UPDATE ON ALL THINGS DPP

Hi! Remember that great idea we had where we (D&D) were going to move so that our daughter could go to a great school?

It’s still in progress. As with many great ideas, it is requiring upheaval and patience and a good deal of frustration.

We are attempting to either buy or rent a living space in one of the hottest RE markets in the country. People are over-bidding on both buyable and rentable living space, and it’s not easy to be the winner in those contests.

In the meantime, we are smooshed together, three people, two Guinea pigs, two cats, and one dog, into about 250 feet of space. We are also subject to the vagaries of “hotel” wifi, and trying to work our regular jobs, through which we pay for the whole DPP operation.

What this means if you are an author who has submitted something, anything, to us: We need more time.

We got good news just this week: it seems our long nightmare of homelessness will end late-June, and we hope to be back running again by July 1.

Currently, July 1 is our date for the first 2022 issue of Instant Noodles, so those of you who have been accepted, we need to ask you to hang-in there with us.

Those of you who may be working with us on a full-length work, or hoping to hear about a submission to a printed anthology, you will not hear from us until late June/early July at best.

Those of you wanting to submit to a future anthology or a later issue of Instant Noodles, we will not be taking submissions until we have desks…. literally, so July at the earliest, as we take care of the current submitters first.

We understand it is very hard to wait. And we are so sorry for the waiting.

If you are unwilling or unable to wait, we completely understand. We will be sorry to lose you, but we get it. And we apologize for any inconvenience.

Honestly, we did not truly understand how “out of our control” housing would be.

And, we still feel we have made the right choice for our family. For example: we recently escaped this nasty extended stay for a few hours wandering around the local mall where for every 30 Asian people we saw, there was one white person. After years of our daughter being the only Asian person anywhere (and schools and organizations being fine with events like Chinese auctions: good grief!), this was a welcome sight for all of us. In our daily lives (when we are not in this run-down hovel trying to get on WIFI) we are surrounded by a rainbow of people, and that is just better for who we all are in this family (not only our daughter).

Writing is a pursuit that is often lonely, and the pay-off feels as if it comes when someone publishes you, and your friends get to see it. We’re sorry to stretch that out.

If you have had enough waiting for us, we understand.

Our requests:

#1. Please don’t send emails now. We can hardly get online. This will only add to our backlog.

#2. IF you are withdrawing your piece, please don’t send emails now. We can hardly get online. This will only add to our backlog. when we are working on the publication we will check in, and you can tell us then. IN THE MEANTIME: feel free to send it or publish it elsewhere. Our contracts are at-will for you, and us. We will not be offended, and we will not refuse to publish you ever again, or anything like that.

#3. IF you want to wait for us… that is great! Please don’t email and tell us that now. We can hardly get online. This will only add to our backlog. We appreciate you, and we will be in touch ASAP, hopefully sometime around the 3rd week of June. We have a goal of Instant Noodles publication by 7/1/2022.

#4. Sometimes life is messy. We appreciate whatever grace you can spare for us as we navigate our resettle in our new place.

Many thanks to all the wonderful contributors to all of our publications. We love helping you with your writing career: it brings us joy. We miss doing it a lot, and we hope to be back to doing it soon.

Much love~

D&D

INSTANT NOODLES NEWS

If you follow us, you know we are moving.

Unexpectedly, our house sold the first day we listed it, and everything has been toppling quickly like dominoes. It’s time to go!

And, Instant Noodles “Pathos” is still in process.

So, we beg another month from our readers. Look for our pathos issue in May!

Thanks so much for your support, and understanding. It means everything.

Love~

D&D

OF SHOES AND SHIPS AND SEALING WAX

“of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.”

Yes, I am quoting the wondrous Lewis Carroll there. It’s appropriate, in a way, because today the post is about children.

Specifically, our child.

We’ve been so fortunate to meet some of you in person, and, therefore, some of you have met our daughter, but most of you probably had no idea we have a daughter.

I know, as I am always submitting my work for publication too, that it is easy to imagine the publishers as people in their offices 24/7, never doing anything but reading (and rejecting! LOL… that is often how I feel when I submit!), and publishing, whatever the heck that involves. I know I had one publication last year that took so long to finally BE; it was literally driving me crazy, wondering “What are they doing?” And yet, being me, I know what they are doing.

Dave and I have often frustrated our daughter, by doing DPP work on the weekends, and at night, often when she wished we were hanging out with her. She’s given a lot to the business.

