Sunday, February 1, 2009

Month 2, Day 1, Jamie 0

February is upon us and the warm air that my place was blessed with yesterday is gone. It did not get warm enough to melt all of the snow despite getting close to 60 degrees (I still have 30 inch piles of, now dirty, white stuff all over the yard). It is supposed to warm a little later on this week. Just as long as we don't get any more snow I will be happy. My snowthrower has operated more than it should have this year.

Now it is is time for *January in Review*-

January was actually a pretty good month, by my estimation. I wrote 2 flash pieces and two short stories. One of the flash pieces was accepted by Flashes in the Dark and will be on the website the 25th of this month. I had eight stories rejected and I have 17 stories out in sub land (the longest being to Another Sky Horror Antho at 388 days, the shortest being to Necrotic Tissue from last week) I have two stories, should they get rejected, will be retired. I managed to write a couple of thousand words in my book, Invasion.

I also managed to read or finish or start: Deep and Dark and Dangerous (YA book but a very good ghost story), The Poisoned Apple (Hello Cate!), and I am half-way through Just After Sunset by Mr. King. I have also been reading through Shroud #4 (Much different than I though it would be but I am enjoying it immensely).

I don't know what my plans for this month are yet, other than editing the hell out of my short stories and possibly finishing draft #1 of Invasion. I have a slew of books to start on if I want to (Money Shot, Return to Luna, Zombie Haiku-and that is just to start) and I will be turning another year older this month, to be celebrated by opening up a well chilled can or bottle of beer (hell, you could tap a Keg. I won't argue, just be sure to invite me over) and drinking with a medium rare steak and fried potato and onions.

Hope the weekend is going well and I look forward to seeing the progress we all make in the next month.

9 comments:

Jameson T. Caine said...

It doesn't snow around here. All we get is rain, but this year we've gotten very little of it. In fact it's been rather warm. Friday I went most of the day in short sleeves. The temp was mid 60's.

Another February birthday? Here's to us! And I am jealous that you have the new Shroud. I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for mine to arrive, but still nothing. I know they've had some problems, so I will continue to wait patiently.

Catherine J Gardner said...

We've got snow!!! I'm sure you'd laugh at it and call it a light dusting. But OMG! we've got snow.

Here's to an acceptance filled February.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Jameson- Yes, people with February birthdays are automatically good people in my book (we have Abe Lincoln after all)

Cate- I would be happy with a dusting, if that was all we got. Happy February!

K.C. Shaw said...

Your birthday plans sound pretty much perfect. I hope the snow stays away for you too!

388 days for an anthology submission? Wow, that's just ridiculous! I hope you hear back soon (and it's good news, too).

Aaron Polson said...

Here's to February, and one more year older. (raises bottle/can/glass)

Shroud #4 was different than you expected? In what way? I've only read a little myself...

Jamie Eyberg said...

While I expected Shroud to be a top notch mag, I did not expect it to take such a literary approach to horror. Very refreshing. I think it will really turn into a flagship mag for the genre.

BT said...

Happy birthday for Feb - no doubt I'll refresh those sentiments when the time comes.

You have peaked my interest with Shroud. I may have to invest...

Danielle Ferries said...

We have a cyclone up north which is bringing rain for us which hopefully will cool things down.

Sounds like you're off to a good start for the year. I was doing very well but have slackened off a bit so am going to catch up this month.

Jeremy Kelly said...

Happy early birthday! I will toast to you the next time I hold a bottle in my hand (shouldn't be too long).