I was just fooling about on my Twitter account tonight when one of the authors who work at Dreamspinner Press posed this question:
What is your favorite sin and why?
My answer was "lust", of course.
And so, it is sort of poetic that such a diligent sinner as myself won a copy of the audiobook for "Sinner's Gin" by Rhys Ford!
So I suppose it's important to inform you all that I finished my novella and I've submitted it to Dreamspinner Press for their "Juicy Bits" Anthology.
After my beta-readers made it beautiful to me again, I was very pleased to send it it. And after I sent it in, I decided it was crap.
So keep your fingers crossed for your favorite sinner, loves! I'll hear back from the editor either way, but I'd love it if they accepted it!
Then I Got Writer's Block.
No fan-fiction, no original fiction, no poetry. Nothing.
I never get that sort of writer's block. I can always do something. But 2014 opened with just that.
I think it was my reaction to my submission, if I'm honest. That voice in my head screaming It's just not good enough combined with that tossing in my stomach that had already decided it was going to be met with a rejection letter.
It took me over a week to convince myself that it's my first submission and it's okay to fail.
Now I'm Swimming In Ideas.
Now I have a novel in progress, 11 more planned to go with it, another novel started, a universe underway for my fantasy setting, a plot for a young adult LGBT novel, and most of a one-shot fan-fiction done. My brain is literally swimming with ideas that sometimes my pen and my fingers can't move fast enough to document all of the awesomeness.
The Thank Yous and Shout Outs of 2013!
But I have had some of the very best people in the world to stand by me, to talk me through my traumas, and to cheer me on when the finish line was in sight.
So here are some of my thank yous from 2013, in no particular order:
~My new friend Roksiel (on dA) who has talked with me about everything and nothing. Thank you, hon, for being so awesome and wonderful!
~StyxxsOmega (on dA) for supporting me and helping out in the best ways!
~On of my favorite people in the world, my-dark-desires (on dA) for always having the time to talk to me and inspire me!
~punkoid2 (on dA) for always being such a good sport and putting up with my strange moods!
~My new friend, the wonderful and talented Pookystar (on dA) for talking to me when all I needed was an ear and a shoulder. Thank you so much, beautiful!
~sunstroke-art (on dA) for believing in me and being generous with her advice!
~The very beautiful Rhia who helped me come to terms with parts of myself I wanted to deny and reminding me that no matter what, I'm still me.
~My dear Knight, for reassuring me when half of my own wrong-doings were the product of a wondering imagination.
~My crazy brother, who puts up with my stupid questions and still gives me the low-down on D&D classes and Sci-Fi.
~My dear friend Jenn who still puts up with me after 13 years of going to school together.
~My older sister. Some days I love her and some days I want to kill her, and some days, both are true. Still, sometimes she helps keep me sane.
~My Puppy for always being so good to onee-chan. I probably own you one or two, imoto-chan!
One thing I'm starting there is a short piece that should (hopefully) be weekly and will be available for, well, anyone to read.
I'm calling them "Samplings". They are short (1000 to 2500 word) pieces that stand alone and focus around a central prompt. I'm actually working on the very first one right now and it should be an interesting piece!