Finally! “Clockwork Nessie” is published! I wrote this story over a year ago for another anthology that never got off the ground, withdrew it and resubmitted it. Pill Hill accepted it and finally, finally it’s published. The paperback format is available now at Amazon, but if you’re a Kindle person, give it another few days and that format will also be available. In the meantime, if you love steampunk, and I do, you might wanna give this one a read. I haven’t dug in myself yet but from what I understand there are a couple that are set in the old west, as in Wild, Wild, West! (used to love that show!)
Table of Contents:
- The Tragedy of Harland Ruby and Elvira Mynx (Katherine Simmons)
- Appomattox (David W. Landrum)
- Sternum Flint’s Mechanical Heart (Son Mitchell)
- Chitin and Coal (Jen Matteis)
- The Lure (Michael B. Fletcher)
- Dreamer, Wake Up, Wake Up (Magda Knight)
- Hell’s Black Birds (Miles Boothe)
- Gray Matter (Alexander B. Joy)
- Clockwork Nessie (Claire Gillian)
- Tangolandia (Gustavo Bondini)
- Museum Quality (Erin Shanendoah Baker)
- A Mind Most Desirable (A. D. Spencer)
- The Downfall of Jesse James (Anthony W. Eichenlaub)
- Asp Among the Water Lilies (T. W. Garland)
- Undead Empire, Gog! (J. W. Whalen)
- Fateful Days (H. J. Hill)
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My NaNo widget is still broken. Le sigh. Apparently the widget gurus know but haven’t been able to fix it yet.
My weekly blog post goal was handily met. Check.
I got all my weekly NaNo words in which is good but considering I was on vacation all week, I really should have achieved nearly two weeks’ worth. So I can’t feel too good there other than I didn’t fall behind and I did get other stuff done at least. I will say this in my defense—it’s much, much harder editing in “new” words to an existing story than writing a brand new story that’s bubbling in your head scratching to get out.
And Amazon…sigh…they continue to torment me. I noticed (on my birthday I might add) that they had removed me completely from my anthology’s book page. If you don’t carefully examine the cover, you’d never know I was an author unless you go to my Author page. There you will find me claiming my anthology even if my anthology doesn’t claim me. I complained and was told that’s how it is, suck it up. I’ve written back a second time and they’ve responded but I haven’t read their email yet. It’s been sitting in my inbox for nearly twenty four hours. I was so depressed and angry on my birthday, I just haven’t had the heart to read their latest response. Well hey, they invited comments on how to make their author program better, and I’ve told them. So jumping off my soapbox, I’ll leave you with a caveat—anthologies are wonderful vehicles for people like me who like to write short stories, but don’t pin too many hopes of fame and fortune on them (like anyone believed that to begin with.)
Image courtesy of Pill Hill Press
Ending my pity party, I got some GOOD news yesterday: My short story, Clockwork Nessie, that I’ve been fretting over for months now, has been accepted by Pill Hill Press for their forthcoming steampunk anthology, Conquest Through Determination. Yay! I love the cover. The anthology, which pays nothing to the authors, is a contest with several $50 to $100 cash prizes. I’m cool with this arrangement in lieu of payment. As already stated, I’m certainly not in this for the money. LOL
I completed and sent in my second round of edits on my novel by the 17th due date (yay!) and also finished final edits on my Christmas anthology (yay!). I’ll have some upcoming PR for the latter beginning the 27th, well my alter ego will. I have my own to-do list for The PURE to get crackin’ on.
My goals and current stats for this round are on my ROW80-4 page.
The Linky site lists other participants’ progress reports. Give them some encouragement too.