We’ll keep it short as a) there’s not much in the way of actual news b) it’s been a depressing week with little reprieve on the horizon.
I did agree to do a flash fiction prompt thing for Lex Chase’s blog. I have the idea. I just need to sit my butt down and do it and for it NOT to get insanely long.
I find myself wondering if there are any Halloween anthologies out there. I’m in the mood to write something scary but I haven’t gone searching yet.
I’m up to chapter 28 on edits for Blood Red Roulettebut it’s hard going for a couple of reasons. I’m to the point where I’m going to remove an entire plot thread so I have to be very careful that I get it out. Also I noticed another thing I need to do to the beginning so that means rereading the first 10 chapters AGAIN. OMG I am never going to want to see this again by the time it’s accepted somewhere (or I self publish it). But if I do this thing, it will make Arrigo look less like a selfish dickhole so it needs doing.
It’s hard also because every time I fix something it adds word count, not removes it. Sigh. I’ve managed to get 1k out of it but it needs more to go. It doesn’t help that I keep seeing person after person posting about how no one wants fantasy/SF/paranormal romances because they’re not selling. Granted they would never reach the levels of contemporaries but I can’t believe they’re not selling judging by requests I’ve seen in writing challenges, the sheer amount of people in communities like Queer Sci-Fi and how many of the authors who love writing it. I mean, if you love writing it, it stands to reason you’re buying it. It’s the ONLY thing I buy. I’ll be pretty damn sad if I have to stop following some of my favorite authors because they’ve had to give up on genre fiction because they can’t make it otherwise. (I’ve tried to read some of their contemporary stuff and while well written did literally nothing for me).
So wish me luck on getting Blood Red edited and sent to betas. Wish me even more luck on getting this depression under control.