This month in Horizon · 8:00am
It's been a busy month, in between the Writeoffs and the new $16 million grant at work and actually getting a new story published for once. I did, however, have some time to deploy my minions on an important brand recognition mission.
Speaking of brand recognition, I've got about ... oh ... another three days left to savor my King Of The Writeoffs title, since for the first time in over 12 months of steady submissions, my story got knocked out before reaching the finals. It's a downer, but it was a legitimate loss; I severely ran out of time on the entry and turned in something underexplained by half. Congratulations in advance to Cold in Gardez for breaking his second-place curse and sitting unchallenged atop the Writeoff scoreboard.
Speaking also of the Writeoffs, I've been pretty silent around here, haven't I? Ever since the Original Fiction competitions were added to the rotation, the time between round starts dropped from 5 weeks to 3, and literally half of my time was spent in full-steam Writeoff mode. The good news is that I'm dropping half of the rounds to avoid burnout, and since it's the minific rounds I'm no longer participating in, I've got a full six glorious weeks before I have to pay attention to the Writeoffs again. That's going to give me a grand opportunity to play video games edit all those old fics that have been accumulating in the backlog. I plan to write a post this week inventorying them and giving readers a chance to speak up about what they're most enthusiastic to see next!
And speaking of readers, hello to my new followers from Quiet Boy and Moon Horse! While you're waiting for new content to come down the pike:
• If you enjoyed the Luna romance angle of QB&MH, but would like something non-tragic and less gut-punchy, my contest-winning romance Thou Goddess is my most critically acclaimed story, and comes from a similarly heartfelt personal place. It's got poems in, but you don't have to like poetry.
• If you want more heartstring-tugging Best Princess drama, No Regrets is the story of what happened after Princess Celestia averted the Nightmare Moon tragedy by trading places with Luna and giving her control of the day.
• If you just want to hang out and chat, go check out the bonus content in the comments.
So how've things been on your side of the internets?