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This, that and the other thing. June 29, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Burden of Truth, contracts, forthcoming works, Good news, kvelling, publishing, Rebel Mage, SOLD!, the-end-is-near, upcoming work.
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This:

Allergies suck.

Allergies that turn into sinus problems suck more.

Allergies that turn into sinus problems that turn into bronchitis need to not exist.

That:

Since I have bronchitis, I haven’t really been able to do much. My son has been having a lot more screen time than he usually gets in the summer, and I have had to stop exercising this week (if you follow me on Instagram, you know about my workouts). I have to rest, so I’ve been focusing on a sedentary activity — edits on Burden of Truth. Those should go back to Forbidden Fiction in the next few days.

The Other Thing:

Did you ever forget that you applied for something? I did. So having a contract arrive in my inbox was a very nice surprise this evening.  I am pleased to be able to say that my BDSM vampire short story Layover will be appearing in the upcoming anthology Blood in the Rain II from Cwtch Press. This will be my first time working with Cwtch, and I’m looking forward to it!

I can announce now! November 28, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2016 plans, a-writers-life-is-never-dull, appearances, conventions, Good news, happy-happy- joy- joy, yippee.
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Since the flyer is now out at the convention, I can finally announce that I will be appearing as a special guest at Chessicon 2016!

Look out, Maryland, I’m coming back!!!

Convention Schedule! September 21, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, appearances, SFSE, writer, writing, writing-mom.
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I’ve gotten my schedule for Speculative Fiction: Southeast 2015 (this weekend! Come see me and a bunch of other cool people!)

When I’m not on a panel, I’ll be at my table on Author Alley.  Friday, I’ll be on Author Alley from 4PM until my first panel at 6PM.  Saturday, Author Alley opens at 10AM for VIPs, and 11AM for everyone else. I’ll be there on and off until 4:30. Sunday, Author Alley opens the same times as Saturday, and I’ll be there most of the day.

Panels:

Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 PM: Once Upon a Time.
With plot, character, and setting prompts from the audience, these panelists collaborate in the best camp game ever: turn-taking storytelling!

Friday, 7:00 PM (Tentative) Guest Reader with Phantasmagoria
Since Friday will be a regular schedule for me until we leave for the convention, this will largely depend on if there is enough coffee in the world.

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Saturday, 12:15 to 1:15 PM: I Want to Verb Your Noun
With the increased popularity of erotic romance and erotica, more and more authors are trying their hand at added sex to their stories . In this panel, we’ll discuss the differences between romance, erotic romance, erotica and pornography, and talk about how to incorporate sexual scenarios into a story.

Saturday, 1:30 to 2:20 PM: Reading/Signing
What I read will depend highly on what the ages of the attendees are — I’ll have selections from Counsel of the Wicked and The Rape of Persephone.

Saturday, 4:30 to 5:30 PM: Fifty Shades of Fanfiction
As long as there has been storytelling, there’s been fanfiction. From the archives of Fanfiction.net to the pages of Archive of Our Own, from the countless sequels to Pride and Prejudice to the estate-authorized adventures of Sherlock Holmes, fanfiction has been written for anything that has a fanbase. Even Virgil’s Aeneid is nothing more than one man looking at the Iliad and the Odyssey and asking, “Hey, what happened next?”
In this lecture we’ll discuss ins and outs of creating fanfiction. We’ll touch on the ethics of fanfic, the essential legalities, and the dreaded Rule 34.

Saturday, 5:30 to 6:30 PM: Signing Party

Saturday, 8:00 PM to 10:00PM: VIP Party

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Sunday, 12:45 t0 1:45 PM: Neither Fish Nor Fowl:Writing Across Genres 
Hey, you’ve got your romance in my science-fiction! No, you’ve got your science-fiction in my romance! What is a writer to do when the hard science-fiction story demands a love scene? Or the romance suddenly involves werewolves, elves, vampires, aliens or Bigfoot?
You combine genres, that’s what. In this panel, we’ll discuss the hallmarks of the romance genre, and see how it fits into, and plays well with, science-fiction and fantasy.

Wow. March 10, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Good news, Grateful writer is grateful, heady praise, kvelling, SQUEEE, wow.
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One of these days, someone is going to pinch me, and I’m going to wake up. Because I simply cannot believe that I get to live this life. I mean, I must have been extra special good the last time around or something to deserve this! First, we have House of Sable Locks being named a modern erotic classic. And now, this just happened:

Amazon.com  The Rape of Persephone eBook  Elizabeth Schechter  Kindle Store

 

This may very well be my first ever top 20 anything, and it’s for The Rape of Persephone.

Here’s the list in picture form:

Amazon Best Sellers  Best 30 Minute Science Fiction   Fantasy Short Reads

Wow. I am…

Wow.

Thank you.

 

 

Market Day. September 19, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2014 plans, a-writers-life-is-never-dull, award-winning, except-for-when-it-is, promotions, publishing, round-up, Self-publishing.
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I am self-admittedly lousy at marketing. Especially when I’m in the middle of writing a novel, or working on edits, or doing the fifty-million things that need to be done around the house as a mom and domestic engineer (cough*housewife*cough). Which is my way of saying that I’d rather have root canal than do promotions.

Bad writer, no biscuit.

So…. here are the things that are currently available!

Most recently is Bi Magic, from Forbidden Fiction. I have two stories in this anthology: Fools Rush In and To Market. A print version is also available.

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Fools Rush In is also available as a standalone story, also from Forbidden Fiction

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There’s also Her Captive, which was my playing with an idea that came from Tom Smith’s song “Kidnapped by Pirates is Good!”

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Then there’s the AWARD-WINNING House of Sable Locks from Circlet Press, which is available in ebook, in print, and in a delicious audio-book.

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There are my two self-publishing experiments, the Tales from the Arena books. Opening Gambit and Playing for Keeps are available as ebooks and in print.

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And hey, if you want to go back to the beginning, there’s also Princes of Air, my first novel!

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There will be a sequel eventually — I have an idea of where the story will go. I just need to get it down on the page.

As soon as I finish these edits. And that novel over there. And the dishes….

 

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. August 5, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2014 plans, a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, to-dos, upcoming books, why-the-writing-is-slow, writing, writing-mom.
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Back in May, I had this to say about my plans for the summer workload:

Looking at the list, it looks like there will be work on short stories over the next week and a half, then synopsizing of Hidden Things over the summer (which is almost done — I was working on that when I got the “when can you have this to us?” email for The School).

I’ll need to see what’s broken in the synopsis of Holy Orders, but that can wait until I sell Heart’s Master.  And I need to go through The Sea Prince and see what’s holding me back on working on it. That, I think, will be my summer project after I finish the synopsis for Hidden Things. Then I can either launch right into working on finishing that in August, or shove it back to the back burner and work on The Willow Sword or Hidden Things. Probably Hidden Things, and leave the YA for my beginning of 2015 project.

Wow. Looks like I have a plan.

Boy, was I am optimist!!!

Short stories in a week and a half? Umm… no. I never did get to Wolf Skin. That plot seems to be headed more towards what will happen in The White Raven. So Lorchan (the MC) finally told me his story. I’ll get to it, eventually. It needs more research.

Berlin? That short story sequel to House of Sable Locks? Yeah…. 28K words and still not finished. Looks like I have a novella sequel on my hands. And I haven’t finished the synopsis to Hidden Things, either.

So… school starts this coming Monday. Which means that I’m going to finish Berlin over the next few days so I can launch right into Hidden Things come Monday morning, finishing the synopsis as I go.  (Because that worked so well with Heart’s Master… right.)

I have a revised plan. Let’s see how long before I have to revise it again.

 

 

 

 

Giddiness! June 5, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Audible, audiobooks, Sable Locks, upcoming work.
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The countdown has begun! Today I got the word that House of Sable Locks has entered the production phase at Audible! Which means they’ve done the casting, and now they’re recording! (At least, I think that’s what it means.)

Now, I made suggestions for the casting, (include my “If I were Queen of the Universe and money was no object casting” — Tom Hiddleston and Emma Watson.)  But I don’t know who they went with (or if they went with a man or a woman, or both).  So I’m just going to hold on to the fantasy of Tom Hiddleston reading my words for a little while longer.

Soon!!!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered… February 25, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Good news, happy-happy- joy- joy, mind blown, Sable Locks, SOLD!, SQUEEE, wow, yippee.
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Today is a wonderful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I just was informed that the signed contract has arrived at Circlet Press.

Wait, what signed contract?

I am pleased, proud, awed, and still more than a little gobsmacked, to announce that the audio rights to  House of Sable Locks have been acquired by Audible.com.

Yep. I’m going to have an audiobook.

Now, I’ve never done this before. So I know NOTHING about the process. This is going to be a learning experience for me, and I’ll post what I can as we go.

Breathe, Liz! Breathe!!!!

Enter ALL the contests! January 8, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, can't stop the signal, contest, easily amused writer, never-in-million-years, Sable Locks.
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Nominations opened today for the Hugo awards.

You know, it seems that I have this little steampunk novel that just might be eligible. If, you know, someone wanted to nominate it.

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Anyone?

Crawls out from under a rock. October 25, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, fandom, fanfic, I really want some dull, Sherlock, Tales from the Arena, to-dos.
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Yes, I know. It’s been a while. just about a month.

Busy month, healthwise. Apparently, I’ve run down the warranty on the meat puppet.

Since September 1st, I’ve been told:

  • I have bursitis in my right knee.
  • I have non-celiac gluten intolerance. (not quite celiac disease, but it behaves the same).
  • I have early stage arthritis in my right foot.
  • I also have tendinitis in my right foot.

The last two add up to this:

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Which means that for the past week, I’ve been unable to do anything BUT sit.  (I can’t drive). So I’ve been writing. The fanfic epic is finally done (that’s another post), and I’m about to dive into a knitting project that MUST be done by next week.

What then? Well, I have a draft (Tales from the Arena)  that needs to be polished so I can send it out. That’s the next thing on my to-do list. I also have to decide what I’m doing with some other things.

So… may I please have some boring now?