I’m SO Sorry!

First of all, let me say that I apologize for my blogging absence, but I’M BACK! I’m on summer break, so here’s an update on what I’m up to so you can get caught up on my pathetic life.

I’m going to be working on my senior thesis starting… right about now, actually. If I’ve not mentioned it before, I’ll be looking at religion in Anna Karenina, specifically Levin’s religious and spiritual development. I’ve got a few sources, beyond the book itself, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

“Soon” was published in the Scripps College Journal and “Hunting Plums” has been sent off to a magazine for consideration. Editing is in full swing, and my next novel, Children of Conflict, is in process.

As far as Fan Fiction, I’ve got about a million things going on, but here’s my priorities: editing “And They Lived Happily” and “Kiss & Tell”, Finishing “All I Wanted Was You” and “The 74th Hunger Games”, Completing the character profiles for my Amy/Sirius series that I SHALL NOT LEAK info about, and Finish the outline I’ve started for my Love Actually sequel piece that I have no working title for.

As far as my novels and novellas are considered, novellas are on hold for the moment in favor of short stories, which are blossoming in my brain at a rate they never have before and will be much more efficient to work through and attempt to publish, which is an important consideration with graduate school looming on the horizon. Novels are in progress, as mentioned about Children of Conflict. To the Death is in edits, and even some sections of extensive re-writes. I need certain scenes to be more fleshed out, says Natalie, and she’s right. So I’ve contacted a few of my military-associated friends who know much more about preparing for combat than I do and they’ve agreed to answer my questions as they arise in sifting through this massive amount of material they’ve already given me for consideration.

Be prepared for me to start spouting acronyms instead of actual words. My brain’s already spinning.

I’ll also try to keep you updated on my search for graduate schools, my GREs, etc. Even my packing for the UK. People discount too often all of the little, important things involved in being and becoming a writer, like the day-to-day, the fact that I’m drinking three cups of tea a day and having to actually remind myself to shower before sitting down in front of my notes and getting lost in writing. Every little bit matters.

I PROMISE to be better. Thank you for putting up with me thus far, and hopefully we’ll have many lovely adventures together, including my being in Brighton when the Royal Baby is born! πŸ˜€




Updates on ‘Soon’

All right, so I said I was sending this puppy off to The Cincinnati Review, and like as might I will, but not quite yet.

You see, my dear editor Natalie is editor-in-chief of the Scripps College Journal at (gasp) Scripps College. I published my short story “Forgetting Mia Martin” there last year, and intend to submit “Hunting Plums” soon. “Hunting Plums” was always intended for SCJ, but I’ve recently decided that I may as well put “Soon” up too. If the fiction editors like “Soon” better, well, “Hunting Plums” is more likely to get published somewhere else anyway. And if it’s a low year, they might even publish both, as both are quite short.

I’ll let you know how it goes, naturally. This will mean, of course, that I won’t be submitting either of these pieces to other literary magazines until I hear back from SCJ, but it also frees me up more time to work on editing “Make-Believe” and finish writing some of my short stories. Not to mention all the novellas, novels, and fan fiction projects on my plate. YEESH. πŸ˜€



Back To School

Well, for many of us we’ve either been in school for a while now or we’re just starting (like myself… this is my first week back). All sorts of exciting things are happening! πŸ˜€

First of all, I’m back with all of my dear friends (including Natalie), and although I admit that the list of my irl friends is short, they’re all very wonderful and inspiring and it’s so great to be back with them.

Secondly, my classes are going really well! I’m more than two weeks ahead in my philosophy reading and I’ve not even had the second day of class in it yet. I’m about a week ahead in my British Writers’ class, but I’ve read a lot of it before so that was unsurprising. I’m taking a course called British Domestic Interiors and what are we reading excerpts of the first week??? What else but Dickens??? πŸ˜€

I haven’t had much time for watching things lately, so once again I’m behind on Revenge, but with the rate my schoolwork is going I think I’ll probably catch up this weekend. Natalie and I are probably going to watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Friday because my college is showing it free. I’ve got a massive box of microwave popcorn and it SHALL be utilized!

