rflong: (Joy)
( Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:55 pm)
I've just signed the contract for The Wolf's Mate, the sequel to The Wolf's Sister.

We're talking about releasing 1 & 2 as a single print volume after epub, and then my writing the third part as a short novel! More details as and when I have them.


We've just finished a chinese takeaway to celebrate, are enjoying a nice pinot grigio and watching Ladyhawk. It's still wonderful. I saw it in the cinema when it was first out. And I've seen it since, but not for a while. it still hold up, the humour is lovely, the hawk and the wolf... well I have a soft spot for birds of prey and wolves. And oh my, the music is SOOOOOOO Alan Parsons Project (which is understandable when you know who did the score! I keep annoying [profile] e_w_h  by singing Eye in the Sky and bopping up an down!)
rflong: (Camberwick Sam)
( Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:57 am)
to an R. Ah well, they happen.

The alter-ego* is having better luck with her short stories(sold one end of last week), I am having better luck with my longer ones. Strange isn't it? Perhaps the different genres suit the length at which I write. Or maybe, as [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  unintentionally quipped this morning, I'm just a "long" writer when it comes to fantasy. (Ha ha! *wipes tears of mirth from eyes*) The other stories - short, snappy, contemporary, no the identity is still sekrit so there - flow very easily. They're also usually short (max 6k, except for the novella but that was more paranormal so akin to fantasy). And in one sense I can't write them fast enough.

However, when I try to write short fantasy at the moment, while I come out with a story I might love (and in some cases LOVE) it just doesn't sell. Weird.

Is it the complexity of a fantasy (or urban fantasy or paranormal romance) world? I know I have stories that I tried to make short - honest to GOD! I tried - but just want to be long no matter what I do. Every reader comes back with - yeah, but it needs to be longer. *headdesk* 

I'm not complaining as such, but wondering why? It happens, I guess. Something at the planning stage. Something in the level of detail I like in a story.  Are there less people writing in the other genre? (errr... I think not). Are there more markets? (No, although I've found one particular market that likes my work).  Is one genre a tougher sell than the other? (Not in this market matey).

Or maybe the alter-ego is better than me???

Eep! *scurries off to work on craft*

(*this post has it's tongue firmly in its cheek)

rflong: (Joy)
( Oct. 13th, 2008 12:03 pm)
Now that the ink has dried on the contract...

Samhain have accepted my paranormal romance novel "To Regain Heaven". (Or "To Regain Heave" as it became affectionately known due to my typos here.)  The title is changing to "Soul Fire" and it will be released in ebook next summer, probably July or August, with a print release  ten months following, in May or June of 2010.

Happy dance. Jumping elephants, bouncy bouncy song. Etc.  Join in with me!
I just found out last night that my short story about a selkie's daughter "The Wrecker's Daughter" will be appearing in Ocean Magazine's Fall 2008 issue (available from October 2008).


I really really really like this year! Officially.
rflong: (Joy)
( Apr. 30th, 2008 07:36 pm)
I can say it out loud now.
The Wolf's Sister has been accepted for publication by Samhain.

She asked for a full. Used phrases like "unique premise" and "original setting"!!!

Oh Yes!

"Requested material" on the front of the envelope!

*dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy*

So after celebrating tonight I have to go through the ms with a fine toothcomb and get my synopsis down to 1-2 pages.

But meanwhile... there's a Butter Chicken Masala and a bottle of birthday wine with EWH's & my name on it.

*dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy dance of joy*

Just found out that the rant Mike Munsil and I wrote "Over the Transom" is up at Poor Mojo's Almanac(k) so now you can see it in all its glory here

It was a fun one to write. Hope you enjoy!

rflong: (Minoan)
( Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:43 am)
I heard yesterday that Hadley Rille Books have accepted "Carrying Keptara" for the Ruins Metropolis Anthology.

I like this start to the new year! It is good in so many ways.


*dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!*

Meanwhile Puzzlebox: 7963 words, which is 39.8% of the target.
Behind, but in a good place.

It is not easy to write with a hyper six year old around.

as I moaned on about rejection mourning. I got an acceptance for my poem "After 39 days" from Haruah.

That'll teach me!

Spent most of yesterday running around like a loony, as I do at weekends. We went to my brother in law's to rebuild his computer as it got a particularly nasty virus and basically had to be scrubbed and started again. Not pleasant. I didn't actually do an awful lot to help, but hope I offered a couple of valid suggestions along the way. :D

He cooked us a lovely roast dinner, poured me some very nice wine and we didn't leave until nearly 10pm. So I didn't do any writing, editing or even faffing around online yesterday evening, apart from a brief mail-check.

Glad I did the mail check though. It seems that Poor Mojo's Almanac(k) has offered to accept the Shakespearean themed rant that Mike Munsil and I did some time ago, with one small change. So Yay Us! Actually its a bit weird as Mike handled all this so I got a mail from him saying should we submit, to which I said yes, and a mail back yesterday (and a couple of posts in frequent hangouts) saying did I accept. My reply was pretty darned quick! 

So, hopefully we'll see it up online soon and I can post a link! :D

I have one more crit to do for the Story challenge on LH. I still have to vote. My story is doing so-so, one crit tore into it, the others didn't so much.

I still like quizzes, some left over from my teenage box ticking in magazines addiction I suspect. The quiz below was lifted from [profile] kara_gnome   (The lifting of quizes goes on!)

What kind of writer are you?

You're a Plot writer!
Take this quiz!



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