Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Grave Mistakes" Accepted

Today my thriller short story "Grave Mistakes" was accepted into Emerald Tales Vol. 2. No. 2 "It was a bright and sunny day" issue. It should be out on April 15, 2010. This is my second story accepted into Emerald Tales. My historical horror short story "Io Saturnalia" is in Emerald Tales Vol 1. No. 3 "Winter Solstice" issue. It can still be purchased here.

I'm really excited about "Grave Mistakes" being accepted. I was driving myself crazy waiting to find out. I would check my gmail account about every five minutes. All last night, I had strange dreams about my email account as well. It was definitely crazy.

"Grave Mistakes" is my second acceptance for the year. I previously won third place in the Big Read writing competition. "A Lesson Learned" will be published in the next issue of the Virginia English Bulletin. I don't have all the details for it yet, though.

As for other writing news, I have five submissions out there. One is in revisions, and I'm waiting to hear back. The other has been short listed. Then, I have three more that I haven't heard anything yet.

I'm currently working on a short story titled "Magna's Plea." I have a little over 1800 words written. The plan is to finish it this weekend. *crosses fingers*

I know it may seem a bit early, but I'm already thinking about NaNoWriMo 2010. I have a wonderful idea for a novel, and I plan to begin the outline as soon as possible. It's a horror/mystery novel based off some childhood nightmares of mine. Here is a blurb for Sarah's Nightmare:  Only the lights can keep the wall monsters at bay, or so Sarah thinks. These creatures plagued her childhood nightmares, but with the help of psychiatrists and medicine, Sarah has grown up past these delusions. As a college history professor trying to obtain her doctorate, thirty-year-old Sarah is moving on with her life. She has a live-in boyfriend, and she's just pages away from finishing her doctoral thesis. She's happy with her life. Yet when she agrees to teach a history of criminology course for a fellow professor, she learns some shocking facts. Every ten to fifteen years, five preschoolers go missing in the area. They are taken from their beds without a trace, and it is happening again. The only anomaly was in 1984 when only four children vanished. As Sarah and grad student, Marc Bishop, delve into the past, she realizes that sometimes nightmares really do come true.

Of course, my plans could change, but this novel is forming all on its own, so I think it wouldn't be too hard to write for NaNo. We'll have to see.

Well, I'm off to finish playing on Facebook and trying to get back to my short story "Magna's Plea."


Aubrie said...

Oh boy, I love scary stories like that! *steps first in line to read it*

And good luck with the rest of your short story :)

I decided to work on the big WIP this week so I haven't done much with mine yet.

Cherie Reich said...

Hehe! You don't have much choice in reading it, since you are my critique buddy. Muahaha!

Thank you! I really do hope to finish my short story by tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

I need to get back to my novels, but I've been doing way many more short stories than novel work lately. After April, I don't have as many short stories on the list, so maybe I can work more then.

Angie said...

Congratulations! Good luck with the rest of your submissions. Your novel idea sounds terrific.

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you so much, Angie! I think I'll need a lot of luck with some of those submissions. *laughs* Especially since they are at pro-paying magazines.

Lisa Rusczyk said...

Congrats on the acceptance! And good luck with the others.

Your book sounds like it should be in a bookstore... :)

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you, Lisa!

*grins* I would love to have a book in a bookstore eventually. That's the goal. Of course, right now, I would love to have a book that was polished enough to even send queries to agents/publishers. But, I'll have to wait a bit longer on that.