TITLE! (And other important things.)

The Odd Anglican Thing will always be called that in my heart, but it now has an actual title! Said title is I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills, which comes from Psalm 121 (Levavi oculos):

I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep;
The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe.
The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.

The Psalm is fitting for both the story overall and for Justinian Clark, one of the protagonists. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that Justinian has faith enough for ten acres of mustard plants as well as a deep and abiding love for the Psalms.

I’m almost ready to submit Eyes, but I have one. last. thing. that needs to be checked/reviewed before I do… Well, two, but one of them I can do on my own.

I have a synopsis, I have a blurb, I have read and reread and rereread until I’m pretty sure that if I fiddle with it any more that I’ll start messing things up.

I’m excited and worried and flappy and Small Mind has escaped from its cave on a couple of occasions and I haven’t even sent it off!

Speaking of sent off: I’ve submitted two stories already this year, which is pretty awesome. Both of them were for anthologies — One, Night Duty, is a Benny and Phil story that squeaked under the wire for the deadline; the other (Flying Colors) is a Max and Trev story that I won’t know about until somewhere closer to September.

I’m also fiddling with a couple of stories for a couple of other anthologies, but nothing’s really working at the moment. Not sure if it’s me, the story, the deadline, or the anthology, though. That’s okay–I’ll figure it out, and I’m not going to be completely devastated if I don’t get them done/sent off. I may get them published as individual stories instead of as part of an anthology.

I really should set a reminder on my phone for this…

…Because it would probably be a good idea to post more than once a quarter, and to post more than “Uh, still kickin’!”

Some random thoughts/news:

1) I’d just like to say that I really appreciate reviewers who say, basically, “I don’t care for [Title of My Story]–just not my thing–but don’t let that stop you!” Yeah, I wish they’d liked what I wrote, but the ‘read it, you might like it!’ always always always makes me feel a lot better.

2) I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I’ve got this story I’ve been calling The Odd Anglican Thing. After nearly three years, I’ve given up on a name for the antagonist and am almost done with it! Then all I have to do is figure out a title (yay) and where to submit it. It’s got a lot of religiously-based content, but other than some basic good ideas (“take responsibility for your own actions”; “don’t kill people because you can”; etc) it’s not a preaching book.

3) I have something else to mention, but I’m gonna make it a separate post.

Status Report:

The Bad News: My latest (and, naturally, soonest-due) story is trudging along. I’ve got a whopping 550 words, and that’s after restarting it twice. I think I’ll get some work done on it, soon, though.

The Neutral News:
– The Scribe Thing has something like a plot! And a LOT more action than most of my stuff has. It is also, apparently, supposed to end where it ends — it has the potential for more adventures, so that’s nice. (And I’ve been having Ideas, so I’ve been writing them down…)

– I’m dithering over giving up on the NOLA trip and going to see one of my favorite bands in concert instead. I may, possibly be able to do both, but I need to check dates with someone else before I make any commitments.

The Awesome News: Dreamspinner offered me a contract for First Flight, so I of course said YES. The signed contract is lying in a mailbox, awaiting collection and transportation to its destination. Chris and Jesse’s story — First Flight — is one that I really love, so the fact that DSP said ‘we’ll take it!’ just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Still can’t think of anything clever to go here…

But I am feeling better.

– The deadline for the collection to which I submitted Steady has passed; I should know one way or the other by the end of the month.

– I figured out most of what I needed to, for my Cabriti-thing. So far, it’s a straight historical, set around/against The Battle Of New Orleans. I’ve looked up a bunch of stuff, but so far it’s been kind of hit-or-miss. I still have no idea what a late 18th/early 19th century person would consider ‘lucky’, but I do know that forks were common.

– I’ve been poking at an idea that my youngest Unofficial Niece gave me, but nothing’s come of it, so far — it’s still in the simmering stage, really.

– I think it might be starting to consider beginning to warm up, outside. The sun has been so nice and warm, and snow has been all melty… I can’t wait to get back on my bike.