July was a better month for reading, let me tell you! I actually finished a couple books and haven't let myself pick up any others in the meantime, so the list is starting to inch down from that dangerous dozen (which typically indicates I've got too many going, or too many of the same kind… Continue reading POLY-READER NOTES: AUGUST 2020
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #79 is now out! Woohoo! This issue contains "Any Day but Today...", my snarky superhero short story. It's only $4.95 AUD (~$3.50 USD) for an electronic copy in ePub/Mobi/PDF. And that cover-! OMG, I love it! :D This week has been a bit better for productivity, and insanely good for reading. I… Continue reading Andromeda Spaceways, Pomodoros, and Booklights
I recently finished reading Scott Dikkers' (of The Onion) book on writing comedy, called How to Write Funny. I read a lot of writing and creativity related books, and while most are somewhat shrug-able in their value, How to Write Funny actually made me think. A lot. Not only about comedy writing, but also about… Continue reading GRIMDARK TIMES & THE LURE OF HUMOR
Much better week for productivity! While I didn't get any time to work on things last weekend, I did determine one key fact of current life that might help a lot moving forward: Goldbug's AM nap is slightly deeper than PM nap, even if not quite as long. Why does this matter? Because it means… Continue reading Word Culls, Cranky Superheroes, and Trimming the Reading Pile
Hello. I'm Maggie Slater, and I am a non-botherist. The first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one, isn't it? Well, I have one: I am too patient as a submitter. What does that even mean? I think it all started when I began seriously submitting short fiction. No, honestly, it probably… Continue reading WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO QUERY?
Somewhat less than a productive week, though not a complete waste. Early on I got a little work done on "Candyland," a short weird story about how far we'll go to present a good picture of our lives on social media. I've reworked the beginning, cut out a lot of fluff, and am translating over… Continue reading Sporadic Editing, Cranky Babies, and Weird Stories
There are a lot of services out there for writers, and one of the ones you may have seen floating about (or not!) is Duotrope. Duotrope is a website for writers and editors that facilitates finding markets to send your fiction, and tracking your fiction submissions. It has one of the most comprehensive lists of… Continue reading IS DUOTROPE WORTH THE $5/MO SUBSCRIPTION FEE?
Whoooo-boy, has it been a week. It's been almost impossible to work on anything, and I'm not entirely sure why. It just seemed like every time I gingerly picked up my current short story draft, someone or something immediately interrupted. I also had a lot of moving-related tasks to do--getting papers notarized, signing B-Bug up… Continue reading Progress Update: 7/6-7/10
Reeeeeading-! Why have you become so hard?! It seems like I haven't read anything in the last month, but I actually have. Not a lot, but some. I even finished some books (The Enchanted Castle, thank goodness--that was unfortunately more of a pill than I remembered--and whizzed through The Pomodoro Method, though to be fair,… Continue reading POLY-READER NOTES: JULY 2020
This is part of a series of interviews with contributors to Negative Space: An Anthology of Survival Horror from Dark Peninsula Press. Check back here over the next few weeks as I post more of these so you can get to know these great authors and get a little taste of this awesome collection! Negative… Continue reading Negative Space Author Q&A: Scotty Milder, “Luminescence”