Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Elly's Latest W.U Hstry Post

Ellora Bennett has a new post on the Winchester University History Students Blog:

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Writing Challenge - Five Sentence Fiction - Potions

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "potions." . And again, I go down the path of horror (with a bit of humor) for my submission.

A Dinner He Loved

Mileva felt so terribly guilty as the young woman had recently visited begging help for her troubled marriage. The desperate newlywed was not a great beauty, nor particularly graceful or clever, nor, for that matter, skilled in any of the usual domestic arts. All the dear girl wanted was something to make her cooking irresistible to her husband giving their tenuous relationship a chance. And that, of course, was the purpose of the elixir, painstakingly prepared by Mileva, a few drops of which were to be incorporated within his evening meal. She had no idea the poor child would be so unfortunately clumsy as to spill half the bottle on herself.

The image used above the story text on this page is courtesy of openwalls.com

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Friday, October 19, 2012

FSF Challenge - Flawed

While checking out a few writer's blogs the other day, I stumbled upon one with a writing challenge called Lillie McFerrin Writes. This particular challenge was to write a five-sentence story using the word "flawed" as an inspiration for the theme. I decided try give it a try, and being a more of a horror/science fiction writer, took that bent. I even used the picture of the dead tree on her page as inspiration, although that doesn't seem to be a prerequisite. I placed a "dead tree" picture from FreeDigitalPhotos.net on my post since I wasn't sure about the rights for the image on Lillie's page. My "submission" follows:

Circle of Life

Image courtesy of porbital / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It was deemed to be absolutely safe, this new biological control being applied to an oak growing on the laboratory testing grounds. The genetically modified fungus would attack the invasive insect destroying the tree, devouring the soft internal structures of their bodies as it multiplied within, and spread relentlessly until not a single one remained, all the while allowing other insects, the beneficial ones, to thrive. And it did precisely that as the scientists and businessmen congratulated themselves upon their imminent victory over their vile, six-legged adversary. After some time, however, the tree itself died, and some time beyond that, and well past the first shipping date for the wondrous new insecticide, before anyone took notice. And then the small bush next to the tree, it also perished, along with the grass around the tree, and even the weeds, all within an ever-expanding fairy-ring of death.

Note: I've had to rearrange a few commas since my original posting. What can I say? It's a hobby...

The image of the dead tree used above the story text on this page is  courtesy of porbital / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Thursday, October 18, 2012

How Incredibly Exciting!

I've finally gotten around to updating the favicon for this blog. It's nothing more than the letter "K" in red on a white field using the Matura MT Script Capitals font. How original.

My new favicon for this blog
My new favicon for this blog

I know this is incredibly exciting, but try to control yourself. Please contact emergency services if you start to have heart palpitations.

Yes, that's the big news for today...

At least it's more personal than the standard Blogger icon.

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Elly's Feeling Guilty

And for good reason...

We know that you'll get back into it once things settle down (she's starting a new semester at "Uni").

BTW, this is the link to her Blogger blog.

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October 2012: Project Update - Poetry Submission

This is an update to the post October 2012: Project - Poetry Submission.

I had emailed Scarlett River Press about the rights they were purchasing for their poetry collection ( In Darkness Dwells ~ A Macabre Collection of Poetry ) and they did respond!

From: Jo-Anne Russell ScarlettRiverPress@reborn.com

Image of Jo-Anne Russell of Scarlet River Press

This use of the Work by the Publisher entails the assignment of First Worldwide Anthology Rights, (Electronic and / or Print,) for publication in the English language anywhere in the world for a period of six months, when exclusivity ends, and nonexclusive rights commence.

 Thank you for writing.

 Jo-Anne Russell

This doesn't get me any closer to being accepted, and I do want to rework the poem (that I had originally considered finished), but at least I now know what I'm getting into. And so does anyone else considering a submission...

Thank you, Jo-Anne, for your reply!

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Monday, October 15, 2012

Projects Update

I have three short-term projects going right now - well, maybe two and a half...

I'm about 90% done my "Werewolves In Space" short story, so it won't be too much longer before it is submitted. In truth, the story only has one werewolf, so I guess I should change this to "Werewolf In Space." In any event, the real title will be "Going Home". I still can't believe I'm writing this. I was just reading an article, however, that says writing outside you're comfort zone keeps you fresh. After this, I couldn't get much fresher.

Image of werewolf and moon

My second project, to be submitted for Tales of the Undead - Suffer Eternal at Horrified Press, still has a way to go. It may be 50% complete. But the deadline is in February 2013, so not to worry. My submission will be called "Final Judgment". I did notice that they are posting an advance acceptance list that has five entries already - they didn't say how many they want, or even if they have a limit.

I'm not sure about my last project. I've emailed Scarlett River Press asking them what rights they are "purchasing," but I haven't received a reply. I'm not sure I want to proceed if they don't. Not that what I submit would be so earth-shattering, but I like to do business with people that state exactly what the details of the transaction are to be.

I also need to do some reviews on Goodreads. I haven't updated those as quickly as I'd like.

Another task I have in mind is to set up a Google Docs spreadsheet to track submissions and have it be accessible from this blog. We'll see.

Yes, I have some work to do...

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October 2012: Project - Poetry Submission

I've found another one - and I already have an unpublished poem ready...

Image of pen and paper from www.freedigitalphotos.net

This project is from Scarlett River Press:

In Darkness Dwells ~ A Macabre Collection of Poetry

Deadline ~ January 31st, 2013

It matters not what hides behind the eyes, as long as it remains separate from the soul. Deep within us all, in our darkest place, dwells secrets we would rather keep hidden. Bring forth your monsters of the mind, and bask in the strange, the beautiful, the dark, and the macabre, as those secrets scorch minds and ooze down the pages of "In Darkness Dwells."


No more than 40 lines, any poetry style, size 12 font.
Must be dark! Cross some lines if you must, and give us your best.
Up to five poems per author.
No reprints! New works only.


By line, one electronic copy, and one paperback copy, or $5.00 without paperback copy. (Per author, not poem.)

Send your submissions to: ScarlettRiverPress@reborn.com.

In the subject line please put: Poetry_your first poem title_last name.

Please attach your submissions. Do not put them in the body of the email.

Dig deep, and share your dark side.

Note: Image shown in this post was downloaded from www.freedigitalphotos.net

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Another Tweet: Quote Of The Day

I also happened to see this while checking out what was going on with Twitter:

This could be the subject of a very interesting story... either fiction or non-fiction!

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Even Big-Time Authors Have Problems!

I happened on this article by chance, and being that it is about my Mother's favorite author, had to pass it along.

Interesting story!

© 2012 K. R. Smith