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SUBMISSION CALL: Dark Divinations

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via SUBMISSION CALL: Dark Divinations

Hey fellow writers, there’s a new horror anthology on the horizon and you can be part of it.

The meat of the submission is the story is placed in the Victorian era 1837-1901, must be a horror story (emotionally, physical, and or mental) and must involve a form of divination. Click the link for the details.  Deadline is Oct 31, 2019. Good luck.

Side note: The editor for this anthology is author Naching T. Kassa. I had the privilege of reading her short story on my podcast, one of my favorites, you can listen to Carrion Man here.

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No More Excuses

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I am amazed at what I can accomplish when I stop making excuses.  I’ve also been fabulous at making excuses as to why my second novel hasn’t been completed. However, excuses get boring and are empty words when I keep repeating them and yet do nothing to change it. Quite frankly, making excuses is now what I want to put on my list of accomplishments.

First thing I did was decide what I wanted to complete to feel successful in the year 2019.  I want to finish a sequel to House Of Redemption. I also wanted to complete the next two writing prompt books.

Plan of action was second on the list to do. I set a minimum attainable daily word count.

As though I haven’t done that before. I had to identify why I have failed. Simply put, I never allowed myself a day off. If I wasn’t writing, I was feeling guilty and focused on cleaning house, chasing kids, and what not. If I was doing something else, I was feeling guilty for not writing. A vicious non-productive cycle.

I gave myself two days off from writing. Guilt free days to do whatever I wanted.

The last item that goes with the Plan of Action is accountability. Being a great supporter of others in their ventures, I gathered a few of my fellow writers where we set our monthly word count goals and on a shared worksheet, we track our writing, We can see what we are and what we aren’t doing.

So far, the sequel to House of Redemption is coming along. Burn Down the House Volume II and From The Ashes Volume III (ten-minute writing prompts) should be released in a few months. (Accountability. See what I did right there?)

How about you? What is it you want to accomplish in 2019? What is your plan?

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Bubble Off-Plumb

So excited have participated in bringing this anthology together. I think my contribution, Good Thoughts, is one of the best stories I’ve written.

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What do stories about ephemeral Martian settlers, fascinating dimensional rifts, Spanish-speaking hummingbirds, Loki’s children, WWII twins, hitchhiking swamp cats, a steam-punk octopus, Arkham card-games, using bad luck for fun and profit, demon home security systems, alternative criminal justice, workplace time travel, marketing to body-snatchers, alien attraction, and way too many barns all have in common? Simple: in one way or another they are all Bubble Off Plumb.

This genre-busting collection is meant for readers who prefer an odd story with their tea and biscuits. So sit back and let these 26 tales delight, confuse, and surprise you!

Featuring original stories by Marie Brennan, David Tallerman, E.E. King, Art Weil, Sarah M. Lewis, Pepper Hume, Karen Ovér, Liz Schriftsteller, Mariah Southworth, Mickey Kulp, Robert Millet, Valerie Manwill, Beth Winokur, Simone LW Mounsamy, Buzz Dixon, James Campbell, Frank Kozusko, Ellen Denton, Jill Hand, Veronica Brush, and Tim Jeffreys. Joining this stellar group are in-house authors KG Finfrock, Sarah Kalin, and Dan M. Kalin.

Available for Pre-Order Now at Amazon

On Sale December 14th

 

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A blank sheet of paper

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Starting the day off with a fresh sheet of blank paper.

The word flow was going pretty good and then this little one decided to join me. I asked IMG_6634.jpgher if she wanted to practice her letters and she was reluctant. Once she discovered she was using the pen, not a pencil,  she loved how the pen flowed. I gave her a notebook of her own and she started with single lines slow and steady. She soon forgot about me as  the ink streamed from page to page creating large oval circles within circles.

It reminded me of how I feel when I look at the blank page. It’s hard to find the words, but once you start, once you really start, one word follows another and it feels euphoric. Unlike other days when the words do’t flow and I end up pulling my hair or worse cutting it all off.  The good days make it all worth it. And deep in my heart, I’m hoping to be witness to a future writer in the making.