Book catch-up #3 The Unparalleled Borges

I read Labyrinths, a collection of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges, and I can't overestimate how amazing these stories were. I could probably write a post about every story, but I'll stick to a few standouts. The Library of Babel: A library that contains not only every book ever written, but every possible arrangement …

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give it away

I haven't sold a story in over 5 years, and I'd like to think that I've improved in those 5 years... so that leads me to believe that even if my writing is technically better, I must not be writing what sells. I thought for a minute that I'd better find out what sells, and …

Grab your inspiration by the throat and CHOKE IT

Writing is hard. I keep waiting to feel that thrill of a new idea, but while I'm waiting for that elusive, magical power... I'm not writing. Not writing is bad. So, I got to stop waiting and start typing, even if it's uninspired crap. It's better than laying around waiting to be moved by a …

Increasing excitement… oops, I jinxed it

I have three stories out at various magazines waiting for a response, and two of them are past the time I normally should have been rejected by. It's getting me very excited and I keep checking my email, it's been years since I sold a short story... Of course, now that I've blogged about it …

Submitting again

I've had 4 submissions this year... and am still waiting on two of them, and will be sending out another one next week. Good to be getting back into it! I'm determined to get a couple more sales under my belt, it's been way too long! My stories have improved over the years, so I …

Start at the action

Now that I've got a bit of experience slush reading at our new magazine, I can say 'start at the action' with even more certainty than ever. When you're reading someone else's story, who you don't know, and have no preconceptions about, it is a lot easier to see faults. One fault being 'I have …