I’m in the UK for a few days, then off to DC to see family before heading out to Portland, OR for my first writers’ workshop. Needless to say, I am nervous. I don’t know many writers, so I am looking forward to the networking, but gently terrified of the peer critiques. It’s been fun to read through the manuscripts of others in Steve Almond’s workshop and I’m happy to see I am not the only one bringing in a story of magical realism.
As well as having that on my mind (and Brexit and the US election and family things), I have been haunting Duotrope’s “Recent Responses sent from your Pending Submissions List” while I wait for news on the eight stories I have out right now, including a story short-listed at a SFWA pro-market. This is my fourth story short-listed (no bites yet). What’s the average number of almosts speculative writers go through before they land pro-market? Between moments of self-doubt, I’m really excited about all the stories I have out there right now, both speculative and literary or somewhere in between. Since March 2015, I’ve had 14 acceptances. So, crossing my fingers and toes for more.