C. E. Stokes Artist and Writer
C. E. Stokes Artist and Writer

New Stories Forthcoming!

Good News, at last! 

"Unheard Melody" found a home! My most recent short story, about a girl trying to prove to her family that she is one of them, despite her handicap, is one that my critique group enjoyed. I've run it through two different critique groups, and recieved helpful and positive feedback. After submitting it for the past year, "Unheard Melody" found a home in Black Ink Fiction's Legends of the Night short story anthology! (publication date TBD). After seeing the lovely work in there drabble series, I'm excited to see how this anthology looks. 

Speaking of Black Ink Fiction's Drabble series, I've had three 100 word stories accepted to two of their collections. "Stranger's Meeting" and "Night's End" are part of their Legends of the Night 'Bloodlust' Drabble collection. The third, "Banshee's Omen" will appear in an upcoming Legends of the Night 'Reaper Man' collection. I enjoyed playing with 100 word stories, and plan on submitting some more in their upcoming submission call. 

Edits are moving forward on "Regaining Faith". I've started working on my query letter and synopsis. While I think I've still got several months until the last round of critiques are done, I'm approaching a point where there's no where left to go. I can't put it off anymore, it's time to start submitting to agents. The thought is terrifying. 

Of course, "Regaining Faith" isn't my only novel in progress. "Job Opportunities" has hit a snag, but I have hopes that some brainstorming will continue my slacker Grim Reaper story. I've also got a very rough draft of a Fae novel. I"m not sure if that one will ever see the light of day, but I keep going back to pick at it.

It feels good to be back to work writing. I've taken over my live writing group, and am thrilled to work with other aspiring authors to better our work. Writing is fluid, and there's always room to grow a story. 

Keep writing, and keep reading. 

 

07/18/2021

 

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