January News

Hello everyone! I hope it’s been a great month for y’all – it’s been a doozy for me, and I’ve got some exciting things to tell y’all today.

Real Life – Job? Maybe?

I recently had an interview at a company I’d be interested in joining. I think it went well, but I’m of course not aware of the other candidates (if any). Good thoughts only! Hoping to pay off my house (or at least be able to pay the mortgage without eating into the emergency funds) quickly and get FILTHY RIIIIIICH*

Squidward Life Goals
Add immortality serum and a Bugatti Veyron and we’re all set.

*maybe not filthy, but definitely sustainable and far better off than I’ve ever been throughout my entire life.

Short Story Accepted Into an Anthology!

I’m very excited to announce that my short story, “Miss Mae’s Prayers”, was accepted into Dark DivinationsThe anthology is a selection of stories about ominous omens, about frightening visions, and gloomy fortunes. All the stories are set in the Victorian era.

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Look at that cover. That alone is getting me excited about this book, and I’m pretty much looking forward to getting a copy (though perhaps this is part of my excitement over my first real fiction publication).

Mine is super Southern Gothic, and I’m quite proud of it. More about the anthology will be coming, for those interested!

Also, while I’ve not had a job, I’ve done some short story writing with the goal of publishing. That along with my pretty intensive read-to-catch-up schedule has kept me busy. I’m not sure why I’ve dropped off in terms of blogging/blog reading, but I think it’s possibly just burnout. So forgive me if I’ve been terrible.

A Promise Fulfilled

So, back in May last year I wrote this stupid tweet:

And I then promised someone that I’d carry through with that threat.

So, there will be a Gender Reveal party because my submission to Dark Divinations included such a biography that used my correct pronouns.

I chose not to use “they” because I believe it wouldn’t have been appropriate; I do have a pronoun, a pronoun that I have been excellent at not using. Non-binary people have claimed “they” as a pronoun, and I suppose it inappropriate to hijack that just to carry on an experiment that has perhaps carried on too long.

Unless it comes up as a conversation piece, I also usually let you make whatever decisions you may, and I try to play devil’s advocate whenever someone makes a guess. As a result, some of you will be wrong, and some of you will be right. Honestly, I’m quite interested to know your opinions. Chat about it in the comments – perhaps you’ll see someone else has a better argument!

So, one week after Dark Divinations debuts (June-ish, I think?), I will reveal more about myself. If you want to know for certain a little early, you’ll have to purchase a copy of the anthology! More details will follow in the coming weeks/months!

28 thoughts on “January News

  1. Priscilla Bettis says:

    Good luck on the (possible) new job. Yay for getting accepted into the anthology. Now as for gender . . . H.R.R. . . . uh, nope, dunno. I don’t think it matters to me as a reader. I don’t seek out either male or female writers, old or young, etc., . . . just good stories. And Southern Gothic, now that’s good!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I love Southern Gothic!

      The reason I went with gender neutral/vague is that before I started blogging, I did an experiment on a critiquing website where I came up with a male and female name and submitted the same story under both. It was incredible at what different criticism they got. So I thought I’d just go with nothing, and now I’m realizing that that model was just not sustainable.

  2. crispina kemp says:

    Congratulations on point one, two and… um… possibly three. I know what you’re playing at. Fantasy writer K J Parker played that trick for years. Is KJ male, or female. KJ has recently come of the neutral-gender closet. KJ is better known as witty and comedic write Tom Holt. Odd, I like the works of Holt, too.

  3. Chelsea Owens says:

    Funny thing about all that is: I didn’t even think about your sex till you mentioned it way back when. After that, I knew you were one and not the other…

    (If I’m completely, absolutely wrong, I’ll send you a candy bar. Ooh! -or a chainmail bikini candle.)

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Haha, maybe! I’m thinking of making a poll because I’m interested to see which would be people’s suspicions. Right now I’ve decided to use it as a sly (skeezy?) marketing tactic since the anthology will be the first place to find it, but maybe that’s too bad!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Thank you! You have a great time, too – I’m not doing to great stopping by all the blog posts I tend to haunt, but perhaps I’ll get over this bit of burnout and be back soon!

  4. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Congrats on so many fronts!
    That book cover is Amazing, I agree. I’m looking forward to reading your story.
    And yes, have your identity party. πŸ™‚ I get the gender-neutral thing (D. Wallace Peach, for example), though I think it has less impact on publishing than it used to.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I agree. I honestly did start the mess because I saw it made a difference on a critiquing site, but by now I’ve let it go on too far. I’m looking forward to getting it over with, honestly.

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