2013 Writing Plans and Submission Assessment

I’ve always felt an infinity for the number 13.  It might be because of my name, but I’ve never suffered from triskaidekaphobia.

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Let me show you how I cut the fat from my stories!  bwa-ha-ha-ha!

This morning, I created a tab for 2013 submissions.  2012 might be over, but it won’t be forgotten.  There are nine submissions pending from last year.  A couple of those submissions have my stomach turning into knots due to the anxiety and excitement.

The first three months of 2013 look like they could be quite busy.  I have four short stories to write.  Two of them were requested by the editors.  One of them is for a media property I spent a good deal of time with as a child while eating cereal huddled in front of my grandparents’ old TV.  I was asked to submit to a second media property, but with great reluctance  I had to turn them down.  I wasn’t quite familiar with the property and it was in a genre I haven’t written for a good deal in the past.

There are three anthologies from a particular editor that I would kill to get accepted for.  One of the anthologies has already been submitted for.  I’m working on #2 this afternoon.  This editor is pretty magical and somehow makes me nervous even though he is nothing but kind.  If I manage to get into even one of the anthologies, I will consider it a major victory.

The Secret Project that I’ve been waiting on for more than a year has started to move forward.  Today, I actually started writing words for a proof of concept chapter.  It felt magical.

The Future Embodied opens for general submissions on March 1st 2013.  I am naturally very excited to be editing again with Mae Empson.  I’m very pleased by the solicited stories thus far.  Next week, Mae and I will have our next formal editor meeting to compare notes, plan our kickstarter, and get ready for general submissions.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be running my interactive writing workshop at Midwinter Gaming Convention.  I need to prepare the exercises and handouts for the targeted anthologies.

Once I clear out a couple of projects, I plan to write a short horror novel titled Salvation Heights.

bluesThis is how every writer imagines himself before he starts a project.  This is before the bitter tears.

I am excited and hopeful for the new year.  I look forward to the challenges and pitfalls.  I’m feeling good about the world of possibilities.

Now I just need to sell this next story!

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