Monday, October 26, 2009


I know I haven't written in my blog for a while. I would like to say that I've been busy, which I suppose I have. I was also too stressed out to write for a while, but things are better now. *smiles*

I finished writing an ancient Roman horror short story titled IO SATURNALIA on Friday. I sent it to my critique buddies, and they sent me edits and comments. I fixed the story up today and sent it off to Emerald Tales for their Winter Solstice volume. I had previously submitted SOUL SURVIVOR to the editor for their previous issue, and although she liked the story, she said it wasn't for her. I am hoping that IO SATURNALIA fares better. *crosses fingers*

Here is what the story is about:

IO SATURNALIA     3,929 words        (Historical Horror)
As a Greek slave for the Roman Lucius Valerius Corvinus, Hermes has always longed to be free. During the festival of Saturnalia, his master grants him his wish with a price. Hermes, a scribe, has to come up with 700 sestertii for his freedom. When the slave travels to the sigillaria or special market, he comes across an Etruscan fortuneteller. She guarantees his freedom, if he doesn't tempt the Fates. With magical knucklebones, the Greek scribe seeks out his destiny.

I do think that this story is one of my better stories. As a writer, I feel that I get better with each story, but I think that this is probably the same with all writers. At least, we all hope that we get better with each story!

I did not write much this month. With NEPTUNE'S TREASURE and now IO SATURNALIA, I only wrote 8,630 words. I hope that I'm saving up all the rest of my words for NaNoWriMo, which is less than a week away.(I'll be blogging a lot about NaNoWriMo later.)

I haven't submitted anything else lately or heard anything new from my submissions still out there. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated.

By the way, I'm getting a new laptop. I'm so excited! It's supposed to come in by November 6. *crosses fingers* The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 15 laptop, and it is purple. I'm hoping to get a lot of writing done at home once I get the laptop, including doing my rewrites/edits for THE PHOENIX PROPHETESS.


Aubrie said...

What's your username for NaNoWriMo? I want to friend you!

I do think that you get better with each story, and Io Saturnia was awesome.

I'm not writing much these days either...saving up for NaNoWriMo!

Cherie Reich said...

My username is bookworm0753 for NaNoWriMo. I have you added there, but I don't know if you added me or not.

And, thank you! I think one reason I get better as a writer is that I have such great critique buddies. I try to anticipate what you and Christine say as I write. *laughs*

Yes, I agree. I'm pretty much saving up for NaNoWriMo. I can't wait!