September Submission Challenge!

I’m not sure I could manage 30 stories in a month, but I salute him for trying.



Next month (September) I am going to be submitting 1 story every day for the entire month.

If you’d like to join me in this attempt, the markets are listed below. Obviously you’ll need at least 30 pieces of SF (flash & short stories) written & ready to sub. If you are a Science Fiction writer who really wants to start subbing stories or already are, why not take the challenge?

NB:- All markets are listed on Submission Grinder.

01 – F&SF
02 – Clarkesworld
03 – Speculative City (DO NOT BUMP)
04 – Daily Science Fiction
05 – Trouble Among The Stars
06 – Asimovs
07 – Analog
08 – Flash Fiction Online
09 – Every Day Fiction
10 – Interzone
11 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies
12 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye
13 – Liquid Imagination

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The Age of Consent to Marry in the Regency Period

I found this very useful, so I’m swiping it as a guest blog.

Every Woman Dreams...

18th and 19th Century: Gretna Green - The Place for Elopements 18thcand19thc.blogspot. com18th and 19th Century: Gretna Green – The Place for Elopements

During the Regency, despite what some authors may include within the story line, the age of consent for females was twenty-one, not twenty-five as some would lead the reader to believe. Although I do not know from where the idea of the female having a guardian until age 25, what I assume is happening is the author (and many times the reader) is confusing the idea of a female’s guardianship with the age of majority. The confusion likely comes from fathers or another person setting up a trust for a female. The trust would provide the woman a “fortune” at age 25 or when she married (if she married with the approval of the man named as guardian of her money.)  

If the woman did not have her guardian’s approval (and was less that age 21) and chose to marry, she just…

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Indie vs TradPub vs Harlequin

I am on chapter two of a Regency romance.  Vera Nazarian of Norilana Press recommends I self-publish as an e-book if/when I finish it.  I would prefer to sell it to a traditional publisher, when the time comes, possibly Signet or Dell.  Harlequin has a poor reputation.  They don’t pay writers well, but they get books into stores.  They are also rumored to hold grudges against writers who complain.

I don’t read e-books.  I don’t understand them.  I’m not eager to publish in a format I can’t read myself.

Traditional publishing companies are not set up for the benefits of the authors.  Writers must go into the game knowing that, and I’ve been warned for years.  Shannon Donnelly warned publishers  “view their writers as cogs and widgets,” not as artists.

Author Donna Fasano said, “While attending an RWA conference, a friend of mine stood up and asked a panel of HQ editors and other ‘suits’ how they expected their authors to live on the paltry wages they paid. Their blunt answer, “We don’t. We warn authors not to quit their day jobs. Don’t ever expect to make a living as a writer. This is a hobby, not a career.” I was stunned and saddened. Consequently, after my friend spoke out, she never sold another manuscript to the company. ”

James Michener said once that “America is a country can make a fortune, but not a living.”

Carola Dunn, one of my favorite Regency romance writers, said the reason she switched from romance to mystery was because romance didn’t pay well.

Agatha Christie famously said, “murder does not pay … enough.”

I’m going to finish my novel before I worry about how/where to publish it.  I may do one book through Harlequin, just to get it out there.

Right now, my romance is on hold while I work on the novelette in a week challenge.



Archers and Heroes

Would there be a market for a children’s book on heroic archers of history and legend?

Chapter 1.  What is archery?  Describe types of bows.

Chapter 2.  Archers in history.

Scythian warriors, Egyptian bowmen, etc.  Biblical and Shakespearean quotes.

Chapter 3.  Native Americans.

Research legend of hunter who invented bow and arrow by tripping on a grape vine and vine threw his spear further than he dreamed possible.  Micmac, I think.

Chapter 4.  Robin Hood

Chapter 5.  William Tell

Chapter 6.  Danish legend that predates Tell.

Chapter 7:  Hawkeye, Green Arrow, Huntress

Chapter 8.  TV

Adventures of Robin Hood (Richard Greene), When Things Were Rotten (Dick Gautier), Robin of Sherwood (Michael Praed, Jason Connery) William Tell(Conrad Phillips)

william tell

Would there be a market for such a children’s book, do you think?


