Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 • 4 Comments on Returning to Writing
Now that I’ve turned in Steamlust and while I wait for the rest of the Best Erotic Romance 2012 submissions to roll in, I’m turning my mind back to writing… oh, writing! I do enjoy editing anthologies—even more than I really thought I would, to be honest—and I do try to squeeze in writing time even while I’m compiling an anthoogy (or doing promotion for the one that’s coming out May 1—Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance!) but I miss focusing solely on writing my own words, submitting my stories, being accepted (optimistic, that’s me), seeing my name in the TOC.
Book editing and pregnancy/baby/pregnancy stuff has slowed my writing down considerably in the past eighteen months. But I’m still writing, even if it’s at a snail’s pace, and my mind is still whirring along, coming up with new ideas. I’m still playing with the novel plots, determined that one day I will actually sit down and write another one (or finish writing and editing one of the three or four that linger in my files). I’m also thinking a lot about nonfiction lately—personal essays on motherhood, parenting, aging, sex, life in general. I don’t have ambitious writing goals for the rest of this year for obvious reasons, but I do have writing goals and lack of time and energy doesn’t keep me from getting terribly excited about the ideas that come to me late at night—or early in the morning when everyone but me is asleep. That’s a writer for you—even when I’m not doing the physical work of writing, my mind is busy.
I’m waiting patiently for my next anthology contract (soon, I think!) and very excited about the ideas I pitched. But while I wait… I’m writing. How about you?
Monday, April 4th, 2011 • No Comments on One Down, One To Go
Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance has been delivered
to my publisher Cleis Press, despite illness, an overnight stay in the hospital, pregnancy exhaustion, lack of caffeine and a week alone with baby while Jay was in California. Yes, I’m proud of making deadline. I’m anal retentive like that. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have an end of August deadline or I’d likely be furiously writing and editing while delivering this baby!
In any case, Steamlust is a wonderful collection with some truly amazing and imaginative steampunk stories, filled with romance and eroticism. New York Times bestselling author of steampunk romance Meljean Brook penned the foreword and says:
Turn the page with me, and step into the new worlds these authors have built—worlds where airships rule the skies, where romance and intellect are valued over money and social status, where lovers boldly discover each other’s bodies, minds, and hearts.
This is steampunk . . . written extra hot, for double the steam.
Oooh… Meljean is a brilliant steampunk romance author (and so, so sweet!), so I’m delighted she enjoyed the collection and contributed to the book. If you like steampunk (or want a better idea of what steampunk romance is all about), I highly recommend her book The Iron Duke. It’s the first in The Iron Seas series (the second book, Heart of Steel, comes out in November). I was about a quarter of the way through reading The Iron Duke when I knew I had to ask Meljean if she’d consider writing the foreword for Steamlust. I’m so pleased that she did!
For those of you who submitted a story for consideration, please be patient. I will notify you soon as I have final approval from Cleis. Believe me, I’m just as anxious to announce this terrific table of contents. Until then (or at least for the next 11 days), perhaps you might consider a distraction: Best Erotic Romance 2012 is open for submissions until April 15!
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 • No Comments on Just a note about Steamlust submissions
I just wanted to post this here for any writers who submitted stories to Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance (formerly known as Corsets and Clockworks). I won’t be notifying authors of their inclusion in the anthology until after I receive final approval from my publisher. I’m in the process of editing the book for submission next week, but I likely won’t be notifying authors until mid-May, possibly June. I appreciate your patience!
In the meantime, please do stop by steam * lust * animation and see what Nikki Magennis has planned for the fabulous book trailer she’s creating for the book! I think I’m as excited about the film she’s making as I am about the book itself!
Or visit my Steamlust tumblr, (mostly) dedicated to lovely steampunk images right now, but will include excerpts and info about Steamlust as we get closer to publication.