My primary focus this month was the novel-in-progress, with the goal of finishing Draft Zero by the end of October.  Accordingly, I didn’t write any new short fiction in September, and only one short non-fiction piece.



Publications: 1
Submissions: 2
Acceptances: 0
Rejections: 2
Projects currently in circulation: 4


  • Review of Anne Boleyn: The King’s Obsession by Allison Weir was included in Issue #112 of Renaissance Magazine.  This magazine is geared toward RenFaire enthusiasts, as well as people who enjoy popular history and historical novels, games, and music. I’ve been writing articles and paid book and music reviews for them for several years now.
  • Wrote and posted two new Halloween limericks and one new haiku. (These are technically publications, but they’re not counted in the summary above.)


  • Flash fiction story submitted to an online magazine. (2nd sub)
  • Review of So High A Blood: The Story of Margaret Douglas, the Tudor That Time Forgot, by Morgan Ring, submitted to Renaissance Magazine.


  • Same story, two rejections. A flash fiction story written in August was declined by two online webzines.

Work in progress:

  • Writing Draft Zero of a historical fantasy novel
  • Working on a proposal for a Mythos-themed novella
  • Waiting for editor’s notes on “Living Memory,” a short story written for a shared-world anthology

Writing related:

  • Working on content for a Patreon account
  • Joined HWA, the Horror Writers Association, as an active member
  • Submitted panel selections for Arisia, a sf/fantasy convention in Boston in January
  • Applied to be a panelist at Boskone, a sf/fantasy convention in Boston in February
  • Registered for Necon, a writer’s conference held in Rhode Island in late July
  • Attended a three-hour seminar on social media presence and marketing

Books read:

  • Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman (mystery)
  • So High a Blood  by Morgan Ring (history)
  • A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb (medieval mystery)

Books reading:

  • The Elizabethan Secret Services by Alan Haynes
  • Patronage, Culture and Power: The Early Cecils 1558-1612 edited by Pauline Croft
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph From the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Dolge
  • How the Mind Works, by Stephen Pinker
  • Figure It Out! Human Proportions: Draw the Head and Rigure Right Every Time by Christopher Hart