No, I didn't just come from seeing "Transformers" - though I have a feeling that I'll have a date with Optimus Prime in the coming weeks. (Hehehehhee...maybe that's what I should call Dave from now on...hhehehehehe) Anyhow, my news is kind of fun and good: I sent in a submission to Cobblestone Press's Vampire Oracle deck.
I've got to admit I've kind of gotten into cruising publishers' websites and looking for contests that lead to publication. Not that I haven't been able to find my own avenues to publication, but I think working within their parameters to come up with a totally original storyline is kind of exciting. Yes, I love being able to write what I want, when I want, but the it's fun seeing how far you can stretch their bounderies with your own imagination, and still stay within the proposed framework.
And this doesn't apply just to Cobblestone's contest, which I have to say has more parameters than the other ones I've sent submissions to lately. Which is fabulous! I'm grooving on the fact when completed it will be an interconnected novella story arcs. Those selected for the final cut and print, will be included in a great project. Very cool.
I'm also going to enter the Brava novella contest. Now, as I read the rules for this I reflected on the fact that this contest has been going on for several years and I've never managed to find out about it until it was already closed to submissions. I'm really pleased that this year I'll be able to actually get something in. However, the caveat is that you can only submit 750 words!!! Now that's a challenge for you. They better be the best, most thought-provoking, character illustrating, plot illuminating, coflict revealing words you've got in the story. It's a lot to pack into 750 words. Some authors would shy away from that...not me.... it makes me want to rise to the occasion and do some of my best writing ever. That said, I think I'll play to my stengths.
It's become abundantly clear to me lately that my strength definately lies in sci-fi and futuristics. I don't know why that is. The reception I get for those works seem to be better than the contemporaries I've been trying to get editors and agents to buy into. It's not like the love scenes aren't hot..they're down right scorching. I just can't seem to get them to read that far. Can it be my voice is so different in the two sub-genres that I don't write the same way for the characters? Don't know. I just hope Brava doesn't mind a little something out there.