Hello to 2019!! I can finally step off the rollercoaster of a year that was 2018 and continue through this dark carnival of the past few years to see what happens next (like, do I finally get to exit into a garden of chocolate and lattes?). This post is a roundup of my 2018 writing progress. If you want to see what I had published last year, you go to the Stories link. I will be posting a roundup of my favorite fiction before the end of the month.
In January of last year, I had a piece accepted at Cotton Xenomorph. This was a piece I started at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in Fiction the previous summer, and I completed it for Cotton Xenomorph (as the original ending wasn't really an ending). This was "Rose Garden Funeral of Sorts." Working with Cotton Xenomorph was a delight. They paired beautiful art with my story, and went on to nominate it for Best of the Net. Truly amazing.
In March, I sold "The Hollow Tree" to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. This story published in November of last year and ended up reviewed favorably by several people. This was a story I wrote specifically for Beneath Ceaseless Skies after Scott Andrews asked that I send him "more creepy fairy stories." The story concerns domestic violence and miscarriage, so it may be a difficult story to read for some people.
While "The Hollow Tree" was my third piece I sold to BCS Magazine. The second piece I sold (a novelette) was published in June of 2018. This story, "Three Dandelion Stars," means a lot to me, personally. It concerns two women in love against all odds, and swamp fairies. Basically two great things? Maybe? The novelette wound up on Charles Payseur's Best of 2018 list, and Jason Sanford's Best Fiction of the First Half of 2018 list. Doesn't this look like a great year for me? And we're not even done yet.
Also in June, I sold "Jewel of the Vashwa" to Apex Magazine (a dream market) for their Zodiac Issue, edited by Sheree Thomas. I'm thrilled to have a piece chosen by Sheree, as I love her editorial eye. "Jewel of the Vashwa" is a story of passion and lies, war, and Scorpion Men. The Zodiac Issue published in August, and my story ended up in Barnes & Noble's Sci-Fi Blog's Short Fiction Roundup for August, and on several Best of 2018 lists. It is my favorite piece that published last year.
What else did I accomplish? I wrote three drafts of a novel (one a total rewrite), and then started querying that novel back in October. I sent queries to twenty Agents in 2018. Before the end of the year, I received ten rejections, two requests for the full manuscript, and the rest are still pending (which could mean... nothing at all).
I also wrote eighteen short stories (some of them flash, omg). I sent off 56 submissions!! (Forty-three were rejected, sixteen of those rejections were personal, five sold.) I sold four stories to magazines or anthologies at pro-rates. Some to brand new places like A Punk Rock Future and one that *CENSORED* ... well, I'm thrilled, even though I can't talk about it. .
Last year I also started writing poetry, and wrote a whole seven poems!! I know, I went bananas!! And while they're all very well received by my World of Warcraft roleplay guild, they're not quite publication ready. That won't stop me trying, though. I mean, why not try?
What else did I do? I said I started writing flash, right? Well my two pending 2019 publications are flash... how did that happen? I co-wrote a story for the first time. And I even launched a Patreon in September and met my $50 goal before the end of the year!!
All that coupled with my amazing trip to the Futurescapes Workshop and the great time I had at the Nebula Conference, 2018 was a wonderful year for my career, my productivity, and my growth.
While I don't expect to repeat this success in 2019, that doesn't mean I'm not going to try. I'm currently 15,000 words into my next novel project, and have a story ready to revise for Uncanny's Disabled People Destroy Fantasy. (Plus those seven pending submissions I have out.) I'm looking forward to what 2019 has for me! But of course, I have to be the one to do the work.
How about you?