Two of my short stories were accepted into anthologies this week:
"Tempests' Savior" was accepted into "Mertales" by Wyvern Publications for their anthology next fall. The moral of the story is "There's more fish in the sea!"
Here's the blurb:
Reeling from a breakup, Maddy runs out into a hurricane and is pulled by a tidal wave into the sea. Her savior, a blond and tan surfer, has strange qualities that lead her to believe that he is more fish than man.
"Pirate Wannabe" was accepted by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company for their "Skulls and Crossbones" anthology about woman pirates. It will come out in January 2010.
Here is the blurb:
Dragged to every pirate event and maritime museum by her buccaneer crazed friend, Clare is tired of drudging up the past and wants to work on her own assertiveness in the present. On a special trip to learn about Ravishing Robert, The Pirate King of the Seven Seas, Clare has a newfound burst of curiosity and finds herself drawn into his tragic tale. When no one is looking, she pulls out his sword, yanking it from the century old mast where it was found at the bottom of the sea. Releasing the object sends her back in time as a stowaway aboard his ship, the Red Lichen, where she has a chance to prevent his mutiny and save the dashing pirate from sudden death.
I'm really getting into anthologies! I think it's neat to have a theme and see how each author spins it out in a different way. I used to read scary story anthologies as a kid, and I never knew how diverse they could be.
Writing for anthologies has made me a better writer as well. I've had to be more creative to find a story that I can write that will fit with the theme. It's made me think about what the publishers are looking for, and how to best use the theme in a new and inventive way. I totally recommend it to any writers out there.
Lastly, I want to thank my critique buddies: Christine and Cherie for helping me out. Thanks guys, you are the best!