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Editing for Less Than Three Press

 

I’ve been content editing and copyediting for Less Than Three Press for the last few years (beginning, I think, in late 2014) and have finally gotten the idea in my head that I should at least mention the stories and novels I’ve edited. Here’s a list with links as it stands today in roughly alphabetical order with links as I can find them.

From their About LT3 page: “Less Than Three Press is a strong rising presence in the LGBTQ romance community. Together with a network of highly talented editors, artists, and writers, LT3 provides quality fiction, priding itself on stories that put substance first.”

Forthcoming
Knightsgift
My Lavender Boyfriend
Welcome to Dogtown
Welcome to Me

Novels/Novellas
A Honeyed Light (ebook)
A Question of Honor (print|ebook)
All the King’s Men (print|ebook)
Angel Fever (ebook)
Bat’s Children (ebook)
The Case of the Wandering Wolves (ebook)
Checking into Sodom (ebook)
Choice  (ebook)
The Cyborg He Brought Home (ebook)
The Death of Israel Leventhal (ebook)
Dragonborn (print|ebook)
Dreams and a Home (ebook)
Dreams of the Forgotten (print|ebook)
Entertaining the Sombrevilles (ebook)
Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone (print|ebook)
Good Together (ebook)
Hag in Exile (ebook)
Help! That Chicken is Staring at Me (ebook)
Hold Fast the Knight (ebook)
I Like It Hard (ebook)
Love & Latkes
(ebook)
Masks (ebook)
Midnight (ebook)
Ner Li (ebook)
The Night Watch (ebook)
One Last Drop (print|ebook)
The Open Window (print|ebook)
The Oracle’s Sprite (ebook)
Pete and the Werewolf
(ebook)
Puss in Prada (ebook)
The Restart Project (print|ebook)
Royal Secret (ebook)
Runaway Prince (ebook)
Simon’s Cat: the Story of Puss in Boots (ebook)
Something Like Magic (print|ebook)
Storms & Saints (print|ebook)
Strange Mercy (ebook)
Tantalus (print|ebook)
Thirteen Hours (ebook)
The Unmentionables
 (print|ebook)
Unscripted: Act I (print|ebook)
Unscripted: Act II (print|ebook)
The Upsides of Anger (print|ebook)
The Warrior, the Healer, and the Thief (print|ebook)
Welcome to Your Afterlife (ebook)
When Did 30 Become Such a Big Deal? (ebook)
The Wild Hunt (ebook)
Wish on the Water (ebook)

Short Stories
“A Corgi Named Kilowatt” in Silver & Gold (print|ebook)
“After the Dust” in Silver & Gold (print|ebook)
“Bearskin” in Fairytales Slashed, Vol. 7 (print|ebook)
“Cold, Bitter, Dark” in Private Dicks: Packing Heat (print|ebook)
“The Last Petal on the Rose” in Fairytales Slashed, Vol. 8 (print|ebook)
“Lavish are the Dead” in Less Than Dead (print|ebook)
“The Memory of You” in Silver & Gold (print|ebook)
“Perilous Knights” in To the Victor (ebook)
“Pipsqueak” in To the Victor (ebook)
“The Sky Hunter and the Princess” in Fairytales Slashed, Vol. 8 (print|ebook)
“You May Now Kiss the (Corpse) Bride” in Unfinished Business (print|ebook)
“Zoey Loves Zombies” in Less Than Dead (print|ebook)

      

The New Deal

The New Deal

My website has been languishing in internet limbo for years now, and I recently decided I need to put an end to that. I have not stopped writing, as many of my friends will attest, but my willingness to have my writing made public waned to nearly nothing over the past couple of years. I just printed out a bunch (like, a thousand or so) writing prompts from various websites and will try to use some of them to get back into the swing of posting for readers rather than just writing whatever I want for myself.

