Monthly Review (August 2018)

It’s August and that means we are TWO MONTHS AWAY from October which is the best month of the year and please don’t fight me on this because you will lose. August was a busy month for me for a lot of reasons (started taking classes, work craziness, lots of reading to do). So here are some numbers for the month:

Story Submissions:

Submissions: 3

Stories Still Out in the Wild: 2

Acceptances: 1

Rejections: 4

Fhtagn! Four rejections this month! The first three shot-gunned into my inbox on the 1st of the month to remind me that humbleness is a virtue that people should have (or something). I can’t speak for the cruel intentions of the universe.

I sent two of the stories back out, and one of them (a reprint) is back in the story armory. I’m struggling to get some new stories done, but these last few months have been a little dry. I’ve got my eye on a few deadlines for upcoming anthology/magazine calls that I hope to have a stories completed for. But August wasn’t all doom and gloom!

I do have one acceptance… But I can’t talk about it yet! More to come on this.

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What Else Have I Been Doing?

An interview with Kristi DeMeester!

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Kristi had an amazing 2017 and has quickly shot up my list as one of my favorites in the Weird Fiction scene. Read the interview I did with her here to get her take on a bevy of topics (her life, her novel, where you can catch her future work). My next interview will be with Michael Wehunt on the 5th of September.

‘Pickman’s Gallery’ by Ulthar Press

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Ulthar Press’ newest anthology hit shelves on the 18th of this month. It features my story ‘A Pickman Original’, a piece detailing the occupational hazards of being an art collector. To celebrate it’s release I wrote a piece about it’s subject (Richard Upton Pickman) that you can find here. You should also totally buy a copy of this from Ulthar Press or Amazon. Matthew Carpenter has put together another amazing book that I hope all horror fans glam onto.

‘Night Shift at the Blue Acres Care Facility’

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I put together a free story for a submission to The Hooks of Horror Podcast. This kills two birds with one stone. I get to submit a story, and you get a free story to read! So here it is. I hope you enjoy it!

With that we say goodbye to August.

One month closer to October.

Monthly Review (July 2018)

It’s officially summer and this is yet another reason for me to stay inside. But that’s okay. I’ve got plenty of wonderful things to keep me entertained in the comfort of my air conditioned house. Right? Anyway. Here are some numbers for the month:

Story Submissions:

Submissions: 2

Stories Still Out in the Wild: 3

Acceptances: 1

Rejections: 0

You feel that? That’s the sweet wind of a story acceptance.

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Though my story has nothing to do with Nicolas Cage (though an urban fantasy novel featuring Nicolas Cage as some kind of actor-wizard-hero would be tubular in every sense of the word), it’s a story that I can’t wait to share with ya’ll. I can’t announce where it’s been picked up by, but it’s a market I’ve wanted to break into for quite some time.

Three stories are still out and I hope to hear something soon.

What Else Have I Been Doing?

An interview with author Pete Rawlik

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On the first Wednesday of every month I’ll be interviewing authors and creators about their newest works, their lives, and what influences them.  Lovecraftian extraordinaire Pete Rawlik is this month’s victim. Tune in on August 1st at 1000 for the next interview with author Kristi DeMeester.

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham Review

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I also reviewed the spooktastic Batman graphic novel ‘Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham. Take a look here.

That’s it for July. We’re inching closer to autumn so get ready. Here’s one last Nic Cage GIF to keep you company.

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See you soon.

 

Monthly Review (June 2018)

Are we in the Dog Days of Summer yet? It certainly feels like it. My leg surgery that I mentioned last month went very well and I’m back to work (ugh). My submissions dropped off a bit this month because I’m still waiting to hear back on so many. Here are the numbers for June…

Story Submissions:

Submissions: 1

Stories Still Out in the Wild: 4

Acceptances: 0

Rejections: 0

What Else I’ve Been Doing:

E3

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Video games, video games, video games. I watched every conference that I cared about and got very excited about some upcoming releases. I have some favorites and a few disappointments as well (Fallout 76). You can see more of my thoughts here.

Tune in next month for a pretty exciting interview with author Pete Rawlik! It will be the first of a new feature here. I’ll be interviewing authors and creators about their newest works, their lives, and what influences them. The first interview is incredible and I think the rest will be as well.

That’s it for now. Thanks for coming around. Stay cool everybody.

