2020… what a @#$% year!

Seasonal Greetings, all and one! I haven't done one of these this-was-our-year posts in, well, years, but 2020 just seems to need a little extra something. So, here are the facts of my life, in no particular order: I am still in Calgary with Sedona the Yorkie, Kerouac the tuxedo cat, and Calliope my chonky... Continue Reading →

Genre-Hopping on One Foot

Hi. My name is Tim. I'm a writer with a problem. Hi Tim. My problem may seem simple to some, irrelevant to others, and overwhelming to one or two of you. You see, I can't pick just one genre to write in. So far I have published novels in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Fantasy;... Continue Reading →

“Why Pete?”: The Making of a Story

Story rejections happen for a number of reasons. Here are a few, in no particular order.

~The story really does suck. (This was not a problem with "Why Pete?" because the judges at WOTF are very picky.)
~The story is of a type which doesn't appeal to the editor. (He/she hates space operas, or whatever.)
~The story is not a good fit for the publication. (The story is science fiction, the publication is Homes & Gardens.)
~The publisher has recently purchased and/or published a similar story. (Just bad timing.)

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