Long time, no post.
Got a few things already scheduled coming out in 2010. A poem in Star*Line, the official magazine of the Science Fiction Poetry Ass'n. I like writing poetry, playing with words. My essay on the film "Dr. Giggles" is scheduled for a book entitled "Butcher Knives and Body Counts." And I already have a new legal history piece in the pipeline, scheduled for March. My only confirmed short story acceptance so far was for "Dark Distortions II" and they folded. So "The Initiate" will be searching for a new home, and I'll be trying to get some short stories published this year.
I subbed for "Blood Lite 2," the HWA anthology. Having heard nothing so far, while others have received acceptances, I'm guessing my submission went down in flames. I also have a story out to Northern Frights Publishing for their "War of the Worlds" antho. I reread my previous story they published, in the "Oz" antho, and decided it wasn't half bad. But who knows how "Roadside Ragnarok" will go over. It's, um, different. Also writing a poem currently for a "Hitchcock-related poetry book."
My editor at the Colorado Lawyer wants to put out a book of my history columns. I've been writing them for nearly six years now, so I guess there's enough material for a book. Can you say royalties?? A friend of mine has me working on another non-fiction history book project with him.
2010 finds me ranked just under 3,000 as an Amazon reviewer. Still getting those free books from the Vine program, for reviews. I'm way behind on my reviews, though. That sucks. I was also recently asked to review and contribute a jacket blurb for a book on writing horror, edited by a member of the HWA. Kinda cool.
I sometimes ask myself why I keep writing fiction, when the non-fiction and reviews are more successful and pay better. I guess the answer is, I can't help myself. I need to write fiction and (what's worse) I need to see it published. If I could just write for myself and a few close friends, feel happy with that, it would be heaven on earth. But that ain't gonna happen.
Resolution for 2010: dust off all those rejected/folded short stories in my trunk and get them repolished and out to publishers.