 

Monthly Review (May 2018)

Happy spring! I hope you’re enjoying your time and enjoying lots of good fiction and film. I’m here again just to give you a snapshot into my own going adventures in the writing world.

Story Submissions:

Submissions: 4

Stories Still Out in the Wild: 4

Acceptances: 0

Rejections: 2

My Hotmail Rejection Folder just got two new friends. The good news is that I sent the stories out basically right away and edited two older stories that have been sitting unused for a little while.

My novella outline is still coming together and I hope to have a good chunk of it done in the coming weeks.

What Else I’ve Been Doing:

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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I have a new gaming obsession and it’s called Assassin’s Creed: Origins. This is a beautiful game world with the addictive gameplay that the franchise has cultivated over the years. The new RPG elements that they’ve added make the ‘sneak-kill-sneak’ loop infinitely more fun. Add in a bunch of new weapon types (including giant battle axes!!!) and I can’t believe how much fun I’m having.

Rear Window

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My wife and I have decided to fill in some of our classic film blanks lately. We’ve done some Hepburn, some Monroe, and now it’s time for some Hitchcock. I’ve seen most of the classics (Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo) but this one has long slipped by me. We rectified this on a stormy afternoon in the beginning of the month and I’m still kicking myself for WAITING so long. This thing is a masterpiece of suspense and design from top to bottom. Stewart is excellent as always. The neighborhood and the stories told around them builds this narrative to its eventual breaking point in the most fascinating way.

I’ll be having leg surgery early on in June, so I should have some time to catch up on reading and writing. I’ve been reading some great novels lately and I’ll be posting some reviews when I get a chance. Take a moment to follow me on Twitter (@logan_noble). Keep writing and reading everyone.

 

Monthly Review (April 2018)

April has come and is (nearly) gone. I’m back again for my Monthly Review. It was a big month for me across a bunch of mediums. Let’s get the business out of the way first:

Story Submissions:

Submissions: 2

Stories Still Out in the Wild: 2

Acceptances: 0

Rejections: 2

My submission chickens from last month have come home to roast, which results in the 2 rejections that we have here. I still have several out and about so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the results are a bit more positive for them.

The legendary Tor.com are holding novella submissions in May and July. I’ll be working on completing a novella to submit for the July timeframe. I’m working with the editor of last month’s acceptance to get my story edited (thanks for being so patient!) and ready to see print. More on that soon!

What Else I’ve Been Doing:

Avengers: Infinity War

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I took off Friday to witness this incredible event. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe with all my heart and this giant-mega mash-up showdown lived up to nearly all of my wildest expectations. The film is head and shoulders above all the others in the genre. What Marvel/Disney have done here will go down in history as a cinematic event like any other.

God of War

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I recently wrapped up the campaign on this one. What a ride. The God of War franchise used to just be a dude-bro power fantasy. This soft reboot feels like a step into something far deeper. I think video games deserve more respect as a creative medium. God of War is a perfect example of that. The gameplay is tight and the story is awe-inspiring across the board.

That’s it for April. Take a moment to follow me on Twitter (@logan_noble) is you want more nonsense like this. Keep on writing and reading everybody. I’ll see you again soon.

Monthly Review (March 2018)

The third month of 2018 is gone and I wanted to try a new feature that I’ve seen on some author’s blogs. I want to use these Monthly Reviews to wrap up any news in my world and highlight some other random snippets from this month.

Story Submissions:

Submissions: 4

Acceptances: 1

Rejections: 0

Yay! An acceptance! Those are very good. I can’t announce where the story has been accepted yet but I can say that it has been a long road to acceptance.

My goal this year is to have 7 stories published. I’ve got two already and with this one it makes three. I’m going to keep writing and keep submitting until I get there.

What Else I’ve Been Doing:

Hellboy

On my continued quest to read 52 books this year I just finished up Hellboy: The Storm and The Fury. I’ve been slowly working my way through the graphic novels and I’m enjoying it immensly. Mike Mignola’s art is one of my favorite things ever and the Hellboy story is so dense and so crazy.

Far Cry 5

I’m also playing through Far Cry 5 on my PS4. Talk about crazy. The game’s open world shooter sandbox has lead to some frustations but also some genuine moments of awe. I’m halfway through the story and I can’t to see what happens next.

I’ll see you guys again at the end of the month!