Monday, May 18, 2015

Abstract Thoughts: Up, Down, and All Around

Brilliance from the
Idea Salesman

Whew! Last week was one big crazy roller coaster ride for Renee and me.

We started out of the gate with a screaming wild rush: getting published! We talked about that last week, so I'm not going to go into it again, but in case you haven't made it over to Fireside to read "Time Out", well, what are you waiting for?

Next we had some loop-the-loops. Remember how a couple of weeks ago, Renee finished up her edits on "Fishwife" and sent it out on submission? Yeah, we've been going around and around with that one. We sent it out, we waited, it got rejected. Excitement, anxiety, dejection. We sent it out again, we waited again, it got rejected again. Excitement, anxiety, dejection. This is the way these things go. It can take a while to find the right home for a project.

Knowing that doesn't make it flip Renee's stomach around any less.

Still, we sent it out again and now we're waiting again. Maybe this will be the round where we get out of the loops and head up the next incline instead. Weeee!

And underneath all that chaos, the tracks of regular life just kept right on rumbling along. Notes for a CP, revisions of "Blood", early percolating on the next project. Plus, there was the usual drama with the kids and stuff, and Renee got sick.

Not, like, I-shouldn't-have-eaten-all-those-hot-dogs-before-getting-on-this-rollercoaster metaphorical sick. A real actual cold that had all of us abstracts floating around in biohazard suits because we live in her brain, which is right in that first five rows mucus splash zone.

Good times.

We did get to finish out the week with one more fun little slide. With the publication of "Time Out", Renee now gets to have one of those spiffy little "Goodreads Author" logos on her profile. Maybe I can talk her into getting a real author photo now. . .

Monday, May 11, 2015

Abstract Thoughts: Making Our Debut

Brilliance from
the Idea Salesman

If you caught Renee's Twitter feed today or happened to be anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area, you probably noticed her shouting like a mad fool about being published. But just in case you didn't notice, it is official. With the release of Issue 23 of Fireside, Renee Elizabeths is now a published author.

Mission accomplished! Milestone reached! Achievement unlocked!

Illustration by Galen Dara
"Time Out", Flash Fiction
Available now in Fireside, Issue 23

Isn't it beautiful? I think it's beautiful.

So please go over to Fireside and enjoy Renee's creepy little piece of flash fiction, "Time Out". And you should probably check out the rest of the stories in this month's issue while you're there. They're all really good.

No, really, go. I'll wait.

. . .

. . .

Waiting is hard.

. . .

*sneaks off to steal the last slice of celebratory chocolate cheesecake*

*endures glare from IE, because apparently she was saving that last slice for breakfast tomorrow*

Oh well. It was delicious. I regret nothing.

Oh, hey, you're back. Thanks for reading. We hope you liked it!

And, if you're financially able and feeling so inclined, think about buying the ebook, subscribing, becoming a patron, or just providing general support. It's money well spent. Fireside is awesome. And not just because they published Renee, though that is certainly a mark in their favor. Renee is a subscriber and looks forward to the new issue every month. It never disappoints.

Now, chocolate cheesecake for everyone!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Project Management Updates: My Work Here is Done

Reports from the
Project Manager

Alrighty, "Fishwife" is across the goal line and out in the world! All that remains is for an editor/publisher to recognize the collective genius of Renee and her imaginary friends and put it in print.

"Fishwife" represents the first project that has been managed by yours truly from start to end. We had a few bumps along the way, especially as the Muse and Inner Editor got used to having goals, deadlines, and tracking mechanisms, but I think we have a sold product out there. Now it's the Idea Salesman's turn to earn his keep.


Although my work on "Fishwife" is completed, I am closely monitoring the query process; I don't like working for free after all. I'm also going to get these cats ready for our next parade, final revisions of "Blood". This one will be a little tougher, if it holds true to form from the other steps of the process. Wish us luck!