Just a quick note to say that I heard back from Zooscape about “A Friend from the Deep.” Unfortunately they rejected the story, but the editor said she enjoyed reading it – just that it wasn’t what they were looking for. So that is promising! 🙂
While cruising through the Duotrope listings, looking for another place to submit it, I came across Asymmetry, a website that publishes new stories every week. I read a few of the stories there (notably “I Came From the Deep” and “In the Time of the Birds“) and loved them; after reading them, I decided to try submitting “A Friend from the Deep” to them. We’ll see how it goes this time. 🙂
*sigh* Every time I think I’m doing a good job keeping up on this blog, something seems to happen and I disappear again.
This time it’s Sasha. She’s not doing very well. She’s been living at my parents’ place for almost seventeen years (she just turned 17 last week! But we got her once she was a few months old so she hasn’t lived there quite that long).
Sasha and Me
Many years ago, my mom and I had a talk about where Sasha would live once I moved out. We agreed that she would stay with them; she was probably around 10 already and had lived her whole life in their house. So when I moved out I was able to adopt Merlin while Sasha stayed in her home.
We’ve long been joking that Sasha will live to be like 30. She loves her people, but hates almost anyone who comes to visit the house (she actually will go to the door when visitors are leaving to make sure they go!) She’s also pretty set in her ways and has no problems letting you know when you’re annoying her. So of course she’d be the perfect candidate to make it to some ridiculous age.
Unfortunately that isn’t looking very likely now. She stopped eating about a week ago. My parents brought her to the vet (which is never a fun experience – apparently when the vet took Sasha into the back room to take some of her blood, you could hear her out front!) We know that something is wrong with her liver but we’re not sure what; because of her age, everyone agreed not to put her through any invasive tests. So now my parents have been doing their best to feed her and keep her comfortable. Realistically though, it doesn’t look like she has long left.
So of course a lot of things are kind of on hold. I’ve been going to their place as often as I can to visit with Sasha (while being sure not to neglect Merlin).
In terms of writing, I haven’t been doing a whole lot lately. Unrelated to Sasha, I decided not to submit that story I was working on back in June; I’d asked over Facebook whether or not they would accept a shorter submissions. I was willing to try making my story a bit longer, but they never replied to me, so I felt it wasn’t worth submitting to them. I’ve got another market in mind to try submitting the story to though, so I will continue to work on it. And thankfully the submission date is several months away so I’ve got some time in light of what’s happening.
On a positive note, I have been keeping up with Sustainably North. My plan for the month completely fell apart because I’ve been reading a bunch of nonfiction books that I really wanted to talk about on there. I considered starting to post twice a week, but right now I’m still just doing one. Earlier in the month I was a bit ahead and felt like I had a lot I wanted to talk about, so two posts would be possible. But I’m back to being just a week ahead right now (I just wrote the post for next week this afternoon); I’m going to keep it at one post a week for at least another month and then decide from there.
So earlier in the week, I got sick. It sucked, because while I was feeling completely like crap, I didn’t feel like working on that short story I’ve got on the go (even though I had just a few paragraphs left to go on that editing pass!)
But what I did end up doing was reading. Quite a bit, actually. As of today, I finished one book and read two more, including Steve Brusatte’s The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, which I read in about 24 hours (thanks in large part to starting it while waiting to see a doctor yesterday). The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs actually ended up being book 25 in my reading challenge! So yes, as of earlier today, I accomplished one of my goals for the year – I read 25 books! At least some good came of being sick. 🙂
In all seriousness though, I am feeling a bit better today. I’m now on antibiotics, which I think is the main reason for that. I’ve eaten a bit more today without feeling super nauseous (thanks to being nauseous, I barely ate anything over the last two days). I’ve spent the evening making soup (it seriously has ended up an entire evening affair – I started at about 6pm, and it finally finished at almost midnight! Oh well, at least I now have soup). And over the last few hours of soup making, I sat down to finish this editing pass on my short story. 🙂
So with my story shaping up, I went to go and check the Duotrope listing I’m planning on submitting it to. The listing closes in about a week and a half, so I’ve still got plenty of time to work on it. Unfortunately, I just realized the listing wants short stories of 3500- 5000 words in length. And their website says they are looking for horror (the Duotrope listing says horror, sci fi, and fantasy). This story is currently quite a bit shorter than 3500 words (it’s now 2440, which is over 1000 words longer than the first draft, so it’s moving in the right direction), and is not at all a horror. I just sent them a message over Facebook asking about the genre and whether they are open to accepting shorter submissions (someone else asked about the shorter submissions on their website, but they didn’t answer). And of course after I asked my questions I found that they say they are open to all forms of speculative fiction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get this story to 3500 words or not. But that’s a problem for another day. For tonight I’m just happy to be done this editing pass! And whether it gets submitted anywhere or not, at the very least it will hopefully be one of the two polished short stories I wanted to write this year. 🙂
I submitted the short story I was working on last week today! 😀
It took me a bit longer to edit than I had thought. More than anything, I had a hard time finding the time to actually sit down and edit (I was exhausted all week for reasons unknown). But thankfully I managed to sit down, edit it, and submit it today.
The market I submitted it to says they try to respond within one month of receiving a submission. So I’ll report back once I hear something. 🙂