A Crafty Affair is published in the WMG Holiday Spectacular. You can still get in on all the great stories this year here. This idea is the baby of Kristine Kathryn Rusch who loves advent calendars and stories. She put the two together to bring you a story a day from Thanksgiving to New Years. It’s a great gift idea or a treat for someone who loves short stories. A Crafty Affair was the second story of this year’s Spectacular.
Lots of reading for me this month. I am preparing for the Anthology Workshop that is offered by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch at the end of the month (just a few days) and I spent that reading stories. The last few months I worked on short stories for the workshop along with the other forty plus people. Then we read. When we get there, Dean and Kris will join three other editors and critique the stories and buy some of them. It’s stressful and wonderful and a huge networking and learning event. But it takes time.
I’m also preparing to move and things are coming along. I have a closing date on the new house and now when we go in we get to see some of the things we picked out and it’s not just electrical and plumbing updates.
This month’s release was an omnibus edition of Whisper books 5 to 9. It’s a big collection of books but books 7-9 go together and I didn’t want to split those up so I just added them all into one. It’s a great deal for readers so if you haven’t finished the series, now is the time. You can find the collection here.
I can’t believe I missed October completely. I thought I had written something but apparently not.
I am still writing along. I finished a book that I wasn’t happy with. I think that was the struggle to get it done. I’m in the middle of another one, sort of feeling bogged down but that often happens in the middle, where I’m trying to get characters from point A to point B. I like this one better. It’s been rattling around in my brain for a long time and I finally got what I wanted to do with it.
This year has been a struggle to keep writing. I don’t know what my issue is. The stories I am starting don’t excite me the way they usually do. I don’t know if it’s the phase I’m in or the stories themselves. But I keep working on them. Although my publishing output will likely be down, I figure I’m learning something about writing through each new book and story.
I am starting to gear up for the Anthology Workshop in Las Vegas in February 2019. Soon enough we’ll be starting to write stories for Fiction River. I like the challenge of having only a week to write something on a particular topic and then getting editorial feedback on it. It helps me pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in what I’m writing.
Goals for November are to keep up the writing, to make sure I have fun, and to put together a set of short stories, one of which just came out in Fiction River: Pulse Pounders Countdown. I have another version of that story that went long and I want to combine the two into an interesting image of two sides to the same tale, so to speak. I don’t want to say more or I’ll give away the twist. It should be fun.
This summer has felt busy. My husband and I are working on having a new home built so we’ll be moving one more time. Hopefully that will be it for a very long while. I hardly have things unpacked for this round. I got as far as I did because I had no idea we were going to move again, at least not so soon.
I was pleased with how well this read through so I’ll share the blurb here:
It’s easy to check in to historic Kernroote Castle but checking out could be a different story.
Newly divorced Becca Winters hopes to write away her sorrows on an extended stay at the new Kernroote Castle hotel. Unfortunately, the Castle and its companions may have other plans for her.
The desk clerk is creepily serious and cold. The hallways are too silent and dark walking down them. Footsteps without a source thunder down the halls at night. Gardens change before Becca’s eyes. Certain she is having a breakdown, Becca intends to tough it out. However, even she has to acknowledge what her senses are telling her.
Unfortunately, her acceptance comes too late. Her tires are slashed and she is trapped at Kernroote.
Now, in order to save her own life, Becca must unravel the horrifying secrets of the ancient castle and the family that lives there.
“Elizabeth immerses her reader in the quintessential atmospheric horror, complete with the tension of the panicked fleeing from past nightmares, a foreboding Gothic Castle, and a looming terror that merges modern struggles with a slowly unraveling historic mystery. Make sure you bring a flashlight before you dig in. Oh, and maybe some Holy Water for good measure. Because Elizabeth isn’t afraid to drag you through every conceivable dark and shadowy corner.” — Mark Leslie, author of Tomes of Terror, I, Death and One Hand Screaming and editor of Fiction River: Feel the Fear and Campus Chills.
I’d also like to thank Mark Leslie for the input on a better teaser! And I hope that if you like a few thrills and chills, especially now that Halloween is coming, maybe you can go over and give him a bit of reading love.
I’m slowly getting back into things. I’m still not back into the free short stories and may scrap that for the rest of the year. I’m just not quite with it enough to make that work out like I had hoped.
I got back from a short visit to family and I’m beginning to do some proof-reading on the first two books of the Appalachian Souls Trilogy so that I can finish the third book, hopefully this month.
I have been feeling a little bit lost on the short stories. I’m not eager to write them. I am still writing them, simply because I feel between projects but I doubt I’ll continue to push myself on them. Still, I have so far managed over 70 short stories. I’ll easily make 80 before the end of the year and that’s close to my initial goal.
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll soon be getting another email and this one offers you the chance to do some beta-reading. Hope you enjoy that.
Have a good August
My short story, “How I Became a Fairy Godmother”, which is the origin story of Willow Vaughn, is in the anthology Fiction River: Wishes.
It was reviewed in Tangent Online here.
The reviewer said, “…loved the setup, but I feel there was far more to explore in the concept.” And he would be right. There are two full books on Willow to explore what else happens when she grants wishes. You can find Fiction River: Wishes, along with One Bad Wish and Sun Spot Magic at your favorite retailers.