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Tuesday Althing: Still Alive — Again!

Hey Everybody! (Well, both of you — used to be I’d get 200 hits per day.)

I’m still alive. Ja, I’ve said this before, I know. But I seriously am still walking the world in a mostly sound body, and I’m intent on returning to blogging and writing about Norse/Viking/Scandinavian stuff more regularly.


Because I miss doing so. And because — after 2.5 straight years of reading submissions, editing, and publishing on schedule — my buddies and I at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly are taking a break from such rigors.

It has been a fun ride at HFQ, and we’ll get back on the horse in due time. For now, though, real life and our own creative needs as writers demands a step back. As a writer, I can see now why some editors and agents are so susceptible to . . . terseness, irritability, and just plain flightiness. The flood of communications and seemingly never-ending to-do lists (all of which must be addressed in our free time after we’ve clocked out from our day jobs) weighs like, uh, Mjolnir against one’s skull.

So it is with an equal measure of sadness and relief that I hereby announce HFQ’s closure to submissions of FICTION until the end of January, 2012. We’re still open to poetry and art submissions, though, so keep those coming — speaking solely for myself, I’ll say that poetry has been and remains the most enjoyable and surprising component of what we’ve published at HFQ.

So stop by Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and read a poem or two and, meanwhile, also stand by for more frequent updates to Storm of the North blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


3 responses

  1. Dangit! If only I had some epic poetry lying around.

    And I totally identify with “terse editor syndrome”, being a sufferer myself.

    Writing is that strange activity where we beat our heads against a brick wall, searching for a way through, over, or around the creative block, and yet we become anxious when we’re away from writing for too long. Guess that makes us slightly crazy.

    July 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

  2. Amen, sister! Do you think writing and editing would make us more or LESS crazy if we actually made any money at it? (ie, if we weren’t having to do the work after our day jobs?)

    August 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  3. (laugh) Now, ain’t that the conundrum? If I step fully into the insanity, will I be any less crazy?

    Some published writers prefer having a day job, even just a part-time one, so they’re not too absorbed in their own little world; some long for the day when their words actually pays the bills, allowing them the freedom to be immersed in the writing.

    As for myself, I have more patience as an editor and more creativity as a writer when I’m not feeling the stress and exhaustion of the workday, or when I’m not hoarding a weekend’s-worth of rest. At the moment, my SF serial’s quality is diminished, I think, by my own inability to focus for long stretches without falling asleep (no age jokes, please!).

    August 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

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