I’m setting the bar relatively low; I’d like to post once per week, preferably on Tuesday. I’ll also write several posts ahead of time so I have a little buffer just in case real life happens, which it inevitably will. I will not be backdating any posts. That is to say, I won’t be trying to fill in the empty months and years that have passed by this site without so much as a “Hi, I’m still alive” update. I encourage you to respond to any post with your own thoughts, but I won’t be offended if no one ever does. Though I will try my best to be professional and not petty, this is still my space, and I still get to say what I want to say in the way I want to say it, and I reserve the right to block spammers and trolls from posting on any and all of my material.

I’ve been posting off and on since December 12, 2001, so if you’re an oldtimer, welcome back. If you’re new to my space, please let me introduce myself. I’ve gone by many names online, but most recently it’s just been Viannah, the name given to me by my parents at my birth. I publish under my full name, Viannah E. Duncan. I am still learning to integrate my online persona with real life, so please be patient with me and I’ll try not to make it too irritating. If you read through my older posts, you’ll notice that I’ve often tried to hide my real name because I was either underage, trying to protect my own privacy or that of my family and friends, or just plain thought it was cooler to have an alias of some kind. Seeing as I’m getting too old for that kind of thing, I’ll try going by my given name for a while and see how that goes.

I live in the Baltimore area with my cat, Cleopatra. I like writing and editing, which is a good thing because I do that professionally. Despite being an editor, I won’t be editing these posts for more than general grammar, spelling, and punctuation since they’re not meant to be professional copy the way some of my other work is. That being said, these posts are meant to showcase my writing ability and versatility, which is partially why I’ll be writing in so many different styles (essay, short fiction, poetry, etc.). I’m leaving all my previous work up as a testament to how far I’ve come in my personal and professional journey, but please note that I’m not the same person I was then. If you have any questions about who I am or what I believe, please ask; I may end up writing an entire entry about it!

Aside from what I’ve noted here, I am a daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and best friend to my family and close friends. I believe in the Oxford comma, though I will write without it professionally if that’s required of me. I’ll choose tea over coffee any day of the week; I like postal mail, public transportation, and cold weather. I am feminist, queer, and extremely politically liberal. However, I also respect those around me and refrain from arguing with anyone who’s obviously trying to incite anger or otherwise raise my hackles. I have nothing to prove to anyone except myself, and I intend to keep it that way.

NaNoLosAngeles anthology cover art – SUBMISSIONS OPEN!

CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS TO Regimes, Formulas, & Schemes: Meet the Systems

Are you an artist or illustrator? Want to have your work on the cover of the 3rd annual NaNoLosAngeles anthology? We’d love to see what you have! Please send your 100 dpi image to lemurpublishing@gmail.com by July 15, 11:59 PM PT.

Our first anthology, Believe Me Not, comprised 46 stories including 12 from writers ages 10-17 and can be purchased online here. Our second, It’s About Time, managed to boast more than a hundred pages more than the first anthology and can be purchased online here. Will your art be on the cover of our third anthology, Regimes, Formulas, & Schemes: Meet the Systems? We hope so!

Submissions must 
…include this year’s theme “it’s the system” (but feel free to think outside the box—see below).
…be turned in digitally using one of the following formats: jpeg, png, or pdf.
…be 100 dpi (note: final artwork to be at least 300 dpi).
…not be larger than 500×500 pixels (note: final artwork must be at least 1000×1000).
…are due to lemurpublishing@gmail.com by July 15, 11:59 PM PT.

NaNoLosAngeles, Lemur Publishing, and 1667 Press will be allowed all rights regarding artwork, but proper credit will be given in book’s colophon and in all other official uses. Our suggested “systems” list is below to inspire you.

–solar system(s)
–computer matrix
–hierarchy (nobility/peasants, castes, etc.)
–systems in the human body (nervous system, etc.)
–ecology
–systems of thinking/system psychology/systems behavior
–systems of oppression
–operating system (computer, game console, etc.)
–postal service (shipping of letters/packages)
–cultural systems
–economic systems (command/planned, socialism, market economies, etc.)
–systems of government (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny)
–”the healthcare system”

NaNo Los Angeles 3rd Annual Anthology – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

In the tradition begun by our Editor Emeritus and former Los Angeles Municipal Liaison Sara, I am pleased to announce our call for submissions for the third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology! Our first anthology, Believe Me Not, comprised 46 stories including 12 from writers ages 10-17 and can be purchased online here. Our second, It’s About Time, managed to boast more than a hundred pages more than the first anthology and can be purchased online here. Will your story be part of our third anthology? We hope so!

