Scott M. Sandridge

A Work in Progress

Writerly Update 2/5/10

A 1-month-28-day rejection and over 11,000 more words down on the novel. Also, my article, “He Said, She Said….” can be read at Flash Fiction Chronicle, so enjoy! 🙂

The Unemployment Office also found my claim to be in my favor, so I’ll be collecting unemployment benefits until I can find a new dayjob or until January of next year, whichever comes first. Considering how messed up the economy is, I’m not very optimistic.

Also, I decided to take the advice of my last half-dozen employers and apply for SSI. Yes, Mr. “Self-Reliant” finally caved in. Years of chronic pain from osteoarthiritis and a pinched nerve near the spine accompanied by never having enough money for health care can do that to a person.

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February 5, 2010 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Writerly Update 1/28/10

13, 690 words down on the novel which is now at roughly 68,000 words and only 4 1/2 chapters left to write. Which means I may have to fatten it up a little once the first draft is finished, possibly requiring a rearrangement of the chapters.

One submission sent and two rejections received. And we’re mostly caught up on the F&T slush pile.

Overall, not a bad couple weeks except I got fired from my dayjob on the 18th.

Figures. 😦

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , | Leave a comment

Writerly Update 1/12/10

One submission, a 14-day rejection, 20-day rejection, and 1-day rejection. Also, 5400 words down on the novel now that I finally pulled myself out of the quagmire I was in.

Heh. And all it took was to kill off a character two scenes before I had planned to.

the P&E Readers Poll closes on the 14th, so you only have two days left to vote for Chimeraworld #6 (New World Disorder), so go vote already! 😉

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writerly Update 12/22/09

Three submissions sent and discovered that one sub got lost in electron limbo and had to be re-sent. Got an 11-day rejection, and 8-month-15-day rejection, and a 22-day rejection. 3760 words down over the last two weeks with 2660 of it on the novel which is now at over 39,000 words. Looks like my goal to have the novel finished before the end of this year won’t happen, alas. 😦

I’m also hoping to get a new column started (preferably through a paying venue) and there’s a possibility that Fear and Trembling might have a yearly anthology in the works to be co-edited by me and Ty Schwamberger (still waiting on Bill to give the go-ahead, assuming we have the funds for it). Instead of it being a “best of” antho, we’re thinking on making it a themed antho instead.

Which leads me to a question. What are your thoughts on F&T? Do you like it as a weekly updated webzine or would you be willing to wait for an annnual antho in your hands to have on your shelf? The obvious answer would be both, but if you had to choose between the two, which would you prefer?

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writerly Update 6-11-09

Got an acceptance! Yay!

“A Nighttime Business Arrangement” will appear in Silver Blade #4, August 30, 2009.

Ever wondered how Yavar managed to “arrange” that deal with the nobles she bragged about in Episode 10 of

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments