And now for a much lighter post!

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I have three prizes up for grabs (one prize = one winner, for a total of three winners). One is a copy of the Skater Boys anthology, edited by Neil Plakcy and featuring my story Totally Choice; one is a copy of the Model Men anthology, also edited by Neil Plakcy and featuring my story Still Life With Philip Delaney; and last but not least a copy of Eat Me, edited by Shanna Germain and featuring my story Awydd.

Instructions:
1) Check out the blurbs and excerpts below — clicking the link will show the info on this page.
2) Choose your desired item…
3) ??? …And leave a comment stating which you’d like. Easy!

I’ll draw the winners via Random.org and have them posted by 1:00 PM Pacific time on May 21. Prizes will be sent ASAP after winners have been contacted.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Skater Boys

Model Men

Eat Me

A lovely surprise in the mail…

Two copies of Model Men, edited by Neil Plakcy.

If I'd known you were coming...

I had no idea that Model Men was out! One of my housemates brought me an envelope–I wasn’t expecting anything from anyone–and when I saw the return address I knew approximately what was inside. They’re even nicer in person, though, with glossy covers and quality paper inside. My story, Still Life With Phillip Delaney, is on page 125, hooray!

And once again, I’ve been published alongside names like Heidi Champa and Rob Rosen, which is just… Well, it’s like the Hot Summer Days collection all over again: you mean it’s okay if my stuff is in the same book as Amy Lane? (I don’t think my stuff sucks, by the way, it’s just one of those ‘those people are FAMOUS!’ things, and I’m a relatively unknown quantity.)

Win some, lose some.

The edits went pretty well, despite the fact that I completely overreacted all over anyone that would hold still long enough. Now I’m just waiting to see the second round.

Also, I got a note back on Steady: thanks, but no. It didn’t say one way or the other if it was Phil’s voice that led to the rejection, or if they had waaaaay too many stories just like it. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was why, really– It’s the easiest first-time scenario, after all. Now I regret not writing The First Time Jesse Swanson Turned Into A Bird…

Submitted!

So, A Steady Thing is off in search of a home, again. Now it’s time for the nail-biting and the squinting at my email to set in…

Actually, I’m not that nervous about it; probably due to the fact that it’s Benny and Phil and that I’ve submitted the story before, not to mention understanding perfectly if someone thinks that telling their story from Phil’s POV is a non-starter.

I did include my little blurb about Phil’s voice having literary precedent, mostly because it makes me feel better.

Back to poking at things, now.

Revisionist History

I’ve ordered more books, including one about revising. I tend to edit as I go, which means that my final-draft-duties consist basically of making sure I put two spaces between sentences and checking to see that my name’s spelled right. (Or Wright. It’s the middle of the night and I have no idea why I’m up, plus I’m easily amused.)

I’ve been fretting over whether A Steady Thing is ready to be sent away; did I make it clear enough that Phil is bi, not “gay for Benny”? Did I catch all of the words that shouldn’t have a G on the end; did I misspell one of the few words that shouldn’t be? (Running spell-check on a Benny and Phil story is almost impossible.) Is it tight enough; is it too tight? Should I add the bit at the beginning back in; should I change that bit in the middle? What about all the italicised words?

I know I should just leave it alone for a little bit, or ask someone else to take a look at it, then come back. I have a few days before the deadline, after all.

Speaking of Benny, Phil, and revision, I’m thinking about trying to write up their big story again. I still have to figure out a plot so that it’s not all sex, all the time, but I think I can do that, now.

On the general-revision front, I’m still kind of stuck on my Jesse/Chris story. Small Mind keeps escaping from its cave, running around the meadow and screaming at the top of its little lungs about how I’m going to have to throw the whole thing away and start over from the beginning and it’s too much work and Oh my GOD we’re all gonna DIE!

Of course, none of that is true. I may have to do a lot of rewriting, and it may be a lot of work, but I don’t have to start from scratch. And if I take it in small chunks, one scene at a time, it will be fine. If I do one scene/chapter (depending) a day or every two days, it’ll probably only take me about three weeks.

On that calming note, I’m going to try going back to sleep.

Wow, I haven’t done that for a while…

Just sent off two stories, to two separate places. Once again, they’re both Benny and Phil stories; fortunately, they’re not the same story.

Waiting to hear back on these two is going to be even more difficult than usual. I’m trying really, really hard not to expect rejection based on the use of Phil’s POV, even though I can understand completely why they would.

After all, I didn’t think Max and Trev would ever find an audience outside of their biggest fan, and I’ve sold more Max and Trev stories than anyone else. Who’s to say that my dyslexic gangster and his bookworm baby won’t find one, too?

Ah! The Cover Letter, My Mortal Enemy.

And for once I’m not having a fit because I have no idea what the editor wants in the letter. No, this time, I’m waffling because I really want to say something about Phil and his speech patterns.

I know that, generally speaking, it’s considered a really bad sign to talk about the story in the cover letter except in the most basic of terms. (Unless the guidelines say otherwise, natch.) And with the exception of Amby, I haven’t done that — and I don’t even know if Amby counts, since all I did was include the URL for the research I did.

I love Benny and Phil, and I know that using Phil’s POV can work against me. However, it’s not as if the use of a protagonist who is intelligent but not polished/a product of an education system and whose English skills would (in this day and age) lead to a Slingerland screening test does not have literary precedent. I’m not claiming that I’m on par with Mark Twain, but I am saying that Tom Sawyer’s not exactly an Oxford grad student.

Ugh, I should know better than to try writing cover letters late at night… I just need to hurry up and figure out what (if anything) I’m going to say so I can get my stories sent off before the deadlines!