A Couple of Updates

Firstly, I got a rejection letter from Prairie Schooner. It wasn’t as polite as the one from upstreet, but very professional and not mean.

I’ve sent “Soon” off to Gemini Magazine now, and we’ll see if I get better results there.

Secondly, I have the story for my new novella, and it all came to me in a dream. My working title is Retraining, and it’s tagline (I’ve never done one before, so don’t laugh) is “Is it Stockholm Syndrome or love?”

Basically, it’s dystopian, set in Eastern Europe in a small country no one cares about where a dictator is facing a student-led revolt. The leader of the revolution has been captured, along with some of her followers, and and is being retrained to fight for them instead of against them. The son of the dictator is integral in the retraining, but there’s lots of inner conflict for him and the girl who led the revolt.

And you’ll have to read it for any more detail than that!

I expect to have it sent to Natalie for edits before my semester is over, and it might even be done with edits by Christmas, but I’ve got to save up money for copyright again, now quite a bit of it (if you all buy my novella, Those We Trust, I might have enough by summer).

So far I’ve got about three chapters of Retraining written (considering I had the dream last night that’s pretty good), and I’ll try to keep you all posted on the progress of it.

Of course, this means that Not All That Glimmers is being put off until Retraining is finished, but to be honest, I’m sort of trying to decide how to get from point A to B on that one, so it’s probably a good thing.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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