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What’s currently in submission in 2018 #1

13 Jan

As the last one was in early December 2017 I thought I’d update you.

These will now be coming on or around the 12th of each month.
And instead of just saying what’s in submission, I’ll also be mentioning rejections & acceptances too (if permissions are given to announce them).

What’s currently out in submission?

The Concentration Camp (subbed to Persistant Visions)
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Edge Onlines Fantastic Trains)
Summerland (subbed to Occult Detective Quarterly)
I Want Candy [subbed to Gathering Storm]
Witch Hunt (subbed to Weirdbook) [at their request]
Life In Small Places [subbed to Red Dashboard]
Follow Your Father (poem) [subbed to Red Dashboard]
Memories Of The Yakuza [subbed to Insignia anthology]
King For A Day [subbed to Pulp Literature]
Even Stevens [Subbed to Outlook Springs]
The Doomsday Machine Retires [subbed to Third Flatiron]
Travelling Without Moving [Subbed to The Book Smugglers]
Assessment [subbed to Intergalactic Medicine Show]
Green Fingers [subbed to Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast]
Welcome To Your New Home [Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast]
Lost Children [Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast]
My Kingdom [subbed to Spring Song Press]
Hell, Or Hemel Hempstead [subbed to Flash Fiction Magazine]
Even Stevens [subbed to Aphotic Realm]
Overground [subbed to StoryHack]
The Dragon Readers [subbed to The Arcanist]
Illegal Operator [subbed to Deep Magic]
The Perfect Copy [Subbed to Nature; Futures]
Remembering Little Betty [subbed to Apex Magazine]

Acceptances: 1, Muse [sold to WolfSinger Cat Tails anthology]
Rejections:- 4 , The Plan [subbed to Red Rabbit], The Parting [subbed to Liminal], My Best Friend Is A Bog Troll [subbed to cosmic roots & eldritch shores], Departure Date [subbed to Factor Four Magazine],.

25 stories & 1 poem now out there.

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What’s currently in submission #11

30 Dec

As the last one was in early December I thought I’d update you before the year is over.

What’s currently out in submission?

The Concentration Camp (subbed to Persistant Visions)
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Edge Onlines Fantastic Trains)
Summerland (subbed to Occult Detective Quarterly)
I Want Candy [subbed to Gathering Storm]
Witch Hunt (subbed to Weirdbook) [at their request]
Muse [subbed to WolfSinger Cat Tails anthology]
Life In Small Places [subbed to Red Dashboard]
Follow Your Father (poem) [subbed to Red Dashboard]
Memories Of The Yakuza [subbed to Insignia anthology]
King For A Day [subbed to Pulp Literature]
Even Stevens [Subbed to Outlook Springs]
The Plan [subbed to Red Rabbit]
The Doomsday Machine Retires [subbed to Third Flatiron]
Departure Date [subbed to Factor Four Magazine]
Travelling Without Moving [Subbed to The Book Smugglers; Awakenings]
The Parting [subbed to Liminal]
Assessment [subbed to Intergalactic Medicine Show]
My Best Friend Is A Bog Troll [subbed to cosmic roots & eldritch shores]
Green Fingers [subbed to Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast]
Welcome To Your New Home [Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast]
Lost Children [Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast]

22 stories & 1 poem now out there.

Happy New Year! I’m having tomorrow off, as it’s my 48th birthday.
I’ll try not to die of old age. See you all next, I hope!

Summing up this year

30 Dec

I didn’t set any resolutions this year, but I did have a few things I wanted to do. Let’s see how I fared, shall we?

Submitting More Stories.
I think we can say that was an outright win. I’ve subbed more stories this year than ever before. Also had more stories out in submission at once than ever before as well. Yes, it DID mean more rejections but it also meant more acceptances.
I had 9 stories picked up this year.
Of those 6 were for money. 4 of them are yet to be released

Write On A Regular Basis.
So I haven’t been quite as fruitful this year as in previous years. I’ve completed 103 short stories. I also completed a novel too. More on that further down the page.

First “What’s Currently In Submission?” entry created.
February – 7 stories out.
March – 11 stories out.
April – 13 stories out.
May – 14 stories out. (No entry for June)
July – 11 stories out.
Aug – 9 stories out.
Sept – 9 stories out.
Oct – 18 stories out. New personal best.
Nov – 16 stories & 1 poem out.
Dec (start) – 18 stories & 1 poem out. New personal best.
Dec (end) – 22 stories & 1 poem out. New personal best.

