I feel like kind of a shmuck. I looked at my blog today and realized I am not updating very much at all—and that was not my plan. So, in the spirit of kicking my behind in to gear, this is a update, and more will come alone soon.

First off, there are a few open submission calls I feel the need to mention, both in the fantasy genre. Because, you know, I live and breathe fantasy.

  • Tales of the Sunrise Lands: This is the newest anthology call from Guardbridge Books, the same small publishing company that is publishing Myriad Lands. I found a place in that first anthology by the skin of my teeth, and now I am determined to make it in to this one as well (we’ll see about that, hehe). Tales of the Sunrise Lands is a Japanese themed anthology, so David, the editor, wants fantasy (mostly legendary) paying homage to Japanese tradition. The spaces are already mostly filled by invited authors, but there’s still a chance. The deadline is the 1st of August, and the story length should be between 1,000 and 6,000 words.
  • Unbound III: Broken Chains: This is the third anthology in the Unbound series by SciFi and Fantasy Publications, and the theme is “Broken Chains” in the world of fantasy. The deadline is the 26th of August, and although they don’t specify a word count, I believe the longest story in Unbound I (the only Unbound anthology published so far) was 20,000 words and the shortest was 3,000. I’m aiming for anywhere in between.

So that’s that! Two anthologies I’m working on writing for other than Writers of the Future Quarter 3. The WotF story has been a huge pain, and it’s something I’ve never written before, but I hope it’s going to come out even better than I imagined. I’m in the middle of my story for Tales of the Sunrise Lands, and in the beginning of ideas for Unbound III.

FIVE PoetryAnd I have a little something to announce. It isn’t a story acceptance, but it is one for poetry! I have had five poems accepted to FIVE Poetry, to be published June 22nd. FIVE is published by the same people who publish New Realm. They run a magazine for fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, literature, mystery, and poetry, so basically they cover everything. I’ll put up a link when my issue comes out so you can find it.

And I am waiting very, very impatiently for the beginning of July. Why, Myriad Lands Cover Sketchyou may ask? Well, for one, because the finalists for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award are announced on the 1st, and the winners on the 7th. It has been a monumental wait for that contest. And secondly and much more strongly, because Myriad Lands is released on the 6th, with my story “Winged” in volume 2. This, as well, has been too long a wait, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it. I’ve seen the sketches for the cover art (look to the right), and I can’t wait to see it in full color, hold the real, tangible book in my hands and know my story is included in such an awesome project. So yes, July. Only a little over three weeks left to go!

So, if you read the title of this post, it has “Much Crying” included. Be honest, the only reason you’re reading this is because you want to know about the crying. Here’s the thing: I read Me Before You. ***Warning, there will be spoilers in this paragraph.*** I’m not a big fan of that genre, especially when they have the endings I knew it would have, but I couldn’t help myself. I first saw the trailer for the movie. Then heard the amazing music, Unsteady by X Ambassadors. Listen to this, it’s gorgeous. I wanted to know if I should see the movie, so I read a summary on Wikipedia. Me Before YouAs you may expect, I said Oh that’s horrible! I’m never reading or watching that! but the idea of the story stuck with me. So, you know, I read it. And cried. I knew the ending and I cried. Like, a lot. The last few pages were difficult to read through the veil of tears. Then I put the book down, rolled over on my bed and sobbed audibly into my pillow. On one hand, the story was beautiful and absolutely hilarious in the best, most sarcastic and dry way possible. And it was heartbreaking, and probably the most tragic thing I’ve ever read. The thing is, there’s a difference between Me Before You and books such as, say, The Fault in Our Stars. In a book like The Fault in Our Stars, the character dies after fighting a battle, and it is inevitable. There is no way to fight it anymore. In Me Before You, Will actually gives up. He has a chance to be happy, and make the people who love him happy, he isn’t dying, but he chooses to commit suicide. This could have been the most amazing story of love and survival and hope, and instead it rips your soul out, lets you look at it, then grinds it in to the ground. That being said, I’m still going to see the movie, because I just can’t stop thinking about it. It is equal parts beautiful and tragic.

There you go, all the bases are covered, crying included. I’m going to try to update more often from now on. Promise.