July 22nd, 2000:
Thank You For The Flowers went off to the printers
yesterday. Now I get to start the hard work of arranging
book signings, media coverage, etc. I'm taking pre-orders
for personally autographed copies if you're interested.
You can learn more by clicking here. It will be available through
Amazon, regional bookstores, various specialty shops, and
by order through your favorite local stores.
"Scarecrow Boy" was accepted for the limited
edition anthology Chiaroscuro: Treatments Of Shade
And Light In Words coming this fall. A quick bounce
from the Warner Aspect novel contest, but my friend David
W. Hill advanced to the next round. Just got my
contributor's copy of Canadian Fiction Magazine's
anthology Northern Horror. An agent is reading one of my
novels. My article "Postcards from a Book Tour"
will appear in a future issue of Speculations, my article "Fishing For
Ink: Getting Noticed By The Media" will run in the HWA
newsletter and Gila Queen's Guide To Markets, and my article "Telling
Lies For Fun And Profit" is tentative for a future Writer's Journal. If you're the patient type,
you'll see them here eventually, because all my articles
come to the Haunted Computer to die.
My 20th high
school reunion is coming up next weekend. A time to
reflect, compare guts, spouses, and wallets, and
generally wonder who all these strangers are and where we
went wrong. Funny, 20 years ago I was voted "Most
Original" in high school. I wonder if I've really
lived up to that. I like to create, but my life, though
quite joyful, is not one of those daring, reckless
strings of events that some of my fellow classmates might
have expected. I suppose I've always been a homebody
who'd rather toil in isolation (but hopefully not eternal
obscurity) than grandstand about.
writing, more notes on my next novel. I have about a
half-dozen of the characters loosely in my mind. I just
need a title to really help me get going, plus one or two
happy accidents of research. I'm in the middle of a
creepy suspense-horror story. I think I've found a groove
with this particular type of emotion, because I've used
it several times this year. Not much new on the
rejection-acceptance front, but that stuff's all on the
borderlands of reality anyway.
another of my "child terror" stories. Something
about being a new father has tapped into this fear of
something happening to the child. This is the third time
this year I've written a story so terrible that I won't
allow my wife to read it. Well, working my fears out in
fiction is better than a few hours with a therapist.
sending off an entry for the Warner Aspect first novel
contest tomorrow. The imprint is more science fiction and
fantasy, and this is a supernatural novel, so it's
another longshot. But the novel was just sitting around,
cleaning up the last of the work on THANK YOU FOR THE
FLOWERS. Hopefully all will be finished this weekend,
then nothing to do but wait for the proof. I've been
diligently collecting the names of bookstores and
reviewers, so I plan to stay busy arranging book
signings, etc. After the up-and-down results of my
Writers of the Future signing tour, I'm determined to do
it right, taking sole responsible for my success or
failure. I also cobbled together my first banner ad for
the book. It's not professional but maybe it will work.
Here it is:
Got another agent nibble on CREEP. This will be the first
time I've had an agent and a publisher interested in
different projects at the same time. Two lottery tickets
in the hat...
Still deep in
rewrites for CALLING IN THE FIRE. Maybe it's a waste of
time, and I should be focusing on the new novel. But
maybe it's a good time to see if I've learned anything in
the past couple of years and if I can make this thing
better. Though it's been rejected a bit, I kind of like
it and believe most of the flaws were in the very
translation into French! Editor Benoit Domis of Tenebres,
the only pro French horror magazine, has accepted my
story "Constitution." It will probably appear
in 2001. This will make the third appearance and the
third country for "Constitution."
New letters out
to agencies for tomorrow, most of whom I've tried before.
They say third time's a charm, and that's perhaps true. I
haven't much new material lately, mostly focusing on
Hellnotes Newsletter reported that Lore is
dying, don't know what that does to the status of my
story "Scarecrow Boy," which is supposed to be
in their next issue. I've never yet had a magazine die
while holding one of my stories, but it seems to be
another of those obligatory rites of passage. The story
is also to appear in Thank You For The Flowers, which
was meant to be all reprints.
I'm one of
those people who hates to lose. Why in the world would I
want to be a Little League coach? My son gave up a grand
slam and we lost yesterday to move into last place. I'll
feel bad for days. When we win, I feel good for about an
Ah well, the orb revolves yet...a publisher has asked to
see the complete manuscript of THE RED CHURCH
after reading three chapters. Fingers crossed, but I've
been here before.
"Thirst" was accepted for the October 2000
issue of the webzine Electric Wine. It was first published in German at Storisende
Verlag and appeared in the subsequent anthology Die
Drachen Von Morgen. "Haunted" was the most
popular story in the second issue of EW, according to
editor Diana Sharples. Both "Thirst" and
"Haunted" will appear in Flowers.
My collection Thank
You For The Flowers is nearing the final stages of
completion. You can read more at the
official Flowers page by
clicking on the cover at right. Thirteen stories of
suspense and imagination, including two award-winners,
fill the 200 pages of fiction. The book is scheduled for
an October 2000 release.
"Narrow Is The Way" has been tentatively
accepted for the Brainbox e-anthology. The story was
written at last year's Writers of the Future workshop.
All that remains is to write a few pages about how I came
up with the idea for the story.
"When You Wear These Shoes" has been accepted
by the literary magazine HAPPY. This story was
rejected by quite a few fantasy magazines. I think I'm
starting to catch on to the fact that maybe I'm not a
genre writer. In fact, I have an oft-rejected soft SF
piece that I just realized is probably a better fit as a
My Chicken Soup
For The Sports Fan's Soul entry is a finalist among
5,000 entries for inclusion in the final book.
Fifty-fifty chance from here on out to be in a book with
a circulation of 1 million. I'll bet I'm the only
suspense-horror who submitted a story!
I'm in the midst of
a book-signing tour for Writers of the Future Vol. XV.
You can find dates and locations on the main Gravematters
I'm currently rewriting Calling
In the Fire, the third novel I wrote. I'm
also developing it as my first screenplay. My next novel
is going to be a ghost story from a different
perspective. Of which, more later.
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-copyright 2000 by Scott Nicholson