My weird western story “To Go on Two Feet” is now available at Swords and Sorcery Magazine!
The results have been announced for the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. I didn’t win, but I did get second place, which is pretty exciting.
I’m one of 10 finalists for the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award.
Keep your fingers crossed for me–I’d love to win an actual trophy! That has never happened.
My story “Under the Shimmering Lights” is available to read for free in the Stupefying Stories Showcase!
I also wrote a new story this past week, and have banged out about 600 words on an adventure fantasy that I’m hoping to submit to the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. I contacted a Realtor and a bank about moving forward on looking for a house, and we’ve started getting some of the requested rewrites for Triangulation: Lost Voices. Our upstairs neighbor had a pipe burst in their sink last night, and it leaked down through the doorway into our apartment, but we didn’t suffer any damage from it. I’m hoping the couple upstairs got of just as easily.
Tomorrow, I’m doing a talk at the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill about submitting short stories for Parsec. I came up with this title and description for the talk:
Surviving the Slush Pile
Jamie Lackey, the editor of this year’s Triangulation anthology and an author with over 100 short fiction sales under her belt, will discuss the trials and tribulations of submitting short fiction.
The meeting is free and open to the public, so if you live in the Pittsburgh area, please swing by the library around 1:30! I’ll be there! I’ll talk about submitting and the extreme importance of stubbornness and resilience, and I’m hoping to do a Q&A about writing and Triangulation afterwards.
I had 25 short stories published in 2014–24 originals and one reprint. You can find links to them under “Writing Credits” if you’re so inclined. I had at least one story come out every month, which I think is pretty cool. I wrote a novella and some (but not nearly enough) short stories. I’m working as the editor of Triangulation: Lost Voices (and I got to pick the theme!), and that will be coming out in 2015. I sent out 266 submissions and maintained an acceptance ratio of about 9% (which might not sound very high, but is actually pretty decent). I wrote a bunch of reviews, which allowed me to read some great stuff. All together, that doesn’t look bad at all. I meant to do so much more, though. But I guess there’s always next year.
I’m still working at ModCloth, and Paul got a job there in May. I was writing for the ModCloth Blog for a while, but that ended a while back.
We moved out the the apartment where we’d lived for seven years with less than a month’s notice. That was really hard for me. It was the first home Paul and I shared. It’s where we spent the night after our wedding. It’s where our cat was a kitten. And friction with the new land lord has kept the new place from really feeling like home. We’re planning to buy a house when our lease is up. I’m excited about that–I’ve wanted to buy a house for years, now, and we’re finally in a good place to do it.
2014 was a year of changes, and change is hard. Here’s hoping that all the changes in 2015 are good and easily accomplished, and after that things start to settle down a bit.