Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Three Good Things/ One Bad Dance

There's just two days left to weigh in on my poll! It's just to the right, and all it takes is two clicks to give me some reader feedback about how often I should be blogging. Please, I'd love to hear what you think on the matter! 

...and now, on with the blog.

I've posted recently about anxiously awaiting word from Scarlett River Press about one of my stories, Justice, and its possible publication. It's been a while since I've had anything published, and I guess I was getting a bit antsy. Well, I sat down this afternoon to try to write this blog on my lunch (though I had no idea what I was going to write about), and I had an email waiting for me.

"Dark Eclipse 11 is now available.  Thanks to all of you for your hard work.  Now go promote it! http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Eclipse-11--Monthly-ebook/dp/B007YUNQPA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335887232&sr=8-1"

If you follow that link you'll get to Dark Eclipse #11 on Amazon, and there, in the product description, is my name along with one of my stories, It's Not What You Think.

Huzzah! Published again! It's not word about Justice, but it'll do, right? So I was all happy about that, but I still had no idea what to blog about. I wound up staring at the screen (and occasionally flipping over to that Amazon page to look at my name) until my lunch was over.


Okay, so when I got home tonight I sat right down here at the laptop, determined to pound out a blog. I still had no idea what I was going to write about, so I paused and checked my email before I really got started. There was another email waiting for me.

"Congratulations Rob! Your story "Justice" has been accepted for the charity anthology "Scarlett Whispers." Please fill out, sign and return the attached contract along with a bio and any links to personal or work related pages. Thank you for submitting to Scarlett River Press."


Well, I sort of dove right in and filled out the attached contract, then got to work on a small bio, rewrote the bio, got one I kind of like, and sent the whole thing back just as quick as I could. The work was interspersed with happy little noises I couldn't seem to stop making. 

Okay, I said to myself. Time to buckle down and hit that blog hard. But, uh, what the hell am I going to write about?

My email alert went off. I, of course, having had such good luck with email today, checked it immediately. There was an email from Dark Moon Books.

"Attached is the edited version of your story, Finders Keepers.  Please go through and accept the changes as you see necessary.  Then send me a final version and we will get you into a publication :)"

The 'woohoo' was considerably longer this time, and accompanied by a small, embarrassing chair-dance which I will not even endeavor to describe. I'll just say overbite and Cabbage Patch, and leave it at that.

My first thought was to now dive right into the edit and see their suggested changes so I can get it back to them ASAP, but how many times can I sit down to write this blog and just not write it? But now, when I sit and try to think of something to write about, all I can think of are the emails I have been getting all day.

So here you are. Not funny, maybe not even entertaining at all, but it's the most significant thing to happen to me all day. And it was funny, or would have been, had you seen that dance. 

Thank God you didn't see the dance...

Talk to you later!

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