In this, the month of my birth, lots of things are happening.
This really cool thing called NaNoWriMo is going on starting yesterday. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a great way to find and network with writers, both local and around the world. It’s also an excuse to write your guts out for a whole 30 days in an effort to get that novel you’ve always had niggling at the back of your thoughts down on the page. (Check out NaNoWriMo.org to learn more if you’re not already familiar with it). I have several projects I’m eager to finish, or at least make good progress on this month, so the silent word wars with online buddies will be a great motivator.
In Sarah Seeley’s authorly news, I joined the Horror Writers Association as an Affiliate member at the end of September after Salt Lake Comic Con. October was super busy for me on many fronts, so I haven’t had a chance to fully immerse myself in this wonderful professional community yet. But I’m super excited to be a part of it, and can’t wait to explore and tap into the resources and support they have to offer.
A poem I submitted to Leading Edge Magazine called “Dying Breath” has been selected for inclusion in their 67 3/4 fundraiser issue, which will feature work exclusively from Leading Edge alumni. More details on this publication to come.
I’ve submitted a short story for consideration in the second annual Utah Horror anthology, put together by the Utah chapter of the HWA. I’ve also been invited to submit stories to two other anthologies. One is based on Jason King’s fantasy universe in his novel Valcoria. The other is a project by Nathan Shumate, spinning off his successful Space Eldritch collaborations to create a redneck-themed Lovecraftian horror anthology.
My goals for this month are to complete the two short stories and continue to plow ahead with my novel-length expansion of “Curio Cay.” After that…we shall see.
Happy November, and good luck to everyone participating in the writing madness!