Saturday, December 15, 2012

Short Story: The Ungreat Escape

My story, "The Ungreat Escape," is here from Cosmos! And it's available to read for free on their site, so double woohoo. It's a sci-fi comedy about Lorelei's not-so-well-intentioned attempt at robbing a jewelry store--jetpacks included!

Some background on the story: It originally started as a cover prompt for Comets and Criminals issue #3. Basically, Izz (Samuel Mae) had a cover but no story attached to it. So a few of use decided to fill that void. Obviously I didn't get in, but Lillie (aka Lydia S Gray) did--check out her story here.

The story underwent revision, gained 700 words, and was sent off again into the great big world. And for the record, it faced 12 rejections before it found a home (which means unlucky 13 was actually the opposite!)

With this sale, it gives me hope on writing a sequel or two since it's so, so hard to find an editor who enjoys your sense of humor. I love Lorelei's character, and I'll be the first person to admit she is a complete twit--but she's my twit--and the bizarre way she gets herself in trouble.

So hope you enjoy "The Ungreat Escape" and leave a comment if you'd like.

(P.S. I still dislike blogger's new interface/system. Took forever to load this post.) 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November W1S1 Update

Ahhhh! December already! Where has the year gone? And of course, I neglected my blog (again). Before I neglect it too longer, here's the stats for November:

Stories written: 1 (I might be smudging this since it's a rewrite, but it's heavily rewritten, essentially making it a new story--or at least not the same.)
Stories submitted:16
Stories accepted: 1
Stories rejected:15

Another slow month, but once again, some good news: acceptance from Cosmos! Funny thing is, the story was originally rejected, but turned out to be a misunderstanding. A few emails later and one minor rewrite, it all worked out. I'm glad that Cat Sparks is a very considerate editor who heard me out. So thanks!

This is also the story that received the "interesting" comments from another market's death panel. Which goes to show that although a story may not be for everyone, there's always someone who'll enjoy it--and even pay you.

Other than that, my month was spent on revising as I've once again allowed to stories pile up, when they really should be out there receiving rejections, lol. 

So I've been listening to Bastille, which as far as I know, is just one singer. And of course, he's from Britain (I'm starting to think Britain has all the singing talent.) Great voice, awesome music videos. And what's even cooler, Bad Blood and Flaws are connected, which I find neat. Nice to see some creativity in a music video, ya know?