Careful not to jinx it.

I wrote something today.  It’s what you think it is (if we’re all on the same page), and it’s only a paragraph long to start.  I wrote it by hand in a nice, new notebook with which I spoiled myself, as I’ve never had a nice notebook before.  I figured now was as good a time as any, and to mark the occasion I should write it in something more elegant than a simple spiral notebook from my college days.

So there.  One paragraph down.  Many, many more to go, written in a pompous mixture of blood, tears and ink, and I’m okay with that.

I do have to say, though, it didn’t start the way I thought it would.  And that’s okay, too.

More on that development very soon.

For now, here are two writer things courtesy of Fiction Scribe.

The first:

Ghosts In The Machine, edited by Aitch Jae Esse of Phoenix Imprints Presents, an original collection of short stories focused specifically on the supernatural as relates to technology, most particularly with the Internet/Computers but other areas of technology will certainly be considered.

Literary submissions should be less than 7000 words and, while authors are encouraged to ‘push the envelope’ with their submissions, excessive sexuality and violence are acceptable only to the degree that they serve the overall story. Successful submissions will be those stories that tell a genuinely scary, original tale with memorable characters and story arcs. If you have questions about submissions, policies, etc., please email the address below.

*Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2008
*Anticipated Publication Fourth Quarter, 2008, First Quarter 2009
*Submission Details: 1000-7000 words
*Authors’ Recompense: $20 per story accepted, publication credit and contributors’ copy

And the second:

My marketing and promotional plan is unusual to say the least. I have never really done things the normal way; instead, I take what I have learned from others and put my distinctive spin on it. To be honest it’s hard to describe what I do, because I never really stop. When I go out into the world, I am nearly always on and ready to promote.

Then there’s this funny little piece from GalleyCat about a Canadian author who released his novel as a free e-book because no agent or publisher would give him the time of day.  Then he decided to lash out against them because of this, which is rather funny, and it reminds me of the time I was first rejected by an agent at the ripe old age of 17.  Oh, the horror, the horror.  Still, the article’s author has a point:

Well, Burns, if your intention was to burn bridges with the publishing world, I think you have done just that. What I would have suggested instead was to use the buzz and reviews generated by your free e-book to garner interest from genre publishers and approach them with your grass roots effort. Oh well, too late.

I recall something about biting the hand that feeds.  Funny, that.

On that note, I’m off to bed.  Enjoy your weekend folks.