Revise and Resubmit 2

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores requested a revise and resubmit on my story “Old Bones” after their December submission period. I did so and resubmitted in March; just heard back from them and they requested another round of revise and resubmit for the June reading period.

This is exciting! They clearly like the story, and are giving me feedback to help it get better. While there’s no guarantee that it will be accepted, the opportunity to do some more work and resubmit isn’t one that comes around all the time.

Reading Log for April

  • A Thousand Horses Out to Sea (Erika T. Wurth)
  • Devil on the Cross (Ngugi wa Thiong’o)
  • From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Caitlin Doughty)
  • All the Names They Used for God (Anjali Sachdeva)
  • The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London (Virginia Rounding)
  • Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories (Azar Nafisi)

I’ll be turning From Here to Eternity and The Burning time around in my mind for bits and pieces to scrape for worldbuilding; funeral traditions and religio-political executions are both very useful, fictionally speaking. A Thousand Horse Out to Sea is a beautiful poetry collection that I can see myself turning to when I need to add more nitrogen to my mental soil. The other three are very good and worthy books as well, but not lingering as strongly. I do plan to read more of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s work, especially his several volumes of memoirs.

Currently Reading:

  • The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change (Gleb Raygorodetsky)
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (William Finnegan)

Both of these are interesting, but slow reads; I can only do so many pages before I need to step away from them for a bit. I’m enjoying them, they just process slowly.

A Cool Thing for Enough Space for Everyone Else

One of the other pieces in the Enough Space For Everyone Else anthology has been nominated for an Eisner! Megan Rose Gedris’ piece “Trans Plant” was nominated in the Best Short Story category.

This makes everything else in the anthology, including my story “Starflowers,” Eisner-adjacent, which is pretty cool! Check out the anthology if you’re interested.

Eisner award winners will be announced Friday, July 20, at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Another Sub Day

Sent “Wax-Wire Wings” off to Fireside Fiction today. This story was in limbo for a year and a half with the market that unfortunately closed down, so this is its first trip out the door in a while.

I’ve been working on a few short story ideas in the brainstorming/early drafting stages; these ones are raw ideas instead of being designed off a call for submissions, so that’s fun. Still trying to primarily focus on the longer-form stories, though.

Five Things

Five Things:

  1. As mentioned here a few times, I’ve shifted my focus off of short stories for now and onto longer projects, as well as some small non-salable projects to give my creative brain a break from pressure. It’s been really fun and I’ve felt more relaxed and creative! Unfortunately it gives me less to talk about here.
  2. One of the longer projects I’m working on is a BDSM erotica novella. I’m still writing the setup part, haven’t gotten to the erotica, and one thing that’s amusing me about writing it is that I’ve set it in the town where I went to college. But I never say that in the story itself. In my head, I can see the exact intersections, neighborhoods, street layouts of a real place, but I’m not putting that name on them. It’s an interesting exercise in trying to be as authentic as possible without actually claiming that authenticity.
  3. Another longer project getting split-focus is a mystery set in professional hockey. Writing a mystery requires so much plot, and foreshadowing, and fitting pieces together! You would think I would follow my outline religiously, but actually, I’m going off-notes more than in most projects. It’s really interesting how my approach shifts in defiance of all logic.
  4. Bisexual indie band manager coming of age novel has gone through about 90% of revisions, and of course now I realize that in addition to the last 10%, I need to go back through and do some restructuring that probably means cutting entire chapters and small plot arcs. It’s lumpy and shaped oddly. Reshaping it is going to be A Process and involve a lot of index cards. I’ll probably do a post about that when I get there.
  5. I’m currently reading a book about the burning of religious heretics/martyrs (depending on who was in charge) in England under Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary Tudor. The sharp (violent) shifts between diametrically opposed policies, easily within one person’s lifetime, is a possible inspiration point for something in the future. Tagging this accordingly!

Research/Inspiration: Carnivorous Horses

There’s a post that goes around Tumblr periodically full of anecdotes about horses killing and eating other animals, and even humans. I’ve been trying to track down any hard sources on this; the only one linked in the post itself is here. None of those anecdotes are themselves sourced.

A bit more digging came up with this post, which overlaps in content quite a bit with the Horseaholic post, but not completely. Both mention Shackleton’s ponies that he took on his voyage to the South Pole. It seems reasonable that in that environment, any source of calories would be utilized.

I also found this collection of modern-day anecdotes. Overall, I think including mention of feeding horses salted fish in an environment with limited resources (such as Iceland, as cited there) is reasonable, as is using meat in an extreme resource-restricted situation. In other cases, opportunistic meat-eating can be used as a quirk or notable event.

Lisette, the French mare who killed a Russian officer per the first two posts, does not seem to come up anywhere else that I could find. But it could be very useful as a military myth to weave into a culture in fiction.

Contracts and Title Updates

Today I finalized the contract and other considerations around the Hidden Menagerie anthology (formerly Hidden Animals). I’m very excited to see move forward with this and will update with more information on availability as it comes in.

The anthology will be in two volumes, and my story “Many Winters,” relating to the Detroit, Michigan-based cryptid Le Nain Rouge, will be in Volume I.

This is my seventh finalized short story sale. I’m taking a minute or two to be pretty proud of that.