Girl at the End of the World (a Fox Spirit anthology)
- "Fox Spirit is a small start up and works on a profit share basis in most cases. We publish ebooks, print on demand and some limited edition print runs." Based in the UK.
- Paying market - token payment of £10 for the story + share of profits for 2 years if the anthology covers its costs.
- For this anthology they're looking for 5-10K word stories about the end of the world (or near the end of the world) featuring ass-kicking female protagonists in SF, fantasy, horror & crime genres.
- Submission guidelines don't say outright whether they accept simultaneous submissions or previously published work, but based on the info provided on rights, I'm guessing no previously published work.
- Submissions accepted via attachment to an email only, and they have several guidelines around email subject heading, document formatting, etc. to pay attention to.
- If story's accepted, they require First World English (for print), First World Electronic (for eBook), & Anthology rights.
- Deadline - 31 August 2013.
Favorite line: "because nothing says Merry Christmas like the end of the world."
Which brings us to this week's writing prompt...
|Photo by Rick Campbell|
Prompt: Girl at the end of the world.
Bet you didn't see that coming! Wait, you did? Oh. You must be very smart.
I'm having a kind of come-to-Jesus moment around my schedule and the number and kinds of commitments I've been making.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might know that I tend to try to do too much...to the extent that one of my Round 2 ROW80 goals was "Try to stop trying to do too much." And yet here I am again, staggering under the weight of Too Much To Do. For the past two nights I fell asleep with the lights on in the midst of trying to get something done, and I've had a hard time getting up in the morning. Not good signs. I don't want to keep pushing myself until I get sick.
So I need to reevaluate my priorities, and they go like this:
1. Health - Mine & Milton's. Psychological/emotional as well as physical. When I started this list I put Health at #3 and then realized how messed up that was. Health needs to come first always.
2. Paid work - I think it's obvious why this needs to be a top priority.
3. Writing - Good for my mental health, and I also hope to start making income off it within the next five years, so I need to make slow but steady progress on my collection of speculative fiction short stories and on my pseudonym's projects over the next year.
4. Communication - With friends, family, clients. I'm thinking primarily email here, but also Facebook & Twitter.
5. Admin work - E.g. drawing up contracts & invoices, keeping on top of my to-do list, business coaching, etc.
6. "Life stuff" - A catch-all category for non-business-related tasks such as cleaning the house, grocery shopping, tracking my household budget, etc.
7. Marketing - Someday I hope to hire someone to do this for me, since there's so much more I could and want to be doing in this area, but for now I will keep my ambitions in check and stick to what's manageable.
And I need to let some things go. This is so hard for me, because everything I do has its place in my heart and in my overall strategy for my business, but I have to do this or risk my health.
I am happy to say, though, that I have been doing more creative writing over the last couple of weeks, and I even finished and submitted a story. Hooray! It never ceases to amaze me how much more whole and calm I feel on the days when I prioritize creative writing.
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