Writing is a lot like social work, which seems weird when I compare the two, but it's true. With writing, the high points are so meagerly scattered in among droughts and weekly doses of rejection, that it is eerily similar to a month in my life as a social worker. (Taking a lot of liberties) One of my favorite social work supervisors once told me, "You have to take the good with the bad, cause otherwise, the bad will eat you alive."
This, at the time, applied 100% to social work. A job whose shining, brilliant moments were so few and far between. I listened to that supervisor. I kept those shining, brilliant moments close to my heart, and thought about them whenever everything was going wrong, no matter where I worked.
Writing is not exactly the same. I mean, I don't drive as much. I don't have to suit up before going into a story. I don't have to wear a specific kind of shoe in order to get my characters to open up about their feelings. But my supervisor's adage still applies.
After a long time of rejection and a long time of waiting, I had a wellspring of good news in August & September. I'm sure you want to hear it, and if you don't, stop reading right now and go hunting for memes.
Okay!! The news!!
1. I had a story accepted by Diabolical Plots! It's a story about ghost wizard and an undead dragon, and a girl just doing her best to end their curse. It's called "A Promise of Dying Embers" and it'll be out in April, 2020.
2. I was a solicited author for Glitter & Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn't Die. I can't talk about this much except that the story happens generations after the apocalypse and is set in Tucson. (Oh, and it's very queer.) Other authors in this anthology include Christopher Caldwell, Cherae Clark, Marianne Kirby, and Izzy Wasserstein.
3. I have a story co-written with dave ring in A Punk Rock Future. This is a terrific anthology, and I'm not just saying so. The stories in it are amazing, and I couldn't be happier to have dave's and my story tucked in alongside them. With authors such as Sarah Pinsker, Erika Satfika, Stewart C. Baker, Maria Haskins, and more.
4. I'll have more news to share in the coming months, but for right now ... shhhhhhhh.
I hope you're having a great saunter into autumn. And may you have even more good news come your own way.