The Pulitzer, Publishing, Contests, and Beta Readers


I mentioned a few posts ago that I had a short story accepted for publication on Jitter Press. I have recently had another story accepted for publication for another online magazine, Uncaged Book Reviews. As the title suggests, they write and publish book reviews. For their October issue, they were seeking a few short horror stories to include for this Halloween edition. I sent in a story and they’ve agreed to include it in the publication. There is no payment, but it’s great exposure and I’m looking forward to seeing my stories published in different places.

With the publication of my recent work of poetry, “Men Are Garbage,” I felt it had the right social commentary to be considered for The Pulitzer Prize in a collection of Verse. I paid the $75 entry fee and sent four paperback copies of the book to the people who judge works for the Pulitzer. I feel this is a gutsy move and I’m not confident that I have the skill to win. I submitted anyway just to say I did. I won’t know anything one way or the other until next Spring. I am happy to forget about it until then.

I plan to submit some work to a couple writing contests. One of them has not responded to my email with questions about guidelines and things and their deadline is quickly approaching. I may wait on that contest until next year and focus instead on the one for the Tucson Festival of Books happening in March 2019. Their contest submission deadline is the end of October giving me plenty of time. Their contest rules are also straight forward and don’t require me to email them questions. I can just submit once I have the money for the submission fees.

Speaking of saving up for submission fees, I’m working three jobs (sort of) not including anything I do for writing. I am a partner with Starbucks, a stagehand for Centennial Hall (the home of Broadway in Tucson), and I work with local nonprofits and artists with publicity and marketing. I have a full plate and still find time to do some writing. Some of my third job work in pro-bono too meaning I don’t get paid for all those things I do. However, staying busy keeps me from going insane or falling into the darkness.

I’ve also sent my novella to my small group of beta readers. I’ve gotten a little feedback which pointed out I still have many typographical errors to fix. This is why we have beta readers. Imagine if I had self-published this work anyway. I am grateful to the readers I currently have but I am always looking for more. You can find that information on my Beta Readers Page and also search for it on Facebook. Those are the current crazy updates and I’ll have many more. I’m still trying to figure out how to get some VaudVil shows going again. The future looks bright, busy, and exhausting.

 

Seeking Beta Readers


I have finished writing my first novella. There are eighteen chapters, and this can make it a little difficult to catch all the plot holes and discrepancies. I am looking for Beta Readers. I would prefer people who do not work in the writing profession but anyone who wishes to read my unpublished work are welcome. I’m only looking for general feedback; good, bad, or indifferent. Not everyone likes the stories I write and I’m not asking you to praise me. I’m looking for honest feedback. I have more information on my Beta Readers Page.

I have also created a Beta Readers Facebook Group as a place for everyone to share their feedback in one place for me to see. For now, this is a public group, and anyone can join, but I am only looking for a few people. 5 to 10 people feels like enough. I am still trying to figure out if I can send documents through the group. Currently, I only have my novella ready to be read. I have a few short stories but a couple of them have been accepted for publication so I’m not sending those out for feedback.

Once I have critiques from several people, I will make changes if needed and continue sending the manuscript out for publication. It is very likely; however, that I will self-publish this work and focus on writing and submitting longer novels. Novels I have yet to write but am in the process of outlining the first one. It’s a little exciting. I hope to finish the outline in time to participate in the National Novel Writing Month this November. In any case, I’ll need Beta Readers for these future works as well and I can definitely send you all free copies of books if you choose to Beta Read for me.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Supernatural Television


Previously I wrote about a larger project I am working on that involves supernatural fiction in all its forms. I first discussed supernatural novels and today I am discussing supernatural television series. This does not include all supernatural television series. The criteria are similar to my selection of supernatural novels. I’m only looking at TV series from the last 35 to 40 years and they must involve supernatural events excluding science fiction. I do make some exceptions with TV series based off novels or films only because the TV series surpassed the original source material in popularity.

One can consider this list to be some of my favorite television series. Some are not but I included them on the list because they fit the criteria and were popular shows during their time or still are. I even include some cartoons and Anime. This is a short list compared to the amount of supernatural television series and please keep in mind, the list is short only for my convenience otherwise I would be overworked. The project is extensive as I’ve prepared it and opening up to all the things would make the project impossible to finish. I would like to finish this project within the next couple years.

Here is my list of the best supernatural television series’.

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002) *
  • Penny Dreadful (2014–2016) *
  • American Horror Story (2011– )
  • Grimm (2011–2017)
  • Santa Clarita Diet (2017– ) *
  • Being Human (2008–2013)
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001–2007)
  • Death Note (2006-2007) *
  • Charmed (1998-2006)
  • Stranger Things (2016- ) *
  • Twin Peaks (1990-1991) *
  • iZombie (2015- )
  • The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017 ) / The Originals (2013- )
  • Channel Zero (2016-2018) *
  • True Blood (2008)
  • Hemlock Grove (2013–2015) * – Case Study (Rule Exception)
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996-2003) / Angel (1999-2004) – Case Study (Rule Exception)
  • Supernatural (2005– ) – Case Study

The titles with the asterisk are shows that only have three or less seasons. Some of them will likely have more as they are ongoing, but I wanted to differentiate between the popular shows that were short lived and the shows that continue to be popular after many seasons. As with the list of novels, the case studies are works that have transcended their original media source and have become media franchises. The television show Supernatural (2005 – ) is a case study simply because of its popularity solely as a television show. It’s the first show of this genre that continues to grow in popularity as it continues edging closer to two decades of syndication.

I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the data I must consume for this project and I am not entirely sure what the point of it will be. What will be my argument in this book length essay? What will be my hook for gaining new readers? How are all these shows, novels, films, games, and comics connected? Why does it matter? These are questions I’ll attempt to answer as I review all the things. All the Supernatural Things. Perhaps that will be the title of the project. Perhaps I’ll never finish this project. It’s something to do.