Our daughter wants to be an artist, and, where we currently live, there is little opportunity, and certainly none in the school system, either the public school, or the one lone charter school with the un-winnable lottery. Our school district is very, very proud of its athletics, as are so many schools in the USA. And I have personally seen the money colleges put out for their sports teams. But what are school districts doing to support the writers, the artists, the chefs, the musicians, the performers, the thinkers, the activists? Ours isn’t doing squat. Or if it is doing something, it’s keeping it a pretty big secret.

Unless some miracle of biblical proportions occurs, Dave and I are only having one child. It’s important to us to do as much as we can do as parents.

And so, we’re moving.

Ha! That was long-story-short, eh?

We ended-up where we are now when Dave’s mom was failing, and we needed to be closer, and it’s been great being here, and it absolutely spawned this press and got us both writing regularly again. And now we’re going to take our act on the road.

And so we’re packing up the press for a big move.

We are hoping to be fully settled by June, and back on track.

What does this mean to you?

A. Well, if we’re publishing your full-length work this year, we’ve already been in touch and asked for grace as we pack and label boxes…. so many boxes…. so, hold your questions, at least until April, if at all possible, as we pack and move the whole shebang.

B. If you have submitted to the Hawkshaw Press Hardboiled and Loaded with Sin anthology, everything should proceed as planned, untouched by the move. If your piece is accepted, you’ll be notified by email, get a contract, and a check for $25 in March, through the US Mail, and publication will be in the fall.

C. If you have submitted to the Devil’s Party Press anthology Solstice, and your piece is accepted, you’ll be notified by email, get a contract, and a check for $25 in March, through the US Mail, and publication will be in December.

D. If you have submitted to Instant Noodles for the first issue of 2022, everything should proceed as planned, untouched by the move. If your piece is accepted, you’ll be notified by email, get a contract, and publication will be in April, though we may be a teensy bit later than April 1, 2022, simply because submissions end 2/28. It is my goal to hit that deadline though.

E. For Out of This World Press and Gravelight Press, we don’t have any upcoming anthologies, though we are working with some of you on full-length publications. For those of you in that group, see A above.

F. For those of you who have submitted a full-length work to Duosuma/Duotrope and have not yet received a reply, unfortunately you’re likely to be in that situation even longer. I apologize. And, I have to tell you, we are not alone in this. As I said up at the top, sometimes publishers take a crazy amount of time, whether they are going to accept you or not. We hope to begin going through those submissions again in August/fall 2022. In the meantime, do not wait for us. Take any opportunities you have. Life is short, as the pandemic has showed us, and it is important to make the life you want, now. If no one else grabs you, you can still keep your submission with us. If someone does grab you, we will celebrate with you; no hard feelings.

Well, that’s all this walrus has to say at the moment.

If you have questions, you can leave a comment, and I will do my best to answer them, and be honest when I do. I really want anyone who submits to us to know that we are not in this for ourselves. Heck, if we were, the money, and the child, and the…. you get the idea. No, we’re really on a mission to give opportunities to writers, and that is why it costs us so much of our time, and capital, and we are happy to do it. And, we need to take some time back now, to give our daughter the opportunities she needs to live her best life, too.

So, we hope you understand. We appreciate you, and we’re grateful for you.

Much love~

Di and Dave

SUBMISSIONS END TODAY

Seeking winter-themed short literary works. Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. PROSE limit 5,000 words. THEME for all pieces: Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths.

Submissions run July 1, 2021 to January 30, 2022. NOTE: long submission period, and then publication in 12/22.

Contracts & payment sent after submission period closes.

Accepted submissions pay $25/ 1 short prose piece or up to 3 poems and one print copy of the book.

Print copy of book sent after publication. (Published writers have the option to buy additional copies at cost, but no purchase is required to have the free copy mailed to you.)

Submissions accepted through Duotrope/Duosuma only.

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CURRENT CALL: July 1, 2021-January 30, 2022

Review begins when submissions close.

Notifications will begin in March 2022.

TO SUBMIT: find us on Duosuma, or go to our submissions page.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE LITTLE BOYS?

Miss Cordelia’s hand motions moved them toward a door flung open under a stairway, and she guided them, floating head over heels, down into the basement, with Tony screaming while Herbie and Nate struggled in silence.

”Now my loves I have to tend to the oven, but trust me I WILL BE BACK,” laughed Miss Cordelia as her bare feet scratching against the wooden steps took her up to the kitchen.

So…. what happens to those boys?

If you like a little scare with your Christmas, you’re going to want to find out if they get out of that basement.

Oh yes, she puts them in the basement.

And then?

It’s the genius of James Goodridge. You’ll have to read the rest to find out.

Mwah ha happy holidays……!