I’m happy to report that Separate Worlds has accepted two of my short ficton stories, “Valley of Gold” and “Tormentors” for publication in its December, 2012 issue!
Finally! After months of sitting on pins and needles, I received word this morning from my publisher:
I did want to let you know that we’ve reviewed “The Winship Affair” and feel it would be a nice addition to the Blue Mustang Press family. We’ll be emailing you a contract in a few days.”
Yes! My first full length fictional novel, which I began writing for the 2011 National Novel Writing Month project, is slated to appear in print and e-book format in the first half of 2013. Here is a brief synopsis:
“Life is about to become interesting for Carrie Bloomfield, an eccentric, but brilliant multidisciplinary scientist living in Cambridge, MA. When a mysterious package from a murdered scientist turns up on her doorstep, she soon realizes that its secrets could lead to technologies that will revolutionize the world’s energy supply. But a shadowy, multinational corporation knows about the materials, too. They’re determined to have it for themselves. And they’re not about to allow the law, ethics — or especially, a quirky scientist — stand in their way.”
I’m psyched. After years of writing flash- and short sci-fi/fantasy stories for my own amusement, I submitted one of my stories to an online publisher for the very first time. Last night, I received my first acceptance! And, it made sending out those “withdrawal” emails to the other publishers who I hadn’t yet heard from a very satisfying experience.
First week of “literary abandon” in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is now under my belt, and it’s going better than I thought. Until now, I’ve written only uber short-short and flash fiction stories. Writing a full-length novel will a formidable challenge. I’m getting a lot of help for the scientific dialogue from my better half, Ariel. Currently, my word count stands at 10,958. I have until Nov. 30. to reach 50,000 words.
I’ve decided to go all in and sign up for the 2011 National Novel Writing Month. Although you’re not allowed to actually start writing until Nov. 1, you can come up with a plot, outline, etc. ahead of time. I think I’ve solidified in my mind the main character, plot, and so forth. It takes place in the Boston area and involves a female scientist. The fictional story draws on some elements of a certain person I know well. 😉