"Twelve Drowned Roses" was one of those stories I wrote with no plan and no idea what I was doing, the consequence of giving up - it wasn't too near the midnight deadline yet, but it was late and I was tired and staying up later wouldn't have helped any - and, as such, I was very surprised at how well it turned out (not to mention the positive response it got). It's a nice creepy one, and LushBunnie's reading style works perfectly for it. Do give it a listen, and check out the rest of her channel!
I haven't been posting much to dA lately, but things are happening in the shadows. I am full of Secret News which, for now, is going to have to remain secret. Suffice it to say that the paid writing gig I mentioned a while back is progressing well (I'm actually nearly finished with my part there), and I'm really looking forwards to the day when I can stop being all cryptic about it.
Unfortunately, prioritising that has meant having to skip out on a few other opportunities: notably neurotype's sci-fi Adaptation contest (Adaptation: A DA Lit Contest). It's in the judging period right now (we've all missed this one, unless you've already entered ), but you can have a peek through the entries here while we wait for the results. Edit: The results were posted shortly after I wrote this. Here they are: RESULTS - Adaptation: A DA Lit Contest
While we're at it, here are a handful of good literature opportunities off dA: Wonderbox publishing is holding a competition for broadly accessible digital fiction in English or Welsh; deadline is March 15th. See more infos here. National Flash Fiction Day (they say national, and are UK-based, but accept international entries) is accepting entries for both an anthology (500 words; theme: food) and a micro-fiction competition (100 words at maximum). Deadlines are March 31st and 17th respectively. The Shadow Booth wants your weird eerie fiction up until March 31st. More infos here. Sci-Fi London is holding a 48-hour competition for short films and flash fiction on April 7th-9th (requires advance registration; accepts international entries). I participated last year ("The Storm in the Teacup") and was pretty happy with my entry! It's like FFM, only with double the time and double the available wordcount. Galli Books is looking for fiction, poetry and nonfiction about speculative masculinities, up through April 15th. More infos here, and note that this one looks really cool. ...Yeah, my monitor is kind of plastered with sticky notes right now.
Features: "Errant" by flatw00ds explores a concept which, honestly, I can't believe isn't more common in fantasy writing: arcane contamination. It also features some excellent second-person narration.