The Writer Writes

I mentioned last week that I was writing and that’s why I wasn’t here. It looks like that trend will continue. Here’s sort of an update of what’s lined up.

Both of my submissions for Women Destroy Horror! and Women Destroy Fantasy! are off. I met my goal of getting them out the door before I head off tomorrow to go to TESOL in Portland, Oregon. I’d like to thank my many readers of first and second drafts.

Over spring break, I received some advice from Lawrence over at Paper Golem about a novella I sent there, and that revision will be my next project. I’m really ready to buckle down and get this sucker into good shape. I’d like to see it have a home somewhere.

I did start a troll revision initially for Women Destroy Horror!, but it wasn’t going where I wanted it to, and it didn’t seem adult enough for the magazine, so I shelved it. Since it’s already in progress, I will return to it before the novel. Also, there’s a Dieselpunk anthology that has a deadline of August 1st, and I think I’m gonna fold my superhero story into an Atompunk environment, which will be more fun for everyone.

So it looks like I’ve been sidetracked from the novel for a while. That’s okay. I’ll be right back to it ASAP, and it’ll be nice to have some shorts circulating again.


I still have one story at the Kaleidoscope Anthology that isn’t rejected, sitting at about 165 days (I sent early). In all fairness, I think it only counts after 12-31, which means 83 days. Hoping that’s a good sign.

And in today’s category of nicest rejection received in a while, an agent writes this about Abigail Rath:

I think this is wonderful. I do think you’ll find an agent. It just didn’t connect with me. I can’t wait to see it in print and buy it for my daughter.

Alas. Always the bridesmaid. 🙂


I think I have enough battery to give you a weight update. Here we go.

I’m off to Portland, Or this week for TESOL, so I’d best put my professor hat on and tie it under my chin.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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