Established rules for Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017.
30 short stories or 30,000 words written. Reached 30,259 April 15th. WIN!

Established rules for Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017.
Decided to write a novel. 40k target set.
41056 words written by day 20, official win! 50017 words in total on day 24.

Tried Story A Day September. That was a bad mistake. I wrote 23 stories and hated the entire exercise. I’ve never enjoyed anything less.

The Tight-Fisted Bargain Hunter (poem)

24 Dec

The Tight-Fisted Bargain Hunter
(C) Ray Daley 22/12/93

Oh no, it’s that time of year,
When the public are gripped by a manic fear.
To all go out and spend their money,
And end up broke; It isnt funny!
They all go out and have to shop,
Then don’t give up until they drop.

It all seems an enormous chore,
To be in a Department Store.
You always get the squeaky trolley,
Which won’t go straight; So you look a wally.
The stupid things they spend their cash on,
Just like the stuff’s going out of fashion!

But there’s a few who buck the trend,
And see how little they can spend.
I will not say that they are tight,
But they won’t spend cash without a fight.
Since shelling out’s a point that’s sore,
Which they find such a major bore.

You watch the way that they behave,
When you tell them that they can’t save.
So will they pay with cash or credit?
If they’re not saving; best forget it!
And everywhere the price gets steeper,
They’ll get elsewhere; Find it cheaper.

But there is one who’s no big spender,
She’s a woman known as Brenda,.
We don’t think that she is mean,
At spending little; She is queen.
Avoid the crowds, avoid the spending,
It’s ZERO presents she’ll be sending!

If you don’t think this story’s true,
Just wonder what she’s getting you?
And think about this little tale,
When you find she bought it in the sale.

THE END

What’s currently in submission #10

11 Dec

As the last one was in early November I thought I’d update you.

What’s currently out in submission?

The Concentration Camp (subbed to Persistant Visions)
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Edge Onlines Fantastic Trains)
Summerland (subbed to Occult Detective Quarterly)
I Want Candy [subbed to Gathering Storm]
Witch Hunt (subbed to Weirdbook) [at their request]
REDACTED subbed to ANON. (This is still on-going, sorry!)
Muse [subbed to WolfSinger Cat Tails anthology]
Life In Small Places [subbed to Red Dashboard]
Follow Your Father (poem) [subbed to Red Dashboard]
Memories Of The Yakuza [subbed to Insignia anthology]
Hostile Take-over [subbed to Augur]
King For A Day [subbed to Pulp Literature]
Even Stevens [Subbed to Outlook Springs]
Distant Drums [subbed to Parsec Ink]
The Plan [subbed to Red Rabbit]
The Doomsday Machine Retires [subbed to Third Flatiron]
Checking It Twice… [Subbed to Things In The Well]

Please note, the redacted ones are for anonymous submission.

18 stories & 1 poem now out there.

I’m pleased to announce that Astounding Outpost published “Call Girl”, it’s now for sale in their Neural Nets anthology on Amazon.

Award Eligible Work 2017

24 Nov

The following works are eligible for a Nebula Award. Feel free to nominate me.

Short Stories:-

The Dionesian Wave (When You’re Strange; An Anthology of Strangers)
https://www.amazon.com/When-Youre-Strange-Anthology-Strangers/dp/1979305811

There are a few pieces still unreleased that may make it out before the December 31st deadline. If that’s the case, I will update this post.

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Solutions to problems you didn’t know existed

30 Oct

Hello! Welcome to the end of October.

I’ve been having some back issues recently, possibly sciatica. So I decided to invest in a comfortable large sized cushion for my computer/writing chair. It’s where I spend most of my day when I’m not sleeping.

So I started by setting a budget, didn’t want to spend any more than £10, ideally.

When I looked at cushions before (in Coventry indoor market) the cheapest I saw were about £25 and weren’t very big at all. So I ignored those and tried Primark (mostly as it’s on the way back to the bus stop). Located “Homewares” and found some decent sized cushions. Picked a fairly dull grey coloured one.

£8 so well within budget, plus the bag they put it in also fitted my toaster I’d been carrying around the city centre for the last bloody hour which was even better.

I gave the chair a good wash and wipe down (it’s leather) before I went to bed and I put the cushion down when I booted up earlier. It fits almost the entire seat and actually also allows me to seat with my back on the back of the chair so good lower lubar suppport too.

Very comfy, very nice to sit on. Quite happy now.