babarnett: (farscape aeryn genius)

Three quick flash-related things:

Flash thing the first:
My flash story "The Perfect Coordinates to Raise a Child" is now up at Daily Science Fiction. You know, for you heathens who missed it in your inbox two weeks ago because you don't subscribe.

Flash thing the second:
I'm on deck at the Star-Dusted Sirens blog this week babbling about Flashing vs. Showing Us Your Shorts. Your short stories, that is.

Flash thing the third:

You're welcome.

babarnett: (firefly shiny kaylee)

Wow, over a month since my last post. I've been more swamped with real life than I thought! While I could definitely use a ton more spare hours in my day, shiny writing-related things have still been afoot amid the craziness:

Shiny #1: Flashing! My story "The Swan Maiden" is now out in the current issue of Flash Fiction Online—the first issue put out under the leadership of FFO's shiny new publisher, Anna Yeatts.

Shiny #2: More flashing! If you’re a Daily Science Fiction subscriber, my flash story "The Perfect Coordinates to Raise a Child" will be showing up in your inbox tomorrow (October 8). And if you’re not a Daily Science Fiction subscriber, the story will be available on their website a week later. Or you could, you know, subscribe.  Because it's free. And awesome.

Shiny #3: I haz writing group, let me show you it. A few months ago, some other fine folks and I started The Star-Dusted Sirens, and now we have a blog where we shall babble about shiny writing-related things! We're also on Twitter @StarDustSirens. Please check us out if you have a chance, if only to see the pretty logo that Katana Leigh created for us. Or you can take part in fellow Siren Naima Johnson's contest to rewrite the first paragraph of Twilight.

Shiny #4: And last but not least, I've finally gotten back to revisions on My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel! They're very slow going thanks to that pesky school thing I've got going on, but I'll take whatever forward progress I can manage at this point.

babarnett: (edna the incredibles)
*finally resurfaces from the Sea Of Too Much Else To Do*

I finished with my second semester of grad school about a week and a half ago (and totally rocked it, by the way), which means I get to be a writer again! And read things that aren't for class! Wheeeee! And now that I've caught up on some other pesky real life things, it looks like I should actually have time for that whole blogging thing again too.

So, the state of writerly me: Before the semester started, I was pretty darn productive on the writing front--one novelette revised and sent out the door, one flash story written and sent out the door, and three flash/short story drafts written. Then the schoolwork tsunami struck, along with a new routine to get used to in February when I started a part-time fellowship in an orchestra library (which has been awesome), so there was a while there where I didn't feel like much of a writer (an assessment my writerly success ratio seems to agree with lately). But now that I don't have any grad school-related work to worry about until the fall, I get to reacquaint myself with the world of reading and writing fiction--something I look forward to with huge heaps of geekish joy.


babarnett: (dr. horrible ahhhh)

Wow, it's been a while, huh? I guess it's time I stop with the "I'll blog more, I promise" stuff and accept the fact that a regular blogging routine is probably not going to happen for the duration of my time in grad school. When it comes to establishing priorities, there are just too many things that win out over blogging at present--fiction writing, classwork, day job, musical endeavors, exercise, and sparing some moments to remind myself that I have friends and family.

Oh, and sleep. Precious, precious sleep.

That said, I can at least promise two upcoming posts: some story pimpage later this week, and later this month, a guest post by writerly compadre Lindsey Duncan, whose contemporary fantasy novel Flow has just been released by Double Dragon Publishing.

In the meantime, how the hell have you all been? 

babarnett: (mulder google)
For me, one of the best parts of using website tracking tools is seeing some of the odd keyword searches that have led people to my blog or website.  Some are just entertaining.  Others leave me wondering, "What in Jeebus' name was this person hoping to find?"

My short story "Love Spells" once received a rather snarky rejection that said the story was a few tweaks away from becoming a trashy bodice ripper.  So in a few entries on my blog (I was using Blogger at the time), I referred to the story as "my would-be trashy bodice ripper."  Since then, the most popular keyword search leading to that blog has become, not my name, but "ripped bodice" or variations thereof.  One of my favorite variations is "what is inside a ripped bodice." I mean, really? You have to ask?  Equally entertaining were the keyword searches for "tortured ripped bodices" and "reaped bodice."

Here are some of the other strange and entertaining keyword searches that have led folks to my internet babblings:
  • viking bunnies of doom
  • how do i make my words big?
  • thing guess
  • incoherent sentences exercises
  • screwing barbara stewart
  • death star slug
  • wackiness august 29
  • i am slug
  • musicophilia galactica
  • how to avoid pesky holes
  • castrated husbands

Anyone else have entertaining keyword searches of their own to share?
babarnett: (torchwood ianto monday)
I'm sure a lot of us have been in the situation where you write a blog entry thinking, "This is the bestest, most insightfullest entry I've ever written! Let the deluge of adulatory comments begin!"  And then you post it.  A cricket chirps in response.  Then a spider eats the cricket.

Then, a few days later, you'll quickly shoot off some random post where you're just being a doof, and suddenly people are all "OMG! THIS POST IS AWESOME WITH A SIDE OF AWESOME SAUCE!"  And you're left scratching your head and going, "Um, really?"

I'm at a loss trying to figure out the rhyme and reason behind which posts resonate the most.  In the grander scheme of things, it's not a terribly important issue.  I don't blog because I'm an attention-seeking comment junkie, so I'm certainly not about to lose any sleep over a post that garners two comments vs. a post that garners twenty.  But I also don't want to bore people.

There are a lot of reasons you might be reading this blog.  Maybe you're a friend of mine.  Maybe we met at a workshop or a con or through a writing group.  Maybe you Googled "attention-seeking comment junkie."  Or maybe you just pity me.

Whatever the reason, I'm curious: when it comes to writerly blogs, what types of things do you enjoy reading about most?  Posts about the writer's process?  Tidbits on their works in progress, be it updates or problems or research or excerpts?  General posts on the craft?  What they're reading?  And what sort of things turn you off or put you to sleep or make you want to jab a sharp pencil into your eye?

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