Sale! “Chasing Unicorns” to Daily Science Fiction

I returned the contract today, and am happy to announce that my story “Chasing Unicorns” will be appearing some day soon in Daily Science Fiction.

I’m super pleased by this. Friends who’ve read this story seem to remember it, and often ask me about it. One person who read an early draft—definitely not a friend—even did a shoddy job of ripping off some particularly unique imagery from a moment in the story that she said she’d found striking and memorable. (Flattering, but not cool. Please don’t do this, writers. You have your own striking and unique imagery and stories inside you; look there and you will find them. I have faith in you.)

Anyway! I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a lot people who, when I might have given up on this one, encouraged me to keep working and revise it again. Thank you, you know who you are.

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Making Time

I don’t know anything about this quote except that Jim Rohn was some sort of self-help guru, but the words resonate with me. I wanted to share them.

Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now but haven’t been doing is: write in this blog. A variety of complicated reasons compelled me to stop. Now I regret the silence.

I write posts, sometimes, but I never post them. It doesn’t really matter why I don’t. I’m going to try to change that starting today.

I have no agenda and no special plans as to what I’ll be writing about. Probably, I’ll write about whatever I’m feeling passionate about at any given time I make a post.

Right now that’s (in no particular order):

  • Things I’m reading. (But only the good stuff.)
  • Things I’m eating. (I like to cook.)
  • Things I’m making. (I don’t paint much anymore, but I’ve been doing lampworking for about a year and a half, off and on, and I want to start hand-making books again. I’ll probably post process photos of that.)
  • Things I’m growing. (I’ve been enjoying gardening a lot, as a part of my writing process. It keeps my hands busy but leaves my mind free for creative daydreaming.)

I probably won’t write about writing, except to announce publication of my work. The more I read, and write, and read about writing, the less interested I am in talking about my process. I may occasionally share links to other people’s process posts if I find them exceptionally interesting or unique. (That’s a pretty high bar, though. With only a few exceptions, the people writing about writing seem to be regurgitating the same stuff over and over again that other people writing about writing have already said.)

I know pretty much no one reads the blog on my website (why should they when I’ve so rarely posted anything to it?) and my lack of visible participation at Livejournal likely means anyone who see this on their flist is trying to remember who rarelytame is. (Terra LeMay – rarelytame is an anagram of my real name.) In any case, that’s what you can expect in future posts from me if you decide to stick around after you’ve scratched your head (“Terra who?”) and gone to my profile page or my bio page to jog your memory.

Writing on my blog is something I want to do, and I’m trying hard to make time for all the things I want to do.

How about you? Anything you’d like to make time for?

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