All proceeds go to NaNoWriMo and its Young Writers Program and help make possible all the events that the Los Angeles region holds during National Novel Writing Month in November each year.

The third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology is now open for submissions, which are due March 10th. Lemur Publishing invites all Los Angeles Wrimos and Wrimos-at-large to submit short stories for the 2016 anthology. Our theme this year is “it’s the system“… Please think broadly about this idea, and in case you need a jumping-off point, we came up with several ideas. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have something that fits the theme that’s not included here, please feel free to write that and send it to us!

–solar system(s)
–computer matrix
–hierarchy (nobility/peasants, castes, etc.)
–systems in the human body (nervous system, etc.)
–ecology
–systems of thinking/system psychology/systems behavior
–systems of oppression
–operating system (computer, game console, etc.)
–postal service (shipping of letters/packages)
–cultural systems
–economic systems (command/planned, socialism, market economies, etc.)
–systems of government (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny)
–”the healthcare system”

We had several requests to include a phrase the same way we did in the first anthology, so we decided that it would be interesting to see what writers can come up with when they have to include the first sentence: “Where did this come from?” And, as usual, if you can organically use NaNo Icons, you’ll get bonus points from the editors! For information on NaNo Icons, please see the descriptions on the Lemur Publishing website.

Here’s the nitty gritty details for your information!

Due date: March 10
Theme: “it’s the system”
Phrase: story must begin with “Where did this come from?” (though it doesn’t have to be in quotes)
Submit to: LemurPublishing@gmail.com (Re: Anthology 2016 submission)

GUIDELINES
–All genres welcome!
–4000 words or less. (Flash fiction is also great.)
–12-point type, Times New Roman, double spaced, paragraph indented 5 spaces.
–send as .doc (NOT .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachment.
–Please do NOT copy/paste your entire story in the email.
–Grammar questions – Check the Chicago Manual of Style (free trial) or do a search on Grammar Girl.
–Spell check and proof your story before you submit.
–Proofread; have a friend read your story before submission.
–Each submission will be personally confirmed.

We look forward to reading your submissions and hope to present you with a brand new NaNo Los Angeles Anthology in time for NaNoWriMo 2016! Now get writing!

Hiatus Ends!

You know it’s a great hiatus when life is so busy that you don’t have time to write anything on your site about your life, right? Right?

All right, I’ve got a lot to share, including the publication of three anthologies, my progress at work, and the upcoming YaoiCon (of which I am assistant director this year). I’m excited to let you know of my recent goings on and my future plans!

I will see you all again soon. ^_^

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year! It’s a new year again. It’s that time of the year that we arbitrarily turn our calendars back to zero and move forward in the cold as if all of last year is completely behind us. I suppose, literally, it is… but so is every day.

This is not one of those posts where I say that we should have the Christmas spirit all year round or something shitty like that. I’m just pointing out that the date we decide to end things and then, in turn, begin things is basically random and completely subjective.

Anyway, I’ve had a lot going on in my life recently, as you may have imagined by my lack of any updates whatsoever since last July. At this point, that’s almost six months. Maybe soon I’ll be able to get back to writing thoughts, reviews, or anything, and I have such a backlog of ideas that it’ll take a while for me to even get them all organized.

Even though it’s arbitrary, I hope your New Year is better than the last. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Read my recent articles at 2Shopper

Guys! I’ve got a bunch of new articles up at the 2Shopper blog; please check them out and comment!

So far in June
Friday the 13th and 4 Unique Gifts for Father’s Day and Organize WHAT? and Want free books? and Bookish: 5 Must Haves for Book Lovers and Five articles that made me more interested in the world

In May
April showers bring May flowers: at home and April showers bring May flowers: at work and Sally Ride Day and National Salad Month and National Photograph Month and National Waiters and Waitresses Day