It’s happened to me, again.
There was an anthology guideline that caught my eye. After retreating to my thinking room, (The washroom, c’mon, we all think in there.) I came up with a story that sounded awesome to me. With phone in hand, I hurriedly scrawled out my synopsis, theme and characters.
Then I retired for the night.
When I awoke, I scanned my notes. There was something wrong. The plot was too close to the story that had inspired the anthology.
Apologies Mr. Clive Barker.
I immediately began to plan anew. One day, I will finish the first idea I had, but not right now. It will remain on my burner until a new opportunity arises where it will shine on its own.
My second work for the anthology is inspired by several cultures views of the afterlife. I view it as an homage to Dante’s Inferno.
This brings to mind the question: Where does homage end and plagiarism begin?
On Wednesday morning I awoke to an email stating that my short story, Tooth, Claw and Fan had been accepted into Dogpatch Press‘ Dogs of War anthology.
What an amazing feeling.
One novel and one short story accepted within a month of each other. After years of struggle, countless rejections and much, much self-doubt, I am going to be a twice-published author, but I can not let it get to my head. I must remember that I have only succeeded because:
– I was willing to accept the help of others and listen to their opinions.
– I have been welcomed by a community that encourages creation and self-expression.
– I have not given up.
On that note, I shall continue writing short stories in an attempt to get my name out there. I know some authors turn their noses up at short stories, but I enjoy writing them. Stories of under 7k words are a fun challenge where writing little, must mean a lot.
And so begins my advertising campaign.
It has started small. So far I have applied the strategy I like to call, “Getting my name out there.” This has consisted of finding anthologies that fit me styles and applying to them. Last month I submitted to two collections, Ghosts on Drugs and Dogs of War from Dogpatch Press.
This month, being the time of spooky and disturbing stories, I’ve set myself a goal to write for a few more anthologies. This has been slowed however, by both the busy season at work, and the maintenance season at home as we try to prepare ourselves to withstand the upcoming snow and cold of winter.
In doing research for one of the anthologies, I have finally grabbed an e-book of Alice in Wonderland. Having made my way through it I must say, I don’t believe the story could be considered whimsical.
Anyways, back to the keyboard.
Fall has arrived, and between the busy season at work, and the many chores to prepare for the winter ahead, I’ve managed to keep writing in what little spare time remains.
Last month I began a flurry of emails to writing groups as I begin to prepare my advertising for Genmos. Among the actions I’ve performed are: requesting membership with the Furry Writer’s Guild, (Still pending) continued working on my website, (a tireless task) and writing several short stories for anthologies related to my novel.
Although I haven’t heard from most of my submissions, I am pleased that one of my month’s works has made it to the finals. The deadline for both works was today, and I sit in eager anticipation of the results and even if nothing comes out of it, I can at least say that I’m learning more and more every day.
Now, if only my grammar would improve. . .
After disappearing from existence, Devlin Keper returns from his eight year exile in order to gather his children, bio-engineered weapons known as Genmos, in an attempt to protect them from the government that wants their investments returned, to dust.
And today, the story is one step closer to being shared with the world. Stay tuned for more news.