What I learned from The Sketchbook Project

Meant to post this a few days ago but didn’t get to it, so better late than never. 🙂

The Sketchbook Project is done, and they’re now getting the sketchbooks checked in and ready to go on tour. Originally we had to postmark them by the 15th, but thankfully they extended the deadline to the 18th because of the various weather issues going on around the country that were slowing things down, which gave me enough time to finish a couple more pages than I’d expected.

I don’t have any pictures/scans of the interior pages, but as soon as they get the ordering system up, I’ll be paying for them to scan the book and (as I understand it) have it available via their website for anyone to view.

Now the introspective part (taken from my paper journal):

What I Learned From the Sketchbook Project

2010 acceptance list

As one final bit of closure for 2010, and also just as a backup to my personal files, a quick rundown of acceptances/publications for the year:

To the Anthro Dreams podcast in 2010, as reprints: “Moon, June, Raccoon”, “The Raccoon and the Sea-Maiden,” and “Cover of Darkness” and “Sideshow” (grouped together into one podcast). I highly recommend the podcast to those interested in anthropomorphic fiction.

To ROAR volume 3 (due out next month), published by Bad Dog Books, “Drawn From Memory.” One of the few short stories I completed last year, this one is a sweet romance between a young human woman and the suave tiger toon she idolized as a child. I’m really pleased with how the story turned out — and that this will be my debut in a Bad Dog Books publication, hopefully reaching new readers who haven’t come across my work yet.

To Different Worlds, Different Skins Volume 2, as reprints: “Swear Not By the Moon,” “A Winter’s Work,” “Transformation,” and “At the Bridge.” (I was also surprised and pleased to see that the cover art for this volume was based on “A Winter’s Work.”)

To Fearology 2: Beware All Animals Great and Small (publication date TBA), a contemporary dark fantasy piece called “Horseman,” about a horse breeder grieving his wife’s death, whose mare gives birth to a monstrosity.

And finally, “Swear Not By the Moon,” as a reprint, to the anthology Bewere the Night — table of contents here, and it can be preordered via Amazon.com here (due out in April).

All in all, not as bad as it could have been, given that 2010 was a year of personal/financial upheaval with my husband’s job situation, leading to not very many new stories being completed, and given that I had more trouble than usual getting responses back in reasonable amounts of time (maybe in part because I was submitting to brand-new markets just getting their first issues going). At any rate, now we work on 2011…