H.R.R. Gorman’s Author Newsletter – June 2019

June was a big month for me.  I wanted to share with y’all a few things that I’ve done and maybe get out some hints as to what’s coming next.


Short Story Submissions

If you remember back in May, I decided to submit a short story somewhere in order to start feeling better about getting rejections.  I sent a story to a quick turnaround journal and, of course, got rejection #1, just like almost everyone.

This month, I wanted to do a few more submissions, so here’s what I did:giphy-2

Chew On This Anthology*

I submitted a short story to a horror anthology about eating scary things.  It’s southern gothic and all kinds of weird.  I hope the editor for this anthology likes the more psychological, Twilight-Zone style of horror.

*Also, this was submitted in May but I’m not sure if I told everyone here.

Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine

A weird looking magazine seeking weird-sounding fiction.  I submitted my short story “Disco Demolition Night” because I think it’s basically gold but, unfortunately, is in a really weird genre.  If you have ideas for what to do with historical fantasy, let me know!  I write too much of it for my own good.

Across the Universe Beatles Spec Fic

Like I said above, I write too much alternate history or historical fantasy for my own good.  This anthology specifically wanted a story about the Beatles, and I had an idea that I hoped they’d like.  Well, it was rejected fairly quickly, so you’ll be seeing it on the blog soon because I genuinely don’t think a Beatles themed fanfic will see much success elsewhere!

Jolly Horror

Jolly Horror is making a horror-comedy anthology about cursed items. I wrote a story  and submitted that.  I really enjoyed the little tale, so we’ll see what the editors think.  It’s still historical fantasy, le sigh.

Blog Recap

This month on the blog, I slowed things down.  This will probably be the pace here for a while, because it’s more manageable.  Hopefully the reduced post-load will give me time to develop more professional outlets like publishing short stories or finishing new long works.

Here’s a few of my most popular posts from the month you can check out!

Some Things from Real Life

Well, I’ve kept writing things other than the blog – and, since I decided to do fewer posts this month, I used my time well!  I finished the novel I’ve had in my wheelhouse for quite some time.  It’s not ready for alpha readers (I want to have a swing at editing it myself first), but hopefully at the end of July I’ll put it out there for people to take a peek at.  It may be the craziest thing I’ve ever written.


As well, I finished what I believe are the last edits of The Mercury Dimension.  When I feel confident enough and have a short story credit or two to my name, I plan on querying with it.

What are some things you’ve done this month?  Let me know in the comments!  Maybe we can commiserate about the writing life or trade an alpha read! I’ll tell you about the story I finished, American Chimera, if you’re interested.

15 thoughts on “H.R.R. Gorman’s Author Newsletter – June 2019

  1. crimsonprose says:

    Oops, I really must take the time to read PROPERLY, cos I read Anthology as Anchovy. Not quite the same, are they.
    My month. Posts, photos, posts, poems, micro-fictions, and the WiP (The Spinner’s Game, but I’ll do an update on that first Sunday in July. Is that coming up soon?). Satisfaction all round, really.

  2. Alexander Elliott says:

    Goodness! You HAVE been busy! I’m currently working on my fantasy dragon series of shorts, with three out of five finished. Looking forward to a long weekend and LOTS of writing on the last two stories. I am eager to get the first group of five done so I can publish them in one volume. After that, I have a new series to start!

  3. robertawrites235681907 says:

    It sounds like you have had a busy month. I am proofing Through the Nethergate while trying to finish to 3/4 finished short stories for a horror anthology. I am also writing my sci fi dystopian novel and am about 25 000 words in.

  4. Jackie says:

    That’s quite a few submissions! Way to go! I wrote mostly journal type entries this month. I didn’t have time to craft stories. Good luck with all the submissions!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I’m hoping for one of them to succeed! I personally think the Disco one is great, but I think the horror comedy might be more fitting for the journal so I have higher hopes for it.

  5. Jules says:

    Continued success in your choices and all you do.
    This summer has been busy with travel, some planned some not.
    I write something everyday – thought I don’t submit much.
    I’m just not on that road at the moment.
    I guess submitting to prompts is enough for the moment.
    I’ll move more when I chose. Cheers!

      • Jules says:

        If crumby weather weren’t in the forecast we might have stayed an extra day south. Looking forward to a ‘writing retreat’ up north in a couple of weeks. 😉 After that plans get sketchy 🙂

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