to grow. That can be discouraging, but it can also leave you feeling energized by the possibilities ahead. Today, I choose the latter response.