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Because I am just lousy at LJ these days years...

I've got a self-hosted occasional blog at my personal website. I've also got a Facebook page for my original fiction. I decided to post here about them, especially since my second piece of fiction is releasing in ten days! :D

If you like pirates, thunderstorms, weather magic, assassins, sword-wielding princesses, gay princes, sailing ships, whales, intrigue, diplomacy, and stuff like that, you might like my writing. Stormsinger is a short (about 8500 words) that released last August. Stormshadow, releasing in ten days, is about 40,000 words. A third work, Stormseer is currently being written when I'm not flailing about doing stuff like final revisions, etc.

Here, check out the cover:

Stormshadow by Stephanie A. Cain

Isn't it gorgeous?! :D


innerslytherin: (lotr - eowyn in armor)
Because I am just lousy at LJ these days years...

I've got a self-hosted occasional blog at my personal website. I've also got a Facebook page for my original fiction. I decided to copy my wifey [livejournal.com profile] severity_softly's idea and post here about them, especially since my second piece of fiction is releasing in ten days! :D

If you like pirates, thunderstorms, weather magic, assassins, sword-wielding princesses, gay princes, sailing ships, whales, intrigue, diplomacy, and stuff like that, you might like my writing. Stormsinger is a short (about 8500 words) that released last August. Stormshadow, releasing in ten days, is about 40,000 words. A third work, Stormseer is currently being written when I'm not flailing about doing stuff like final revisions, etc.

Here, check out the cover:

Stormshadow by Stephanie A. Cain

Isn't it gorgeous?! :D



P.S. [livejournal.com profile] severity_softly, I think my novel would more properly be called lgbt-friendly, as opposed to your lgbt-centric novel in progress. ;)


innerslytherin: (get steph published)
I was super productive last night, despite having to get offline twice for thunderstorms. I filed both federal and state taxes, and have a significant amount coming back from federal. My state refund was so tiny I considered donating it to the Indiana Non-game Wildlife Fund, but hey, every little bit helps, so decided against it. It'll buy me a couple gallons of gas if the price drops a little. ^_~

I also went through the SFFWA list of professional paying markets and went to all those magazines' websites to print off their submission guidelines. I made up a three-ring binder with all the guidelines printed in alphabetical order, then I selected two magazines that I've actually read, that I thought would be appropriate for my two most polished stories. Prepared both submission packets last night and sent them off this morning.

I also cleaned off my desk, because it would have been impossible to do my taxes or make up submission packets without doing that first. >.> I am always surprised at having to clean my desk off every week, but then I remember that 98% of my social life, as well as 90% of my writing life, is spent at the computer. *grin*

Major flooding across Indiana today. The driveway feels like a mire from how soggy it is, and the downstairs toilet won't flush again. I'm sick of rain, but I suppose it's better than snow! Still, thunderstorms in February are a bit much. I love thunderstorms, but since I have to disconnect the modem every time it storms, I do get annoyed at them. We lost our cordless phones to lightning at about 3:10 Monday morning, so now I can't tell if the phone call is Discover harrassing me for money (or possibly Sallie Mae), or if it's actually important.

I'm taking advantage of being employed at the moment by making huge payments against things (my savings account has $20 in it right now) but it seems like I'm hardly making any headway at all. The tax check will pay off 3/4 of the hospital bills from the tachycardia stuff, so that will help. I know I've got a job through the end of this month, and quite possibly through the end of March...so I'm trying to get one of the credit cards paid off, as well. If I could devote two whole paychecks to that effort, it would work. Too bad my bank still wants my car payment every month!
innerslytherin: (get steph published)
I was super productive last night, despite having to get offline twice for thunderstorms. I filed both federal and state taxes, and have a significant amount coming back from federal. My state refund was so tiny I considered donating it to the Indiana Non-game Wildlife Fund, but hey, every little bit helps, so decided against it. It'll buy me a couple gallons of gas if the price drops a little. ^_~

I also went through the SFFWA list of professional paying markets and went to all those magazines' websites to print off their submission guidelines. I made up a three-ring binder with all the guidelines printed in alphabetical order, then I selected two magazines that I've actually read, that I thought would be appropriate for my two most polished stories. Prepared both submission packets last night and sent them off this morning.

I also cleaned off my desk, because it would have been impossible to do my taxes or make up submission packets without doing that first. >.> I am always surprised at having to clean my desk off every week, but then I remember that 98% of my social life, as well as 90% of my writing life, is spent at the computer. *grin*

Major flooding across Indiana today. The driveway feels like a mire from how soggy it is, and the downstairs toilet won't flush again. I'm sick of rain, but I suppose it's better than snow! Still, thunderstorms in February are a bit much. I love thunderstorms, but since I have to disconnect the modem every time it storms, I do get annoyed at them. We lost our cordless phones to lightning at about 3:10 Monday morning, so now I can't tell if the phone call is Discover harrassing me for money (or possibly Sallie Mae), or if it's actually important.

