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Published: WomenArts Quarterly Journal

Nov 29, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

When I have a story published somewhere, I like to look at who was published along with me. For one, I like reading other author bios (does this make me weird?). For another, I like to look up their other work for my spare reading moments. What I’ve noticed, sometimes, is that there is some disparity between the number of men being published versus women, especially minority women. So, that why I’m so excited for my story, “Fireworks”, to be published in a journal like WomenArts Quarterly Journal, which advocate the talents of women writers.

My story is actually inspired by an incident that had befallen my husband, which took away his sight (temporarily, thank God!) during the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Our tradition is to go to a different city every year to see the fireworks, and this was the first year since we’d been married that we couldn’t do so. While I watched the shows on TV, this seed of an idea came to me.

If you’re interested in reading it, keep your eyes peeled for Volume 4, Issue 4 of WomenArts Quarterly Journal on the newsstands. I’m not sure if you can purchase a copy online yet. I’ll edit this post once I have more information.

[Update: You can find the magazine in these stores (or purchase it online) here.]

Yay for women writers!

Update on the State of my Life

Sep 14, 2014   //   by Christina   //   General, Latest News, Personal, Published  //  No Comments

My husband and I are back from our 10-month 12-country trip around the world. It’s been crazy settling back into the normal routine of life, and my writing has been a bit disrupted because of it. While it was frustrating at times, I’m glad I spent the necessary time and energy. Now I can focus back on my writing without having too many worries lingering in the back of my mind.

I hope to also get this writing blog on a semi-regular schedule now that I actually have the time to spend on it. I’ll be introducing a weekly feature which will be explained in my next post. And for those of you who also pop in to  Imaginor, I’ll be trying to get my mini-series’ there back on track also. So, many things happening on this website that I hope you’ll like.

In other writing news, my story, “The Job”, was published back in June in Issue #4 of Beyond Imagination. I’m particularly fond of the brothers that inhabit that story. I may even expand their story out into a full-fledged novella one of these days. You can check them out here.

I also had my poem, “Immortality”, published in Issue #5 of Dark Matter Journal, which was a welcome surprise. Poetry was my first love. I have a soft spot for the rhythm and flow of poetry. I also have a deep and abiding interest in science, though I’m more of a dabbler. These two interests came together into this poem, which you can read here (available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle versions).

My Write1Sub1 challenge has had its rocky moments. I have to say it’s been easier to submit at least one story out each week than it’s been to write a completely new piece. But, I’m still slogging on.

My novel has gone through about a million changes (I’m not even sure if I’m exaggerating here) but I think I’ve finally got a handle on things. My goal is to finish a first-ish draft by the end of the year and have it submitted out to agents by June of next year. But, then again, you know what they say about best laid plans.

All in all, though, I’m happy and writing everyday. And, really, that’s all I want out of life right now anyways.

3Elements Review

Apr 17, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

I’m so excited to have my story, “Safe”, published in the Spring 2014 Issue of 3Elements Review!  This magazine has a fun “theme” where they ask writers to incorporate 3 elements into their stories & poetry.  The elements for Spring 2014 were “terminal”, “bare”, and “6324”.  See if you can spot them in my story, which you can read here.  Also, I did a quick interview for them. Check it out here.

I think magazines like 3Elements Review are great, not only because they showcase great work (though I’m a bit biased), but because they offer an interesting way of approaching writing, especially if you’re stuck in a creative rut.

Siren’s Call Anthology

Dec 3, 2013   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

It’s been a while since my last update.  I’ve been travelling abroad, and trying to find little moments here and there to work on my writing.  It’s hard to figure out what to focus on in the limited time I have available, but I am slogging on.   Hopefully, in the next months, I will be fruitful.

Anyways, more important news:  my short story “Monstrous Innocence” has been included in a Siren’s Call anthology released a few days ago!  If you’re into the horror genre or just have a fascination with the motivations of serial killers, check out Slaughter House: The Serial Killer Edition Vol. 1.  There are a ton of venues where you can find it: Amazon (US), CreateSpace, and Smashword.  If you aren’t in the US, let me know and I can try looking for an Amazon link for your country.

I’m SUPER excited to be included!

Still Point Arts Quarterly

Apr 30, 2013   //   by Christina   //   Published  //  No Comments

Though I fancy myself progressive and modern in many ways, a few superstitions linger despite my best efforts, one of them being that I try not to proclaim any accomplishments until I’m 100% sure it’s actually happening, for fear of having it slip through my fingers. 

So, I’ve been waiting eagerly for many months to let spill that I’m having a second story, "Inspiration", published in the wonderful Still Point Arts Quarterly this summer! Here’s a sneak preview of the magazine.  The official release date is June 1 and should be appearing in bookstores in the US and Canada around June 4, so if you spot it, let me know. 

The idea for "Inspiration" struck me out of the blue one day while I was out to dinner with my husband, when words seem to fall from my fingers without much conscious thought, the story emerging almost fully-formed, like Athena rising from the head of her father, Zeus.  Thanks go out to my friend and fellow writer, Benjamin, for helping me to read it over and giving me some great suggestions on how to refine the crude material into something worthy of a great magazine like Still Point Arts Quarterly.  I’m so excited to hold the magazine in my hot little hands!

Vine Leaves Literary Journal

Oct 15, 2012   //   by Christina   //   Published  //  No Comments

HOORAY! I am beside myself with happiness. I have officially had my first short story published in a literary journal. You can read my short story, “Joseph”, in Issue #4 of the Vine Leaves Literary Journal here (page 24 of the journal), along with other fantastic stories and poetry. It will also be featured in their "Best of 2012" anthology coming at the end of this year.

Not only that, but “Joseph” has been nominated by Vine Leaves Literary Journal for the Pushcart Prize. Though I am a bit cowed by the competition for the Pushcart Prize, I am so honored to even be in consideration for something I’ve been coveting for quite some time.

I have to admit that I’ve been getting rather depressed recently. Even though I’ve become used to rejections, it’s still quite the downer every time I receive another one. In a fit of despair, I’d told my husband that if I reached 100 rejections without getting accepted once, I would give up my dream of being a professional writer. So, this piece of news definitely gave me a little boost of confidence to forge ahead (I’d only reached 35 or so rejections at the time of my story’s acceptance).

The day after I received news of my story’s acceptance, I received two more rejections. But, I filed those away and got back to staring at my computer screen.