Acceptance: ‘Pictures and Memories’ (LT3 general submissions)

This short story was originally submitted to LT3’s Silver and Gold May-December relationships anthology, but was declined due to lack of space. I was encouraged to resub it to LT3 as a general submission, did so, and got the good news on the first of April. I think it’s a credit to my slowly growing self-confidence that I didn’t immediately assume it was an April Fool’s joke.

When I say ‘short’ story, it’s just over 10,000 words and will be published as an e-book.

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Satalyte Author Page

Look! It’s me!

Also I am on the Satalyte Authors Twitter list, which I just had to take a screenshot of:

Image showing my Twitter handle among others on Satalyte's author list

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Titles

I renamed The Vector Recalibration to The Triad Trial because in the end the story hadn’t had as much maths in it as I’d intended, so a really mathsy title, even one referencing triangles, wasn’t going to work.

I also renamed it because people have been asking if I title my books based on the style of the Big Bang Theory episode titles. I don’t.

In 2003 I didn’t win NaNoWriMo and my book was called Postmodernism Stole My Dingo. In 2004 I did win NaNo and my book was called The Littlest Halfling. The next year’s book was The Golden Players and that also broke 50K. Not content to stick with existing superstition, I made up my own: I would only reach 50K during November if my book title was ‘The [something] [something]’.

This held true right up to 2014, when a horrific battle with bronchitis, including a hospital visit, meant that The Saints’ March only reached 30K. That was fine since I’d only expected to get to 25K, so I was actually pretty pleased with myself.

The fact is I’m dreadful at titles. If I can stick to a formula for myself, then I will. I wish I could do single-word ones like Stephen King does (IT, Cell, 11/22/63), or clever Shakespeare references like Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue, the entire October Daye series). To be honest though I’m more likely to use P!nk lyrics or oblique Red Dwarf references.

It’s funny how writers can commit thousands and thousands of words to the page, and yet when it comes to encapsulating those thousands of words in just a few words, we are tongue-tied.

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Decline/Resub: ‘Pictures and Memories’

‘Pictures and Memories’
To Silver and Gold (Less Than Three Press)
Date submitted: 26th February
Date declined: 7th March
Date resubbed: 7th March
To Less Than Three Press as a general submission
Anticipated response time: 4-6 weeks

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Uni update: Semester One 2015

Semester one 2015 starts next week, and I have finally wrangled my subjects into some sort of order. I’m doing Public Relations Writing, and Law & Regulation for Comms. I haven’t checked out PR Writing much yet (I don’t even know which room it’s in, oops), but I’m rolling around in delight at the L&R stuff. Social media! Parody and defamation! Intellectual property!

This is gonna be fun.

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Submission: Silver and Gold (LT3)

‘Pictures and Memories’
To Silver and Gold (Less Than Three Press)
Date submitted: 26th February
Anticipated response time: 4-6 weeks

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Acceptance: The Vector Calibration (for Intertwined, LT3)

I got the contract for this emailed through today and now I’m second guessing the title and fretting about my Facebook presence and augh.

But! Book! (Well, novella.) Long enough to get a print copy! I am excited.

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Acceptance: The Fear Collectors (Satalyte Publishing)

I’ve actually known about this since last November, but due to the holiday period and busyness on both ends, it wasn’t until today that I officially have a contract signed by me and Stephen Ormsby of Satalyte Publishing, for my novel The Fear Collectors. I have it right here on my desk. I may or may not be petting it lovingly between sentences.

It’s YA horror/fantasy. Think R.L. Stine (Fear Street more than Goosebumps) or Christopher Pike and that’s pretty much the vibe that my (hopefully!) cover artist Lucy Fekete got when she read it. Lucy has already made progress on a cover mock-up that’s super creepy and that I’m keeping my fingers crossed can be used. We work together and she has already illustrated a picture book written by one of our co-workers, Bronwyn Heeney, as well as many other projects, so I knew her style was what I wanted for The Fear Collectors.

I don’t have a publication date at present, but you can be sure I will make many more excited noises about this as it progresses.

Gods all bless, little book. I didn’t know which book would be the first, but with any luck, The Fear Collectors won’t be the last. (Because it sure as shit ain’t no To Kill a Mockingbird – oh, wait…)

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Submission: Intertwined (LT3)

The Vector Calibration
To Intertwined (Less Than Three Press)
Date submitted: 2nd February
Anticipated response time: 4-6 weeks

*commences biting fingernails*

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Stirring the subject stew

When I was doing my BA, back in 2002-2004, I planned out my whole three year course, subject by subject, from the subject handbook available at the start of 2002. I stuck to it exactly except for one subject that got cancelled (it was an editing subject, and I was furious).

If I could go back I would maybe have ditched the Italian (I did it from Prep to year 12, minus year 9, which was the year of the class trip to Italy. I was the best in year 12 and the worst in first year uni), and done some more Linguistics or something. Maybe a Science subject of some description.

For my Grad Dip in Editing and Publishing it was all a set course so I did what I was told.

Now I’m doing the MComm and things have gone all skew-whiff. I had this plan mapped out. Year One, Semester One was fine (although Story, Genre, Medium was more screenplay-based than I thought). Year One, Semester Two went half-wrong because I disliked Electronic Publishing, so I ditched it and used recognition of prior learning to not have to find a make-up subject at five weeks into semester.

Everything I planned for Years Two and Three is stuffed because, of the ~18 electives offered for the MComm when I started the course in 2014, there are only 4 being offered in 2015, and I’m only interested in one of them. So I’ve been emailing around, and now the outline for the next two years looks like this:

Year Two

Semester One

COMM1179 Law and Regulation
???

Semester Two

COMM1229 Media And The Law (if it’s not too similar to Law and Regulation)
???

Year Three

Whatever’s compulsory by then, IDK
???
Profit?

Normally I’d be panicking if something I had planned out this much was as uncertain as this now is. I’ve always liked it when things go according to plan (although I would also love a surprise party or holiday!). But in the last few years I’ve had some massive ups and downs in my work life and personal life. I now work in three different roles at my workplace and I’ve been in and out of hospital with depression. These things have, I think, made me more adaptable to change.

Also more determined to figure out how the fuck to get the mail merges I do for the finance department to display response dates Australian style, as per the spreadsheet they’re drawing from, instead of American style, which I have to manually change each time, but that’s another story.

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