As far as writing, while it’s slowing down at the moment because of school, it’s not coming to a screeching halt. I’ve come up with a system that lessens the amount of time spent writing voluntarily to virtually zero (unless I’m at least a week ahead in all classes and do not have a paper due within two weeks, in which case I can write while I, idk, do laundry or something) and I only write when I get reviews, follows, reminders from my calendar programmed months ago at strategic times in the semester…. So virtually not very often, especially because posting is going to be at a bare minimum, BUT, it will happen maybe once or twice a month I expect, probably with chapters that are already nearly done.

And God help me if I finish my next chapter of Faithful, because I will then be bombarded. That’s the one that people follow randomly even when I’ve not updated in weeks. *sigh*

Well, that’s all of your update for now. I swear nothing exciting has happened, so don’t feel like I’m holding back. I haven’t even had a chance to get my submission ready for The Cincinnati Review. It’s on my list of things to do this weekend, so we’ll see. It’s a long list.



Another Rejection and my Latest Project Idea

So Pithead Chapel turned me down. It’s a polite albeit clinical refusal, but I’m sure they’re very busy. “Soon” is apparently a tough sell, but I can’t say I’m altogether surprised. I’m still pushing it through my list. The Cincinnati Review is next and we’ll see what we get out of it!

Also, I’ve begun to think about a massive project that will take years to undertake, and here’s why: It’s a compilation! πŸ˜€

This will probably be a self-pub opportunity, as I really want full say on what makes it into my compilations and what doesn’t. This means it will be an ebook, almost certainly published through Smashwords, and Natalie and I will go through and decide things like whether I’m going to publish only short stories or whether a novella or a chapter from a novel will also be considered. I’ll put something up here, and on Facebook, and I will say that there is an opportunity for fan recommendations, so if there’s a chapter or work of mine you think ought to be honored by being set into this compilation, you can let me know! I’m even considering taking some of my fan fiction and adapting it to non-fandom related in order to actually include it in the compilation. So if you read my fan fiction, that’s up for grabs as well!

So keep your eyes peeled for more news/information on this, and if I can’t get something published via traditional channels, it may/probably will be in the compilation! πŸ˜€

Thoughts on this? Advice? Personal anecdotes? Leave a comment! πŸ˜€



Rejection, Yet Again

I think that Gemini Magazine gave me the nicest rejection letter yet:

Hi Charlotte.

Thanks so much for submitting to Gemini. Though we’re going to pass this time, I enjoyed reading “Soon” and appreciate the opportunity to consider it.
Tight writing and nice cloak of suspense kept me reading.
Thanks again.
David Bright, Editor
Gemini Magazine
ISN’T THAT SWEET? A note to all you magazine and journal editors out there, THIS IS THE WAY TO WRITE A REJECTION LETTER! Unless the story was crap, and then you should probably not say that you like it, but if you like a story and still can’t accept it in your magazine for whatever reason, this is DEFINITELY the way to encourage the author, politely reject, and show them what’s the best thing about their story so when they write more they’re keeping it in mind. It’s the kind of rejection letter that tells them what makes them good, and helps them in the future without being rude.
Even if all you get is a rejection like mine, Gemini Magazine is absolutely worth submitting to!
In further news, “Soon” has now been submitted to Pithead Chapel, so we’ll see if we get a better response from them!

Gemini Magazine

I mentioned previously how I submitted “Soon” to these guys and hadn’t heard back after 30 days. So I emailed them.

To my surprise, in less than 24 hours they got back to me, not with either an acceptance or rejection letter, but rather to let me know that I would be hearing back about my story soon, which is good. Prompt is definitely good.

So far I’ve heard nothing more from them, but I’ll keep you posted, and if you want responsive, quick answers from a literary magazine, I think this is it!



An Update on “Soon”

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, “Soon” has already gotten two rejection letters to its name. I’m proud of those letters, but the quest to get it published in a literary journal or magazine continues.

If you recall, about a month ago I submitted “Soon” to Gemini Magazine, and on their submission site they say that after 30 days a person can contact about the status of the work. As it has been 30 days, I took the liberty for the first time to actually contact a literary magazine on the status of my story.

I’ll keep you all posted on how they respond. I think it was a sufficiently polite and explanatory email. We’ll find out, I guess.