Trying to pick up where I left off

Apparently 2017 is almost over, and, when it comes to volume of writing, I have done very little this year. After finishing my six-book series of urban fantasy, I wanted to do some personal, reflective writing. I did so, but it took so much more time than I had anticipated.

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My children reflecting on their actual reflections in a pond, upstate New York, summer 2017.

The original, finished but as-yet unedited piece was about 12K words, and that took me more than a year to write. Then I worked on editing it. That took about two months and left it at about 7k words. And now I’m left with a piece that was extremely cathartic to write, but I don’t want anyone to read it, because of the personal nature. But I hate to think the year-long process was just an exercise in journal writing, so I may look to publish it in a magazine, under a pen name.

However, all this said, what I need now is a break from this gut-wrenching introspection and get back to something that’s, at times, only slightly less painful, and that is fiction writing. Ten years ago, in 2007, I decided to take part in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo), and that was when I wrote approximately 60% of the first draft of my first book, New Blood. When December 1 came, I just kept on writing until I was done, and then put it in a drawer for about 3 years. Because I find meaning in symmetry, I am thinking now would be a good time for me to put aside my personal troubles, and start thinking more about the topic of my next series, werewolves!

And here is the actual call for submissions!

I am pleased to announce a call for submissions. Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in NYC will be a short story e-book anthology showcasing urban fantasy stories that take place in New York City. This will be a charity anthology; all proceeds will be donated to NYC-based City Harvest (http://www.cityharvest.org).

This is an open call and may be reposted anywhere and everywhere. This anthology is expected to be published in September 2013. The requirements: 1. All stories must be between 1500-5000 words.

2. Stories may take place in the past, present, or future. NYC should be directly mentioned or implied in the story.

3. Stories should lean more towards urban fantasy than the science fiction side. 4. Submissions must be in DOC or RTF format.

5. We will not be publishing the stories individually. Only the anthology will be available on-line from Amazon KDP.

6. Authors will not receive a royalty. All royalties will go to City Harvest.

7. Previously published works are fine, providing that electronic rights have reverted to the author.

8. Stories currently published through a self-publishing venue (Smashwords, Amazon KDP, etc) will not be accepted.

9. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2013. This is a firm date; no submissions after this date will be considered. 10. All submissions should be sent to Donna Ansari at vampireinthecityseries@gmail.com with the words “Urban Fantasy Anthology” in the subject line.