Cyborg Sunday, Update 1.21.2018: Crimson Inc, The Horror Zine, JEA, and the Waiting Game

Patience. Still your heart.

No good ever came from rushing.

Slow down. Breathe. Relax.

–“Virtue” A Haiku by yours truly


Hey everyone,

Not an overwhelming amount of stuff to share today–not even actual cyborg news, beyond ‘my blood sugars have been funny the past day or two’ and ‘I still have diabetes.’

I’ve mostly been holding out, waiting to hear back on a variety of subs. Painting the White City Red is still on hold-out for a particular press, as an editor expressed interest in those poems, but I haven’t heard too much yet. The Gospel of Decay, NOVA EXE, and Absolute Zero are still under consideration in various places. A bunch of short stories and poems are out in different venues, so we’ll see how that goes. I also sent Crimson, Inc. out last night. Oof. Waiting.

I did have four poems ultimately accepted for the upcoming issue of The Horror Zine, and a short story, “Sound and Furry,” accepted to the Endangered Species post-apocalyptic anthology from J. Ellington Ashton Press. All that’s been pretty fun!

The Call of the Void got rejected from Villipede Press. That’s okay–it’s almost a relief to have something out of the queue!

I made a New Years’ Resolution to hit my 100th short story pub this year, and while I’m well on the way (87/100), I have two ideas for longer works that are demanding my attention. Hm…

That’s the beautiful thing about writing, though. It’s all about momentum. We learn about this early on, usually in middle or high school: a body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest stays at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force (which is why it’s so hard to get out of bed in the morning!).

With a career like this, self-driven, where everything depends on your ability to put your ax to the grindstone and get it done, there are always outside forces. There’s rejection, the day job, family matters, health crises (I should know), stress, mental illness (comes with the job, amiwrite?), and freaking out over the latest news blast about what the US President did this time, or what North Korea’s planning, or blah blah blah.

So keep going. That’s all the advice I have for you. Do not stop. Even if you write absolute garbage one day, hell, if you write poorly for a week, a month, don’t give up. If you’re a writer, your career depends on three things: skill, patience, and luck. Skill develops over time. Patience is the ability to tolerate time. And, as Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” So work. Get it done. I don’t believe in luck. I do believe in you.

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Cyborg Sunday, Update 1.14.2018: Positive energy, inspiring news, oxygen factories, and ducks via @GoodNewsNetwork, @TheBoldMom, @EAPodcasts

Open up your eyes:

The world is as small as you.

Why limit it with hate?

“Awakening” by Kevin Holton

It’s a little after six AM, and I’m already tired. Not in the “ugh can’t wake up way,” but damn, I’m sick of the way people are treating each other. There’s so much hate and negativity these days. If you, like me, are having trouble with this, here’s a few positive things to happen in the tech world recently:

–Ukraine is installing its first solar plant at Chernobyl! Isn’t that an amazing way to bounce back? Truly green energy–and not green from radiation–at a site no one can live anyway.

–Paralympian Kate Grey went viral for her delight at catching a ball with her new 3D-printed left arm, courtesy of Open Bionics, a really beautiful company. Look how happy she is!

–Israeli company Intuition Robotics announced the upcoming test runs of ElliQ, an Alexa/Google Home style robotic intelligence designed to combat loneliness and isolation in the elderly, who are living alone at increasing rates. Huge quality of life boost there!

–We can breathe a little easier now that Assistant Professor Fenando Uribe-Romo of the University of Central Florida has found a way to trigger photosynthesis in synthetic material. This method both reduces the CO2 in the atmosphere AND creates solar fuel! This is extra good, because the excessive CO2 has been causing plants to grow too quickly, resulting in nutrient loss. If we can get this going on a large scale, we’re talking OXYGEN FACTORIES, which I’m now stealing for a sci-fi story. This’ll help balance the scales again!

–And, in tiny news, here’s a duck that got a new leg from some caring young students. Look at it go!

There you go: a snapshot of the wonderful things happening in today’s world. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better.

As far as I’m concerned, I reviewed C. V. Hunt’s Ritualistic Human Sacrifice for The Bold Mom. The Amazon review isn’t up, but it hasn’t been rejected, either. Hm…

My Escape Pod fiction submission got rejected, but, I’d auditioned for Escape Artists recently, and they loved my reading! I’ll now be periodically contributing to them as a narrator, which is superfreakincool. You can also check them out on Patreon.

I wrote a story for Helios Quarterlysubbed that, and sent a bizarre little piece I love that hasn’t gotten picked up over to Liminal. I also signed short story number 86 into consideration: Turning Back the Clock, for Mad Scientist Journal.

In long-form news, I finished Crimson, Inc., so I’ll be revising it and sending it out this week, hopefully. I have another thing to revise and one extra story to write by EOD tomorrow, so we’ll see.

No fun cyborg news on my end… this week. I did play Asemblance, which I’ll likely post a review for soon, and watch Tank 432, which I won’t post a review for, because I don’t like delivering unduly harsh reviews. I don’t have much good to say about it.

I hope all’s well with you. Drop a line below if you’d like to say hi, or hit up my Patreon, if you want to be generous. Remember, the next four patrons get a free eBook!

Much peace and love to you all. Talk to you soon!