I'm taking advantage of being employed at the moment by making huge payments against things (my savings account has $20 in it right now) but it seems like I'm hardly making any headway at all. The tax check will pay off 3/4 of the hospital bills from the tachycardia stuff, so that will help. I know I've got a job through the end of this month, and quite possibly through the end of March...so I'm trying to get one of the credit cards paid off, as well. If I could devote two whole paychecks to that effort, it would work. Too bad my bank still wants my car payment every month!
innerslytherin: (get steph published)
I'm in crisis over TLF. It is such a bloody mess right now. Last week I was trying to work out plotting on it and stuff, because I've decided to go back in time from where I started the last draft, and I think it needs to be two books, actually, rather than one, and...well, frankly, it's a MESS. When I started writing this novel, EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, it was a story about Bria. Now the main characters of the first novel are Brandon and Justin, and Bria is really going to be only an off-screen character until Book Two.

*tears hair*

So at this point, I'm going to go back to work revising FTGGI (and retitling it) and getting it ready to submit somewhere by the end of February. (This is the novel that didn't make it to the ABNA semi-finals.) I have fantastic notes from [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian and [livejournal.com profile] krycek_chick for revision, so it's a matter of knuckling down to work on it.

I hate that I keep putting off work on TLF, but as much as I love my other novels, TLF is the one closest to my heart, with characters I care most about. I made a huge mistake in trying to work on it for NaNo this past year, and until I work out the plotlines I want to braid together, and the ones I need to winnow out, I'm not going to be able to do it justice.


So these are my goals:
  • Submit "Trade All My Tomorrows" to a professional-rate market by Feb 1.

  • Complete a first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] castlewriters Winter Challenge story by Feb 29.

  • Submit FTGGI to either an agent or a publisher by March 1.

  • Commit to working on TLF daily come March 1.

innerslytherin: (get steph published)
I'm in crisis over TLF. It is such a bloody mess right now. Last week I was trying to work out plotting on it and stuff, because I've decided to go back in time from where I started the last draft, and I think it needs to be two books, actually, rather than one, and...well, frankly, it's a MESS. When I started writing this novel, EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, it was a story about Bria. Now the main characters of the first novel are Brandon and Justin, and Bria is really going to be only an off-screen character until Book Two.

*tears hair*

So at this point, I'm going to go back to work revising FTGGI (and retitling it) and getting it ready to submit somewhere by the end of February. (This is the novel that didn't make it to the ABNA semi-finals.) I have fantastic notes from [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian and [livejournal.com profile] krycek_chick for revision, so it's a matter of knuckling down to work on it.

I hate that I keep putting off work on TLF, but as much as I love my other novels, TLF is the one closest to my heart, with characters I care most about. I made a huge mistake in trying to work on it for NaNo this past year, and until I work out the plotlines I want to braid together, and the ones I need to winnow out, I'm not going to be able to do it justice.


So these are my goals:
  • Submit "Trade All My Tomorrows" to a professional-rate market by Feb 1.

  • Complete a first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] castlewriters Winter Challenge story by Feb 29.

  • Submit FTGGI to either an agent or a publisher by March 1.

  • Commit to working on TLF daily come March 1.

innerslytherin: (cup and rain)
MISERY. Utter misery.

It is so disgustingly humid outside, and already hot at 8:30, and my allergies are driving me maaaad. In fact my ears have been itching really bad again for the past week, and between that and the congestion and headache, I'm wondering if I've got another sinus infection. I have some antibiotics left over from the last time, and I'd meant to experiment with taking some of them and seeing if it cleared up in a day or two. (Yes, I know you're not supposed to, but oh well. I rarely take antibiotics more than once or maybe twice a year, if that, so I don't think I'm overusing them.)

In other news, the plotbunny that attacked me in the shower is finished in draft, and has been hacked apart by [livejournal.com profile] _lore (*sends smooches to my beta*). So it's going to sit in GoogleDocs for the next week, simmering, while I work on finishing Draft Two of Duellist. I have one or maybe two scenes left to write, and then I need to do a read-through and make any general fixes and make sure the fixes I did work. Then it'll go back to [livejournal.com profile] _lore and to you, [livejournal.com profile] aunty_marion (yes, you're getting the cleaner version!)

In the meantime I have two original stories I want to be working on, because there's a call for submissions to an anthology that interests me (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] larinzia for bringing it to my attention!) and I still have my writing group's September challenge.

Gah. I really wish the Allegra would kick in.
innerslytherin: (cup and rain)
MISERY. Utter misery.

It is so disgustingly humid outside, and already hot at 8:30, and my allergies are driving me maaaad. In fact my ears have been itching really bad again for the past week, and between that and the congestion and headache, I'm wondering if I've got another sinus infection. I have some antibiotics left over from the last time, and I'd meant to experiment with taking some of them and seeing if it cleared up in a day or two. (Yes, I know you're not supposed to, but oh well. I rarely take antibiotics more than once or maybe twice a year, if that, so I don't think I'm overusing them.)

In other news, the plotbunny that attacked me in the shower is finished in draft, and has been hacked apart by [livejournal.com profile] _lore (*sends smooches to my beta*). So it's going to sit in GoogleDocs for the next week, simmering, while I work on finishing Draft Two of Duellist. I have one or maybe two scenes left to write, and then I need to do a read-through and make any general fixes and make sure the fixes I did work. Then it'll go back to [livejournal.com profile] _lore and to you, [livejournal.com profile] aunty_marion (yes, you're getting the cleaner version!)

In the meantime I have two original stories I want to be working on, because there's a call for submissions to an anthology that interests me (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] larinzia for bringing it to my attention!) and I still have my writing group's September challenge.

Gah. I really wish the Allegra would kick in.

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