Writing Portfolio

I’m a wordsmith.  A writer , a proofreader, a copy editor, an occasional ghostwriter,  a journalist,  a blogger, a poet, and a would-be novelist.  If you’d like to hire me to write for you, here is a sample of some of my writing.  I ghost-write blogs and articles.  I do not write students’ essays: that’s cheating.  Forgive me for bragging, but I’m good at SEO.


Portfolio for writing clients


Dying from Exposure” – Is “Working for Exposure” an Opportunity or Exploitation?

The Dead Don’t Die – A Peek at the Trailer for the New Zombie Comedy

Levar Burton Granted Inamori Ethics Prize

Netflix Announces “Dreamworks Dragons: Rescue Riders”

This one was an SEO champion.  The first article Google showed when you looked up the new show.

Star-Lord to Marry Terminator’s Daughter

Hidden Figures Dr. Gladys West Honored

Mercedes Lackey Making Full Recovery from Poisoning at GenCon

This article went viral.


The Kissing Bridge


Macbeth and Gruoch

Black Agnes


Blog from February 20, 2017 My Favorite Place in Summit County: Keystone

I formerly worked for a content writing service.  Almost all my writings were anonymous.  The above is the only one I have the client’s permission to reveal I wrote.  Some of the others would be better references for my services as a ghostwriter, but I’m contractually obliged to maintain my clients’ privacy.

Political DataViz: Who Lies More – A Comparison (Robert Mann) – UPDATED

DJT is mendacious and unethical.

Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog

UPDATE – October 23, 2016


I have updated my data from the latest data on for my interactive version of this chart that is published on Tableau Public. Click here to go to my blog post about this workbook.



UPDATE – September 21, 2016


I have created my own interactive version of this chart and published it to Tableau Public. Click here to go to my blog post about this workbook.



UPDATE – August 6th, 2016


The author of the chart below, Robert Mann, reached out to me today. Robert has created a website where he explains the methodology he used to create this chart and answer some of your questions.

You can visit Robert’s web site by clicking here.

Below is some information about Robert and his web site.

Best Regards,


The purpose of this blog is to provide accessible, data-driven analysis about…

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How to Make This Editor Happy

Reblogging so I can find again later.

Building Worlds

During the submissions period for Ye Olde Magick Shoppe, my current anthology project, I received around a hundred submissions. Some were of beginner quality, which is not a bad thing per se, since it means that the authors can improve their work through feedback. Other works were of higher quality, but didn’t mesh well with my own particular aesthetic preferences; other editors may well accept such work, even if I didn’t. Unfortunately, between the sheer number of submissions and my own time constraints, I did not give individualized feedback to the submitters—which is not fair of me, since they did put in the work.

I think it’s worthwhile, therefore, to write up a post discussing some of the common patterns among work that was not accepted for the anthology. That way, authors considering submitting their work to me in the future will know more about my preferences, and whether…

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Johnny Whitaker/ Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Johnny Whitaker’s Birthday … also the birthday of my book-sister Rebecca McFarland Kyle. We’Ve been in Two anthologies together, or is it three nw? Happy Birthday, Becky, ad happy writing!


December 13 is the birthday of former child star Johnny Whitaker (b. 1959). The red-haired freckled Whitaker was memorable as young Jody on Family Affair(1966-1971), which we wrote about here, and was memorable as the title character in the musical film Tom Sawyer in (1973). He was also in one Steven Spielberg’s first films, Something Evil (1972) with Darren McGavin and Sandy Dennis which we wrote about here.

But having already written about just about all of Sid and Marty Krofft’s shows, I thought I’d give a little attention today to Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973-1974).

In conception, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters represents a slight “sea change”, if you will, from the earlier Krofft shows, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos and Lidsville. It was less “psychedelic” than those previous ones, though it still had lots of humor. It was very much similar in conception to…

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