After several years away from writing novel-length fiction, I’m really enjoying the challenge of creating a new setting and getting to know new characters. That was my primary focus for July, but several smaller works in various stages of development and a surprise invitation to Gen Con filled out the month. Here’s the quick summary:

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

Work in progress:

  • Writing Draft Zero of a historical fantasy novel, polishing the outline and proposal
  • Brainstorming and plotting an epistolary novella
  • Awaiting editor’s notes for a short story solicited for a shared-world anthology
  • More short fiction in various stages of development, because the story ideas just keep on coming and they will not leave me alone!

Publication: 

  • A paid review of How to Be A Tudor by Ruth Goldman, published in Renaissance Magazine, Issue #111

Submissions:

  • Short story (“Synthetic Sanctity”) submitted to Aliterate magazine 
  • Short story (“Dead Men Tell No Tales”) submitted to Ghosts and Pirates, a reprint anthology by Flame Tree Publishing
  • Book reviews submitted to Renaissance Magazine:
    • Anne Boleyn: The King’s Obsession by Allison Weir
    • The Irish Women’s 16th Century Getting Dressed Guide: Wear What the Renaissance Irish Really Wore by Kass McGann
    • The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb

Rejections:

  • “Synthetic Sanctity” was declined by two magazines:  Uncanny and Aliterate.  This is a very odd little tale, so I’m not surprised it’s taking a while to find a home. Six submissions so far. This story might be strange, but it’s persistent.
  • “White Tunic” was declined by a horror story reprint anthology. Again, no big surprise, since the story is closer to fantasy than horror but hey–worth a shot!

Work done in July to short fiction in the pipeline:

  • “Burning,” a short story for the anthology Hath No Fury:  Reviewed copyedits, sent in final version.
  • “Royal Daughters,” a short story for the anthology Swords & Sorceress 32:  Read page proofs, sent in final version.

Writing related:

  • Made last-minute plans to attend Gen Con 50.
  • Brainstorming ideas for a Patreon account

Books read:

  • Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock
  • Sabine’s Notebook by Nick Bantock
  • The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J. Davison, PhD with Sharon Begley
  • Anne Boleyn: The King’s Obsession by Allison Weir
  • The Irish Women’s 16th Century Getting Dressed Guide: Wear What the Renaissance Irish Really Wore by Kass McGann

Books reading:

  • Focus by Daniel Goleman
  • How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
  • The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton