The table of contents for Equus is finally live and it’s great to see everyone’s names. I’d sussed out a few other authors because I have a few friends on the list but it’s nice to see everyone all lined up. I’m very curious to read everyone else’s stories (and holy shit, I’m in a book with Jane Yolen)!
Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things by J.G. Formato
Eel and Bloom by Diana Hurlburt
A Complete Mare by Tamsin Showbrook
Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Heat-Ray by M.L.D Curelas
Rue the Day by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Riders in the Sky by VF LeSann
Above the Silver Sky by Daniel Koboldt
A Mother Unicorn’s Advice to Her Daughter by J.J. Roth
Ladies Day by Susan MacGregor
The Boys from Witless Bay by Pat Flewwelling
The Horse Witch by Angela Rega
Eli the Hideous Horse Boy by Michael Leonberger
Different by Sandra Wickham
To Ride a Steel Horse by Stephanie Cain
The Last Ride of Hettie Richter by Cat McDonald
We Us You by Andrew Bourelle
Scatter the Foals to the Wind by Chadwick Ginther
Lightless by K.T. Ivanrest
A Glory of Unicorns by Jane Yolen
Of course, I’m over the moon to be sharing a ToC with my good pal, and writing partner, Sandra Wickham; a first for us. Another first: sharing a ToC with my self-declared nemesis, Cat McDonald. Cat’s wanted to have a readoff to determine which of us will rule the universe for years now, so it looks like she might be getting her wish when Equus launches in July.
I had my head down for so much of the month that I didn’t get around to posting my goals, but I was still working away at them.
Finish and submit my 2016 book, which came close, but was not quite ready to submit.
Keep my short fiction on submission.
Finish revisions on one new story and submit it.
Okay, it took me two months to finish that first goal, but it’s done, submitted, and awaiting feedback from my editor. The novel in question was not only my shortest to date (84K; for comparision, Thunder Road was around 95K when I submitted it, Tombstone Blues 105K, and Too Far Gone was 135K. All of those lengths changed a bit–Too Far Gone the most drastically, with a pub length of 115K) it was also the fastest I’ve ever gotten a novel into submission shape. While I didn’t hit my goal of submitting the novel in the calendar year of 2016, it took me just under 11 months to actually write and revise the book once I got down to the writing. And considering I took a few months off in the summer to finish revising Graveyard Mind, I feel better about my chances of finishing the book I start this year within the bounds of 2017.
The short story I finished revising and then submitted, sold to an anthology. I’ll talk more about it when the contract is signed, and the editors announce more details. I will say it’s another Thunder Road ‘verse story. Pretty excited to see my second sale of 2017 so early in the year.
And for March:
Finish outlining my next novel and start writing it maybe?
Now that I’ve changed my Thunder Road Facebook page to a more general author page, I want to start developing a social media calendar. It won’t likely involve autoposts, I hate those, but I do need some sort of plan.
Finish a new chapter for An Excuse for Whiskey
Get a new short story to my writing group for critique