Quote of the Moment

"Magic comes from what is inside you. It is part of you. You can't weave together a spell you don't believe in." - Jim Butcher

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Nothing much on this end...

Hey everyone who reads my blog (and those wonderful internet waves which are forced to read my blog)!

Okay, this is just a mandatory post because I have nothing much going on here, but I figured I should keep up with my posting once a week (yes, it's Sunday, I count it as the last day of the week for me). The revising still looms, and I have a deadline on Tuesday. I also hate computers more, namely Microsoft, but everyone has their own opinion on that company, I'm sure.

*Twiddles thumbs* Um. I still want to redo my website and tweek the blog template a bit, but I must find the time somewhere (I know it's hiding, and I just haven't found it yet). Look at all the parentheses in this post. Who says a writer can't ramble on about nothing? No one ever said it needed to make sense...

Anyway, watch my blog, I'm bound to have something annoying and blog-worthy soon (there is little out there that I can't find something about it to complain about). Oh look, more parentheses.

By the way, Kushiel's Dart was good - finished reading it this past week.

Happy reading and writing all!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

A Woo Hoo....among other things

*shakes fist at HTML coding* I'm trying to use more than one font on the blog, but I can't seem to get it to work. I may need to beg the assistance of my more knowledgable friends.

Anyway, onto the good news. My stort "Kindled Morphogenesis" has been accepted for publication in the Modern Magic anthology, to be published by Fantasist Enterprises. Yipee! I'm quite happy about this one. Publication date is still to be determined, and I will of course update things on my blog and website when it becomes available to order. ;)

Along with the good there is some, well, I don't want to call it bad, more like an annoyance. I received my Blue Form of Death from Realms of Fantasy. Okay, fine, nothing new. But, she had my cover letter in there with a Hall? next to the Seton Hill University mention. Erk. No, it's not Seton Hall, it's Seton Hill, and the program I'm in is one of the few that concentrates on genre fiction (popular fiction) rather than literary fiction, and it's quite irksome that one of the big fantasy markets hasn't even heard of it. *sigh* Maybe the Writing Popular Fiction program needs to make the publishing industry more aware. It was a bit upsetting though. Did she not even read my story and just reject it because she thought I had a typo in the cover letter? I'm debating about putting a polite, "this is the link to the program if you're interested" post on her Rumor Mill thread, but I don't want to be pushy or anything.

As for the revising, don't ask. I will trudge on soon whether I like it or not.

Um, I think that's it for now. No, I haven't had time to overhaul my website. I'm also debating on moving it from geocities to sff.net. That would require me to have HTML creating software though, I think. Anyway, until next week, happy writing!

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Pardon my dust, but I'm redoing my blogskin. I actually think it was whoever created my old skin in the first place (off of blogskins.com) was why the title wasn't showing up. Or it might have been something with fonts. Well, I wanted something simple and sweet, but I didn't like any of Blogger's skins, and blogskins.com were kind of eh (I'm a very particular person). So, I'm editing one of Blogger's skins to meet my preferences. It'll take some time to figure out the place to change colors for specific things. I can figure html out just fine when I set my mind to it, but nothing can be learned that quickly.

In other news: I revised the damn fight scene. I dread revising it again in the future, but I feel it's better right now than the rough draft version. After revising the fight scene, I realized how much more work I have ahead of me, so I'm procrastinating by putzing with the blog. :) I'll get it done. Maybe I'll have some good news come int he mail to lift my spirits up. I didn't have an evil Saturday - that's something somewhat good at least.

Okay, I'll putz more with the blog, then I have to read more Fantasy Hall of Fame for school. Happy writing!

Sunday, September 05, 2004

First I must get this done with: *grumbles at blogger* Their new bar at the top totally gets rid of my blogs title. How is that supposed to work? And it's not covering it either, it's just gone. Maybe I'll need to find a new blogskin that's more compatible. *shrugs*

Anyway, I received an e-mail on Friday. A drabble I entered in a contest a long time ago (which i didn't win the contest), will be published in the upcoming anthology entitled The Drabbler. I was quite shocked since someone else I knew who was going to have some drabbles published in this (the ones he submitted to the contest) was informed over a month ago. Better tardy in informing me, than never. The anthology will be published by Sam's Dot Publishing. It's due to come out October 1, 2004. It might be a small woohoo, but it's a woohoo nonetheless. :)

And then to dampen my mood I received a rejection from F&SF on Saturday. Why always Saturdays I ask? I even thought when I got the e-mail about the drabble, just wait, it's saturday tomorrow, my rejection letter day. Low and behold. I'd rather the rejections come on Wednesdays - I hate to hate Saturdays.

Well, that's all I got for now. Oh, my website might be down next week because I would love to do a major overhaul, password protect some stories that I intend to submit places. I'm probably going to make it more professional, even though NO ONE gave me any feedback. I am just talking to the internet waves. If only they'd talk back. Hm, that might be a story.

In novel news, the fight scene I have to revise has caused me to procrastinate some more. But I drew a map of my world. If I can get past the fight scene, and draw a map of Haven, then there shouldn't be too many more speedbumps for revising the first time through. Lots of work, but no one ever said it would be easy. happy reading and writing all!