Sunday, January 27, 2013

Update #3: Grimm And Grimmer Submission

It seems my story, the remake of The Fisherman and His Wife, won't be in Volume 1, but it's nice to know  the anthologies are progressing! (There will be multiple volumes in this series.)

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction Challenge - Ringing

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Ringing."

Before I get to the story, I wanted to make note of a change in the blog. I've removed my sidebar gadget, Other Writer's Blogs and Web Sites, and replaced it with a new and improved page for the same purpose, a link to which can also be found in the list of Pages, also on the sidebar. The new format allows me to put additional information in an easier-to-modify format. Please check this out - you might even find yourself there!

And now, back to our story...

The Old Bell

The tarnished brass bell, somehow still clinging to the hanger on its weathered post, was all that remained of the quaint rural schoolhouse where he had gained the first six years of his formal education. It was a curiously comforting anachronism, a stoic sentinel standing guard against the encroaching chaos of the world, protecting him as he surveyed what was left of his past. There, behind where the old frame building once stood, was a single beech, little more than a sapling in his memories, now spreading its coppery autumn canopy over the low stone wall were he sat next to a girl for the very first time owing to no other reason than he thought she was pretty. Sitting there once again, he could hear the bell faintly ringing, calling them back to class, her freckled face smiling as they ran to the door side-by-side, the curls of her soft hair, nearly the same hue as the leaves on the old beech, bouncing with every step until their toes touched the threshold together. As a chill breeze stirred, she faded away along with the ethereal white building leaving him to ponder how much had changed, and how much he had changed, yet knowing everything of importance, everything he truly valued, had roots in this humble half-acre.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Update #2: Grimm And Grimmer Submission

I have received some news via e-mail on my Grimm and Grimmer submission to Fringeworks!

This is my remake of the fairy tale, The Fisherman and His Wife.

It reads:


I am writing to you regarding your submission to the 'Grimm and Grimmer' anthology. I am pleased to tell you that your story was successful and we would like to publish it in one of the volumes. I will be contacting you in the next month to discuss the next stage in the editing process. Thank you for your efforts which are much appreciated. I look forward to working with you.

Many Thanks

Theresa Derwin 

So, there is still work to be done, but if all goes well, the story should show up on the web (and possibly in print) at some point!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yes, I've Been Changing The Blog Around

I've been trying to keep the interface here a simple as possible, so I've:

  • Moved my (rather short) excerpts page to a Google Document instead of making it a blog page (better formatting, easier to update)
  • Moved the NovelRank page into the Writing Resources page
  • Made a few other little tweaks, like removing the Google Recent Comments widget that was no longer working

I don't think I've deleted anything entirely, but if you're looking for something and it's not there, let me know. And if there's something you'd like to see and it's never been there, you can tell me that, too, and I'll see if I think it should be included. I don't mind you asking!

Thanks again for reading!

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Friday, January 18, 2013

Update: Grimm And Grimmer Submission

At least the Fringeworks folks have posted a tweet on the Grimm and Grimmer anthology to which I've submitted a short story (88 stories submitted?).

No pressure, but I really think they should select mine...

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Five Sentence Fiction Challenge - Forgotten

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Forgotten."

When I first started writing for this prompt there was no picture posted, so I chose my own. In the picture, the man seems to be looking over his shoulder, and it was as close as I could find to what would match the story.


Image "Man And His Dog In The Snow" courtesy of Tina Phillips at

He was an old man now, and so tired, so very, very tired, but there was no time for rest. Every stranger in the marketplace, every glance that seemed a bit too long, was suspicious. He was always on guard against that one mistake, that one simple slip of the tongue, where he might give himself away — like answering to his own name, his real name, that he had not dared speak for over forty years. They were still after him, those that would persecute him for what he’d done in the name of God and country, and there were times when he wished for his own death to end the madness. But more than anything, he wished to be forgotten.

Image "Man And His Dog In The Snow" courtesy of Tina Phillips

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Friday, January 11, 2013

FSF Challenge - Inspire

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Inspire."

When I saw this prompt, I kept thinking about all those motivational posters with their inspirational sayings. Sometimes they help, sometimes you end up like Evan...


