I think we can count the 636 anthology as dead. I haven't withdrawn my story (yet), but the last communication I had, as indicated in a previous post, was that the contributors would hear something by "June at the latest". Well, seeing as it's almost September and I haven't heard anything, I don't hold out much hope for this one. I sent an email a few days ago, but haven't heard anything. The editor isn't exactly stellar for her communication or email responses, so I wouldn't be surprised if I never heard from her again.
Boy, ain't being a writer glamorous!? :(
In other news, I'm about to start a new novel. I've been plotting and writing backstory for almost a month and I think I'm ready to start the actual writing. My goal is to finish the first draft by Halloween. Part of my "planning" for books is to write a blurb, similar to what you'd see on the back of the book in the store. It helps me focus and keep the suspense at the right level. It's also interesting to see how much the finished product differs from the original vision. I'll try and post the blurb in the next day or two.
On a personal note, I started watching what I eat back in January, and to date I've lost 62 pounds. Yes, I'm amazed, too.
I also intend to post a lot more regularly in the coming weeks. Wish me luck.