Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's August now.  After the coldest summer in the last thirty years, we are now having hot, perfect for bathing weather, now that the kids are back in school.  So cruel.  OTOH, Middlekid is taking a life-saving course until late September, so I'm glad to know she won't be turning blue.

I did aim to post once per month, minimum.  I skipped July.  Did anybody notice?  I hope not.  I hope you were all taking advantage of your breaks and weathers, whatever your hemisphere.  I look forward to catching up on your blogs.

On the writing front, things are going surprisingly well.  I thought it would be harder to get into the rhythm again after taking the whole summer off, but there I was in the shed, scribbling away, brimming with new tortures for my characters.

On the publication front:  The Fucking Fairy Story (some of you may even know what I'm talking about) has been shortlisted somewhere for almost a year.  Beads of sweat, bloglodytes, beads of sweat!
And- here's where it gets a bit weird: I've had a short, flashy tidbit accepted somewhere else.  Now, this somewhere else is new, but I liked the look of their e-zine, and I liked the name, so I sent them something- no money, but so what?  They had technical difficulties, there were delays, etc., so I queried and they wrote back that they wanted it, yes.  Time slithers on, and what do I read on their blog, but that the pdf issue has gone out to all subscribers nearly a week ago.  I just kind of assumed since I was in the magazine, they would send me a copy or a magic link or something and I wouldn't have to beg for one.  It's mailing list only!  It's not even available on their web-site!  I wanna see!  I wanna see!  And once I've seen that I'm really in it, I'll post a link over their where those sorts of links are so you bloglodytes can see too.  Still, anybody else think this is odd?

Hope you're all writing furiously and happily.  It's nice to be back!


Sarah Laurenson said...

That last bit sounds like they don't quite have everything in place yet. Also sounds like they should add sending a copy to their contributing writers as part of their publication process. It's that dratted learning curve, ya know.

Congrats on it all!

Mother (Re)produces. said...

Yes, absolutely, Sarah. I love little e-zines like this because they often have such gems- which is part of the reason I'm so impatient to see it!

fairyhedgehog said...

Can you send some of your good weather down here?

I hope you get to see your published story soon!

Mother (Re)produces. said...

I'm sorry if you're being rained out, Prickles; shall I send you some chocolate?

fairyhedgehog said...

Chocolate cures everthing! (And I have a secret stash! But thanks for the offer!)

Sylvia said...

We've had (mostly) lovely weather here in Swansea too. I've decided I like August.

I would definitely expect to get a contributor's copy! Get one! Then tell us where we can get ours :D

Mother (Re)produces. said...

Normally, we have ok June and it rains for either the entire month of July or August.

I've gotten my contributor's pdf now, Sylvia. The link is over there under my BiB, alas, you still have to subscribe, but it's free. I honestly consider this another thing they ought to fix; the zine is unpaid, a labor of love as many are, but usually they at least give you some exposure. To have a subscription only zine that doesn't even publish the table of contents on the site seems a mistake.

Sylvia said...

I tend to agree with you. I guess they are looking at the Daily Science Fiction success? But that's a daily magazine and a week later the stories become available on their website.

I subscribed but there was no option to ask for issue 1 so I will see what happens.