Image "Burning Candle" courtesy of nuchylee at

Evan had no idea where he was when he woke up, but he did know his head hurt like hell and it was dark. As he began to move, his hands found the cool roughness of a stone wall rising higher than he could reach, and while following it, encountered several small alcoves, each containing what felt like a candle. As Evan inched along, he raked his shin on something hard, uttering a sharp "Son of a..." with the expletive stifled only by the remembrance of a former teacher saying, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." As he rubbed his leg, he wished he had paid a bit more attention in class. Maybe there'd been a lesson on where to find the damned matches.

Image "Burning Candle" courtesy of nuchylee /

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Update On The Poetry Submission

I've received an auto-response to my poetry submission, so I know that it was delivered somewhere... 

Thank you for your submission, inquiry, or response to Scarlett River Press.
It has been received, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please allow up to eight weeks for a response depending on volume of submissions. Our website is up but currently under construction, so wear a hardhat. You can check it out here:

Scarlett River Press
 Fuelling the Fire of Fear

 Jo-Anne Russell

 Allen Jacoby

I hope there's a human being (or zombie, vampire, spiritual entity) checking this at some point - and that it doesn't really take 8 weeks!

For those with a compulsive spelling disorder, fuelling can apparently be spelled as "fuelling" or "fueling."

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Poem Submitted

I've submitted a short poem, Among the Stones, to Scarlett River Press in hopes it will be accepted into their poetry anthology (?), In Darkness Dwells ~ A Macabre Collection of Poetry. 

Scarlett River Press seems to be a small outfit up in Canada, just starting off, so I don't have great expectations (no pun intended) for this, but you have to start somewhere. It would be nice to say I've had a short story and a poem published.

The poem itself is a bit on the dark side, and not lengthy at all, with 18 short lines.

Now, more waiting - no word on my other story to Fringeworks yet.

But there's more to do - I still have to finish that mummy story for The Were-Traveler...  (but I have until February 15th). Until then, you'll just have to read my werewolf story there (shameless plug).

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction Challenge - Midnight

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Midnight."


Image "Wolf and Moon" courtesy of nixxphotography at

It's funny what you think about when the adrenaline kicks in. I guess that's how the brain copes when you're out of breath, out of time, and out of luck. I was used to being the hunter, but this time I was the prey. Alone, on foot, I had only the eldritch glow of a full moon to light my way. All that kept running through my mind was that old Patsy Cline song:

I go out walking, after midnight
Out in the moonlight
Just hoping you may be
Somewhere a-walking after midnight
Searching for me.

And I knew you were.

Image "Wolf and Moon" courtesy of nixxphotography

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Another Story Submitted

I've submitted another story, a rework of the Grimm Brother's fairy tale, The Fisherman and His Wife, to Fringeworks, under the same title.

Vom Fischer und seiner Frau; Darstellung von Alexander Zick (1845 - 1907)
Public domain image, Fischer und Frau, from Wikimedia Commons

Like the original fairy tale, it's a short story, but in a modern setting and with a different ending. It's more on the humorous side than from the dark places I usually reside.

From the Fringeworks website:

Grimm and Grimmer Submission Guidelines

We love to find new talent and to give writers the chance to get recognition for their work in the public domain. We are currently seeking submissions for a continuing anthology series entitled ‘Grimm and Grimmer’.

A number of short ebooks will be released throughout 2013, culminating in a limited print run hardback edition containing all of the stories published by this method. With each ebook purchased from selected websites, customers will receive a code to be put towards the purchase of a limited hardback edition.

We anticipate a total of five ebooks, each containing six stories.

Customers who collect codes for all five ebooks will be eligible to purchase the limited edition hardback for free, excluding p&p.

Submission deadline for this anthology is midnight on 6th January 2013.

I made the deadline by 1 day. Now the waiting begins...

In the mean time, I'll continue work on my mummy story for The Were-Traveler.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Story Got Tweeted

... and not by me this time!

I just had to post the "Tweet" someone put out for my story. It was even re-tweeted by one of the other writers in the "Big Bad Wolf" issue of The Were Traveler.

Reading back through it, there are some awkward areas that I'd redo, but I was pressed for time as it was, so that wasn't an option. But I have a story out there, such as it is. Considering I'm not really a werewolf fan, it's not too bad!

More (and hopefully better) stories to come!

Oh, and please feel free to leave a comment / review / lambaste below. I'm working on that thick skin writers are supposed to have.

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