Things got weird here in Minnesota with an annoyingly early winter storm. Most everything melted away by Halloween, but, obviously, there wasn’t much of a Halloween with the pandemic on an upswing. We didn’t even give out candy in our neighborhood, which was sad—we missed the costumes, and I missed eating the leftover candy.
Tales of the Weird World War. Oof, this cover. I gave up on finding the perfect stock photo and found something I think I can make do with, but it’s still a work in progress. At this point, I fear I’m never going to be truly satisfied with the cover, but hope to make peace with a compromise.
Essay. Completed and submitted a second essay for the [title redacted] anthology series, and the editor quite liked it. That puts my anthology acceptance rate this year at four for four!
The Ghosts of Glenmirror. The Castle of Horror 4 anthology was published October 13. You can read about the antho and my short story in my earlier blog post, and there’s now an opening excerpt on my website. Check it out and, if you like it, consider buying a copy!
The Day It Came from Beyond Outer Space. The Kickstarter for Thrilling Adventures Yarns 2021 was fully funded on October 31. You can read an opening excerpt in my previous blog post.
The Zanclean Conspiracy. Haven’t gotten a whole lot done for the cover for this novella, and still need to send the text to beta readers.
Untitled Short Story 1. I’ve actually got a title for this one now, but I’m not announcing it yet. I’m a couple scenes into the manuscript, and I’m pleased with how it’s going so far.
Untitled Short Stories 2 and 3 (and maybe 4). I’m still in early stages on the stories for these two open call anthologies. Haven’t yet firmly decided if I’m going to try to have two submissions for one of them. Realistically, I don’t think I’ll have the time to write both, and will have to pick just one of my ideas.
Ko-Fi. Two more free-to-read book minireviews from my archives are up: The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum on my site and Cthulhu’s Reign edited by by Darrell Schweitzer on the Generations Geek page.
Editing/Work for Hire. I completed copyediting three novels for indie authors and started a fourth (two of them for return clients). I started copyediting a new Star Trek novel, the title of which I can’t yet divulge, for Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint. Also started a copyedit for the sci-fi imprint of a small press I haven’t worked with before; the publisher found me through Linked In, the first time that’s happened! I hope that leads a new returning client.
*Photo caption: Was this really necessary?
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